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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.

 

Lecture - AMERICAN BEAUTY: The Slow Flowers Story

The American landscape is undergoing a floral renaissance— in rural, agricultural areas and in urban postage-stamp-sized parcels. There is a heightened interest in local and seasonal flowers as an economic opportunity for farmers and florists alike, fueled by the Slow Flowers movement. Debra Prinzing, a leader of the movement, shares an update and a forecast—where we've come from and where we are headed—as she talks about people, places, fields, greenhouses and gardens; ideas and innovations; and the progressive momentum that's changing our relationship with flowers.

Instructor: Debra Prinzing is a Seattle-based writer, speaker and leading advocate for American Grown Flowers. Through her many Slow Flowers-branded projects, she has convened a national conversation that stimulates consumers and professionals alike to make conscious choices about their floral purchases.

 

Debra is the producer of SlowFlowers.com, the online directory to American grown farms, florists, shops and studios who supply domestic and local flowers. Each Wednesday, approximately 2,500 listeners tune into Debra's "Slow Flowers Podcast," available for free downloads at her website, debraprinzing.com, or on iTunes and via other podcast services.

 

She is the creator of American Flowers Week, launched during the July 4th week in 2015 with more than 5.0 million social media impressions in 2017. Debra is a Florists' Review Contributing Editor for which produces the "Slow Flowers Journal" section.

 

In 2016, the Seattle Wholesale Growers Market, a farm-to-florist cooperative, honored Debra with the first Growers Choice Award for her "outstanding contributions to revitalizing the local floral community." She is a 2016 inductee to the Garden Writers Association Hall of Fame and the author of 10 books, including “Slow Flowers” and “The 50 Mile Bouquet.”

 

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

6:00 p.m. Social hour and tasting hosted by Slow Food Denver (included in price)

6:30 p.m. Program and lecture

8 p.m. Book signing by author

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

 

Great art picks up where nature ends. ~Marc Chagall

 

With the support of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation and in line with the Gardens’ mission, of connecting people with plants, we are excited to bring you a series designed to push the boundaries of horticulture practices and redefine your understanding of art and gardens. We hope to spark your creativity, and broaden your scope in the understanding of gardens as art.

 

Throughout the 2018 series, we explore the opportunity to disconnect from reality and surround ourselves with artful gardening. We aim to find the edge of art and gardens, test the new and the bold, and seek peace through nature and art. Take a break from the real world and get lost in the captivating experience of trying something new. From Art on the Edge of Life and Death with bonsai expert Bjorn Bjorholm to Indigo Dyeing with plants and tours of our very own dye garden we look to spark interest and engage audiences. Other topics include the new Art of Blueberries on the Front Range, Herbal Love potions, Carnivorous Plant Terrariums and the Japanese Art of Kokedama. The 2018 Series consists of a series of lectures, hands-on workshops and tours to further your experience. Visit the Gardens’ Bonfils-Stanton Series webpage at botanicgardens.org/bonfils-stanton for more information.

 

Lecture - Bonsai - Art on the Edge of Life and Death

Bonsai has long been popular with plant people and artists alike. Immerse yourself in the art of combining both living and dead plant parts in a unique display. Instructor Bjorn Bjorholm uses ancient deadwood from the Rocky Mountains and native Rocky Mountain living plant material to create a unique bonsai composition that speaks to the struggles of plants in harsh environments and the art that can spring from death in the face of these environmental factors.

 

Bjorn L Bjorholm is the owner of Eisei-en Bonsai Garden in Nashville, TN. He’s a bonsai artist and instructor who spent six years as an apprentice under Master Keiichi Fujikawa at Kouka-en bonsai nursery in Osaka, Japan before receiving certification as a bonsai professional by the Nippon Bonsai Association. His tenure as an apprentice at Kouka-en was followed by three years as artist-in-residence at the same location, making him the first and only foreign-born working bonsai professional in Japan. During his time in Japan, Bjorn's works were featured in the Kokufu-ten, Sakufu-ten and Taikan-ten exhibitions, among many others.

 

In addition to his work in Japan, Bjorn travels the world teaching bonsai art and providing services to private clients and international organizations. He operates intensive bonsai schools with affiliate nurseries in Spain and the United States, while also working with international bonsai organizations.

 

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

6:00 p.m. Social hour and tasting hosted by Slow Food Denver (included in price)

6:30 p.m. Program and lecture

8 p.m. Book signing by author

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

 

Great art picks up where nature ends. ~Marc Chagall

 

With the support of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation and in line with the Gardens’ mission, of connecting people with plants, we are excited to bring you a series designed to push the boundaries of horticulture practices and redefine your understanding of art and gardens. We hope to spark your creativity, and broaden your scope in the understanding of gardens as art.

 

Throughout the 2018 series, we explore the opportunity to disconnect from reality and surround ourselves with artful gardening. We aim to find the edge of art and gardens, test the new and the bold, and seek peace through nature and art. Take a break from the real world and get lost in the captivating experience of trying something new. From Art on the Edge of Life and Death with bonsai expert Bjorn Bjorholm to Indigo Dyeing with plants and tours of our very own dye garden we look to spark interest and engage audiences. Other topics include the new Art of Blueberries on the Front Range, Herbal Love potions, Carnivorous Plant Terrariums and the Japanese Art of Kokedama. The 2018 Series consists of a series of lectures, hands-on workshops and tours to further your experience. Visit the Gardens’ Bonfils-Stanton Series webpage at botanicgardens.org/bonfils-stanton for more information.

 

 

Lecture - Mid-century Garden Design for the Modern Home

In her recently published book, “Mid-century Modern Landscape,” author Ethne Clarke offers a fresh guide for those seeking bold approaches to redefine their outdoor space or wishing to learn more about the history of mid-century modern aesthetics. During this lecture, she explores the origins of residential mid-century modern garden design for the home, revealing how designers blurred the divisions between indoors and outdoors, thus creating gardens that were for living, a style that went on to inspire contemporary gardens around the world.

 

Ethne Clarke is an award-winning journalist, former garden editor of Traditional Home and contributing editor for House & Garden. Well-known as the author of a number of best-selling books on practical gardening, design and landscape history, she holds a Master of Philosophy from the faculty of Fine Art, De Montfort University, England. Her research has involved a close study of architectural history between the Arts and Crafts period and early Modernism, and this has been a guiding influence on the renovation of her house and garden in Colorado Springs—a small mid-century modern ranch built in 1958.

 

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

6:00 p.m. Social hour and tasting hosted by Slow Food Denver (included in price)

6:30 p.m. Program and lecture

8 p.m. Book signing by author

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

 

Great art picks up where nature ends. ~Marc Chagall

 

With the support of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation and in line with the Gardens’ mission, of connecting people with plants, we are excited to bring you a series designed to push the boundaries of horticulture practices and redefine your understanding of art and gardens. We hope to spark your creativity, and broaden your scope in the understanding of gardens as art.

 

Throughout the 2018 series, we explore the opportunity to disconnect from reality and surround ourselves with artful gardening. We aim to find the edge of art and gardens, test the new and the bold, and seek peace through nature and art. Take a break from the real world and get lost in the captivating experience of trying something new. From Art on the Edge of Life and Death with bonsai expert Bjorn Bjorholm to Indigo Dyeing with plants and tours of our very own dye garden we look to spark interest and engage audiences. Other topics include the new Art of Blueberries on the Front Range, Herbal Love potions, Carnivorous Plant Terrariums and the Japanese Art of Kokedama. The 2018 Series consists of a series of lectures, hands-on workshops and tours to further your experience. Visit the Gardens’ Bonfils-Stanton Series webpage at botanicgardens.org/bonfils-stanton for more information.

 

 

Tour - Dye Garden Tour at Chatfield Farms

 

This class takes place at Chatfield Farms located at C470 & Wadsworth.

 

Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms has a dye garden full of plants that give color to natural fibers. Spend the morning touring the dye garden, learning about dye plants and how to use them for color.

 

Price: $15, $12 member

 

Instructor: Donna Brown is a fiber artist from Denver. A natural dyer with over 25 years of natural dyeing and teaching in venues across the US and abroad including Penland School of Crafts, and John C. Campbell Folk School. She is the former owner of the Dyeworks  a natural dye company. Donna is an active Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms volunteer who helped start the Janice Ford Memorial Dye Garden.

 

Tour - Urban Flower Farm Tour at CityGal Farms

Flower farmer Kimberly Burton guides a tour of CityGal Farms, her flower farm, and demonstrates how she and her crew harvest and design their signature market bouquets, seen at area farmers' markets. Learn what goes into producing these beautiful, fresh and local flowers and the secrets to a long-lasting bouquet.

CityGal Farms is an urban farm and eco-luxe farmhouse retreat, located just 15 minutes west of downtown Denver. Participants have the opportunity to purchase CityGal Farms' flowers.

Price: $26, $24 member

Instructor: Kimberly Burton grows classic and beautiful focal flowers such as dahlias, lisianthus and garden roses utilizing organic methods at CityGal Farms. She also loves growing interesting foliage and accent flowers like bells of Ireland, raspberry and blackberry vines, scented geranium, herbs and delphinium. On summer weekends, you can find her at the Union Station and Pearl Street Farmers Markets

 

 

Tour: Slow Flowers at The Fresh Herb Co.

Debra Prinzing of Slow Flowers leads a visit to one of Colorado's most productive and photogenic flower farms! Guests are greeted by flower farmers Chet and Kristy Anderson, owners of The Fresh Herb Co. in Longmont which is profiled in Prinzing's book, "The 50 Mile Bouquet." The Andersons lead a tour of the fields and greenhouse at The Fresh Herb Co. See how flowers are harvested and made into bouquets destined for Boulder farmers markets, Whole Foods and other outlets in the area, and learn the ingredients of a signature Fresh Herb Co. bouquet.

Following the tour, participants can wander and photograph the farm and fields, then gather for a picnic-style lunch featuring a local menu from one of The Fresh Herb Co.'s many culinary partners (all the herbs will come from this farm, of course).

Price: $55, $50 members, includes lunch

Instructors: Chet and Kristy Anderson are the owners of The Fresh Herb Co., based in Longmont. They are long established local growers with over 30 years of experience on their farm. The Fresh Herb Co. began growing and selling fresh culinary herbs, then specialty vegetables and then organic salad greens. After 20 years, Chet and Kristy expanded their focus to ornamentals and flowers and recently began growing succulents. They offer fun and interesting selections of succulents in a wide array of sizes, garden combinations and varieties.

 

As the preeminent local producers of ornamentals, naturally grown herb plants, hanging baskets, succulents and cut flowers, you can find their beautiful products throughout the region at Whole Foods and the N. Boulder Lucky’s Market. On Saturdays from April to November you will find The Fresh Herb Co. at the Boulder Farmers Market, and the Denver Union Station Farmers Market from June until October.

 

Chet Anderson,CFP (Chief Flower Picker) is one of the original seven founders of the Boulder Farmers Market. Kristy is the past president of the Boulder Farmers Market board of directors and was instrumental in leading the focused expansion of the growers only market model in Boulder County and Denver Union Station.

 

Price: $55, $50 members, includes lunch

 

Trip - Natures' Adaptations: River to Desert with Denver Botanic Gardens

 

Join Denver Botanic Gardens and Centennial Canoe Outfitters, Inc., for a leisurely, guided and outfitted 31-mile canoe trip through the Escalante and Dominguez Canyons Wilderness Area on the Gunnison River. Learn, explore and create while canoeing, camping and hiking along the scenic waters of the Gunnison River. Learn how human, plant and animal life have adapted to this unique river and desert environment. Explore the river's vegetation, including some rare plant populations found only in this region. There will be time for  arts and crafts using plants as inspiration. Learn how local native cultures used plants and taste some edible plants. Join us for an ecological exploration on one of the West's most beautiful classrooms, the Gunnison River.

Paddle beside high walls of beautiful red sandstone and shale, deposited during the age of the dinosaurs. Interesting side trips into deep box canyons can leave you awed by the immensity of geologic time and the silence of the wilderness. Massive cottonwood trees stand on the river bends supporting huge nests of blue herons, hawks and eagles.

In addition to our guides, the trip is led by naturalist Karen Caddis who has over 25 years of experience in wetland ecology.  

 

Price: $450, $420 member

Instructor: Centennial Outfitters Inc. will provide the guides, gear, and expertise. Our wetland ecologist facilitator will be TBD.

Trip Level: No previous canoeing experience is necessary to join the trip.

Special Instructions: Participants will meet at the Gunnison River Escalante Bridge on September 8th at 6:30 a.m. Participants will receive directions and additional information at least one week prior to the trip. Registration deadline is August 24.

Centennial Canoe Outfitters (CCO) will provide guides, all gear including food.

Personal camping equipment, personal clothes, and toiletries will need to be provided by the participant. Camping equipment, including a tent, sleeping bag, chair and pad can be rented from CCO for $74. Please contact CCO at 720-283-0553 and mention that you are registered for the Denver Botanic Gardens Trip.

 

Workshop - Advanced Bonsai Workshop

Learn how to make major changes to existing bonsai plants, including bending, trimming and detail work. Participants must have bonsai experience and must bring their own tree(s) that are in need of major bending, drastic changes or detail work (for example, trees in need of exhibition preparation). Participants are asked to bring wire (preferably copper for conifers and aluminum for deciduous trees).

 

Bjorn L Bjorholm is the owner of Eisei-en Bonsai Garden in Nashville, TN. He³ a bonsai artist and instructor who spent six years as an apprentice under Master Keiichi Fujikawa at Kouka-en bonsai nursery in Osaka, Japan before receiving certification as a bonsai professional by the Nippon Bonsai Association. His tenure as an apprentice at Kouka-en was followed by three years as artist-in-residence at the same location, making him the first and only foreign-born working bonsai professional in Japan. During his time in Japan, Bjorn's works were featured in the Kokufu-ten, Sakufu-ten and Taikan-ten exhibitions, among many others.

In addition to his work in Japan, Bjorn travels the world teaching bonsai art and providing services to private clients and international organizations. He operates intensive bonsai schools with affiliate nurseries in Spain and the United States, while also working with international bonsai organizations.

 

$75, $70 member,

 

Workshop - All About Air Plants

 

Learn about the history, care and needs of the air plant. Work on a creative art project with air plants (Tillandsia) in glass containers. Take home a masterpiece while learning from the expert.

 

Price: $52, $46 member

 

Instructor: Scott Preusser, conservatory horticulturist at the Gardens, grew up in Arvada, CO and has a bachelor's degree in horticulture from Colorado State University. He has spent over 20 years working in the horticulture industry.

 

Workshop - Aperitifs & Digestives: Herbal Concoctions for Cocktail Parties

Learn recipes for making herbal drink concoctions inspired by the aromatics of the mountain woods. Experience the essence of osha, fir, pine, rose, aspen and more. Discuss the tradition of drinking herbal aperitifs and digestives -- where the practice started and the logic behind it -- and then craft herbal cocktail blends to take home.

Price: $49, $45 member

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.

 

Workshop - Beauty of Pressed Flowers

Discover how to collect and preserve summer flowers and fall leaves for use in creating floral masterpieces. Learn the best flowers to grow and how to press for optimal color, durability and longevity. Participants make beautiful bookmarks, cards, a dipped candle and a floral votive container to take home.

Price: $55, $50 members

Instructor: Susan Evans specializes in empowering people to improve their health and lifestyle through herbal and wellness education. Let Susan introduce you to herbs for healing, cooking, gardening and crafting.

Susan has been cultivating and working with herbs for more than 30 years. She managed garden centers and greenhouses in Denver before starting her own organic landscaping business, Flowerscapes, which she owned and operated for 12 years. She has worked as a master gardener and volunteer naturalist for Jefferson County, Colorado.

She has a certificate in advanced clinical herbalism from the Rocky Mountain Center for Botanical Studies in Boulder and has over 1,500 hours of clinical study and experience in the uses of medicinal plants. After attaining her certification in 1997, she founded Chrysalis Herbs. Since then, she has devoted herself to sharing her love and knowledge of herbs and gardening, helping people to reconnect with the beauty and healing aspects of the natural world.

 

Workshop - Beginner Bonsai Workshop

Learn basic bonsai design and styling using unique bonsai material, planting techniques and care requirements from Bonsai Expert Bjorn Bjorholm.

 

Bjorn L Bjorholm is the owner of Eisei-en Bonsai Garden in Nashville, TN. He³ a bonsai artist and instructor who spent six years as an apprentice under Master Keiichi Fujikawa at Kouka-en bonsai nursery in Osaka, Japan before receiving certification as a bonsai professional by the Nippon Bonsai Association. His tenure as an apprentice at Kouka-en was followed by three years as artist-in-residence at the same location, making him the first and only foreign-born working bonsai professional in Japan. During his time in Japan, Bjorn's works were featured in the Kokufu-ten, Sakufu-ten and Taikan-ten exhibitions, among many others.

In addition to his work in Japan, Bjorn travels the world teaching bonsai art and providing services to private clients and international organizations. He operates intensive bonsai schools with affiliate nurseries in Spain and the United States, while also working with international bonsai organizations.

 

$95, $90 member,

 

Workshop - Blueberries for Colorado Gardens...Seriously, Blueberries on the Front Range

 

Horticulture consultant Joel A. Reich has cracked the code to growing blueberries on the Front Range. Learn how to successfully cultivate a variety of blueberry cultivars. Topics covered include: why blueberries typically do not perform well in our region, practical methods for overcoming these challenges, irrigation and fertilizer recommendations, cultivar recommendations, protection from pests and the natural history of blueberries. Whether your interest in blueberries is for health, great-tasting snacks and/or as an edible, ornamental garden plant with great fall foliage colors, this class provides a detailed plan for success. In the hands-on portion of the workshop, plant and install (including peat bales, drip irrigation and fertilizer injector) several new blueberry bushes using Joel’s method.

 

Price: $68, $62 member

 

Instructor: Joel A. Reich M.S. is a private horticultural consultant based in Longmont, Colorado. Joel has expertise in many realms of horticulture, from nursery and greenhouse production to landscaping, small and large farm operations, research projects, public gardens, etc. He has developed particular expertise in production and management of fruit crops in Colorado. Prior to forming Reich Consulting Services LLC, Joel was a horticulture agent with Colorado State University Extension, where he was the authority on fruit crops. Much of his work at CSU involved developing and delivering adult education programming to a wide variety of audiences. Before joining C.S.U., Joel received a B.A. from the University of California at Santa Cruz and an M.S. from Oregon State University. He also worked as a researcher with Oregon State Extension and as an instructor at Cascadia College near Seattle.

Since childhood, Joel has had a deep fascination with plants, especially those producing pleasant sensory experiences. Farming, gardening, teaching and consulting have allowed him to work closely with diverse fruit crops in both field and laboratory settings. Through this combination of academic and production experience, he has developed an extensive working knowledge of how to grow a wide range of high-value crops from backyards to large commercial production facilities. Currently, Joel is focused on helping Front Range growers expand the number and variety of fruit crops being grown in our region.

 

 

Workshop - Brewing Herbal Kefir

Learn to brew herbal water kefir. Understand the difference between kombucha and kefir and why kefir is a great choice for improving gut health. You learn how to ferment gut-healing and caffeine-free herbal brews. Explore herb and fruit pairings, how brews and garden benefit each other, and how to safely age the brews for flavor complexity. ALso discuss how to keep the culture alive while taking a break from brewing. Sip on bubbly herbal kefir blends and take home a starter culture.

Price: $55, $50 member

Instructor: Raven Rose is a women’s health herbalist and educator. Her herbal practice, Moon Medicine, is focused on women's health through the use of plant medicines, diet, healthy lifestyle and spiritual healing. She was called to her path through her own healing journey. Along that journey she studied women’s herbalism, community herbalism, plant-based nutrition, Mayan massage and spiritual healing. Raven believes that plants can help people to heal their physical, emotional and spiritual bodies. She loves making herbal remedies, brewing herbal water kefir and spending time in her garden.

 

Workshop - Carnivorous Plant Terrarium

Denver Botanic Gardens' Senior Horticulturist Tamara Kilbane leads an introduction to carnivorous plants that includes their trapping mechanisms, growth habits and care requirements. Participants create a carnivorous plant terrarium to take home.

Price: $76, $70 member

Instructor: Tamara Kilbane is a Senior Horticulturist at Denver Botanic Gardens, where she manages the aquatic and carnivorous plant collections. Tamara also serves as the international registrar for waterlilies and as a board member of the Colorado Water Garden Society. She received her bachelor’s degree in horticulture from Oregon State University in 2001.

 

Workshop - Collecting the Rain - Rain Barrels at Home

Local water harvesting and permaculture expert Avery Ellis leads this exciting workshop that explores essential rainwater harvesting techniques. Learn how to install a rain barrel on your property, how to calculate the system’s proper size, discuss current Colorado rainwater laws, explore passive irrigation strategies and subsurface drains, and get hands-on experience. With the growing season upon us, this is a perfect opportunity to transform water use in your landscape!

 

Price: $47, $41 member

Instructor: Instructor: Avery Ellis is a sustainability specialist and ecological designer who focuses on designing ecosystems that serve humanity through natural processes. He has a master³ degree in ecological design and a bachelor³ degree in science in biology and sustainability. He is also a certified permaculture designer, teacher and a certified greywater installer. He has integrated his diverse skills into comprehensive business solutions, which bring science and craftsmanship together in the designs and installations.

 

Workshop - DIY Herbal Skills and Strategies

Many places in the world consider herbal medicine as front-line, primary care. Discover the essentials of a herbal home pharmacy and the must-haves in a functional herbal first-aid kit. Medicinal plants discussed include: echinacea, oregano and elder. Take home fire cider and recipes for a first-aid kit and home herbal pharmacy.

Price: $49, $43 member

Instructor: Shelley Torgove is a practicing Clinical Herbalist and was one of Denver’s first herbal teachers, helping cultivate awareness of the power of plants to heal. Shelley is a leader of the grass-roots western herbal medicine movement in Denver. She is an international teacher and a nationally recognized botanical medicine practitioner with over 25 years of experience, specializing in bio-regional herbal medicine and women’s health. She works and teaches both in Denver and the Yucatan. Shelley is the owner of Artemisia & Rue Herbal Studies Program in Denver. In addition to being a guest lecturer at Denver Botanic Gardens for the last 20 years, Shelley grew up in the backyard of the Gardens around Cheeseman Park and began frequenting the Gardens when she was seven years old.

 

Workshop - Edible Flower Feast

Experience a sensory feast as we explore the delectable world of edible flowers.

Learn how to safely grow, harvest and use flowers for tasty and beautiful culinary creations. Discover how to candy flowers and herbs for elegant garnishes. Enjoy a luncheon of Herb Blossom Canapés, Chicken Curry Salad with Flower Confetti, Calendula Deviled Eggs, Blossom Tea and finish with Chocolate Mint Cupcakes with crystallized flowers. Lunch and handout with edible flower list and recipes included. Treat yourself!

Price: $55, $50 member

Instructor: Susan Evans specializes in empowering people to improve their health and lifestyle through herbal and wellness education. Let Susan introduce you to herbs for healing, cooking, gardening and crafting.

Susan has been cultivating and working with herbs for more than 30 years. She managed garden centers and greenhouses in Denver before starting her own organic landscaping business, Flowerscapes, which she owned and operated for 12 years. She has worked as a master gardener and volunteer naturalist for Jefferson County, Colorado.

She has a certificate in advanced clinical herbalism from the Rocky Mountain Center for Botanical Studies in Boulder and has over 1,500 hours of clinical study and experience in the uses of medicinal plants. After attaining her certification in 1997, she founded Chrysalis Herbs. Since then, she has devoted herself to sharing her love and knowledge of herbs and gardening, helping people to reconnect with the beauty and healing aspects of the natural world.

 

 

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Workshop - Healing Hands of Nature: Basic First Aid with Plants

During this workshop, we talk about the plants we have in our mountain ranges that can help in an emergency backcountry situation. Erin shares some of the plants she keeps in her first aid kit for hiking or backcountry skiing and reviews easily identifiable plants that you can use for basic care when you’re in the great outdoors. We taste plants and participants leave with a small plant identification cards with plant photos and their backcountry uses.

Price: $44, $40 member

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 women's 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.

 

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