March 5 at 10 a.m.: Grow Boxes and Small Space Gardening
March 12 at 10 a.m.: Sprinkler and Drip Systems
March 12 at 11 a.m.: Chalk Painting
March 19 at 10 a.m.: Fruit Trees and Berries
March 19 at 11 a.m.: Fairy Gardening
April 9 at 10 a.m.: Perennial Color
April 16 at 10 a.m.: Landscape Design
April 23 at 10 a.m.: Make and Take Class
Spring hasn’t quite sprung, but Olson’s Garden Shoppe is helping Utah Country residents get a head start on developing their green thumbs for the spring.
Olson’s Garden Shoppe in Payson is offering free gardening classes on Saturdays at 10 a.m. with additional classes at 11 a.m. on March 12 and 19. The classes are scheduled throughout March and April to cover different gardening specialties, such as landscaping, small gardens, fruit trees and more.
“We saw a need for it,” said Chris Olson, the manager of Olson’s Garden Shoppe. “We thought it would be good to have classes and get a bunch of people’s questions answered at the same time.”
For the past several years, Olson’s Garden Shoppe has been teaching these classes to better help its customers. And they have experience and simple tips to help even the most inexperienced gardener succeed. One way Olson recommends entering the garden world is by starting with a box garden. These small gardens will allow a beginner to experiment with gardening.
“It doesn’t take a lot of extra work, so you can make it pretty simple,” Olson said. “That’s what we find most people getting into gardening like.”
But the classes can be informative for any gardener, especially for someone who wants to try something new.
“More knowledge is power,” Olson said. “A lot of people work in their yards as families, so if they have that knowledge, they can pass it along to their kids and it can help them in their lives too. It helps you to learn how to work.”
Olson’s Garden Shoppe has roots that grow deeper than the shop’s location at 1190 West 400 North in Payson. In 1942, Roy Olson opened Olson’s Nursery in Santaquin. Roy’s son Jack bought the business in 1970 and the family business continued from there. Jack’s son Brad, along with his wife Chris, broke off from the newly named Olson’s Greenhouse and started Olson’s Garden Shoppe in 1987.
For more tips, attend Olson Garden Shoppe’s free classes on Saturdays at 10 a.m. and visit its site at olsonsgardenshoppe.com.