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2017 Pollinator Summit – Every Flower Counts

Every Flower Counts: Cultivating Minds and Landscapes for Pollinators

The second annual Pollinator Summit convened by the Colorado Pollinator Network brings together nationally and regionally recognized pollinator experts to present and discuss strategies for protecting and managing land to support pollinators in Colorado. This Summit is designed for organizations, agencies, businesses, professionals, educators, growers, land managers, researchers and volunteers actively working to conserve and protect pollinators and their habitats.


Morning Keynote Speaker

Scott Hoffman Black

Bringing Back the Pollinators: An Integrated Landscape Approach to Pollinator Conservation


Life on Earth as we know it depends upon pollinators. An estimated 85% of the world’s flowering plants depend on animals—mostly insects—for pollination. Pollinators sustain wild plant communities that feed and shelter myriad other wildlife. Pollinators are also crucial to agriculture and to our diet: more than two-thirds of crop species—including fruit, vegetable, spice, nut, and oilseed crops for people and forage for livestock—are dependent upon pollinators.

Unfortunately, pollinator declines put all of this at risk. Beekeepers are losing 30% to 40% of their hives each year and numerous wild, unmanaged pollinator species native to North America are also experiencing declines. Over a quarter of North America’s bumble bees have are at risk of extinction and monarch butterfly populations have declined by more than 80%.

Scott will discuss the latest science on pollinators, their importance and decline, and how all people can take action to help.


Scott Hoffman Black is an internationally renowned conservationist who has been at the forefront of the pollinator conservation movement for two decades. He is executive director of the Xerces Society, which under his leadership has become the premier invertebrate conservation organization in North America.


Scott’s work has led to protection and restoration of habitat on hundreds of thousands of acres of rangelands, forests, and farmland as well as protection for many endangered species. He is an author of the best-selling Attracting Native Pollinators and Gardening for Butterflies and has written more than two hundred other publications. His work has been honored with several awards, including the 2011 Colorado State University College of Agricultural Sciences Honor Alumnus Award and the U.S. Forest Service Wings Across the Americas 2012 Butterfly Conservation Award.



Afternoon Keynote Speaker

Mervi Hjelmroos-Koski

World travelers without the passport: review of plants fingerprints


Pollen grains are not only essential in plant reproduction, they are also valuable tools in countless other applications. A pollen grain’s uniquely ornamented outer wall, called the exine, consists of sporopollenin, which is the most resistant material known in the organic world. It is chemically stable and remains unchanged in pollen grains that are 500 million years old. It is resistant to non-oxidative chemicals, enzymes and strong chemical reagents, concentrated acids and bases and remains unchanged when pollen grains are heated to 300°C (572°F). With these unique qualities, pollen grains can provide insight into climate change and plant-climate interactions, landscape development and human impact in vegetation throughout the history of mankind. Pollen grains can even help solve murders.


Mervi Hjelmroos-Koski of Denver Botanic Gardens is a Finnish-born scientist with a Ph.D. in quaternary biology from the University of Lund, Sweden and D.Sc. in aeropalynology from the University of Stockholm. She has worked with pollen grains since her first year in college and has been involved in all aspects of them from marine archaeology to asthma and from lake sediments in the arctic tundra to the snowfields in South Georgia, Antarctic. She is the author and co-author of many scholarly publications and has taught at universities worldwide. Since 2007, she has coordinated and managed Denver Botanic Gardens’ School of Botanical Art and Illustration.


Breakout sessions will include:

Education, Land Management, Policy/Advocacy, Research and Science.


$35, includes all programming and lunch


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 Feast for the Souls

Join Lola’s Cocina for a delicious Day of the Dead cooking class while you learn about the tradition of building an altar that honors and celebrates a loved one who has passed on. Prepare some of the customary foods associated with El Día de los Muertos, and enjoy the fruits of your labor in a fun group setting.


Dolores “Lola” Dweck is the founder and publisher of Lola's Cocina, a food and travel blog dedicated to sharing Mexico's rich culinary traditions and cherished family recipes. She teaches themed cooking classes and recently launched Lola's Mercadito, an online marketplace specializing in gourmet and artisan goods that celebrate Mexican food and culture. Lola was recently recognized as one of Red Tricycle's Power Moms of the

Food World and Dieste's Everyday Latinas Making a Difference. She is a California native with a dual master's degree in business administration and in Latin American studies and currently lives in Highlands Ranch, CO with her husband Michael and their bilingual son Amado.


After Dark Corn Maze

The lights are out in the maze and brave visitors can find their way through with only the light of a glow stick.

Note: this maze is not haunted.

·Tickets are date specific and non-refundable.

·Event is rain, snow or shine.

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



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".


Art Master Class: A Giant World of Tiny Details

During these three days, you will explore the drama that can be created by depicting the large-scale contrasts seen in nature. We will look at the structure of large subjects and the maze of wonderful details seen in repeating shapes in the crinkles and textures of leaves, the colors of flowers and seeds.


Prerequisite: Intermediate to advanced skills in watercolor.

Fee: $245 member, $295 non-member

• Fri-Sun, Sept. 29-Oct. 1, 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Isik Güner

Isik Güner studied environmental engineering at Marmara University in Istanbul. During her undergraduate years, she also began studying botanical illustration, attending courses by Christabel King. Immediately after she graduated from university in 2006, she began working full time as a botanical artist.

Isik is involved with several projects and is currently organizing botanical illustration courses in various countries including Spain, Chile, Turkey and Scotland. She has received several gold medals at the Royal Horticultural Society's botanical art exhibitions.

Autumn Leaves in Watercolor


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’ll experiment with dabbing, splattering and charging. Sound like fun? That’s the idea. Play with watercolor and develop new techniques to enhance your illustrations. Fee: $245 member, $295 non-member. Prerequisites: Botanical Illustration in Watercolor I.


• Tue, Oct. 10, 17, 24, 31, Nov. 7, 9 a.m. – noon

Instructor: Constance Sayas



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. Learn how bats impact humans and keep our environment healthy.

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.

Organization for Bat Conservation'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.

Price: $15.50 non-member adult, $12.50 member adult, $8 child (ages 3-15) includes admission to the Gardens

Battling the Japanese Beetle

Japanese beetles in many Denver and neighborhoods along the Front Range are causing severe plant destruction and consternation by home owners. Betty Cahill, garden “Punch List” writer for the Denver Post will take you through the options and products to battle this unwelcome beetle as an adult and larvae that lives in grass turf. She’ll include tips on how to protect your favorite plants, including a plant list that Japanese beetles prefer and avoid.


Instructor: Betty Cahill

Price: $31, $26 members

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: 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


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 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)


Bilingual Yoga



Vinyasa is a flowing, dynamic yoga practice that cultivates presence by connecting movement with breath. Level 1-2 Vinyasa classes define and align the key components of traditional and modern vinyasa practice. Beneficial for all practitioners, these classes teach important foundations while leaving space for more advanced practitioners to play.


Vinyasa es una práctica de yoga fluido, dinámico que cultiva presencia mediante la conexión de movimiento con la respiración. Clases de Vinyasa etiquetados niveles "1-2" definen y alinean los componentes claves de la práctica tradicional y moderna llamada Vinyasa. Beneficioso para todo los estudiantes, estas clases enseñan fundamentos importantes, a la misma vez dejando espacio para los practicantes más avanzados para jugar y divertirse.

What can you expect in Bilingual Vinyasa 1-2?

Poses are cued in traditional Sanskrit, so that both English and Spanish speakers have a common language. All refinement cues are provided first in English, and then in Spanish. Speakers of all languages are welcome!

About the Instructor: Noemi Nuñez

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



Price: $5 suggested donation

Blossoms Of Light

Date Selection: Tickets are limited each night. Purchase in advance for best price and to ensure admittance on your desired date.

**Tickets must be used on the date listed on the ticket. Prices increase after 5pm the night of each event**

Ticket Printing: You must present a ticket for admission to Blossoms of Light. Once your online purchase is complete, you will receive an email confirmation with a multi-page PDF attachment titled  Tickets . Please print your tickets! Members and guests without tickets will have to wait in the on-site ticket purchase line at the event to check in. Confirmations and receipts will not be accepted as proof of purchase.

Member Ticket Redemption: Members receive two complimentary tickets to Blossoms of Light. Online ticket redemption is required and you cannot use postcard as a ticket. After your ticket redemption order is complete, you will receive an email confirmation with a multi-page PDF attachment titled "Tickets." You must print all pages of this file for entry into the event. Members, if you have any trouble redeeming your complimentary tickets, please call the Membership Department at 720-865-3525.

Group Tickets:Groups of 15 or more may purchase tickets at the door or by calling 720-865-3500.

Military Tickets: Must be purchased onsite with valid ID.






Botanical Illustration in Colored Pencil I

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.


Prerequisites: Light on Form, Color Layering for Colored Pencil.

Fee: $245 member, $295 non-member

• Tue, Aug. 29, Sept. 5, 12, 19, 26, 6-9 p.m.

Instructor: Susan DiMarchi


• Wed, June 7, 14, 21, 28, July 5, 6-9 p.m.

Instructor: Susan Rubin




Fee: $300 member, $400 non-member

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

Note: All assignments are to be completed no later than January 15, 2018

Instructor: Susan DiMarchi




Botanical Illustration in Colored Pencil II

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.


Prerequisites: Botanical Illustration in Colored Pencil I, Botany for the Botanical Illustrator, Composition for Botanical Illustration, Perfecting Perspective.

Fee: $245 member, $295 non-member

• Thu, Sept. 14, 21, 28, Oct. 5, 12, 6-9 p.m.

Instructor: Susan DiMarchi


• Wed, Nov. 15, 22, 29, Dec. 6, 13, 9 a.m. - Noon

Instructor: Susan Rubin





Fee: $300 member, $400 non-member

• In-class sessions: Fri-Sat, June 30 – July 1, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Note: All assignments are to be completed no later than July 30, 2017.

Instructor: Susan DiMarchi




Botanical Illustration in Pen and Ink I

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.


Prerequisite: Light on Form

Fee: $245 member, $295 non-member

• Thu, June 8, 15, 22, July 6, 13, 6-9 p.m.

Instructor: Charlotte Ricker


• Mon, Oct. 16, 23, 30, Nov. 6, 13, 1-4 p.m.

Instructor: Renee Jorgensen




Fee: $300 member, $400 non-member

• In-class sessions: Fri-Sat, Aug. 25-26, 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Note: All assignments are to be completed no later than October 2, 2017

Instructor: Charlotte Ricker



Botanical Illustration in Pen and Ink II

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

Fee: $245 member, $295 non-member

• Tue, July 25, Aug. 1, 8, 15, 22, 6-9 p.m.

Instructor: Charlotte Ricker




Fee: $300 member, $400 non-member

• In-class sessions: Fri-Sat, Nov. 3-4, 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Note: All Assignments are to be completed no later than December 16, 2017

Instructor: Marjorie Leggit


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.


No prerequisites.

Fee: $245 member, $295 non-member

• Fri-Sun, Aug. 11-13, 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Charlotte Ricker


• Wed, Sept. 6, 13, 20, 27, Oct. 4, 1-4 p.m.

Instructor: Laurence Pierson


• Fri-Sun, Oct. 20-22, 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Randy Raak


• Wed, Nov. 15, 22, 29, Dec. 6, 13, 1-4 p.m.

Instructor: Renee Jorgensen


• Fri-Sun, Nov. 10-12, 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Susan DiMarchi



• Fri-Sun, June 23-25, 9 a.m.   2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Randy Raak


• Tue, June 6, 13, 20, 27, July 11, 6-9 p.m.

Instructor: Laurence Pierson



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