BYU-Idaho Radio · Idaho Falls Community Garden Association invites all to participate in its gardening classes

Thirty years ago, Idaho Falls Community Garden Association President Kristi Appelhans took her passion for gardening and turned it into a community. 

Appelhans started her journey with gardening about 50 years ago. Her first garden was planted at 7,500 feet in the Colorado mountains. She looks back on gardening mistakes she made at the beginning and is grateful for the growth she has made since then.  

“We all start not knowing anything. If I can go from my initial mistakes to beautiful and productive gardens, anybody can,” Appelhans said. 

The association provides ways for beginner gardeners to experienced gardeners to improve their skills and grow their gardens.  

“We’re teaching how to have a beautiful and productive, organic garden. We try to teach the basics of that in our series of 8, sometimes 10 classes,” Appelhans said.   

Appelhans said that participants should come with curiosity, a willingness to engage and ready to ask questions. The classes are offered until March 1.  

 The free gardening classes are held every Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. in room 221 at the CHE Building at University Place in Idaho Falls. 

For more information on the Idaho Falls Community Garden Association, visit