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Classes at Chatfield

 

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations more than one week prior to a class are subject to a 15% cancellation fee. Cancellations with less than one weeks notice are non-refundable; please consider your payment a donation to the Gardens.

 

Farm Camp at Chatfield: Life on the Farm

Care for farm animals and learn what it takes to make vegetables grow on a modern farm. Prepare snacks each day and learn how every ingredient is connected to the farm. You will immerse yourself in nature along the banks of Deer Creek while observing frogs, insects and birds of prey. This camp takes place at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield.

Price: $249 member, $269 non-member.

 

Free - Insects Illuminated

 

This program is free but registration is required, space is limited so please register early.

 

The world of insects never slows down, even at night. Join us at Chatfield to discover the exciting spectacle of nocturnal insects. We will be using ultra violet or “black” lights to attract all the night time fliers and crawlers. Bring your flashlights and your magnifying glass, as this event will offer an up close look at the beauty and diversity of life under a full moon.

 

Growing and Using Plants for Dyeing

* This class takes place at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, C-470 and Wadsworth *

 

DBG Chatfield has a dye garden full of a variety of plants that give color to natural fibers. Spend the day learning about dye plants, how to use them for color and the proper procedures for natural dyeing. Each participant will spend time harvesting dye material from the garden and then learn to cook for color. Everyone will go home with fabric samples naturally dyed from the garden!

 

$67, $62 members

Instructor: Donna Brown

 

Please bring a sack lunch, water bottle, sunscreen, and whatever else is needed to make you comfortable being outside. If you have these items, please bring garden gloves and shears and rubber gloves for dyeing. Please wear clothing appropriate for a hands-on gardening and dyeing class.

 

About our instructor:

Donna Brown is a natural dye expert and teacher of natural dyeing for over 20 years. She is a natural dye sales representative and ongoing natural dye instructor for Table Rock Llamas and Fiber Arts Studio, in Black Forest Colorado. She is also the natural dye instructor for Recycled Lamb in Lakewood, CO and custom production natural dyer for Treenway Silks in Colorado. She also teaches in venues and craft schools across the US. Donna is an active DBG volunteer working in the Janice Ford Memorial Dye Garden at DBG Chatfield. Here is a link to more information about the dye garden: http://www.rmweaversguild.org/natural-dye-garden/

 

Healthy Back to School Cooking at Chatfield

 

 

It’s back-to-school time again and both you and your family need healthy, fresh lunches and snacks that are simple, quick and easy to prepare. Join Chef Elizabeth Buckingham for this fun two-hour class where we’ll make (and taste) lots of easy back-to-school ideas perfect for everyone in your household. You’ll leave with lots of great ideas to keep you fueled throughout the year!

 

$35 members, $38 non-members

Participants age 10-16 years old can join for free!

Instructor: Elizabeth Buckingham

 

Indigo Dyeing at the DBG Chatfield Dye Garden

* This class takes place at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, C-470 and Wadsworth *

 

Indigo dyeing is pure magic. Learn about the process of indigo dyeing with fresh indigo leaves from the dye garden at DBG Chatfield. Learn about growing indigo plants, how to prepare leaves for dyeing and watch the magic of fabric turning indigo blue in a dye pot. You will learn 2 ways to prepare fresh indigo leaves for dyeing and go home with complete instructions along with dyed fabric samples.

 

$67, $62 members

Instructor: Donna Brown

 

Please bring a sack lunch, water bottle, sunscreen, and whatever else is needed to make you comfortable being outside. If you have these items, please bring garden gloves and shears and rubber gloves for dyeing. Please wear clothing appropriate for a hands-on gardening and dyeing class.

 

About our instructor:

Donna Brown is a natural dye expert and teacher of natural dyeing for over 20 years. She is a natural dye sales representative and ongoing natural dye instructor for Table Rock Llamas and Fiber Arts Studio, in Black Forest Colorado. She is also the natural dye instructor for Recycled Lamb in Lakewood, CO and custom production natural dyer for Treenway Silks in Colorado. She also teaches in venues and craft schools across the US. Donna is an active DBG volunteer working in the Janice Ford Memorial Dye Garden at DBG Chatfield. Here is a link to more information about the dye garden: http://www.rmweaversguild.org/natural-dye-garden/

Introduction to Water Bath Canning at Chatfield

 

Interested in learning how to use all those copious amounts of cucumbers, hot peppers, and tomatoes? Join us in our beautiful outdoor kitchen for a hands-on simple instructional on how to preserve all your seasonal garden delights with water bath canning.

 

Each class will be 3 hours long so everyone has a chance to do, see and taste. All participants will take a home a gourmet jar of veggies to enjoy at home. Please note this class is geared towards a beginning audience. Advanced techniques and pressure canning will not be discussed.

 

$42 member, $45 nonmember

Instructor: Kathy Lee

* Please register by 5 p.m. on Wed, September 23

 

Image: Courtesy of cjmartin (Flickr)

Ooh La Lavender

 

Enjoy a Saturday at Chatfield learning all about lavender - how to grow it, how to cook with it, and how to use it for health and wellbeing. It's like three classes in one!

 

Spend the morning learning from Chatfield staff Angie Jewett about the horticultural side of lavender. She will discuss over a dozen varieties of lavender, primarily those that are hardy for growing in Colorado, including the 14 varieties on site, as well as "exotic" and container varieties. Also to be covered are growing conditions, maintenance, morphology, and anatomy. Angie will demonstrate how to grow lavender for commercial and landscape applications and lead a tour of the new ¾ acre lavender garden that was installed in the Spring of 2015. Our hope is to inspire homeowners and members of the agricultural community alike to consider growing lavender as a low water, disease and pest resistant option with a wide variety of uses.

 

Then enjoy a lavender themed lunch with popular cooking instructor and herbalist Susan Evans at the beautiful outdoor kitchen. Following lunch, Susan will teach an afternoon class on all the ways to use lavender and discuss the many health and wellness properties of this easy to grow plant. You’ll make and take home Herbes de Provence seasoning blend, soothing lavender/calendula lip balm, conditioning herbal hair rinse, fragrant lavender sachets to scent drawers or to use in the dryer, and a refreshing facial toner. Recipes, refreshments and take home samples included.

 

Please bring waterbottle and whatever you need to be comfortable outside all day, such as suncreen, hat, and layers. Lunch will be provided.

 

$67, $62 members

 

Permaculture and Your Home Garden

This class takes place at Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield, C-470 and Wadsworth.

 

Permaculture (permanent agriculture, permanent culture) is an ecological design system that combines the best of natural landscaping and edible landscaping. It aims to build a site that sustains itself and the gardener. This class will provide an overview of the principles and techniques of Permaculture and how they can be implemented to create a home landscape that nourishes the body, spirit and the earth. The afternoon session will include a hands-on experience using Permaculture techniques. Bring gloves and be prepared to get your hands in the dirt!

 

Class time will include a lunch break. Please bring lunch and water (refrigerator available), as there will not be enough time to leave the site.

 

$55, $52 members

 

Instructor: Mary O'Brien

 

 

 

Wild Things Walk at Chatfield

Identification and Uses of Wild Plants for Food and Medicine

 

Explore the treasure trove of wild herbs, medicinal plants, and edible weeds common to every backyard with clinical herbalist Susan Evans. Learn how to make a blood cleansing tea from red clover, a tasty salad from lambs quarters, stop bleeding with yarrow, and much more. Discover the amazing plants you've been stepping on all these years!

 

Class will be held outdoors, please dress for the weather.

 

$24 members, $29 nonmembers

 

Instructor: Susan Evans

 

 

Image (Arnica): Courtesy of MigeulVieira (Flickr)

 

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