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
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.

$12/children (ages 12 and under)

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

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

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

Turkey Tots
Turkey Tots is a 5 month outdoor program created for pre-kindergarten and kindergarten aged children. In this program, children will engage in activities that will increase fine motor skills, develop healthy emotional and social habits, and spark their curiosity for the natural world. Sessions will take place amongst the plants, animals, and dirt at Farm Country and the Ashton Gardens. Turkey Tots includes 20 sessions beginning in May and ending in September. Geared toward ages 3-6. For a full list of dates, times, and locations please see here.

$400 includes t-shirt, supplies, snacks, and materials.

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

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

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