Event Listings

Our upcoming events are listed below:


Night Garden Hikes
Explore the Ashton Gardens in a different light! Night walks through the garden include a guided tour and themed learning experiences. Join us for unique adventure and a night to remember. Preregistration is required.

Ashton Gardens
Naturally Nocturnal: July 25th, 8:00pm-10:00pm - Are you a night owl? Search for the gardens nighttime visitors and meet nocturnal critters up close and personal.

$15/adults
$12/children (ages 12 and under)



Cut Flower Garden
Get all the color and beauty of professional flower arrangements without leaving your yard! Learn which plants are good to grow for cut flowers and thrive in our climate. Practice your flower arranging skills and leave with your own cut flower arrangement.

Ashton Gardens
Thanksgiving Point Staff
July 11th, 9:00am-11:00am
$40 per person



Creative Writing
Define your world by inventing your own story. Encounter brave, strange new concepts as we delve into the creative writing process amidst the inspiring atmosphere of the Ashton Gardens.

Ashton Gardens
Guest Writer
July 18th, 9:00am-11:00am
$35 per person



Basic Sculpting
Join an instructor and learn the basics of sculpting while enjoying the beautiful Ashton Gardens. Be prepared with an idea or find new inspiration to create your own unique masterpiece.

Ashton Gardens
Guest Instructor
July 28th, 9:00am-11:00am
$45 per person



Paper Making and Book Binding
Create your own unique paper to use for homemade cards, a notebook, or artwork. Learn how to use recycled materials to make something new and beautiful. Each student will make and take home their own handmade notebook.

Museum of Natural Curiosity, Makerspace
Thanksgiving Point Maker Staff
August 4th, 10:00am-Noon
$40 per person



Garden to Table: Harvest
Cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, and zucchini. Now that you've successfully grown a vegetable garden, how do you prepare a healthy and tasty meal? This course will teach, through a hands-on approach, how to best harvest, plan, and prepare meals from your garden. Enjoy creating your own dish with instruction from a local, registered dietician and a horticulturalist.

Ashton Gardens
Rebecca Clyde, Nourish Nutrition Co. and Heidi King, Thanksgiving Point Staff
August 15th, 6:00pm-8:00pm
$45 per person



Secret Garden Book Club
Named after our own Secret Garden, the Secret Garden Book Club at the Ashton Gardens will read three selected books over spring, summer, and fall. We will discuss and share ideas and then take those ideas out into Ashton Gardens and together, put them into practice. Join with us having read the book and ready to share ideas. You will have the opportunity to go into the garden to hand-prune pines in the Japanese manner, observe and learn, and be part of a tree-planting in the fall. Walking and activity will be involved. Class includes the entire season.

Ashton Gardens
Esther Henrichsen, Thanksgiving Point Garden Designer
April 13th, 9:00am-11:00am - "Cutting Back: My Apprenticeship in the Gardens of Kyoto" by Leslie Buck
June 15th, 9:00am-11:00am - "The Secret Garden" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
August 24th, 9:00am-11:00am - "The Man Who Planted Trees" by Jean Giono
$45 per person



Apple Budding
Growing one apple tree with more than one type of apple is not only convenient, but an easy task with the right tools and knowledge. Combine science and art in this workshop to learn how to properly graft apple buds into an existing tree.

Ashton Gardens
Mike Caron, USU Extension
August 29th, 6:00pm-8:00pm
$30 per person



Garden to Table: Canning
Preservation is a simple way to prolong any harvest. Canning fruits and vegetables make eating healthy easier throughout the winter months. Learn how to properly can and preserve your own produce in this hands-on and taste testing course.

Ashton Gardens
USU Extension Staff
September 5th, 6:00pm-8:00p
$35 per person



Candle Making
Think you can candle it? Learn how to make your own Mason jar candle. These are easy to create and make great for gifts! Each student will create and take home their own scented candle.

Museum of Natural Curiosity, Makerspace
Thanksgiving Point Maker Staff
September 18th, 6:00pm-8:00pm
$40 per person



Bulbs: Plant Now for Spring Color
Ashton Gardens is home to nearly 500,000 spring bulbs ranging from tulips, daffodils, hyacinth, crocus, and more! These bulbs must be planted in the fall to bloom the following spring. Learn how to plant, maintain, and design bulbs to create a vibrant array of colors to your landscape next spring.

Ashton Gardens
USU Extension Staff
September 22nd, 10:00am-Noon
$25 per person



The Bee's Knees
Have you heard the buzz about beeswax? In this class we will create two beeswax-based products. Beat Utah's dry air with peppermint beeswax lip balm and practice sustainability by creating reusable beeswax food wrap. It's the bee's knees!

Museum of Natural Curiosity, Makerspace
Thanksgiving Point Maker Staff
September 25th, 6:00pm-8:00pm
$40 per person


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