Event Listings

Our upcoming events are listed below:


Beginner Garden Photography
Capture the best images of the landscape using the camera you 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.

Ashton Gardens
Thanksgiving Point Maker Staff
April 14th or 20th, 10:00am-Noon
$40 per person



Tree Grafting
This hands-on workshop will help you master the art and technique of grafting. Grafting allows disease susceptible trees to grow on resistant rootstock to for a healthier and stronger tree. Practice different grafting techniques with instruction from professionals and graft your own apple tree to take home.

Ashton Gardens
Mike Pace, USU Extension
April 25th, 6:00pm-8:00pm
$35 per person



Intermediate Garden Photography
Build upon your photography skills by learning the fundamentals of light, color, and perspective. Bring your camera and be prepared to take a tour through the Ashton Gardens while snapping picturesque shots of the Tulip Festival.

Ashton Gardens
Thanksgiving Point Maker Staff
April 28th, 10:00am-Noon
$40 per person



Container Gardening
Living in an urban area has its limitations, including a small gardening space. Learn how you can easily add interest and color to your patio, deck. Class registrants will apply their knowledge in creating their own floral container and in time for Mother's Day.

Ashton Gardens
Thanksgiving Point Maker Staff
May 5th, 10:00am-Noon
$40 per person



Flower Crowns
Dress up your photo shoot, 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 head piece.

Ashton Gardens
Thanksgiving Point Maker Staff
May 8thth, 6:00pm-8:00pm
$45 per person



Color in the Garden
Ever wonder why you’re drawn to a particular color? This class will explore color ideas and language in nature, in the garden, and the world around us. Hands-on color exercises will help us see how colors influence each other and ways we many see color differently than those around us.

Ashton Gardens
Esther Henrichsen, Thanksgiving Point Garden Designer
May 9th, 6:00pm-8:00pm
$25 per person



Herbs for Health
Herbal remedies have been used anciently to calm an upset stomach, boost the immune system, reduce infections, and more. Many of these practices have been adapted to our modern world and are used to supplement the overall health of an individual. This course will cover common herbs you can easily plant and use to boost your health, such as lavender, thyme, and garlic.

Ashton Gardens
Instructor: USU Master Gardener
May 12th, 10:00am-Noon
$25 per person



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
Moon Garden: May 23rd, 8:00pm-10:00pm - Enjoy roses in bloom under a full moon! Wander through the rose garden and experiment with nighttime photography. Don't forget your camera and tripod!

Garden Wildlife: June 27th, 8:00pm-10:00pm - Garden wildlife, friend or foe? Learn tactics to attract or repel helpful or hindering critters and learn about these visitor’s nighttime habits.

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)



Beginner Crochet
It's "knot" that hard to crochet! Design a project under the helpful instruction of our staff! Socialize and relax as you expand your creative horizons!

Ashton Gardens
Thanksgiving Point Maker Staff
June 6th, 9:00am-11:00am
$35 per person



Watercolor in the Garden
Experience the artisitc world of watercolor while surrounded by the natural beauty of the Ashton Gardens. In this class, we will build upon techniques in basic water coloring for landscapes, plants, and florals. This class is for beginner and intermediate painters.

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



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

Ashton Gardens
Thanksgiving Point Maker Staff
June 12th, 9:00am-11:00am
$40 per person



Composting Essentials
Get the dirt on composting! Learn easy and effective ways to enrich your home garden with luxurious home created soil year-round.

Farm Country Classroom
Thanksgiving Point Staff
June 16th, 10:00am-Noon
$25 per person



Plant Names
Novice gardeners are often resistant to learning and saying botanical names. Why not just stick to the common name? But when you start to use botanical names you begin to appreciate them. A plant can have dozens of common names but has only one botanical name. The more you understand the botanical name, the easier it is to use it. This 2-hour class will introduce and explore ways to make plant names part of your everyday language in the garden.

Ashton Gardens
Esther Henrichsen, Thanksgiving Point Garden Designer
June 19th, 6:00pm-8:00pm
$25 per person



DIY Plant Press
Put the pressure on! Pressed flowers have a variety of uses! Put together your own flower press and get ready to preserve your flowers in a different way.

Ashton Gardens
Thanksgiving Point Maker Staff
June 23rd, 10:00am-Noon
$40 per person



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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