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2018 - 2019 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.

 

Journey to Japan - August 27, 2018 (10 a.m. - 2 p.m.)

Pollinators - September 17, 2018 (10 a.m. - 2 p.m.)

Plants and People of the Southwest - October 29, 2018 (10 a.m. - 2 p.m.)

Paleobotany - January 28, 2019 (10 a.m. - 2 p.m.)

Plant Detectives - February 25, 2019 (10 a.m. - 2 p.m.)

 

Register for all 5 Homeschool Days offered August 2018 through February 2019, and receive a $10 savings over the individual price.

 

Price: Discounted package price (all 5 days) $50

2018 Horticulture Garden Tour: Plains to Plains

Hike of Pawnee Buttes and Tour of High Plains Environmental Center with Panayoti Kelaidis and Jim Tolstrup

 

Price: $55, $49 member, includes lunch and transportation from Denver Botanic Gardens

Join Denver Botanic Gardens' Director of Horticulture Outreach Panayoti Kelaidis and High Plains Environmental Center Director Jim Tolstrup on a tour of preserved and restored prairie environments in Northern Colorado. Visit Soapstone Prairie, a Fort Collins natural area, featuring a pure herd of buffalo, 28 square miles of native grasses and wildflowers and one of the oldest archeological sites in North America.

At High Plains Environmental Center (HPEC), the group explores a native plant nursery and demonstration gardens featuring plants indigenous to Colorado, restored wetlands and grasslands with some remarkable wildflowers, all within an urban development. Plants are available for purchase from HPEC’s native plant nursery.

The last stop is tour of the Chapungu Sculpture Park in Centerra where stone sculptures created by the Shona People of Zimbabwe are surrounded by the largest plant select demonstration garden in Northern Colorado.

 

2018 SMA-Tour: So Much Art and Heritage

  

Join us for a trip exploring art and heritage. You will travel to San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuoto, Mexico and partake in cultural experiences while exploring and enhancing your Botanical Illustration skills. A non-refundable deposit, $360.00, is required to secure your spot. For more detailed information and payment, please contact Mervi at 720-865-3653. See more details of the trip below.

 

When: 12/01/18--12/10/18

 

Workshops:

Succulent! Capturing Cacti in Pencil and Gouache

Take your pencil skills to the next level. During a private tour through the garden learn about the botanical attributes that make succulents unique in the plant world. Observe and sketch cacti and succulents using a variety of techniques to record size, form, color, and details. Back on your drafting table, hone your skills with demonstration that targets techniques to portray needles, spines and ridges, as well as the smooth flesh of succulents. If you are working with gouache, achieve the range of greens and undertones often seen in these plants. Experiment with new techniques and materials and learn from demonstrations and individual guidance as you create a finished botanical work.

El Charco del Ingenio and Posada Corazon, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuoto, Mexico

December 3-5, 9 a.m. 1:30 p.m.

Instructor: Randy Raak

 

Drawing on Tradition: Frida Kahlo's Botanicals

The femininity, grace and strength of Frida Kahlo resonates in her self-portraits. Whether it's the saturated colors or her pre-Columbian jewelry, outrageous pets, and glorious tropical and fruit, she is an artist whose 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.

El Charco del Ingenio and Posada Corazon, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuoto, Mexico

December 7-9, 9 a.m. 1:30 p.m.

Instructor: Meredith Feniak

 

In addition to these classes the trip will include:

- Welcome dinner at Posada Corazon, Dec 1st, 6 p.m.

- Tour of The Sanctuary of Atotonilco (UNESCO World heritage site) Dec. 2

- Tour of El Charco del Ingenio Botanical Garden with a specialist (Monday, Dec. 3 and Friday, Dec. 7)

- Sketching and Documenting in El Charco del Ingenio Botanical Garden, Dec. 3, afternoon

- Informal field sketching of birds (both domestic and wild)

- A full day tour of Cañada de la Virgen archeological site. We'll explore the colossal temple and archaic ruins that date back to 1050 AD and gain insight into the culture of the Otomi people. Dec. 5.

- Specialist presentation and tour of the historic center and churches of San Miguel de Allende

- Textile tradition and weaving in SMA, Museum and Instituto Allende

- Tour at the historic La Casa Dragones, a historic house and the original 17th century stables of the legendary Dragones cavalry of San Miguel de Allende (includes Tequila tasting with hors d'oeuvres), Dec. 8, 6 p.m.

 

Fee $1800

- includes shuttle to and from the airport, lodging for 9 nights with luxurious full organic breakfast (double occupancy), Internet, all the program and classes listed above and more).

The fee does NOT include travel insurance, international airfare, meals not listed in the itinerary; personal expenses such as beverages, laundry, and communication charges, medical or evacuation fees including but not limited to emergency transportation, additional lodging, additional transportation, extra guide/porter services, medical treatment, etc., and tipping or gratuities.

 

Payment

A non re-fundable deposit $360/person is required for this trip and guarantees your spot. The remaining balance will be split in two payments: $720 due by June 5, 2018 and $720 due by October 9, 2018.

For more detailed information and payment, please contact Mervi at 720-865-3653

 

 

 

 

 

A Walk through Thyme Tour

Step back in time with plant stories that take you on a voyage from early life on the plains of North America to today. From common household herbs to grasses and favorite garden bulbs, plants are central to our lives and this is an opportunity to let them walk you through history. This is a one-hour tour led by docents.

 

Price: $14, $12 member, $10 student

 

Special instructions: Tours are outdoors; dress accordingly for the weather. Water, sunscreen and sunglasses are recommended. Please bring booking confirmation. Meet guide in the lobby of the Boettcher Memorial Center after entering through the Gardens main entrance.

 

Notes: Prices include admission to the Gardens. Tours with low registration are subject to cancellation.

Adapt, Endure, Recover: Using Herbs to Increase Performance and Boost Recovery at Milk Market

 

Join herbalist Erin Hattler at Milk Market for an informative evening discussing adaptogens (herbs that increase our ability to adapt to stress). We will discuss herbs to use for altitude sickness, how to use adaptogens to help with recovery and performance, secrets to avoiding burnout and the difference between Reshi and Chaga. You will be sampling a variety of different adaptogens and will leave with a comprehensive list of what adaptogens to use for different training or recovery goals and a personalized formula for your personal goals. Whether you are an athlete or just a weekend hiker looking to cross a few 14ers off your bucket list, join us for this workshop on herbs for athletes!

 

Price: $45

Instructor: A wild woman herbalist, Erin Hattler is passionate about the intersection of nature, recovery and empowerment. Plant medicine, self-care, good nutrition and a healthy dose of humor were integral to her personal healing journey. Erin comes from an incredible lineage of teachers both in the Western and Mayan traditions. She is certified as a clinical herbalist and women³ ethnobotanist from the Artemisia and Rue School of Herbal Studies and is an integrative nutrition certified health coach and flower essence therapist. Erin has apprenticed with healers and herbalists in Germany, New Zealand, Mexico and Crested Butte. Her studies included courses in functional medicine and clinical nutrition and she is certified in reiki, BARS and as a Radiant Tribe Facilitator.

 

Special Instructions:

This class will be held at Milk Market

1800 Wazee Suite 100
Denver, CO 80202

Frank Bonanno is the force behind The Denver Milk Market, fifteen unique venues from the mind of a celebrated Colorado chef who intends for the Milk Market to be his stamp on the city he calls home. More than just a group of food stalls (though we couldn´ be prouder of our little venues here) Milk Market is a community. We are a community of Denver institutions--a vacation home, if you will to the Denver Zoo, Denver Botanic Gardens, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Clyfford Still Museum. The Milk Market is a community of innovators, of local artists and craftsman, who land here weekly to showcase their best creations and share their techniques with the curious, and we are a monthly market that brims with a community of Colorado culinary makers. We are a community of early morning fitness seekers, happy hour gatherers, and late night pizza eaters. Denver Milk Market is a community of food, wine, and spirit professionals who invite you in to share our passion. The Denver Milk Market intends to be a happy, thriving community of the curious, the hungry, and the thirsty. We feed what you hunger for! Let³ meet at the Milk Market!

 

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 without chemicals! You'll learn how to blend 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

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 6, 2018- 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 13, 2018- 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

March 20, 2018- 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

March 27, 2018- 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".

 

 

Art of Smartphone Photography

 

This is the class for anyone who uses their smartphone camera to create photographs. Whether you’re new to photography or a seasoned pro, there’s more to learn about leveraging this accessible digital technology. You’ll gain insight into the photography skills necessary to make the most out of your images - from shooting to editing. Next, you will also learn the various platforms to share and print your images, and how to keep all of your precious memories safe. Whether you have an iPhone or an Android, join us for a fun-filled class!

 

Price: $29, $24 member

 

Instructor: Jeanette Galie Burkle is a commercial and editorial photographer with extensive experience in teaching, lecturing, and consulting. Since 2003, Jeanette has successfully owned and managed Galie Photography, while designing and delivering seminars on a wide range of photography topics. An award winning-photographer, Jeanette combines an engineering background with a strong artistic sense. With the belief that photography is part art and part science, she strives to use her unique background to produce art that is infused with a creative vision and improved by knowledge of the underlying scientific principles of photography. She has worked with many corporate clients including ExxonMobil, George Mason University, American Red Cross, John Marshall Bank, AmeriChoice, Medtronic, Harris Corporation, and Long & Foster Realty. Jeanette’s work has been honored through the Virginia Professional Photographers Association with such recognition as the highly distinguished Fuji Masterpiece Award and the Kodak Gallery Award.

Jeanette has been teaching photography since 2005. Her students respond well to her fun, upbeat classes, and Jeanette loves to see this passion be reflected in her students’ increased confidence as photographers.

 

Artist Talk with Mike Whiting

Experience the exhibition through the artist's eyes. Mike Whiting shares his inspirations and creative process that goes into creating his sculptures. The California-based artist received his BFA from Brigham Young University and his MFA from Pratt Institute in New York. He has been the subject of solo gallery and museum exhibitions and part of group exhibitions throughout the U.S.

Date and Time: June 6th 6:30-8:00pm

Cost: $25 Non-members $20 Members

 

Astronomy Nights at Plains Conservation Center

Presented and Managed by the City of Aurora.

Come join the City of Aurora at the Plains Conservation Center for an exciting night of stars, planets, solar systems and s’mores. Each evening begins with a presentation by retired astronomy professor, Dr.Win Pendleton, including images of the stars and planets that make our solar system and universe unique. After Win discusses our amazing solar system, astrological features and constellations in our sky, venture outside for a campfire, s’mores and a chance to look at the planets and other objects through the telescope.

Each Astronomy night will have its own theme.

• March 23: Moon night

• April 27: Hubble Telescope night

The City of Aurora's Parks, Recreation & Open Space department's mission is to encourage active lifestyles and create healthy environments for people, nature and community.

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

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 Elective: Growing for Market

Beginning Farmers Elective Course

 

*This class is part of the Beginning Farmers Certificate program co-organized by DBG and CSU Extension, and is open to the general public.

 

Optional social hour 5:30 - 6pm

 

Are you interested in growing and selling vegetables but don’t know where to start? Denver Botanic Gardens and Colorado State University Extension have partnered to develop a certificate program that will introduce you to the ins and outs of becoming a successful market farmer on five acres or less.

In this workshop learn how vegetables are sold in a variety of ways including CSA’s, grocery stores and direst to restaurants. Hear from purchasers and market managers about the best ways to prepare vegetables for their audiences.

 

Instructor: Brien Darby & Dan Goldhamer

Price: $40, $35 member

Beginning Farmers Elective: Season Extension

 

Beginning Farmers Elective Course

 

*This class is part of the Beginning Farmers Certificate program co-organized by DBG and CSU Extension, and is open to the general public.

 

Optional social hour 5:30 - 6pm

 

Are you interested in growing and selling vegetables but don t know where to start? Denver Botanic Gardens and Colorado State University Extension have partnered to develop a certificate program that will introduce you to the ins and outs of becoming a successful market farmer on five acres or less.  

 

In this lecture, you will learn how to extend your harvest to all four seasons. Learn how to build appropriate season extension structures and schedule your crops to keep the harvest going.

 

Instructor: Brien Darby & Dan Goldhamer

Price: $40, $35 member

 

Beginning Farmers Elective: Seed Saving

Beginning Farmers Elective Course

 

*This class is part of the Beginning Farmers Certificate program co-organized by DBG and CSU Extension, and is open to the general public.

 

Optional social hour 5:30 - 6pm

 

Are you interested in growing and selling vegetables but don’t know where to start? Denver Botanic Gardens and Colorado State University Extension have partnered to develop a certificate program that will introduce you to the ins and outs of becoming a successful market farmer on five acres or less.

 

In this Seed Saving workshop, learn how to select seeds and cultivate your garden to ensure the best quality seeds at the end of the season. Seed saving techniques differ by crop; tips will be provided for collecting and cleaning a variety of vegetables.

 

Instructor: Brien Darby & Dan Goldhamer

Price: $40, $35 member

Beginning Farmers Elective: Small Fruits and Orchard Crops

Beginning Farmers Elective Course

 

*This class is part of the Beginning Farmers Certificate program co-organized by DBG and CSU Extension, and is open to the general public.

 

Optional social hour 5:30 - 6pm

 

Are you interested in growing and selling vegetables but don’t know where to start? Denver Botanic Gardens and Colorado State University Extension have partnered to develop a certificate program that will introduce you to the ins and outs of becoming a successful market farmer on five acres or less.

 

In this Small Fruits and Orchard Crops workshop, learn how to select and cultivate the best fruit crops for the Colorado Front Range.

 

Instructor: Brien Darby & Dan Goldhamer

Price: $40, $35 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.

 

Instructor: Patti O'Neal

Price: $90, $80 members

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

 

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. Species from early blooming Galanthus, Crocus, Chionodoxa, Scilla and Narcissus through Tulipa, Hyacinthoides, Allium and Colchicum will be discussed. 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.

Instructor: Carl Wilson, Denver horticulturist, speaker and retired CSU Extension Agent.

Price: $31, $26 members

 

 

Best Roses For Your Garden, New and Overlooked!

Which rose varieties should you grow in your garden? Canadian hardies? Species? Let Dave Ingram of the Denver Rose Society guide you through the palette of choices. You’ll learn the difference between a species and a hybrid tea, and when to pick one over the other. Which climbers do well here, and why? We’ll focus on varieties that thrive along the front range and in the foothills, tempt you with the newest introductions, and share key advice on plant selection and best planting techniques.

Instructor: David Ingram

Price: $31, $26 members

Bilingual Yoga

 

Cultivate presence through breath-linking movements in this vinyasa yoga class cued in both English and Spanish. Cues will be the same in both languages, and those familiar with yoga will find a common language through the traditional Sanskrit names of the poses. This flowing, dynamic class is beneficial for all practitioners, and teaches important foundations while leaving space for more advanced practitioners to play.

 

Cultive el hecho de estar presente a través de movimientos enlazados con la respiración en esta clase de vinyasa yoga, instruido en inglés y español ambos. Las instrucciones serán las mismas en ambos idiomas, y para aquellos estudiantes familiarizados con la practica de yoga reconocerán los nombres de las poses en sánscrito. Esta clase fluida y dinámica es beneficiosa para estudiantes de todos niveles, enseña y reafirma fundaciones elementales mientras que al mismo tiempo provee espacio para estudiantes mas avanzados a explorar y divertirse en su tapete!

 

Price: $10 general public

 

Instructor: In addition to being a multilingual yoga instructor, Noemi Nunez has been an immigration attorney, competitive gymnast, and environmental activist. During her yoga instruction, she incorporates alignment based practice with creative sequencing, magical transitions, breath facilitation and meditation.

 

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