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2014-2015 Homeschool Day Package

• September 8, 2014

• October 20, 2014

• November 17, 2014

• January 26, 2015

• March 16, 2015


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. Topics in the 2014-2015 series include History at Hildebrand Ranch, Exhibit Exploration – Chihuly, Plants that Changed the World, Mysteries of Mycology and Starting a Garden.


Families are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy while at the Gardens. Food will also be available for purchase from Offshoots Café. Please note that all activities will take a 30 minute break from 12:00-12:30 for families, staff and volunteers to enjoy lunch.


Price: $44 for all 5 Homeschool Days One adult per family is free of charge. Additional adults will need to pay $6.50 each, payable on the day of the program. Children two and under are free of charge, but may not create take-home activities. The program fee includes all day admission to the Gardens.


A Day with La Catrina


Join us for a workshop in which you will learn about the history and cultural significance of La Catrina, an iconic character brought to life by the Mexican illustrator and printmaker Jose Posada.

Create your own skeleton figurine sporting a daily life costume in the traditional style of Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead).


This program is done in partnership with CHAC Gallery and Cultural Center.


Instructor: Rebecca Romero


$ 36 member, $39 non-member, includes $10 for materials


Rebecca Romero is a talented artist who works in a variety of mediums including found object art, watercolors, acrylics and photography. She considers her work to be spiritually based with a dreamlike quality. A long time teacher, Rebecca has taught numerous art classes for CHAC Gallery as well as working with underserved youth and students of all ages throughout the Denver area.

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Adult Pumpking 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 recieve 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



All Natural Skin Care

See how easy and inexpensive it is to make your own facial steams with herbs, cleansing grains and creams, wonderful masques, including alpha hydroxy, herbal toners and astringents, and a rich creamy moisturizer that contains far more nutrients and anti-oxidants for your skin than anything available commercially.

You'll also learn how to make a profoundly healing cream for damaged skin and premature wrinkling. Learn a few tricks for blemishes and how to make a creamy, healing lip balm.

Take home an extensive handout, bag of steaming herbs, a month supply jar of moisturizer and a pot of lip balm. After using the moisturizer from class you and your skin will never again be satisfied with anything less.


Instructor: Christina Blume


$58 member, $63 non-member, includes $30 for materials.




Amaryllis in Transparent Acrylics

Registration opens June 12, 2014 at 9am. Classes will appear sold out until then.

The awe-inspiring beauty of this native South African plant offers a perfect opportunity to explore acrylic as a transparent medium. Although transparent acrylic looks similar to watercolor, the damp-on-damp technique offers a more controlled and slower application process. The result: gorgeous, luminous washes! Step-by-step instruction, demos, and exercises will give you the necessary skills to build smooth washes, variegated patterns, soft textures, intricate details and a final amaryllis illustration. Fee: $250 member, $300 non-member (includes one blooming South African amaryllis or Hippeastrum from South America, depending on supply). Prerequisites: Botanical Illustration in Pencil I, Botanical Illustration in Watercolor I, Light on Form or Certificate in Botanical Art and Illustration.


• Mon, Dec. 1, 8, 15, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt


An Apple A Day


Do you have apples on the mind?? An abundance of delicious local Colorado apples flourish during this season. Come learn the art of apples in a variety of sweet and savory forms. Using their natural sweetness to pair, lighten, and brighten different dishes. This class will also explore the interesting history and nutritional properties of apples!


$47 nonmembers, $42 members


Instructor: DeJa Walker


Art at 75 MPH

Registration opens June 10, 2014 at 9am. Classes will appear sold out until then.


Grab your pencils and buckle up! Take a break from the usual slower tempo of botanical illustration as you learn to capture the gist of a subject or scene at a fun, fast pace. Learn to trust your intuition, see in new ways and develop a personal language of pencil strokes. Train your eye to capture shape and movement on the fly and quickly translate the information onto paper. You’ll be surprised to see how this method of integrating art into your daily life improves all of your drawings as you learn to visually “cut to the chase.”“ Simple materials make this skill a natural for travel! Fee: $230 member, $285 non-member. Open to everybody with, no prerequisites.


• Fri -– Sun, Sep. 5-7, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Libby Kyer


Autumn Leaves in Watercolor

Registration begins June 10, 2014 at 9am. Classes will appear sold out until then.

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.

`Tue, Sep. 30, Oct. 7, 21, 28, Nov 4, 6-9 p.m.

Instructor: Constance Sayas



Backyard Chicken Keeping

An accessible introduction for anyone who is interested in raising backyard hens.


Join Sundari Kraft of EatWhereULive for an accessible introduction to raising backyard hens. Topics covered will include:

- Choosing the perfect chickens (best breeds and how/where to purchase)

- Chick care

- Housing and fencing

- Feeding

- Common chicken challenges

- All about the eggs

- Financial considerations

- Livestock licensing process



Sundari Kraft. Sundari is the proud owner of a beautiful flock of Denver backyard hens. She is the author of "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Urban Homesteading," and successfully worked with city officials to change Denver's chicken laws



$35 member / non-member


Instructor: Sundari Kraft


Sundari Kraft is the author of "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Urban Homesteading" (Alpha Books, 2011). She is the founder of Heirloom Gardens and Sustainable Food Denver, and was the founding chair of the Denver Sustainable Food Policy Council. Sundari grows fruit and vegetables at her house in Denver, and is raising chickens, dwarf goats, and bees in her back yard.




Backyard Goat Keeping

An accessible introduction for anyone who is interested in raising backyard dwarf dairy goats.



Join Sundari Kraft of EatWhereULive for an accessible introduction to raising backyard dwarf dairy goats. Topics covered will include:

- Choosing the perfect goats (best breeds and how/where to purchase)

- Housing and fencing

- Feeding

- Medical care & hoof trimming

- Common goat challenges

- All about the milk and milking

- Breeding and kidding

- Financial considerations (initial investment and ongoing costs)

- Livestock licensing process



Sundari Kraft. Sundari is the proud owner of Nigerian Dwarf dairy goats. She is the author of "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Urban Homesteading," and successfully worked with city officials to improve Denver's goat laws



$35 member / non-member.


Instructor: Sundari Kraft



Basic Floral Design


Interested in floral design? Learn how to get started in this class - how to choose appropriate flowers, select containers, use floral foam, how color influences your bouquet, and how to make those flowers last their longest. Have all your cut flower questions answered by an expert and take home an arrangement that you make yourself.


Bring a small, sharp knife; OR sharp shears that you won’t need to use again for paper or fabric; OR garden clippers (no anvil cutters). There will be some clippers to borrow if you don’t have your own. Also, professional clippers will be available to purchase for $10.00. $24 materials fee provides flowers and container.


Instructor: Margaret Binet, AIFD

$47 members, $52 nonmembers


Image: Courtesy of Nanimo off Flickr

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--the North American Big Brown bat, the endangered Rodrigues bat, and the Malayan Flying Fox--a beautiful bat with a 6-foot wingspan. 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.

OBC'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.

$12 member, $15 non-member, $7 child (ages 3-12).


Beekeeping Basics


If you’re thinking about starting a beehive or are just curious about what’s involved with keeping bees, then this is a great introductory class for you. Tracy will teach you how the honeybee lives, discuss different hive designs, tell you how to get started as a beekeeper, and give you an idea of the beekeepers year. A handout will be provided with a list of suggested reading, supportive resources, including local beekeeping groups.


$36 members, $42 non members


About our instructor:

Tracy Bellehumeur has been raising bees for 6 years using natural methods in Top Bar and Langstroth hives, and helps to maintain hives for community gardens in Boulder. She is the beekeeping instructor for Growing Gardens in Boulder and one of the teachers for the Boulder County Beekeepers Association, specializing in honeybee pests and diseases.


Beginning Bonsai

Are you mystified by this many centuries old Japanese art?


Join us for an entertaining and informative class with local Bonsai Master, Harold Sasaki and Bonsai Specialist Larry Jackel who will debunk the myths, fictions and misconceptions surrounding this living art form.


We will provide the tree, ceramic pot, wire, soil and gravel. You will have a hands-on experience of creating a finished bonsai, which you will take home with you.


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


Instructor: Harold Sasaki and Larry Jackel


**This class will be held in the North Parking Lot in the Socitey House, please see map attached to confirmation


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


Beginning Rocky Mountain Gardening

Rocky Mountain Gardening Elective


This is a course for the beginner or for newcomers to the Front Range Gardening Community. We will hit all the basics of what you really need to know to adjust your gardening skills to our climate or to begin your gardening success here on the Colorado Front Range.

If you have never gardened here before or are looking for more success, this is the class for you!

Learn the basics of gardening in our finicky climate and the skills necessary to become an enthusiastic gardener. Annuals, perennials and vegetables will be discussed, along with trees and shrubs for our climate, elevation and varying soils.


We will discuss plant selection, planting and troubleshooting. Leave with the knowledge and resources you need to plant the garden you have always wanted.


Subsequent weeks will 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

Registration begins June 10, 2014 at 9am. Classes appear sold out until then.


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. Fee: $230 member, $285 non-member. Prerequisites: Botanical Illustration in Pencil I, Light on Form, Color Layering for Colored Pencil.


• Wed, July 23, 30, Aug. 6, 13, 20, 9 a.m. – noon

Instructor: Susan DiMarchi


• Mon, Nov. 3, 10, 17, 24, Dec. 1, 6-9 p.m.

Instructor: Susan DiMarchi


BI in Colored Pencil II

Registration begins June 10, 2014 at 9am. Classes appear sold out until then.


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. Fee: $230 member, $285 non-member. 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.


• Mon, Sep. 8, 15, 22, 29, Oct. 6, 1-4 p.m.

Instructor: Susan Rubin


BI in Pen and Ink I

Registration begins June 10, 2014 at 9am. Classes appear sold out until then.


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. Fee: $230 member, $285 non-member. Prerequisite: Botanical Illustration in Pencil I; Perfecting Perspective strongly recommended.


• Thu, Aug. 14, 21, 28, Sept. 4, 18, 1-4 p.m.

Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt


• Tue, Nov. 11, 18, 25, Dec. 2, 9, 6-9 p.m.

Instructor: Renee Jorgensen



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