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Warming temperatures are beginning to stir the Earth in the Denver area. From new buds to new life, gardens across Denver are beginning to thrive. A few tips and tricks will help to make your garden the envy of others this year, with some early classes for summer preparation to enjoy a thriving garden. We bring you the top gardening classes in Denver before summer.

Denver Botanic Gardens
1007 York St.
Denver, CO 80206
(720) 865-3500

The mecca of Denver’s all things botanical, Denver Botanic Gardens also offers courses in gardening, sells seedlings and is host to a wide variety of events and exhibits. To receive your certificate in Rocky Mountain Gardening, Denver Botanic Gardens staff members instruct interested gardeners in a comprehensive study of gardening practices in the Rocky Mountain Region. Endorsed by the Colorado Nursery Association, the classes can be taken as part of a large certification program or a la carte based on your specific interests. From “Never Fail Perennials” to “Rocky Mountain Horticulture,” the fun and educational classes are a perfect way to broaden your gardening acumen while enjoying one of the most beautiful spots in Denver.

Denver Urban Gardens
170 S. Chambers Road
Aurora, CO 80017
(303) 292-9900

Every garden can benefit from the happy buzzing of bees. Helping pollinate keeps gardens healthy, beekeeping can be an interesting and enjoyable hobby. From spring swarm inspection to hive maintenance and education, the donation-based courses are ones you’ll be sure to remember. Home to WIC programs and participants, the Denver Urban Gardens programs are home to a sense of community, garden appreciation and fruits and veggies.

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5150 Garrison St.
Arvada, CO 80002
(303) 424-7979

Offering classes and workshops in everything from pruning trees to vegetable gardening 101 and composting, Echter’s is a perfect place to not only take gardening classes but to purchase your seedlings and start-ups for your summer garden. Knowledgeable instructors hold courses on landscaping, orchid growing and starting a new lawn from seed, just to name a few. The wide variety of tools, water features and prolific lush growing merchandise in the nursery will make for the beginnings of any wonderful garden in Denver.

The Hudson Gardens
6115 S. Santa Fe Drive
Littleton, CO 80120
(303) 797-8565

From spotting everything from songbirds to bats in your garden, Hudson Gardens offers courses on the inhabitants your luscious garden may attract. Member of the Denver Audubon Society Tom Bush, Master Birder, educates course takers on migratory birds that frequent the area including how to recognize their calls, tips on the species and guidelines on when they appear. Ronal Kerbo leads a class on bats and the fascinating world of night. With his 15 year tenure at Carlsbad Caverns, Kerbo is an expert in his field and enthusiastic to share his knowledge of the nocturnal.

Paulino Gardens
6300 N. Broadway
Denver, CO 80216
(303) 429-8062

If roses are the focus of your gardening, there is no better place than Paulino Gardens to help with rose problem solving. This course is run by Dave Ingram of the Denver Rose Society and is free to the public. In a comprehensive course on how to grow roses in the Denver area, Ingram answers questions and gives tips for growing beautiful blooms in the Mile High City. The full-service garden center and nursery is an excellent place to begin work on your summer rose garden in Denver.

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