In addition to vibrant community gardens, Boulder County’s awesome green thumb groups host a bevy of classes and workshops that educate participants on a range of topics. One doesn’t have to belong to the community garden in order to participate. Simply select the class you’re interested in and sign up. Here are some of our favorites in 2020.
When: 3/19, 6:00 – 8:30 pm & 3/21, 9:00 – 11:30 am
For new and returning gardeners, this introductory class provides an in-depth lesson on planting, growing, harvesting, and the like. This class delves deep into understanding soil, examining our state’s climate, and all things starter-seed-related. If you intend to plant and reap a bountiful harvest this year, sign up for Gardening 101.
When: 6/6, 9:00 – 11:30 am
Colorado’s bee population is invaluable in our agricultural landscape. Understanding the life, work, and importance of honeybees can help protect their at-risk population. This family-friendly class covers how bees make honey and even invites participants to peek into an active hive, try fresh honey, and ask any and all bee-related questions. Become a beekeeper for the day at this Growing Gardens class.
When: September – December
For home gardeners looking to get more out of their horticulture experience, consider signing up for this 10-week gardening intensive. Classes are held two evenings a week and cover everything from turf-management to plant care during droughts. Colorado State University professors, specialists, and agents lead each class, and students will receive a certificate at the end of course completion. Those looking to expand upon home food production or take steps toward a career in horticulture will greatly benefit from this program.
When: 10/8, 6:00 – 8:30 pm
In sync with our state’s harvest season, this informative class teaches gardeners how to pickle and ferment their favorite produce. Through intricate demonstration and hands-on activities, participants will learn the process of pickling or fermenting while exploring the health benefits of this type of food. Safely learn how to make your own crisp dill pickles or spicy giardiniera vegetable relish.
When: 12/3, 6:00 – 8:30 pm
This age old process isn’t as difficult as it may seem. Learn how to make your own artisanal cheeses at this Growing Gardens class. Delve into the science that gives us creamy ricottas and silky mozzarella. Then, take your skills home in time for the holidays to make your loved ones delicious, homemade cheeses.
Make the most out of Colorado’s growing season and sign up for one of our city’s numerous gardening classes or workshops. Select from family-friendly sessions or in-depth, educational lessons. Either way, your garden is sure to thank you!