Classes & events

 Classes & events

Xeriscape garden
 

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We are committed to the intelligent use of water. We provide classes with experienced instructors to help you make the best use of this precious resource.

There is no charge for classes and reservations are not required, unless otherwise noted; however, seating is limited and first come, first served.

All classes are held at Colorado Springs Utilities Conservation and Environmental Center, 2855 Mesa Road, home of our beautiful Xeriscape Demonstration Garden. For more information call (719) 668-8232. Facility map and directions for parking.


The Outstanding Plants for Your Xeriscape class on Saturady,  April 30 has been rescheduled due to the weather to Saturday, May 7 at 10:30 a.m.. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope you are able to join  us next weekend.


Free xeriscape classes

​April
​​Saturday,
April 30
​Outstanding Plants for Your Xeriscape ​​​9 to 10 a.m.
​May
​Wednesday,
May 4
Landscape Design: Planning Before Planting ​6:30 to 8 p.m.
​Saturday,
May 7
Ideas for the Colorado Xeriscape   ​​​9 to 10 a.m.
​Wednesday,
May 11
Creative and Successful Container Gardening  ​6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
​Saturday,
May 14
​​Dry by Design ​​​9 to 10 a.m.
​Saturday,
May 14
Tour of the XDG Water Wise Neighborhood  ​​​10:15 to 11:15  a.m.
​Wednesday,
May 18
​Master Your Sprinklers: Tips from a Pro ​6:30 to 8 p.m.
​Saturday,
May 21
​Drip Irrigation DIY ​​​​9 to 10:30 a.m.
​Wednesday,
May 25
Blue Grama and Buffalograss Lawns   ​6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
​Wednesday,
May 25
Tour of the Xeriscape Demonstration
Garden's Water Wise Neighborhood 
​4:30 and 5:30 p.m.
​June
​​Wednesday,
June 1
​Outstanding Plants for Your Xeriscape ​6:30 to 7:30 p.m
​Saturday,
June 4
​How to Xeriscape: 7 Steps to a Smart Yard ​​​​9 to 10 a.m.
​​Saturday,
June 4
​Tour of Tough Plants at the Xeriscape
Demonstration Garden
​10:15 to 11:15 a.m.
​​Saturday,
June 11
​Master Your Spinklers: Tips from a Pro ​​​​​9 to 10:30 a.m.
​Wednesday,
June 15
​Tour of Tough Plants at the Xeriscape
Demonstration Garden
​4:30 and 5:30 p.m.
​​​Saturday,
June 18
​Conservation & Environmental Center Open House ​TBD
​July
​Wednesday,
July 13
​​Tour of the Xeriscape Demonstration
Garden's Water Wise Neighborhood 
​4:30 and 5:30 p.m.
August
​Wednesday,
Aug. 17
Tour of the Xeriscape Demonstration
Garden's Water Wise Neighborhood 
​4:30 and 5:30 p.m.
 
 
Ideas for the Colorado Xeriscape
Molly Morris, horticulture saff, Colorado Springs Utilities
Xeriscape isn’t just rock and cacti! Get an introduction to xeriscape and explore local photographs of what xeriscape can look like and learn how these examples save water. Discover the possibilities of a sustainable, low maintenance landscape and be inspired to maximize your yard’s potential.
 
Landscape Design: Planning before Planting
Lisa Pace, Landscape Designer and Water Conservation Specialist, Colorado Springs Utilities
Going to the store and buying a few pretty plants may feel like the first step to changing your landscape. However, planning before planting will help save you more water and prevent you from making costly mistakes. Come learn from an experienced local landscape designer how to create a successful water-wise landscape design that works for you.
 
How to Xeriscape: 7 Steps to a Smart Yard
Molly Morris, Horticulture Staff, Colorado Springs Utilities
Learn how to create a smart landscape for Colorado using the seven water conserving principles of xeriscape--planning, soil improvement, minimized turf, efficient irrigation, grouping plants by water need, mulch and maintenance. Molly will walk you through these seven concepts while offering landscaping tips and photos of local examples.
 
Blue Grama and Buffalograss Lawns
Catherine Moravec, Horticulturist, Colorado Springs Utilities
Tired of your Kentucky bluegrass lawn? Come learn what other grass options exist, and which one is best for you. Learn what's required to prepare a site, then install and maintain them. We'll cover all the options, with an emphasis on blue grama and buffalograss.
 
Dry by Design
Lisa Pace, Landscape Designer and Water Conservation Specialist, Colorado Springs Utilities
It is often said that xeric landscapes are not no-water, but low-water. So, how low can you go? Join Lisa on a quest to find out what possibilities are emerging for Colorado friendly landscapes that push the low to no water boundaries---in other words-- landscapes that are Dry by Design.
 
Creative and Successful Container Gardening
Cheryl Conklin, Green Way Gardening
Growing plants in containers can add unique highlights and pizazz to your home and landscape with minimal water use. From the least amount of care to the fussiest, we'll review design considerations and plants that grow well in a variety of conditions found in Colorado Springs. Learn why the size of your pots matter, and the best growing mediums, watering methods, and plant care techniques to help your plants thrive and be beautiful all summer long.

Drip Irrigation DIY
Steve Loy, Colorado Master Gardener, Sun Maintenance Service, Inc.
A mixture of lecture and hands-on activities, we'll cover the advantages of drip irrigation, choices of components, how to design a system, and guidelines to provide the right amount of water to your plants.
 
Master Your Sprinklers: Tips From a Pro
Eric Becker, Water Conservation Specialist, City of Colorado Springs Parks and Recreation
Make your sprinkler system more efficient by learning essential tips from a pro: how to create a watering schedule for your yard, what to look for when inspecting your system and how to install water saving equipment. This class will help you better understand the system you have and how to make it work efficiently.
 
Outstanding Plants for Your Xeriscape
Catherine Moravec, Horticulturist, Colorado Springs Utilities
Want to learn more about easy, reliable, low water plants?  This class covers everything from trees to perennials with pictures and plant descriptions from our brand-new online resource, waterwiseplants.org.  Check out this class if you are a newbie to gardening in the Pikes Peak region.
 
Tour of the XDG’s Water Wise Neighborhood
Come for a guided tour of the newest demonstration at the Xeriscape Demonstration Garden (XDG). Visit five colorful model front yard landscapes: Easy Care, Prairie, Low Budget, Contemporary and Foothills. Leave with inspiration for your own yard!
Tour of Tough Plants at the XDG We’ll show you what low-water plants look like in their mature form, point out solutions to common landscape challenges and highlight eye-catching plant combinations. Tours will highlight plants in bloom.