Landscape Classes for Homeowners

By Cynthia Bee, Conservation Garden Park

You may think that landscape planning is a luxury you can’t afford or something only those with “blank slate” new yards might need, but the truth is that landscape planning can make a huge difference for all yards.  We all have trouble spots that need change (park strip anyone?) and the best way to avoid wasting money, effort and water is to consider the changes you need in the context of the whole landscape.  Making a plan before tackling projects one by one as time and budget allows, ensures you’ll achieve the best outcome—and avoid yet another redo in the future.

We can help.  The Conservation Garden Park was created to help locals landscape successfully in our challenging Utah climate.  If you’re thinking about making changes or just want to learn more about caring for the landscape you already have, these classes are for you.  Below are the remaining classes for the 2017 season.  Please note, you must register to attend classes, seating is limited.

Localscapes 101

Thursday, September 7, 2017.  6:30 pm- 8:00 pm

This introductory course teaches the basic tenants of Localscapes®, a landscape style created to merge Utahns’ love of traditional landscape styles with the realities of our climate.  In this class, you’ll learn how to plan your yard to improve curb appeal, increase functionality, and create more enjoyment while reducing maintenance.

Creating Waterwise Park Strips

Thursday, September 14, 2017.  6:30 pm- 8:00 pm

The “flip your strip” movement is the hottest landscape trend in Utah.  We’ll teach you how to convert a water-guzzling grass park strip into a beautiful planted park strip that incorporates plants that can take the heat.

Localscapes University

Saturday, September 16, 2017. 9 am- Noon.

This intensive landscape class builds upon the basic concepts taught in Localscapes 101- thus attendees should take Localscapes 101 first.  Localscapes University is geared for homeowners who are planning a new landscape, overhauling an existing yard or planning to tackle a renovation one project at a time.  Whether you’ll hire out the work or complete all or part of it yourself, this course will help ensure you end up with a landscape that fits our climate rather than fights it.

Irrigation Workshop

Saturday, September 23, 2017.  9 am- Noon.

Most homeowners find installing or changing irrigation to be overwhelming.  This hands-on class will demonstrate how to install or improve your irrigation system as well as how to convert planting beds to drip irrigation.

Turning Over Your Garden: Fall Time Garden Care

Saturday, September 30, 2017.  9 am- 10:30 am.

Learn how to put your landscape away for the winter from instructor Katie Wagner of USU Extension.  This class will cover fall weed control, cutting back plants, fertilization and other timely maintenance topics.

Register to attend any of the above classes, landscape tours and other workshops at

Landscape classes are also offered by our sister botanical gardens in other parts of Utah.  The Weber Basin Learning Garden in Layton (  and the Red Desert Hills Garden in St. George ( are both offering fall classes as well.