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Homeschool Day: Mysteries of Mycology

While often thought to be plants, fungus such as mold, yeast and mushrooms make up their very own kingdom! Join us as we explore the similarities and differences between plants and fungi, investigate specimens from the Sam Mitchel Herbarium of Fungi and mix up your own bread mix to take home.


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: $11 per day per child; discounted package price (all 5 days) $44

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.



Lecture - The Perpetual Pantry: Bridging the Gap from Ranch to City Cooking

Eugenia Bone


The bounty of fruits and vegetables grown in Colorado’s North Fork Valley where Bone summers inspired her to become a master canner, a gardener and author of the memoir/cookbook, “At Mesa's Edge.” But nine months out of the year she lives in New York City. Adapting the culinary opportunities of country living to the realities of city life was a challenge but the process led to a new way of cooking that merges the thrifty traditions of the past with the time constraints of the urban lifestyle. Two more books have come out of this study: “Well-Preserved,” a small-batch canning book that explores ways to use home-canned foods, and “The Kitchen Ecosystem,” Bone's newest book (set to be released in September 2014), which investigates the integration of recipes to create the healthiest and tastiest foods. This talk will change the way you look at the food you buy, prepare and discard, and will help you understand why the food you make tastes the way it does.


Eugenia Bone, a veteran food writer who has published in many national magazines and newspapers, is also a cookbook author. In addition to being a well loved author of the above mentioned books, as well as, “Mycophilia: Revelations From the Weird World of Mushrooms,” a popular science book about fungi (Rodale 2011), Bone has contributed to many cookbooks and literary journals, been nominated for a variety of food writing awards and participated in radio, interactive and online interviews, in addition to appearing multiple times on television. Bone teaches and lectures about food preservation. She lives in New York City and Crawford, Colorado.


6 p.m. Social hour and tasting hosted by Slow Food Denver (included in price)

Menu - Using Eugenia’s creative recipes and delightful sense of place as a guide, we’ll take the best of what we can get our hands on, and use her recipes to taste the best of what is available.

7 p.m. Program and lecture

8:30 p.m. Book signing by author


All lecture programs: $15 member, $20 non-member. Space is limited so register early!


Slow Food Members are welcome to register for the discounted member price of $15, please click on reciprocal member price, no idenification required.


“Nature gives to every time and season some beauties of its own.”

— Charles Dickens


With the support of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation and in line with the Gardens' mission of connecting people with plants, this year's series is designed to take you along with us through nature’s seasons as we observe and appreciate the aesthetic and edible bounties that nature is able to provide for us within a year’s time.




Literature of the Land: Spring 2014 Book Club


Join us for the spring 2014 session of Literature of the Land, a book club series hosted by the Helen Fowler Library. We'll read 3 books over 3 months, focusing on a specific topic of interest.


We delve into literature related to the land and to nature, discussing topics that may range from environmental issues to the culture of food and drink, from the American dust bowl to the cinnamon trees of Southeast Asia. This spring we'll examine plant exploration - in history, fiction, and the modern era – and how it relates to topics ranging from botanical illustration to current gastronomic trends.


In March, we’ll start with Marianne North’s Abundant Beauty: The Adventurous Travels of Marianne North – Botanical Artist, an engaging collection of journal excerpts from North’s travels. Her travels, which circled the globe twice, produced a valuable collection of more than 800 paintings and rich descriptions of botanical treasures.


In April, we’ll change gears and read Elizabeth Gilbert’s The Signature of All Things. From London to Peru to Tahiti to Amsterdam, the novel explores a female botanist’s research during the Age of Enlightenment and the Industrial Revolution.


In May, we’ll move on to The Mushroom Hunters: On the Trail of an Underground America by Langdon Cook, which follows a renowned culinary adventurer as he seeks one of nature’s last truly wild foods – the uncultivated mushroom.


Registration is mandatory as attendance will be limited in number to allow for interactive discussion in a friendly group setting. The cost is $5 per session, $15 for all three sessions.


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