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The mission of The Gardens on Spring Creek is to enrich the lives of people and foster environmental stewardship through horticulture.

The vision for The Gardens was first imagined in 1986, but the idea didn’t start taking shape until 1995. That’s when a non-profit group convinced the City of Fort Collins to initiate a city-funded community horticulture program. The result was three million dollars in city funding to build The Gardens on Spring Creek.

In 2004, ground broke on The Gardens’ Visitors Center on the 18-acre site that is home to multiple display gardens, a gift shop and a 1400 sq. ft. food production greenhouse with a classroom. The vision was realized.

Saturday, September 25, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., The Gardens will host the annual Harvest Festival. For a donation of just $4 (children 12 and under are free), you can browse the marketplace where local vendors will display their wares. You’ll find everything from farm fresh produce to artwork.

Attendees will have the opportunity to take part in multiple workshops, including Salsa Cooking, Storing Produce at Home, Food Preservation, Garlic Braiding, and Herbal Blends. Festivalgoers can participate in fresh produce tasting, old-fashioned cider making, square dance demonstration and much more. Local bands, Blue Grama Bluegrass and Storm Mountain, will keep the ambiance festive.

Goats and yaks will be on hand for a fiber spinning demonstration. An hourly storytelling session is on the docket for the kids, as well as other kid-friendly activities. Numerous contests occur throughout the day, including a hot pepper eating contest and various veggie-related competitions. For a list of contests you can enter, go to

The Gardens on Spring Creek are located 2145 Centre Avenue in Fort Collins. Contact The Gardens by phone at (970) 416-2486 or email

Written by Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer

September 23rd, 2010 at 8:00 am

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