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2017 Horticulture Home Garden Tour: Habitat Hero Gardens

A Habitat Hero is a gardener who, certified by the Audubon Rockies, includes diverse planting layers through the use of native and regionally adapted plants, provides shelter and nesting opportunities, offers natural food and water sources, does not spread invasive species of plants and does not rely on the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Come see three of the best and most diverse examples of Habitat Hero gardens throughout the Denver-metro area.

 

Price: $51, $46

Special Instructions: Transportation will be provided from Denver Botanic Gardens.

2017-2018 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.

 

Art Exploration - August 28, 2017 (10 a.m.  2 p.m.)

Ecosystems Near and Far - September 25, 2017 (10 a.m.  2 p.m.)

Plants that Changed the World - October 23, 2017 (10 a.m.  2 p.m.)

Mysteries of Mycology - January 22, 2018 (10 a.m.  2 p.m.)

Amazing Adaptations - February 26, 2018 (10 a.m.  2 p.m.)

Starting a Garden - March 19, 2018 (10 a.m.  2 p.m.)

 

Register for all 6 Homeschool Days offered August 2017 through March 2018, and receive a $12 savings over the individual price.

 

Price: Discounted package price (all 6 days) $60

A Simple Guide to Planning a Seed Garden

Learn how planning ahead can yield big results from your seed harvest. Knowing how a seed is saved allows you to let nature take its course and give back even more than you put in. This class breaks down the easy-to-save, intermediate-to-save and advanced-to-save varieties most commonly grown in home gardens. The seed life cycle is already happening in your garden so it’s easy to integrate seed saving into your current practices. With a little planning, you can greatly increase your personal seed bank and keep plants – including vegetables, herbs and flowers – vigorous and adapting in your garden.

All Natural Skin Care

See how easy and inexpensive it is to make natural cleansers, toners, exfoliants, masks, creams, serums, moisturizers and more that contain far more nutrients and anti-oxidants for your skin than anything commercially available. You'll learn how to precisely tailor natural ingredients and nutrients to address any skin issue specific to your wants and needs. Take home an extensive handout and two items made in class to enjoy!

Instructor: Kim Cherie, owner of K. CHERIE Botanical Spa Retreat

Price: $68, $63 member, includes $35 for materials

Amazing Vegetables A to Z Full Series

AMAZING VEGETABLES A TO Z FULL SERIES

 

This is the class that will hone your skills as an amazing vegetable gardener. It is designed to take beginners to a new level and remind intermediate gardeners of the success strategies that always work when we go off course and forget the science of what got us to success in the first place. We will cover the science of vegetable gardening, do some myth busting, and provide you with some clear cut strategies to get the biggest harvest from the space you have.

The classes are 2 ½ hours each and are designed so that you can take the entire series or drop in for a refresher on the single class or classes that you want to brush up on. We will use a combination of hands on and lecture and demonstration to keep you engaged.

Please note: We will not cover gardening in containers in depth in this class. If that is your interest, please see Crops in Pots.

 

Session 1: Raised Beds

Planning the best location, choosing in ground or raised beds and the advantages and disadvantages of each. We will look at re-purposing materials to create raised beds. We will cover soil building and choosing amendments. We will build around what has not worked for you in the past and set you on a course for improvement for your 2017 vegetable garden. Every season is a Do-Over!

 

Session 2: Planting

Planting is the focus of this session. How to decide what to plan, the seasons of the vegetable garden and getting the biggest bang for your gardening buck. We will cover cool season and warm season plants and the ones that grow best here in Colorado. Then take a look at seed starting and see a demonstration of starting seeds inside and direct sowing outside as well as transplanting. Then we will cover spacing strategies designed to give you the biggest harvest for the space you have available.

 

Session 3: Extended Gardening

Keeping the Garden going for 3 seasons and beyond is the theme of this session. We will cover the importance of Crop Rotation and how to do it. We will learn different ways to succession plant and how it can maximize the harvest. We will address season extension strategies to protect your crops. We will also cover the concept of companion planting and what is true and what is not.

 

Session 4: Pests, Problems, & Harvesting

The most common pests and diseases of the vegetable garden will be addressed, how to spot problems before they get away from you and good cultural practices to avoid problems, organics, watering, fertilizing and insect and disease controls. We will also discuss how to know when your veggies are ready for harvest.

 

Instructor: Patti O'Neal

Price: $120, $110 members

Special Instructions: You can sign up for each individual session, or sign up for all four classes in the series at a discount by signing up for "Amazing Vegetables A to Z Full Series".

 

Ancient Art of Wild Fermentation

Learn the beautiful and transformative art of wild fermentation which leverages naturally occurring bacteria in soil and on plants to preserve and enhance vegetables. Join the cultured foods renaissance and experience the increased immune and digestive benefits fermented foods bring to your internal ecosystem.

These are not your grandmother’s cultured veggies – each creation is alive with wild-crafted, probiotic-rich flavor and texture unique to your garden.

The theory, science and practical application of this simple and safe preservation method will be shared. This is an introductory fermentation class; cooking skills not required. We’ll celebrate spring with seasonal ferments that transform and delight. Demo and samples included.

Price: $38, $34 member

Instructor Bio: Cynthia Farris designs personalized nutrition & lifestyle programs for women in their prime wanting to heal digestive & immune issues naturally. She believes that good health begins with a joyful gut which is created through gentle and easy to incorporate daily practices. Trained as a functional nutritionist, she focuses on root cause resolution of symptoms resulting in happy bellies, vibrant energy, uplifted mood, and sustainable wellness. She holds certifications in functional nutrition and lifestyle practices, fermentation, transformational coaching, is a board certified holistic health coach and founder of FOOD & YOU with Cynthia Farris.

 

Aquatic Adventures at Chatfield Farms

June 19-23, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. • July 17-21, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Discover the wonders of water and aquatic habitats. Immerse yourself in nature along the banks of Deer Creek and the wetland ponds while observing frogs, insects and birds of prey.

Price: $250 members, $270 non-members.

Be a Bee Advocate Workshop

This class is great for people interested in learning about bees, both wild and domesticated. Instructor, Tracy Bellehumeur teaches about how honeybees and wild bees live, the variety of wild bees in Colorado, and different honeybee hive designs. Participants will build a wild bee house for their home and a handout with suggested reading, and supportive resources is provided. Each participant is asked to bring a drill for construction of their bee home. Each participant is asked to bring a drill for construction of their bee home.

Price: $49, $44 member

Instructor: Tracy Bellehumeur has been raising bees for eight years using natural methods in top bar and langstroth hives and helps maintain hives for community gardens in boulder. She teaches a series of hands-on beekeeping classes for growing gardens in boulder and also teaches for the boulder county beekeepers association, specializing in honeybee pests and diseases.

Special Instructions: Part of class takes place outdoors and is hands-on; please dress appropriately and comfortably to move around and participate in hands-on workshop activities. Each participant is asked to bring a drill for construction of their bee home.

 

 

 

 

 

Beginning Bonsai

Are you mystified by the many centuries old Japanese tradition of bonsai? Join us for an entertaining and informative class with nationally recognized bonsai masters Harold Sasaki and 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.

 

** this class sells out very quickly, class size is very small for hands on instruction and attention from instructors, please register early

 

Instructors: Harold Sasaki and Larry Jackel

Price: $105, $95 member, $30 materials fee included

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

Beginning Farmers Workshop Series: Beekeeping

Learn from local farmer and farm educators how to start and operate your own farm. Chose the workshops that fit your needs or sign-up for the entire series! All workshops take place on Fridays from 9am-3pm at farms around the Denver Metro Area. Check out all of the workshops!

 

August 11: Beekeeping

This class is a thorough introduction to beekeeping meant for first-time and beginning beekeepers; learn how to set up, maintain and troubleshoot your own bee hive.

 

 

Location:

Chatfield Farms

8500 W Deer Creek Canyon Rd,

Littleton, CO 80128

 

Price: $20 public

Instructor: Denver Botanic Gardens staff and local farmers.

 

Beginning Farmers Workshop Series: Community and Volunteer Programs

Learn from local farmer and farm educators how to start and operate your own farm. Chose the workshops that fit your needs or sign-up for the entire series! All workshops take place on Fridays from 9am-3pm at farms around the Denver Metro Area. Check out all of the workshops!

 

September 22nd, Community and Volunteer Programs

Are you interested in involving the community more in your farming operation? This class will provide strategies for increasing community involvement and managing volunteer farm programs

 

Location:

Mariposa

1089 Osage St.

Denver, CO

 

 

Price: $20 public

Instructor: Denver Botanic Gardens staff and local farmers.

 

Beginning Farmers Workshop Series: Full Series

Learn from local farmer and farm educators how to start and operate your own farm. Chose the workshops that fit your needs or sign-up for the entire series! All workshops take place on Fridays from 9am-3pm at farms around the Denver Metro Area. Check out all of the workshops!

 

Full Workshop Series

 

February 24th: Building Healthy Soils and Compost,

Chatfield Farms

Learn how to improve the quality and fertility of any soil type and how to start and manage a compost program.

 

March 10th: Greenhouse Propagation and Crop Planning

Chatfield Farms

Learn how to schedule crops to maximize your harvest; this also includes instruction in basic indoor propagation of vegetable plants.

 

April 7th: Irrigation and Equipment Use

Chatfield Farms

In this class, you will learn how to set up an irrigation system using drip tape; you will also be introduced to tools commonly used on small- to medium-scale farms for a variety of tasks including tilling, planting, harvesting and fertilizing.

 

May 19th: Growing for Market

York St

Learn how to prepare your vegetables for a variety of markets including direct-to-consumer and wholesale; get advice from market managers and produce buyers located in Denver.

 

June 16th: Harvest

Chatfield Farms

In this class, you will learn how to harvest a wide-variety of vegetables as well as how to manage labor and storage space for your bounty.

 

June 20th: Post-Harvest and Food Safety

Chatfield Farms

Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) are necessary to keep food safe on the journey from post-harvest to the consumer’s plate; learn how food safety informs all operations on the farm.

 

July 14th: Plant Pests, Disease, and Weed Management

Sprout City, 6700 E. Virginia Ave., Denver, CO

Day-to-day farm maintenance requires an intimate knowledge of the insect, disease and weed pests that are attacking your produce; learn how to identify pests and implement management strategies.

 

July 28th: Small Fruits and Orchard Crops

TBD

Diversify your farm by offering raspberries, grapes, apples, strawberries and many other fruit crops; learn what is possible in Colorado and the best management practices for these crops.

 

August 11th: Beekeeping

Chatfield Farms

This class is a thorough introduction to beekeeping meant for first-time and beginning beekeepers; learn how to set up, maintain and troubleshoot your own bee hive.

 

August 25th: Small Livestock

63rd St. Farm, 3796 63rd St., Boulder, CO

Diversity your farm by offering eggs, dairy products or meat birds; learn what is possible in Colorado and strategies for successfully marketing your products.

 

September 8th: Indoor Growing

Rebel Farm, 5445 W. Evans Ave, Denver, CO

Year-round vegetable production is a reality using greenhouses and high-tunnels. In this workshop, you will learn about hydroponically grown produce operations and season extension devices for in-ground growing.

 

September 22nd: Community and Volunteer Programs

Mariposa, 1089 Osage Ave., Denver, CO

Are you interested in involving the community more in your farming operation? This class will provide strategies for increasing community involvement and managing volunteer farm programs.

 

 

Price: $165 public

Instructor: Denver Botanic Gardens staff and local farmers.

 

Beginning Farmers Workshop Series: Growing for Market

Learn from local farmer and farm educators how to start and operate your own farm. Chose the workshops that fit your needs or sign-up for the entire series! All workshops take place on Fridays from 9am-3pm at farms around the Denver Metro Area. Check out all of the workshops!

 

May 19th, Growing for Market

 

Learn how to prepare your vegetables for a variety of markets including direct-to-consumer and wholesale; get advice from market managers and produce buyers located in Denver.

 

Location:

York St, Plant Society Building

1007 York St

Denver, CO 80206

 

Price: $20 public

Instructor: Denver Botanic Gardens staff and local farmers.

 

Beginning Farmers Workshop Series: Harvest

Learn from local farmer and farm educators how to start and operate your own farm. Chose the workshops that fit your needs or sign-up for the entire series! All workshops take place on Fridays from 9am-3pm at farms around the Denver Metro Area. Check out all of the workshops!

 

June 16th, Harvest

In this class, you will learn how to harvest a wide-variety of vegetables as well as how to manage labor and storage space for your bounty.

 

Location:

Chatfield Farms

8500 W Deer Creek Canyon Rd,

Littleton, CO 80128

 

Price: $20 public

Instructor: Denver Botanic Gardens staff and local farmers.

 

Beginning Farmers Workshop Series: Indoor Growing

Learn from local farmer and farm educators how to start and operate your own farm. Chose the workshops that fit your needs or sign-up for the entire series! All workshops take place on Fridays from 9am-3pm at farms around the Denver Metro Area. Check out all of the workshops!

 

September 8th, Indoor Growing

Year-round vegetable production is a reality using greenhouses and high-tunnels. In this workshop, you will learn about hydroponically grown produce operations and season extension devices for in-ground growing.

 

Location:

Rebel Farm

5445 W. Evans Ave

Denver, CO

 

 

Price: $20 public

Instructor: Denver Botanic Gardens staff and local farmers.

 

Beginning Farmers Workshop Series: Plant Pest, Disease, and Weed Management

Learn from local farmer and farm educators how to start and operate your own farm. Chose the workshops that fit your needs or sign-up for the entire series! All workshops take place on Fridays from 9am-3pm at farms around the Denver Metro Area. Check out all of the workshops!

 

July 14th, Plant Pests, Disease, and Weed Management

Day-to-day farm maintenance requires an intimate knowledge of the insect, disease and weed pests that are attacking your produce; learn how to identify pests and implement management strategies.

 

Location:

Sprout City Farms

6700 E. Virginia Ave, SE

Denver, CO 80224

 

 

Price: $20 public

Instructor: Denver Botanic Gardens staff and local farmers.

 

Beginning Farmers Workshop Series: Post-Harvest and Food Safety

Learn from local farmer and farm educators how to start and operate your own farm. Chose the workshops that fit your needs or sign-up for the entire series! All workshops take place on Fridays from 9am-3pm at farms around the Denver Metro Area. Check out all of the workshops!

 

June 30th, Post-Harvest and Food Safety

Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) are necessary to keep food safe on the journey from post-harvest to the consumer s plate; learn how food safety informs all operations on the farm.

 

Location:

Chatfield Farms

8500 W Deer Creek Canyon Rd,

Littleton, CO 80128

 

Price: $20 public

Instructor: Denver Botanic Gardens staff and local farmers.

 

Beginning Farmers Workshop Series: Small Fruits and Orchard Crops

Learn from local farmer and farm educators how to start and operate your own farm. Chose the workshops that fit your needs or sign-up for the entire series! All workshops take place on Fridays from 9am-3pm at farms around the Denver Metro Area. Check out all of the workshops!

 

July 28, Small Fruits and Orchard Crops

Diversify your farm by offering raspberries, grapes, apples, strawberries and many other fruit crops; learn what is possible in Colorado and the best management practices for these crops.

 

Location:

TBD

 

 

Price: $20 public

Instructor: Denver Botanic Gardens staff and local farmers.

 

Beginning Farmers Workshop Series: Small Livestock

Learn from local farmer and farm educators how to start and operate your own farm. Chose the workshops that fit your needs or sign-up for the entire series! All workshops take place on Fridays from 9am-3pm at farms around the Denver Metro Area. Check out all of the workshops!

 

August 25th, Small Livestock

Diversity your farm by offering eggs, dairy products or meat birds; learn what is possible in Colorado and strategies for successfully marketing your products.

 

Location:

63rd St. Farm

3796 63rd St.

Boulder, CO

 

 

Price: $20 public

Instructor: Denver Botanic Gardens staff and local farmers.

 

Beginning Mushroom Identification

Whether you want to collect mushrooms just to learn about them or to eat them, you will want to be able to identify them.

The two evening lectures will cover how to properly collect and identify mushrooms using their features and environment.

Then, join us for a field trip during which participants will collect mushrooms 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 notified of the location for the trip the day before the trip.

 

Instructor: 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.

Skill Level: All levels welcome

Price: $48, $43 member

Special Instructions: Note this class meets two thursdays, and has a four hour field trip as well.

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