Classes

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Landscape Classes


Learn how to minimize your outdoor water consumption while maximizing the aesthetics and functionality of your landscape.

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Youth Class Kits


For ages 11-14. Youth learn how to design and maintain landscapes and get to know plants that grow in Utah.

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Kids' Class Kits


For ages 4-10. Keep the kids engaged in learning during the summer! Kits cover water-related topics with hands-on experiences.

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Conservation Outreach


Looking for a conservation-related presentation for your event? We offer a handful of presentations to a wide variety of groups.


Landscape Classes

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Sprinkler Crash CourseSaturday, September 18th, 10:00-11:00 AM
Rick Maloy – Central Utah Water

*Online Class*

This introductory class is for those who want to gain a better understanding of sprinkler systems and what they are comprised of. Learn about different sprinkler types and sprinkler parts, as well as the tools needed to work with them. Learn how to fix broken sprinklers, and discover how easy it is to convert existing sprinklers to drip irrigation.

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Planting Bed DesignWednesday, September 22nd, 7:00-8:00 PM
Casey Finlinson – Central Utah Water

*Online Class*

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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Tulips & Other BulbsSaturday, September 25th, 10:00-11:00 AM
LeeAnn Martin – Advanced Master Gardener

*Online Class*

What’s more exciting than seeing tulips and other bulbs popping out of the ground after a long winter? Of course, the time to plant those bulbs is in the fall. Take this class to learn helpful planting tips and how to care for your bulbs, and learn about the different types of bulbs you can plant.

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Design WorkshopWednesday, September 29th, 7:00 - 8:00 PM
Casey Finlinson- Central Utah Water

*Online Class*

Creating a good landscape plan is one of the most important steps to achieving a beautiful and functional landscape. This workshop is for those who are familiar with the Localscapes approach and want extra help laying out their design. It is recommended to have a to-scale base map of your property on hand. You will be taken through a guided design process that covers the elements of a localscape, and you will complete a basic design on paper for your own yard.

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Localscapes University

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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Fall Yard Care

Fall is the perfect time to work in the yard! Temperatures are a little more comfortable for both you and your plants. What are the types of things you should be doing out in the yard this time of year? Come to this class for ideas and tips on caring for your yard in the fall.

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Fruit Trees at Home

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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Flowering Shrubs

Learn how to create year-round beauty in your yard using different varieties of flowering shrubs. See which shrubs offer flower and/or leaf color during the spring, summer, and fall. And learn what types of attributes to look for to get winter interest. Find out which shrubs tolerate the sun vs the shade, and gain an understanding about when and how to prune and deadhead.

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Introduction to Localscapes

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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Plants for Utah Landscapes

Learn about a variety of plants that do well in Utah’s climate and soils without taking a lot of water! This will include a mix of native and non-native species. See the different colors, textures, and forms of various perennials, ornamental grasses, shrubs, and trees!

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Sprinkler Crash Course

This introductory class is for those who want to gain a better understanding of sprinkler systems and what they are comprised of. Learn about different sprinkler types and sprinkler parts, as well as the tools needed to work with them. Learn how to fix broken sprinklers, and discover how easy it is to convert existing sprinklers to drip irrigation.

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Planting Bed Design

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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Dealing with Deer

If you live anywhere close to deer habitat, then you likely know first-hand how damaging deer can be to your property. Is there anything that can be done to protect your yard from them? Yes, there is! Come and learn what you can do to lessen the damage.

Deer Plant List

Deer Vegetable List

Minimizing Damage



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Design Workshop

Creating a good landscape plan is one of the most important steps to achieving a beautiful and functional landscape. This workshop is for those who are familiar with the Localscapes approach and want extra help laying out their design. It is recommended to have a to-scale base map of your property on hand. You will be taken through a guided design process that covers the elements of a localscape, and you will complete a basic design on paper for your own yard.

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Planting for Pollinators

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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Composting Basics

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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Proper Lawn Care

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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Grapes in Utah

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. A half-hour Q & A session will directly follow the hour-long presentation.

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Growing Raspberries

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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Grass Matrix Gardens

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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Vegetable Gardening

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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The Benefits of Raised Beds

Learn about the benefits of gardening in a raised bed! Find out what types of materials can be used and what should be added for the ideal soil medium. Discover which vegetables grow well in raised beds, and learn how to properly water them.

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Pesticides & Fertilizers

Just as the love of money is evil, not money itself, so pesticides and fertilizers in themselves are not bad. How they are used or misused is what determines whether they become heroes or villains. Just because a little works does not mean that more is better. Attend this class to learn about the proper use of backyard pesticides and how to create your own Integrated Pest Management strategy, as well as how to correctly apply fertilizers.

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Small Evergreens

*Online Class*

. Evergreens are an integral part of any home landscape, but many of them can easily outgrow the typical yard. Take this class to learn about a wide diversity of smaller evergreen varieties on the market, some of which may be just what you are looking for!

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Effectively Using Native Plants

There are a lot of native plants that can add to the beauty of your landscape. The key to effectively using native plants is knowing the differences between them and traditional landscape plants with regards to water needs, fertilizer needs, and other maintenance requirements. Attend this class to learn about the pros and cons of using native plants and how to incorporate them into your yard.

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Sustainable Landscapes

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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Container Flower Design

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.