crocus.jpgThis is the time of year that people start to ask us about local seminars, classes, and resources for gardening in our area. While we’ve lost our local Master Gardener program for a bit in El Paso County, there are other places new gardeners can look for help.

Pikes Peak Urban Gardens classes
This terrific program offers a series of classes throughout the year which are free for hopeful new veggie gardeners. Learn more about what’s coming up at www.ppugardens.org

Colorado Springs Utilities Xeriscape Garden classes
This organization offers a series of spring and summer classes (usually on Tues evenings and Saturday mornings). Right now there is only information on the upcoming Landscape Symposium, but information for other classes will be posted soon at www.csu.org/residential/greenback/classes/item1108.html

Horticultural Art Society Speaker Series This group offers a new speaker each month (usually the second Wednesday evening of each month at the East Library). Speakers address a variety of gardening topics. They also run a terrific plant sale every year (usually the weekend after Mother’s Day) in their demonstration garden at Monument Valley Park. Lots of expert gardening volunteers are always on hand to help with questions and suggestions. See what’s coming next at www.hasgardens.org

District 38 Learning Points Classes This program offers a variety of classes to the community, including gardening classes. See a schedule and registration info at http://learningpoints.lewispalmer.org/lewispalmer/ClassCatalog.aspx

District 11 Community Classes D-11 also offers classes to the community, often including gardening classes. See what’s available at www.d11.org/CommunityEd/

Other Gardening Groups and Clubs
Cheyenne Mountain Garden Club – Information is posted on the following page – www.coloradogardening.com/garden_clubs.htm

Colorado Federation of Garden Clubs
www.coloradogardening.com/garden_clubs.htm

Elmohr Iris Society
Email elmohriris@aol.com for information.

Falcon Garden Club
www.falcongardenclub.org

Pikes Peak Herb Association
www.herbassociation.com

Pikes Peak Rose Society
www.pikespeakrosesociety.org

Contributed by Carey Harrington, Certified Colorado Gardener

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