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Landscape Classes

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Fruit Trees at Home

Taun Beddes - USU Extension / KSL Greenhouse Show Wednesday, Feb 15 7:00 - 8:00 PM
Attend online or in person at 1426 E. 750 N. Building 2, Orem

Find out which varieties of fruit-bearing trees are better for our area, and receive instruction on proper planting and pruning methods. Be trained on how to care for your trees and control potential pests. Learn what you can do to help ensure the best harvest possible.

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Soils: The Real Dirt

Dr. Dianne Farrer - Smithfield Grain Saturday, Feb 18 10:00 - 11:00 AM
Attend online or in person at 1426 E. 750 N. Building 2, Orem

Want your plants to grow well? Come get the real dirt on your soil! Whether you want a productive vegetable harvest or healthy ornamentals, it’s all about the soil. Learn what you can to do to make the difference in your yard.

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Grass Matrix Gardens

Sandy Vernon - PKJ Design Group Wednesday, Feb 22 7:00 - 8:00 PM
Attend online or in person at 1426 E. 750 N. Building 2, Orem

Take elements from a meadow or prairie, layer it with perennials and other plants, and what do you get? A Grass Matrix Garden! Come learn about this sustainable form of gardening and its benefits. Gain an understanding of design concepts, and get to know the recommended plants for this type of landscaping.

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Introduction to Localscapes

Casey Finlinson - Central Utah Water Saturday, Feb 25 10:00 - 11:00 AM
Attend online or in person at 1426 E. 750 N. Building 2, Orem

Getting ready to install or upgrade your landscape? This introductory design class will show you the basics on how to landscape where you live. Learn what you can do to give your yard more curb appeal and reduce maintenance at the same time. Attending this class before Localscapes University is recommended but not required.

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Edibles in the Landscape

M'Li Hoki - Waterwise Designs Wednesday, Mar 01 7:00 - 8:00 PM
Attend online or in person at 1426 E. 750 N. Building 2, Orem

Give your landscape added function by incorporating plants you can eat! Learn about a variety of edible plants that do well in Utah’s climate and soils without taking a lot of water. See how easy it is to sprinkle your landscape with fruits, vegetables, herbs, and edible flowers!

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Localscapes University

Casey Finlinson - Central Utah Water Saturday, Mar 04 10:00 - 11:30 AM
Attend online or in person at 1426 E. 750 N. Building 2, Orem

Learn how to apply the Localscapes method correctly to ensure you achieve all the benefits it can provide. We’ll cover the five steps in detail, including landscape layout, irrigation basics, planting, and maintenance. Attending the Introduction to Localscapes class first is recommended but not required.

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Composting Basics

Meredith Seaver - USU Extension Wednesday, Mar 08 7:00 - 8:00 PM
Attend online or in person at 1426 E. 750 N. Building 2, Orem

Successful gardeners will tell you it’s all about the soil. What better way to improve any soil than by adding compost? At first glance, composting can seem like a complicated process. Attend this class to see that it’s not as difficult as it may appear. Learn the simple way to produce compost in your own backyard. Discover the easy way to create a richer, more productive soil for your vegetables and ornamental plants.

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Planting Bed Design

Casey Finlinson - Central Utah Water Saturday, Mar 11 10:00 - 11:00 AM
Attend online or in person at 1426 E. 750 N. Building 2, Orem

Once you have all the spaces laid out in your yard and have determined where all the planting beds are going to be, it’s time to plan out what will be going in those beds. This class will help you gain a better understanding of how to design your planting beds by addressing principles such as bloom time, color schemes, plant groupings, mature size, and more!

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Attracting Native Bees

Dr. Joseph Wilson - USU Tooele Wednesday, Mar 15 7:00 - 8:00 PM
Online attendance only

Did you know that there are more native bee species in Utah than there are east of the Mississippi? What are these bee species, and how are they beneficial? What can you do to attract more of them to your yard? Attend this class to learn about the fascinating lives of native bees and how to better provide for their needs.

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Flip Your Strip or Side Yard

Savannah Peterson & Casey Finlinson - Central Utah Water Saturday, Mar 18 10:00 - 11:00 AM
Attend online or in person at 1426 E. 750 N. Building 2, Orem

Learn to identify non-functional areas of lawn in your landscape and apply the necessary steps to flip those areas into attractive water-efficient landscapes. Review best practices for appropriate watering, plant selection, and planned maintenance. Get a peek at the requirements for the updated Landscape Incentive Program, and see how you can qualify for a rebate on your park strip, side yard, or other small landscape project.

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Small Space Landscaping

Chelsea Hartshorn & Marin Clark - Threadleaf Landscape Design Wednesday, Mar 22 7:00 - 8:00 PM
Attend online or in person at 1426 E. 750 N. Building 2, Orem

Whether your home is on a small lot, or you just have a pocket-sized space in your yard that you don’t know what to do with, this class is for you. Get ideas on how to maximize your square footage, and learn techniques to give function and appeal to small spaces. Discover what actions you can take to make the most out of what you have.

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Proper Lawn Care

Dr. Dianne Farrer - Smithfield Grain Saturday, Mar 25 10:00 - 11:00 AM
Attend online or in person at 1426 E. 750 N. Building 2, Orem

Want to have the most coveted lawn in the neighborhood? Sure, it’s a little work, but it’s not as hard as you may think. Come learn what you can do to keep your lawn happy, healthy, and green. Learn proper watering and maintenance techniques to keep your lawn looking good without over-watering.

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Better Plants for Better Yards

Cameron Allcott - Progressive Plants Wednesday, Mar 29 7:00 - 8:00 PM
Attend online or in person at 1426 E. 750 N. Building 2, Orem

There are a lot of plants on the market these days, and it can be challenging to distinguish the best ones for your yard. Come to this class for a fun and enlightening discussion from an expert in the trade about some of the newer varieties and cultivars that tend to do well here in Utah. Learn about updated versions of old-time favorites with compact or columnar growth habits that fit better in modern landscape spaces, and discover some of the new exciting colors.

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Growing Raspberries

Wayne McBride - McBride's Briar Patch Wednesday, Apr 05 7:00 - 8:00 PM
Registration opens March 6, 2023 Attend online or in person

What are the best raspberries to grow in Utah? What can you do to ensure that your raspberry plants are healthy and productive? Come and learn what you need to know to grow raspberries at home.

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Alternative Lawns

M'Li Hoki - Waterwise Designs Saturday, Apr 08 10:00 - 11:00 AM
Registration opens March 6, 2023 Attend online or in person

Looking for something different to use in the central open space of your yard? Take this class to learn about alternative plant options that use less water than the standard bluegrass, and see what the pros and cons are of each. Discover different grass varieties and groundcovers that may just be the perfect fit for your needs.

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Selecting Trees

Kris Veenker - Thrive Nursery Wednesday, Apr 12 7:00 - 8:00 PM
Registration opens March 6, 2023 Attend online or in person

Selecting the right trees can be a little overwhelming, especially when there are so many choices out there. Where do you start, and what are the factors you need to think about before making your selection? In this class, we will cover the process for deciding what type of tree works best for your situation, and we will discuss a number of tree varieties that do well here in Utah.

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Introduction to Succulents

LeeAnn Martin - Advanced Master Gardener Saturday, Apr 15 10:00 - 11:00 AM
Registration opens March 6, 2023 Attend online or in person

Succulent plants are becoming more and more popular in the green industry. They can add a little variety to your landscape, and they can decorate an otherwise lifeless window sill in your home. But what exactly are succulents? Do they survive Utah winters? How do you properly take care of them? Come and learn the answers to these questions and more!

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Vegetable Gardening

Meredith Seaver - USU Extension Wednesday, Apr 19 7:00 - 8:00 PM
Registration opens March 6, 2023 Attend online or in person

Interested in growing vegetables and want to brush up on your gardening skills? This class will cover gardening essentials like sunlight, soil, and water needs, as well as different types of useful tools. Learn about site requirements and preparation, best planting times, recommended varieties, and more!

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Plants for Every Season

Casey Finlinson - Central Utah Water Wednesday, Apr 26 7:00 - 8:00 PM
Registration opens March 6, 2023 Attend online or in person

Extend the plant interest in your yard through all four seasons. Discover plants that have appealing features at various times of the year, and learn how to strategically place them in the landscape for the most effective impact. Get ideas on what you can do to enjoy plants in your landscape all year long.

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Sustainable Landscapes

Bridger Varga - Wasatch Academy Saturday, Apr 29 10:00 - 11:00 AM
Registration opens March 6, 2023 Attend online or in person

This class focuses on creating sustainable plant communities that require less maintenance and fewer resources than many traditional landscapes. You will learn principles of plant naturalization and strategies for successfully using this process in a variety of landscape settings so you can apply them in your own yard.

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Grapes in Utah

Mike Caron - USU Extension Wednesday, May 03 7:00 - 8:00 PM
Registration opens April 3, 2023 Attend online or in person

Want to grow grapes, but don’t know where to start? Attend this class to learn which varieties do well in Utah and where you can find good vine sources. Gain an understanding of the soil requirements for grapes and how to best care for and maintain the vines. Learn when and how to harvest, and get some ideas on what to do with your harvest.

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Photographing Your Flowers & Garden

Ellen Kowallis - Ellen Kowallis Photography Saturday, May 06 10:00 - 11:00 AM
Registration opens April 3, 2023 Attend online or in person

One of the joys of gardening is photographing your plants and sharing those photos with others. This class will teach you how to use your camera’s settings and how to best compose your photos to get desired results. Emphasis will be given on close-up shots of individual plants and long shots of larger landscape areas.

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Demystifying Drip Irrigation

Mike Caron - USU Extension Wednesday, May 10 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Registration opens April 3, 2023 Attend online or in person

Come get practical advice for installing and operating a drip irrigation system for landscapes and gardens. Learn the basic components of a drip system, what types of drip are best suited for different landscape and garden situations, and how to determine the length of time a drip system should run.

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Container Flower Design

LeeAnn Martin - Advanced Master Gardener Saturday, May 13 10:00 - 11:00 AM
Registration opens April 3, 2023 Attend online or in person

Celebrate Mother’s Day in a gardening class! Accent your porch or patio with colorful and stunning flower pots! Gain an understanding of the best ways to design and arrange plants in containers. Learn which types of plants will give you the perfect texture combinations and will allow you to enjoy your outdoor spaces all summer long.

Kids Classes

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Waterwise Plants

Central Utah Water & Sandy City Staff Thursday, Jun 15 10:00 - 10:30 AM
Registration opens May 1, 2023 Class will be held at Sego Lily Gardens in Sandy

There are a lot of amazing plants that don’t need much water to survive in your yard! Come learn about a handful of these plants using a set of cards that you will get to keep. Plant a waterwise flower from seed that you can bring home and take care of. Geared towards children ages 4-10. Children must be accompanied by an adult. No registration necessary for accompanying adults. Class is 30-45 mins long.

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Waterwise Plants

Central Utah Water Staff Thursday, Jun 22 10:00 - 10:30 AM
Registration opens May 1, 2023 Class will be held at CUWCD building in Orem

There are a lot of amazing plants that don’t need much water to survive in your yard! Come learn about a handful of these plants using a set of cards that you will get to keep. Plant a waterwise flower from seed that you can bring home and take care of. Geared towards children ages 4-10. Children must be accompanied by an adult. No registration necessary for accompanying adults. Class is 30-45 mins long.

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Superheroes Save Water

Central Utah Water & Sandy City Staff Thursday, Jun 29 10:00 - 10:30 AM
Registration opens May 1, 2023 Class will be held at Sego Lily Gardens in Sandy

Come dressed as a superhero and find the missing water! Learn about the important roles water plays in your life and what you can do to use it wisely. Be prepared to go on a hunt for clues, to gather water conservation tips, and to make a superhero craft. Dressing as a superhero is encouraged but not required. Geared towards children ages 4-10. Children must be accompanied by an adult. No registration necessary for accompanying adults. Class is 30-45 mins long.

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Superheroes Save Water

Central Utah Water Staff Thursday, Jul 06 10:00 - 10:30 AM
Registration opens May 1, 2023 Class will be held at CUWCD building in Orem

Come dressed as a superhero and find the missing water! Learn about the important roles water plays in your life and what you can do to use it wisely. Be prepared to go on a hunt for clues, to gather water conservation tips, and to make a superhero craft. Dressing as a superhero is encouraged but not required. Geared towards children ages 4-10. Children must be accompanied by an adult. No registration necessary for accompanying adults. Class is 30-45 mins long.

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Pirates Who Save Water

Central Utah Water Staff Wednesday, Jul 12 10:00 - 10:30 AM
Registration opens May 1, 2023 Class will be held at Country Gardens & Nursery in Heber

Come dressed as a pirate (not a requirement) and find the missing water! Learn about the important roles water plays in your life and what you can do to use it wisely. Be prepared to go on a treasure hunt, to gather water conservation tips, and to make a pirate flag craft. Geared towards children ages 4-10. Children must be accompanied by an adult. No registration necessary for accompanying adults. Class is 30-45 mins long.

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The Water Cycle

Central Utah Water & Sandy City Staff Thursday, Jul 13 10:00 - 11:00 AM
Registration opens May 1, 2023 Class will be held at Sego Lily Gardens in Sandy

Water can be found in many places, and it can take on various forms. In this class, you get to pretend you are a water molecule and will move from the ocean to the clouds to the lake and end up with a unique bracelet that follows the path you took. Geared towards children ages 4-10. Children must be accompanied by an adult. No registration necessary for accompanying adults. Class is 30-45 mins long.

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The Water Cycle

Central Utah Water Staff Thursday, Jul 20 10:00 - 11:00 AM
Registration opens May 1, 2023 Class will be held at CUWCD building in Orem

Water can be found in many places, and it can take on various forms. In this class, you get to pretend you are a water molecule and will move from the ocean to the clouds to the lake and end up with a unique bracelet that follows the path you took. Geared towards children ages 4-10. Children must be accompanied by an adult. No registration necessary for accompanying adults. Class is 30-45 mins long.