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Event Listings

Our upcoming events are listed below:


Paleo Cookies
Join Paleo and gluten-free blogger Anne Turner, as she teaches a class on baking! You will walk away from this class learning how to make the perfect grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, and sugar-free chocolate chip and "oatmeal" cookies.

Ashton Gardens, Trellis Cafe
Anne Turner, Our Grain Free Life
March 2nd, 6:00pm-8:00pm
$45 per person


Plant Propagation Series
Get a jump on this growing season by starting your own plants. This four-part course will cover how to start plants from seeds and cuttings, manage pests and diseases and when to transplant. Each student will take home their propagated plants when finished.

Oak Room and Greenhouse, Ashton Gardens
Michael Caron, USU Extension
March 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th, 1:00pm-3:00pm
$75 per person


Homegrown Gardening Series
Whether you are new to gardening or an advanced professional, this course is great for any skill level. Review the basics and learn how to cultivate a productive garden this season. Topics will include berries, fruit, vegetables and more.

Oak Room, Ashton Gardens
Nathan Gerber, USU Extension Master Gardener
March 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th, 6:00pm-8:00pm
$75 per person


Backyard Gardening Workshop Day 1: Variety Classes
The Backyard Gardening Workshop offers several different classes each hour. One hour classes are $5 each and 2 hour classes are $15 each. Mix and match classes and tracks to your heart’s content! Purchase classes online today or pay at the door. Classes are taught by Thanksgiving Point staff, USU Extension Advanced Master Gardeners and community partners. No Thanksgiving Point Membership discount available.

Variety Classes
March 11th, 2017
Greenhouse, Ashton Gardens
9:00am - Seed Starting
11:00am - Hobby Bee Keeping
12:00pm - Coldframe Gardening



Backyard Gardening Workshop Day 1: Gardening Track
The Backyard Gardening Workshop offers several different classes each hour. One hour classes are $5 each and 2 hour classes are $15 each. Mix and match classes and tracks to your heart’s content! Purchase classes online today or pay at the door. Classes are taught by Thanksgiving Point staff, USU Extension Advanced Master Gardeners and community partners. No Thanksgiving Point Membership discount available.

Gardening Track
March 11th, 2017
Maple Room, Ashton Gardens
9:00am - Garden to Table
10:00am - Vertical Gardening
11:00am - Spring Vegetables
12:00pm - Designing a Pollinator Garden
1:00pm - 365 Days of Color



Backyard Gardening Workship Day 1: Garden Management
The Backyard Gardening Workshop offers several different classes each hour. One hour classes are $5 each and 2 hour classes are $15 each. Mix and match classes and tracks to your heart’s content! Purchase classes online today or pay at the door. Classes are taught by Thanksgiving Point staff, USU Extension Advanced Master Gardeners and community partners. No Thanksgiving Point Membership discount available.

Gardening Management
March 11th, 2017
Oak Room, Ashton Gardens 9:00am - Soil Basics
10:00am - Creating a Weedless Landscape
11:00am - Dealing with Garden Pests
12:00pm - Composting 101
1:00pm - Organic Gardening



Backyard Gardening Workshop Day 1: Waterwise Track
The Backyard Gardening Workshop offers several different classes each hour. One hour classes are $5 each and 2 hour classes are $15 each. Mix and match classes and tracks to your heart’s content! Purchase classes online today or pay at the door. Classes are taught by Thanksgiving Point staff, USU Extension Advanced Master Gardeners and community partners. No Thanksgiving Point Membership discount available.

Waterwise Track
March 11th, 2017
Pine Room, Ashton Gardens
9:00am - Succulent & Cactus Care
10:00am - Creating Drought Tolerant Turf
11:00am - Easy Parkstrip Plantings
12:00pm - Watersmart Landscape Designs
1:00pm - Native Plants



Backyard Gardening Workshop Day 1: Trees & Shrubs
The Backyard Gardening Workshop offers several different classes each hour. One hour classes are $5 each and 2 hour classes are $15 each. Mix and match classes and tracks to your heart’s content! Purchase classes online today or pay at the door. Classes are taught by Thanksgiving Point staff, USU Extension Advanced Master Gardeners and community partners. No Thanksgiving Point Membership discount available.

Trees & Shrubs
March 11th, 2017
Trellis Cafe, Ashton Gardens
10:00am - Selecting Trees and Shrubs
12:00pm - Fruit Tree Cares



Vegetable Gardening Series
Starting a vegetable gardening can be a daunting task. Let us help you with this 3 part gardening series this season. Spring Planting will cover which vegetables to plant and when. Summer Care will discuss how to prevent diseases, properly water and applying fertilizers. Fall Harvest will cover how to harvest and use your produce and put your garden to bed.

Oak Room, Ashton Gardens
Spring Planting: March 22nd, 6:00-8:00pm
Summer Care: June 14th, 6:00-8:00pm
Fall Harvest: September 20th, 6:00-8:00pm

Each class is $25.


Backyard Gardening Workshop Day 2: Track C
The Backyard Gardening Workshop offers several different classes each hour. One hour classes are $5 each and 2 hour classes are $15 each. Mix and match classes and tracks to your heart’s content! Purchase classes online today or pay at the door. Classes are taught by Thanksgiving Point staff, USU Extension Advanced Master Gardeners and community partners. No Thanksgiving Point Membership discount available.

Track C
March 25th, 2017
Oak Room, Ashton Gardens
9:00am - Cottage Garden
10:00am - Companion Planting



Backyard Gardening Workshop Day 2: Track A
The Backyard Gardening Workshop offers several different classes each hour. One hour classes are $5 each and 2 hour classes are $15 each. Mix and match classes and tracks to your heart’s content! Purchase classes online today or pay at the door. Classes are taught by Thanksgiving Point staff, USU Extension Advanced Master Gardeners and community partners. No Thanksgiving Point Membership discount available.

Track A
March 25th, 2017
Maple Room, Ashton Gardens
9:00am - Strawberries
10:00am - Tasty tomatoes
11:00am - Irrigation 101
12:00pm - Ornamental Grasses
1:00pm - Selecting Perennials



Backyard Gardening Workshop Day 2: Track B
The Backyard Gardening Workshop offers several different classes each hour. One hour classes are $5 each and 2 hour classes are $15 each. Mix and match classes and tracks to your heart’s content! Purchase classes online today or pay at the door. Classes are taught by Thanksgiving Point staff, USU Extension Advanced Master Gardeners and community partners. No Thanksgiving Point Membership discount available.

Track B
March 25th, 2017
Greenhouse, Ashton Gardens
9:00am - Cuttings
11:00am - Permaculture Mounding
12:00pm - Raised Beds
1:00pm - Rose Care



Decorative Chocolate Easter Eggs
Prepare for this Easter season by creating your very own beautiful chocolate Easter eggs. Learn how to make and decorate these “egg”-cellent, dazzling chocolate eggs to use as a gift or add to any Easter basket.

Trellis Café, Ashton Gardens
Thanksgiving Point Staff
March 29th, 6:00pm-8:00pm
$40 per person


NightLife: Escape Room
Experience the Museum of Natural Curiosity like never before. Use clues to escape the clutches of the museum before time runs out!

Museum of Natural Curiosity
March 31st, 8:30pm-10:30pm
$20 in advance
$25 day-of



Incredible Edibles
Edible landscapes combine beauty and function for the ideal garden. Learn how to create a fruitful and beautiful landscape for a large or small space in this class.

Ashton Gardens, Oak Room
Marci Wood, Conservation Learning Garden
April 5th, 6:00pm-8:00pm
$25 per person


Water-Wise Gardening
A landscape can be beautiful, low-maintenance, and use low amounts of water. Learn how to select, plant, and maintain your dream landscape.

Oak Room, Ashton Gardens
Heidi King, Thanksgiving Point
April 4th, 10:00am-Noon
$25 per person


Sweet Techniques
Master the art of spun sugar, chocolate garnishes and sugar cookies decked out in royal icing in this course. Express your artistic skills through a few basic culinary decorating techniques. Learn how to spin sugar, create chocolate garnishes and deck out sugar cookies in royal icing. Become a viral sensation after taking this course with your incredible cookie decorating skills.

Trellis Café, Ashton Gardens
Julia Green, Culinary Arts Pastry Chef
April 12th, 6:00pm-8:00pm
$40 per person



Hack the Garden
Gardeners face all kinds of challenges from gardening in small spaces, extending the growing season, providing enough water, managing pests and making compost. Brainstorm a Garden Hack to make the a garden easier, safer or more productive!

This is a friendly competition and all teams must present their design for judging in their category (Professional, Collegiate, or Average Joe/Jane). Each team must create a physical prototype of their design. Prototypes may be made from simple supplies like cardboard, pipe cleaners, straws, scrap wood, tin, etc., as long as the function of your hack is demonstrated.

Bring your own materials to create models or prototypes of your garden hack designs. Thanksgiving Point will provide an assortment of tools to help you design and prototype during the event (such as table space, white boards and hand tools).

Ashton Gardens
April 14th - 6:00pm-10:00pm
April 15th - 6:00am-8:00pm
Judging from 6:00pm-7:00pm, Awards following
$100 for a team of 4 people - includes Ashton Gardens admission during Tulip Festival, 4 t-shirts, and lunch on April 15th.


Garden Photography
Capture the best images of the landscape using the camera you already own. Learn camera basics or improve your current photography skills from a professional photographer. Bring your camera and be prepared to take a tour through the Ashton Gardens while snapping picturesque shots of the Tulip Festival.

Pine Room, Ashton Gardens
Mirielle Sanford, USU Extension
April 15th, 11:00am-1:00pm
$40 per person



Grafting & Budding
Tired of your red delicious tree? Do you wish it produced a different type of apple? Well it can! Join us in this hands-on workshop as we master the art of tree budding and grafting for all skill levels.

Oak Room, Ashton Gardens
Mike Pace, USU Extension
April 19th, 2:00pm-4:00pm
$30 per person


Flowerbed Design
Be the envy of all your neighbors this year when you create eye-catching and vibrant flowerbeds. Learn the design process and add color to your landscape to enjoy all summer long.

Oak Room, Ashton Gardens
April 22nd, 10:00am-Noon
$25 per person


NightLife: Art Nite
Whether you are an experienced artist or a novice, this art night will be unforgettable. Learn to paint while in the garden and contribute to a community art project.

Ashton Gardens
April 28th, 7:00pm-9:30pm
$30 in advance
$35 day-of



Container Gardening
Living in an urban area has its limitations, including a small gardening space. Learn how to create your own green space using container plantings with flowers, vegetables and more.
*One potted container included in this course.

Oak Room, Ashton Gardens
Sarah Allred, Ashton Gardens
April 29th, 10:00am-Noon
$40 per person


Essential Herbs
Cut down on your grocery bill this summer when you grow your own herbs. This course will cover how to easily select, plant, grow, use and store the best herbs.

Oak Room, Ashton Gardens
May 5th, 6:00pm-8:00pm
$25 per person



365 Days of Color
Creating color in the garden year-round can be a costly and difficult task to accomplish. Come learn how to brighten your yard on a budget.

Oak Room, Ashton Gardens
May 6th, 10:00am-Noon
$25 per person



Floral Crowns
Dress up your photoshoot, wedding or any event with a unique flower crown created by you. Learn what fresh flowers work best and try your hand at making a beautiful new headpiece.

Pine Room, Ashton Gardens
Heidi King, Thanksgiving Point
May 13th, 10:00am-Noon
$40 per person



Easy Summer Foods
Memorial Day is just around the corner, get geared up by learning how to make the best summer eats with guest instructor Lauren Adamson of Six Sisters’ Stuff.

Trellis Café, Ashton Gardens
Lauren Adamson, Six Sisters’ Stuff
May 17th, 6:00pm-8:00pm
$40 per person



Vermicomposting
Obtaining a productive, sustainable and organic garden can be a difficult feat; however, vermicomposting can help attain this lofty goal. Vermicomposting is the breakdown of organic matter by worms. Learn how to turn your food scraps into “black gold” to use as a natural fertilizer substitute in your garden.

Farm Country Classroom
Heidi King, Thanksgiving Point
May 24th, 6:00pm-8:00pm
$35 per person


Sensory Garden
Sensory gardens have been known to provide therapeutic relief to individuals with special needs, autism, dementia, visual impairment and more. Discover how to design this important space and select the most sensory-engaging plants.

Oak Room, Ashton Gardens
June 7th, 6:00pm-8:00pm
$25 per person



Knife Skills
This course is for cooks at a beginning to intermediate skill level. Students will learn about the various types of knives and their purposes as well as practice professional knife handling and safety. Come ready to try a few techniques and have fun along the way in a relaxed professional setting.

Trellis Café, Ashton Gardens
Justin Duckwitz, Mountain Vista Catering
June 10th, 10:00am-12:00pm
$40 per person



Tie Making
Unsure what to give your dad for Father’s Day? Don’t worry, we have you covered! Create a one-of-a-kind tie in this course that can be used for every occasion, including as a Father’s Day gift.

Pine Room, Ashton Gardens
Thanksgiving Point Staff
June 17th, 10:00am-Noon
$40 per person



Fairy Gardening
Create a magical and enchanting garden for your fairies this summer. This course will cover which plants to use, how to care for them and how to design your garden. Each guest will take home one small fairy garden.

Oak Room, Ashton Gardens
Thanksgiving Point Staff
June 21st, 2:00pm-4:00pm
$40 per person



NightLife: Garden Mocktails
Enjoy a classy night at the gardens accompanied with hors d’oeuvres and the best company. Circle the garden and don’t forget to create your own mocktail.

Ashton Gardens
June 23rd, 8:00pm-10:00pm
$30 in advance
$40 day-of

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