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Tickets are valid for general admission only.

-Tickets are valid any day during regular admission hours.

-Tickets are not valid for Blossoms of Light or other specially ticketed events.

-Tickets are non-refundable.

**The Gardens will close at 4 p.m. daily November 23-January 1 for Blossoms of Light**

Winter Hours

October 1, 2018- May 11, 2019

Every day: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Summer Hours

May 12, 2019 - Sept. 29, 2019

Every day: 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. (Grounds close at 9 p.m.)

Mordecai Children's Garden Hours

March 1 - October 31

Every day 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Denver Botanic Gardens occasionally closes early for special events. A list of early closure dates can be found by following this link.

www.botanicgardens.org/early-closings

Denver Botanic Gardens reserves the right to change terms and conditions at any time without prior notice.

 

2019 6th Annual Tree Diversity Conference

 

To protect our urban forests, which are threatened by pests and pathogens, a greater variety of tree species is necessary.

 

For our sixth annual conference we will continue to explore the relationships between landscape design, horticultural practices and the use of a greater variety of tree species.

 

Between them, our speakers this year boast an extravagant depth of experience ranging from worldwide plant exploration to landscape and garden design, promotion of new plant materials, administration of some of our country's most noted horticultural conferences and institutions and hands-on experience with plant testing and data collection.

 

Public $80, includes all programming and lunch

$70 Promo, includes all programming and lunch

*Promotional price available to all Members of Colorado Tree Coalition

 

Symposium will be held at Denver Botanic Gardens in Mitchell Hall.

 

Schedule of Speakers coming soon!

A New Gardener Boot Camp - Evening Series

Are you a blank slate when it comes to starting your very own garden? Worried about ending the growing season with a pile of dead plants and sad vegetables? Join us at Denver Botanic Gardens for two evenings packed with answers to all those looming and mysterious gardening questions. Get started on the right foot this year with all of our best beginner classes, carefully designed to equip you with all the tools you will need to master that garden once and for all!

 

This series occurs on two evenings, two boot camp classes will be covered each evening.

 

Classes include:

Garden Planning 101 - Where do I Start?

This beginner class will take you step by step through the process of laying out a plan of attack for your garden! Whether you are starting with a blank slate garden or working with an old outdated garden this class will give you the basics on where to start. It will discuss needs and planning tools for raised beds, container gardens and in-ground vegetable gardens. We will discuss the basics of garden locations, sun requirements, water needs, starting from seed, transplanting and the basics of planning the organization of perennials and annuals, trees and shrubs. This class is the perfect fit for anyone needing to understand how the garden works together as a whole.

Soils 101

Soils will always be the first place to start when building a beautiful garden. This class will cover the best management practices for building your soil for in-ground beds, containers and raised beds. It will discuss the basics of composting as well as demonstrate the value of soil testing.

Beginning Vegetable Gardening

If you have never planted edible plants or had little success at growing your own vegetables, Brien will walk you through the ABCs from planning, soil preparation, crop selection, watering, fertilizing, pest protection, and harvesting your first vegetable garden. Brien will cover tips on the most popular vegetables to grow, including leafy salad greens, tomatoes, squash, peppers, and more. You'll leave with a comprehensive understanding of how to successfully do each gardening task, and take home a planting guide that will help you through the entire growing season.

Annuals and Perennials for Color in the Garden

Plants provide the backbone of the garden with vibrant colors, textures, and forms that weave together to create your own personal oasis. Learn the basics of perennials, annuals and biennials, how to make the best selections for your garden and how to best maintain your plants throughout the season. From the traditional to the unusual we will explore the limitless varieties of plants and send you into the growing season prepared.

These classes combined usually cost more then $200 but with New Gardener Boot Camp event will be $60 members, $80 non-members. Register Early as space is limited.

Amazing Vegetables A to Z Full Series

AMAZING VEGETABLES A TO Z FULL SERIES

Rocky Mountain Gardening Elective

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

March 20, 2019- 6:00pm

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

March 27, 2019- 6:00pm

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

April 3, 2019- 6:00pm

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

April 10, 2019- 6:00pm

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".

 

 

Basic Photo Editing in Adobe Lightroom

Have you used Adobe Lightroom for simple edits but want to learn more about what is possible for your images? Learn the basics of photo editing using this popular and versatile photography program. In this course, you will learn how to use the basic develop submodule, how to create a develop preset and get a functional introduction to the tone curve, HSL, split toning and lens correction submodules.

Open to all skill levels. Lecture style class with review of images, discussion and Q&A session.

 

Price: $41, $36 member

Instructor: John Bosley is a wedding and portrait photographer in Denver, CO. He is also a writer for PhotographyLife.com, a top-ranked photography blog, and co-creator of an educational video series about photography.

Special Instructions: Students must bring a laptop with Adobe Lightroom (Version 5 or higher) installed. Students can bring their own images, but will be provided with images to edit. Make sure there is an available USB port on your laptop to download images.

Battling the Japanese Beetle

Rocky Mountain Gardening Elective

The Japanese beetle – found in many Front Range areas -- is moving to new communities. This unwelcome beetle is concerning home owners with serious damage to plants. Instructor Betty Cahill takes the class through the management options for the Japanese beetle during its adult and larval stages. She provides tips on how to protect your favorite plants, including a plant list that Japanese beetles prefer and mostly avoid.

Instructor: Betty Cahill

Price: $31, $26 member

Best Long Blooming Perennials

Rocky Mountain Gardening Elective

When gardeners dive into the fascinating world of perennials, they are often disappointed to find that, unlike annuals, most perennials only bloom for a few weeks. However some perennials push the envelope. Learn about the long-blooming stars that flower tirelessly for over a month, often much more. Get to know peak performers for spring, summer, and autumn, and for various amounts of sunlight and moisture.

 

Instructor: Lauren Springer Ogden is a long-time instructor at DBG and internationally known garden designer, author, and speaker. She designed several gardens at DBG, including the popular WaterSmart Garden, and most recently the new native Visitors Center gardens at Chatfield Farms.

Price: $34, $29 members

Botanical Illustration in Pen and Ink II- Online with On-Site Component

  

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 Pen and Ink I, Perfecting Perspective, Botany for the Botanical Illustrator, Composition for Botanical Illustration.

 

 

**ONLINE WITH ON-SITE COMPONENT**

Fee: $310 member, $405 non-member

In-class sessions: Fri-Sat, March 1-2, 9 a.m.   2:30 p.m.

**All assignments are to be completed no later than April 2, 2019.**

Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt

 

 

The Off-Site Learning Approach

Following the two-day concentrated classroom instruction, three internet sessions cover the remaining course elements. The successful completion of final artwork (a plate) one month (30 days) after the conclusion of the on-site session is the culmination of each of the distance learning courses.

 

Students must use a scanner or digital camera to record their weekly achievements and email the high-resolution image to the instructor and the school manager. All student questions, as well as instructor answers, recommendations and suggestions are handled by email. The student must send a scan of the final plate to the instructor and the school manager in order to receive credit for the course.

 

 

 

 

 

Botanical Illustration in Pencil I

Learn to draw! Begin 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.

Prerequisites: None

Fee: Member $280 Non-Member $330

Date(s):

Thu, Jan. 17, 24, 31, Feb. 7, 14, 1-4 p.m.

Instructor: Laurence Pierson

 

Fri-Sun, Feb. 22-24, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Charlotte Ricker

 

Tue, March 26, April 2, 16, 23, 30, 9 a.m. – noon

Instructor: Renee Jorgensen

 

Fri-Sun, May 3-5, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Randy Raak

 

Wed, May 29, June 5, 12, 19, 26, 6-9 p.m.

Instructor: Susan DiMarchi

 

Botanical Illustration 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: Light on Form, Botany for the Botanical Illustrator, Composition for Botanical Illustration, Perfecting Perspective.

Fee: $260 member, $310 non-member.

 

Date(s):

Wed, Feb. 20, 27, March 6, 13, 20, 9 a.m. – noon

Instructor: Charlotte Ricker

 

Wed, May 22, 29, June 5, 12, 19, 1-4 p.m.

Instructor: Randy Raak

 

Building a Schoolyard Garden

Learn how to create a simple vegetable or habitat garden in your schoolyard, either in the ground or in containers. Get tips on gardening, plants suitable for the school year season and ideas on how to incorporate a schoolyard garden curriculum into your classroom curriculum. Appropriate for K-12 teachers.

$55, Member; $65, Nonmember

0.5 semester hours of graduate level relicensure credit from the Colorado School of Mines is available on the day of the class for an additional $40.

Bumblebee Jamboree Admission

This unique musical experience is perfect for children ages 0-12 and their parents. Children are invited to dress as a favorite pollinator such as a bee, butterfly or bird and dance and sing along with the musical guests.

Each family-friendly indoor concert features original and traditional songs by a different musical performer.

Feb 23 – Dr. Noize

March 23 – Eric West

April 20 – Hunk-Ta-Bunk-Ta

Cafe Botanique

Café Botanique is a part of the Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate Program and is open to Botanical Art and Illustration students, Gardens' members, the general public, academia and artists. The 30-40 minute talk starts at 6:30 p.m. and is followed by a discussion. This lecture offers one elective credit hour in the BI-program. Fee: $5.

 

 

Color Mixing

The first step to watercolor painting is mixing colors. Learn a system for combining colors consistently to eliminate frustrating trial and error. Exercises, demonstrations and discussion will show you how to achieve the broadest possible spectrum. Learn about paint properties and important information about choosing pigments. Practice mixing colors to match a variety of plant material. You’ll gain confidence and skills to improve your color work.

No prerequisites.

Fee: $260 member, $310 non-member.

Date(s): 

Mon, Feb. 18, 25, March 4, 11, 18, 1-4 p.m.

Instructor: Constance Sayas

 

Tue, June 11, 18, 25, July 2, 9, 6-9 p.m.

Instructor: Constance Sayas

 

Contrasting Color Combinations with Colored Pencil

Magic or mud? If your complements are not getting compliments, it is time to delve into the effective use of color wheel opposites. See how adjacent complements create brilliance and layered complements dull and shade. Learn to discern hidden complements and put them to work for you with intention. Create a series of small studies to show off your mastery of complementary color.

 

Prerequisite: Botanical Illustration in Colored Pencil I.

 

Fee: $260 member, $310 non-member.

 

Date(s):

Fri-Sun, March 8-10, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Susan Rubin

 

Creative Basics of Photography-Classroom Session

 

 

 

 

Cub Scout Exploration Day

All levels of Cub Scouts are invited to spend a day at the Gardens exploring plants as they prepare for the changing seasons. Visit the Gardens with your pack or as a family and investigate the story a tree can tell, learn about soils, make a miniature worm compost bin and plant seeds to take home.

 

Scout Exploration Days offer scout troops the opportunity to explore plant-based themes through a variety of hands-on activities and take-home projects. Each Exploration Day offers several activity stations set up throughout the Gardens for groups to explore. Pack a picnic lunch and make a day of it!

 

Price: $12 per scout (includes admission to the Gardens). One adult (troop leader or parent) for every five scouts is admitted free of charge. Additional adults and non-participating siblings pay $7. Non participating siblings do not participate in the take home activities. If siblings want to participate please purchase a scout ticket.

 

Special Instructions: Activity stations will be located outdoors. On colder days or days with inclement weather programs will utilize the indoor spaces of the Gardens. We recommend the scouts dress in layers and bring a hat, water bottle and sunscreen with them. You will receive an email with check in information a few days before your scheduled visit.

 

Scout Exploration Day Refund Policy: Cancellations more than one week prior to the scheduled program are subject to a 15% cancellation fee. Cancellations with less than one week’s notice are non-refundable.

Drawing on Tradition: Charles Rennie Mackintosh's Floral Designs

Artists should be true to themselves to cultivate an artistic expression born from within.”

Charles Rennie Macintosh (1868-1928), a well-known Irish architect, is best known for his exquisite architectural renderings and design work. However, throughout his life, especially after 1900, he concentrated on botanical subjects. Using a distinctive linear style, he focused on defining his floral subjects using simple contours and equally simple thin watercolor washes. In this class, break away from traditional botanical art formalities. Working from live cut specimens, practice the art of sketching and design. Inspired by the life and unique artistic approach of the artist, in-class demonstrations and exercises teach you how to turn form into pure and eloquent shape. Add simple watercolor washes to create a beautiful and distinctive graphite and watercolor flower plate.

 

 

Prerequisite: Botanical Illustration in Watercolor I.

 

Fee: $260 member, $310 non-member.

 

Date(s):

Tue, Feb. 19, 26, March 5, 12, 19, 1-4 p.m.

Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt

 

Drawing on Tradition: Frida Kahlo's Botanicals

The femininity, grace and strength of Frida Kahlo resonate in her self-portraits. Whether it's because of the saturated colors or her pre-Columbian jewelry, outrageous pets or glorious tropical fruit, her work will endure.

Using mixed media to emulate her iconic style, we will surround portraits of ourselves (or a loved one) with the flora of Mexico using paint and embroidery. We will use a photo transfer method for the portrait component—no drawing or painting required.

 

Prerequisite: Entry-level color media in botanical illustration of your choice.

Fee: $270 member, $320 non-member.

 

Date(s):

Wed, Feb. 20, 27, March 6, 13, 20, 1-4 p.m.

Instructor: Meredith Feniak

 

Enjoying Nature with Fountain Pens

Using fountain pens is a wonderfully different and relaxing way to write and draw, especially when combined with nature! This course will teach you the basics of using and maintaining a fountain pen. You will also have an opportunity to sample various types of pens, paper and ink to help you decide which you prefer. You’ll even receive a fountain pen and notebook that are yours to keep! Open to all skill levels. Lecture style class with a hands-on portion that allows students to try out different fountain pens, inks and papers.

 

Price: $49, $45 member

Instructor: John Bosley is a professional photographer in Denver, CO. He is also a long-time collector of fountain pens and is the creator of FountainPenLove.com, a site dedicated to people who love using, collecting and learning about fountain pens.

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