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2015 - 2016 Homeschool Day Package

Homeschool Days offer families the opportunity to explore plant-based themes through a variety of hands-on activities, tours and take-home projects that families can do together. Activities are designed for children ages five and up, however all ages are welcome to attend.


Price: $11 per day per child; discounted package price (all 6 days) $55

One adult per child is free of charge. Additional adults will need to pay $6.50 each, payable on the day of the program. The program fee includes admission to the Gardens.


Exhibit Exploration: Deborah Butterfield - The Nature of Horses

• August 17, 2015 (10 a.m.-2 p.m.)

Journey through art and nature as you engage in a garden wide exploration of Denver Botanic Gardens’ current art exhibition. Learn how art intermingles with the natural world as we make connections between the Gardens and art. Discover your own creativity and make your own fanciful art piece inspired by the featured artist’s work.


Journey to Japan

• September 21, 2015 (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.)

Journey to the land of the rising sun and discover the unique features of Denver Botanic Gardens' Japanese Garden. Investigate bonsai, discover the art of Ikebana and create a miniature Japanese garden to take home with you.


Plant Detectives

• November 16, 2015 (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.)

Join us as we thank plants for all they do for us. Discover how plant fibers become fabrics, investigate different types of wood and explore the journey of several plants as they become useful products we use every day.


Prehistoric Plants

• January 25, 2016 (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.)

Become a paleobotanist for a day. Explore the plants of Colorado's past climates and discover the plants that the dinosaurs ate. Plant a relative of a prehistoric plant to take home with you.


Plants and People of the Southwest

• February 22, 2016 (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.)

Discover how native peoples of the southwest use plants in their everyday lives as you explore the plants of the Sacred Earth and Dryland Mesa gardens. Investigate the many uses of the yucca plant and learn about different traditional cooking tools used in the southwest region.



• March 21, 2016 (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.)

Pollination is essential to the lifecycle of many plants. Learn how the Gardens depends on pollinators to help it grow as you discover the relationships between plants and pollinators. Learn how to protect pollinators and create an insect hotel to take home with you.


2015 Horticulture Home Garden Tour


Have you ever wondered what our top horticulturalists' home gardens look like? Now is your chance to find out with a behind-the-scenes tour! This chartered bus tour focuses on the collections of native plants, many of them unique and rare and gathered from plant exploration travels around the world!


Three of our most experienced and popular members of our Horticulture staff, Panayoti Kelaidis, Mike Kintgen, and Mike Bone, will open up their gardens for this special opportunity.


Please chose from one of two tour times:

8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

or 1:30 - 5:30 p.m.


The tours will depart from and return to Denver Botanic Gardens at York Street. A chartered bus will escort all participants, the cost of the bus is included in the price of the tour. No self guided tours available.


$46 members, $51 non-members, includes bus transportation



Home Garden of Panayoti Kelaidis, Director of Outreach

Many thousands of plants are combined for four season interest in this Plant Collector's garden. The Western half of the property is planted with native trees, shrubs and many cacti and western Wildflowers - almost eliminating watering needs. The Eastern half includes a large vegetable garden, perennial borders with many unusual perennials and bulbs, and a woodland garden that encircles the alpine garden on the east side of the house. Late May is when many of the Daphnes and Rhododendrons bloom, along with a host of classic alpine plants like saxifrages, dianthus and penstemons. There are several hundred containers located everywhere in this garden, many filled with annuals that are beginning their show as well.

By matching plants to microclimate, and combining plants of similar growth rate, we are able to create plantings that persist over time and need less maintenance than one might suspect with such biodiversity!


Home Garden of Mike Kintgen, Curator of Alpine Collections

Mike Kintgen's garden started in 2009 with a bare canvas of dead bluegrass and a few overgrown junipers in the front yard. The dandelions, bluegrass, and junipers were removed to create a series of short berms in front of the house that made way for a Legacy buffalo grass lawn planted with spring and autumn flowering bulbs. The berms showcase a wide array of steppe and rock garden plants from around the world that are tolerant to Colorado's hot dry summers and cold winters. The back yard is a mix of more traditional garden elements, a large propagation area, a small vegetable garden, and various rocks gardens.. There is also a large collection of alpine plants in troughs and containers filled with annuals for season long interest.

The overarching mission of the garden is to showcase how xeriscapes and rock gardens can be interesting, beautiful and more sustainable than traditional landscapes.


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Adult Pumpkin Carving


Show off, explore and unwind by carving a pumpkin - together. By the end of this amazing, upbeat night, you’ll be amazed! One couple said they couldn't remember the last time they had that much fun together. Let your inner "Type A" loosen up and have fun! Just RELAX! Nobody will judge your talent level and if you have that extra drink it will only make your carving look better!


You will receive a pumpkin, a pattern, and a mini-kit of Barry’s favorite carving tools.


Barry Brown - Master Pumpkin Carver, guides each couple through simple tips and techniques. Reveal your strength, intelligence, artistry and pleasure! You’ll connect and relax as you assist each other through the easy steps. The Grand Lighting Ceremony ends the evening, when we dim the lights, then illuminate the amazing pumpkin carvings all at once. Bring your camera!


Barry Brown - Master Pumpkin Carver, is excited to show you how to carve pumpkins like the ones he carved for TV shows including the Today Show, The Tonight Show, the David Letterman Show, Good Morning America, Monday Night Football, and movies including Hocus Pocus. He has carved pumpkins on every local TV news station and the Colorado & Company show. Several stations have even come out to interview him AND film special stories about his National Grand Prize Award-Winning pumpkin carving skills.


Instructor: Barry Brown


Registration fee includes two participants. Each duo will receive one pumpkin and one carving kit. This event is a BYOB. Please bring your own drinks and snacks. This is a 21 and over event, please have your id with you.


Members $46, Non-Members $49



Advanced Botanical Zentangle®


This class is a continuation of Botanical Zentangle® that aims to polish “botangle” skills by translating plant forms and textures into Zentangle-like patterns. Skills include drawing fluid lines, a better understanding and control of light on form using line and shading, and developing botanical Zentangles with a step-out method. The class will explore “tanglations” (variations of existing tangles) and use tangles within other tangles to create new ones. Students will share new designs with classmates and create a small portfolio of 12 completed tangles, incorporating new designs into familiar ones. Fee: $230 member, $285 non-member. Prerequisites: Botanical Zentangle®


.• Fri-Sun, Oct. 30-31, Nov. 1, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Annie Reiser, CZT



All Natural Skin Care

See how easy and inexpensive it is to make your own facial steams with herbs, cleansing grains, masques, herbal toners, astringents, blemish cream, and lip balm. Learn how to make a rich, nutrient dense moisturizer, tailoring the recipe to meet your individual skin needs and issues.


Take home materials include the lotion made in class, an extensive handout, a month supply jar of moisturizer, and a pot of lip balm.


Instructor: Christina Blume


$63 member, $68 non-member




Aquascapes: Liquid Landscapes in Mixed Media

Dive into the stunning world of the underwater garden! Aquascaping is the art of creating unique aquatic landscapes that mimic natural landscapes or abstract paintings, using freshwater aquatic plants, stones and wood. Numerous annual competitions attract exquisite entries from all over the world. With careful guidance, construct your own miniature aquascape for reference using plants, natural objects and other materials available at the first class. Learn techniques for depicting water, still and in motion, and objects as they appear under water. Finish with drawn or painted fish to add action to your aquascape. Work in your choice of colored pencil, watercolor, ink or mixed media to complete a dynamic underwater landscape that will stay fresh forever! Fee: $230 member, $285 non-member. Prerequisites: Botanical Illustration in Pencil I, entry-level course in another media of your choice or Certificate in Botanical Illustration.


• Thu, Nov. 5, 12, 19, Dec. 3, 10, 6-9 p.m.

Instructor: Susan DiMarchi


Around the World with Coffee


This class will be an introductory tour of coffees and their unique characteristics from places all over the world. We will discuss coffee growing and processing and how it relates to flavor distinctions.


Coffee tastings included.


Mark Overly

Mark Overly is President of Kaladi Coffee Roasters in Denver, Colorado an independent roaster of premium estate, shade grown, organic and Fair Trade Certified coffee. He has over twenty-five years’ experience as a coffee buyer, beginning in Anchorage, Alaska where he grew a small roasting enterprise into the largest in the state. Mr. Overly was awarded the State of Alaska Small Business Person of the Year in 1993 by the Small Business Administration. He has been featured in numerous national publications including Nation’s Business and Entrepreneur Magazine. He was one of the first roasters in America to be Fair Trade Certified by Transfair USA. His coffee has been awarded “Best Coffee” and “Best Espresso” by the Rocky Mountain News and 5280 Magazine on multiple occasions. He has traveled extensively around the world assessing coffee producers for quality management and sustainability, and has lectured internationally on coffee quality.


Open to all skill levels


$29, $26 member

Autumn Leaves in Watercolor


Expand your watercolor repertoire. Colorful autumn leaves are your playground as you explore new techniques and materials to create artistic leaf studies. With a focus on painterly effects, you¬l experiment with dabbing, splattering and charging. Sound like fun? That³ the idea. Play with watercolor and develop new techniques to enhance your illustrations. Fee: $230 member, $285 non-member. Prerequisites: Botanical Illustration in Pencil I, Botanical Illustration in Watercolor I, Light on Form or Certificate in Botanical Art and Illustration.


• Thu, Oct. 22, 29, Nov. 5, 12, 19, 9 a.m. – noon

Instructor: Constance Sayas




Bat Encounter: Live!

See some of the rarest bats in the world, up-close and personal in this one-of-a-kind educational program.

In this family-friendly, live animal program, you'll come face-to-face with different bats from around the world. Learn how bats impact humans and keep our environment healthy. You will also learn easy ways you can make your backyard a refuge for these important animals. 

Don't miss this fascinating show for all ages presented by Rob Mies, Director of the Organization for Bat Conservation at Michigan's Cranbrook Institute of Science.

Organization for Bat Conservation's live bat programs have won many awards and are a truly unique experience.

To view slides of some of the bats you might see and to learn more about bats, visit www.batconservation.org.

Price: $12 member, $15 non-member, $7 child (ages 3-12) includes admission to the Gardens



Beginning Bonsai


Are you mystified by the many centuries old Japanese tradition of bonsai? Join us for an entertaining and informative class with local Bonsai Master, Harold Sasaki and the Gardens’ Bonsai Specialist Larry Jackel as they debunk the myths, fictions and misconceptions surrounding this living art form.


Each participant receives a tree, ceramic pot, wire, soil and gravel in this hands-on experience of creating a finished bonsai, which you can home.

$78 member, $82 non-member, includes $30 for materials.

Instructor: Harold Sasaki and Larry Jackel

There will be a break for lunch, please bring lunch or there is a cafe onsite for you to purchase lunch.




Beginning Mushroom Identification

Mushrooms are being a hot topic in creative cooking and restaurants. There is a burgeoning group of foragers who are collecting wild specimens for culinary use and general research. It is very important to know what you are collecting and how to do it for proper identification.


The evening session will be a lecture teaching how to look at mushrooms to identify them, and how to properly collect them so they will be identifiable.

The day session will be a field trip during which participants will collect mushrooms, then the group will look over the collections and practice identifying them. The location of the field trip will be based on Ed's scouting trip the day before to ensure there are mushrooms available to collect. Students will be given the location of trip during the evening session.

This course will teach beginners how to use the features of mushrooms to identify them.


Ed Lubow has been hunting mushrooms since the 1970s and has been volunteering in the Sam Mitchel Herbarium of Fungi at Denver Botanic Gardens since 2008.


Open to all levels

No required equipment


$48/ $43 member

Beginning Rocky Mountain Gardening


Rocky Mountain Gardening Elective

This course is designed for the Front Range gardener beginner. The basics of what is needed to adjust gardening skills from other climates to the Front Range’s finicky climate are covered. If you have never gardened here before or are looking for more success, this is the class for you! Learn the skills necessary to become an enthusiastic gardener. Annuals, perennials and vegetables are discussed, along with trees and shrubs that thrive in our climate, elevation and varying soils. Plant selection, planting and troubleshooting is discussed.

Subsequent weeks focus on the elements, water needs, fertilizers and organic gardening.

Please bring a glass jar of soil to class. (Must be see through glass jar to study layers of your own backyard native soil)



$80 member, $90 non-member.


Instructor: Patti O'Neal


Best Fall Planted Bulbs for Perennializing

Rocky Mountain Gardening Elective


Want more than one year of spring bloom from your fall-planted bulbs? Come learn about the best bulbs and varieties for year after year of bloom in our area. Whether for perennial beds or naturalized landscapes, you will learn planting and cultural tips for maintaining long life. Discussion includes how best to use bulbs and design considerations with other plants and elements in the landscape.


Sign up now to discover the best cultivars of tulips and other bulbs that perennialize on the Front Range before purchasing bulbs to plant this fall. Taught by Carl Wilson, Denver horticulturist, speaker and retired CSU Extension Agent.


$26 member, $31 non-member


Instructor: Carl Wilson

BI in Colored Pencil I


You’ve learned to layer colored pencil, now learn techniques to draw effectively in this medium. Apply your drawing skills and learn new methods specific to colored pencils. Techniques include layering, building and burnishing in color. This versatile, portable medium is perfect for sketching on location as well as producing studio pieces. Learn through instruction, demonstration and practice on small studies of botanical subjects. You’ll be ready to produce a finished plate in Botanical Illustration in Colored Pencil II. Prerequisites: Botanical Illustration in Pencil I, Light on Form, Color Layering for Colored Pencil.


Fee: $230 member, $285 non-member


  Mon, Sep. 14, 21, 28, Oct. 5, 12, 9 a.m.   noon

Instructor: Susan DiMarchi



BI in Colored Pencil II


Take your colored pencil skills to the next level and become proficient in this fun, versatile medium. Work through a step-by-step process to create a preparatory layered drawing. Learn techniques to create texture, detail and depth to enhance your subject. Experiment with different surfaces and solvents for blending and shading. Add depth with atmospheric perspective and learn finishing techniques that will make your drawings pop. Individual attention will guide you to create a finished botanical plate. Prerequisites: Botanical Illustration in Pencil I, Light on Form, Botany for the Botanical Illustrator, Color Layering for Colored Pencil, Botanical Illustration in Colored Pencil I.


Fee: $230 member, $285 non-member

•Tue, July 28, Aug. 4, 11, 18, 25, 9 a.m. – noon

Instructor: Susan DiMarchi



Fee: $350 member, $400 non-member

• In-class sessions: Fri-Sat, Oct. 9-10, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

All assignments are to be completed no later than Nov. 20, 2015.

Instructor: Susan Rubin



BI in Pen and Ink I

Pen and ink is at the heart of botanical illustration. Expand your drawing repertoire as you learn techniques to create line, form and texture in black and white. “Expressive line” and “stipple” become part of your artistic vocabulary as you practice this traditional medium with modern and versatile technical pens. Step-by-step instruction, demonstration and practice will give you the foundation you need to draw any botanical subject accurately and skillfully. Prerequisite: Botanical Illustration in Pencil I; Perfecting Perspective strongly recommended.


Fee: $230 member, $285 non-member

• Thu, July 30, Aug. 6, 20, 27, Sep. 3, 6-9 p.m.

Instructor: Renee Jorgensen



Fee: $350 member, $400 non-member

• In-class sessions: Fri-Sat, Nov. 20-21, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

All assignments are to be completed no later than Dec. 22, 2015.

Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt



BI in Pen and Ink II


Take your pen and ink skills to a new level of sophistication. Explore the Gardens’ limitless world of color, texture and complex botany and incorporate this information into black-and-white illustrations. Working with both technical pen and traditional quill, learn advanced techniques to make strokes mimic the fuzz on a fern, the down in a milkweed pod or the mottled colors of a variegated begonia. Learn how to layer and manipulate lines and stipples to develop a full range of value, texture and atmospheric perspective. Pen techniques take on new meaning as you flesh out the final inked illustration of a plant of your choice. Prerequisites: Botanical Illustration in Pencil I, Botanical Illustration in Pen and Ink I, Perfecting Perspective, Light on Form, Botany for the Botanical Illustrator.


• Tue, Oct. 20, 27, Nov. 3, 10, 17, 1-4 p.m.

Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt


BI in Pencil I


Learn to draw! Begin with a brief history and an overview of the specific elements of botanical illustration. Learn the skills of careful observation and realistic drawing in graphite pencil, including line drawing, shading and perspective. Step by step, added techniques help you render accurate perspective, texture and detail. This is the entry course for every program student and a prerequisite for all required courses to follow. You’ll emerge from this class with the tools you need to draw anything. Fee: $230 member, $285 non-member. No prerequisites.


• Fri-Sun, June 26-28, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Constance Sayas


• Mon, June 15, 22, 29, July 6, 13, 6-9 p.m.

Instructor: Laurence Pierson


• Fri-Sun, July 17-19, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Susan DiMarchi


• Fri-Sun, Aug. 21-23, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Randy Raak


•Tue, Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27, Nov. 3, 9 a.m. – noon

Instructor: Laurence Pierson


• Tue, Nov. 10, 17, 24, Dec. 1, 8, 6-9 p.m.

Instructor: Renee Jorgensen


• Fri-Sun, Nov. 13-15, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Susan DiMarchi




BI in Pencil II

Simple and classic, pencil drawing is a timeless art form. Expand on the drawing skills you learned in Botanical Illustration in Pencil I as you reinforce and refine your knowledge of graphite pencil. Learn additional techniques for shading, texture, perspective, depth and composition. A good drawing is the basis of botanical illustration in any medium. Group instruction and individual attention are tailored to help you complete a botanical plate in this subtle and striking medium. Prerequisites: Botanical Illustration in Pencil I, Light on Form, Botany for the Botanical Illustrator.


•Wed, Sep. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 9 a.m. – noon

Instructor: Randy Raak



Fee: $350 member, $400 non-member

• In-class sessions: Fri-Sat, Dec. 11-12, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

All assignments are to be completed no later than Jan. 22, 2016.

Instructor: Renee Jorgensen




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