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Event Listings

Our upcoming events are listed below:


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.


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
The evil Dr. Apathy is not the least bit interested in people who are curious. They are a nuisance and a bother. He especially does not like the curious people at the Museum of Natural Curiosity. They are noisy and happy and interfere with his evil planning. Dr. Apathy created a secret lair in the Museum and wants to be left in peace. So Dr. Apathy released an airborne virus through the ventilation system of the museum that would turn everyone into zombies. After all, zombies are certainly not curious and definitely are not happy.

For his own amusement he left a series of clues that would lead to the codes to open ten different padlocks, the last of which conceals the serum needed to cure the virus. It made him laugh to himself to think that if the people (zombies) were still curious they could find the cure but instead they would just wander around like…zombies. Unfortunately for Dr. Apathy, there was a small group of people who were strong and incredibly curious. They have a small window of time to solve the clues and find the serum before the virus takes them over.

You are one of these people. You have the ability to save the world! Act quickly, work as a team and outsmart Dr. Apathy. Each riddle will lead you to a part of the museum that contains a clue. Discover the correct exhibit and find the hidden code. Use the code to open the correct combination lock to find the next riddle. Thanksgiving Point and your fellow guests are counting on you. There is no time to waste. Good luck!

Other activities will include:
  • Escape room board games
  • Puzzle blocks, boxes and activities
  • Zombie face paint
  • Dress up Picture booth
  • Black light zombie dancing
  • Treats
  • and more!

    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 8th, 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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