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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.


Building and Growing in High Tunnels


This class will take place at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, located at C-470 and Wadsworth.


This hands-on class will teach you how to design, build, and grow vegetables in high tunnels. Also called hoop houses, high tunnels are unheated greenhouses that extend the growing season. High tunnels also provide great protection for your plants from the elements, like wind and hail. They can come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and structures, and adaptations will be presented for the backyard gardener to the small scale commercial grower.


$46, $42 members

Instructor: Dan Goldhamer & Phil Cordelli


About Dan:

Dan has been involved in organic farming and gardening for over ten years, with a undergraduate degree in Sustainable Agriculture and Master's degree in Soil and Crop Science.


About Phil:

Phil Cordelli is the head grower at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield's Community Supported Agriculture farm.


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.


Gardening with Native Plants


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


Learn how to use native plants in home landscapes in this unique, three-session class. A combination of indoor presentations and outdoor learning in the native plant garden at Chatfield is featured. Get ideas for summer-long color and texture and watch as the palette of plants change over the months from Penstemons to grasses and Asters.


$98, $88 members for three sessions on June 17, July 15, and August 19.


Instructors: Irene Shonle & Larry Vickerman


About our instructors:

Irene Shonle is the Colorado State University Extension Director for Gilpin County. She has been teaching about native plants and mountain gardening for over 13 years, written fact sheets and other curricula on native plants. She is the current Vice President of the Colorado Native Plant Society.

Larry Vickerman is the Director of Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield and a recognized expert in native plants.




Making the Most Out of Your CSA


Are you excited about participating in a local CSA but a little unsure about what to do with all that kale and kohlrabi? Join Chef Elizabeth Buckingham for this delicious seasonally-focused class where we’ll discuss how to make the most of your CSA share. Chef Elizabeth will share fresh, healthy and tasty recipes that perfectly showcase that in-season produce and keep you from wasting anything, and you’ll taste some great fresh food. Whether it’s your first or your tenth CSA season, this class will teach you all sorts of great tips to use your fresh vegetables in the best possible ways!


$36, $32 members


Instructor: Elizabeth Buckingham


Meet Your Local Medicinal Plants


This class will take place at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, located at C-470 and Wadsworth.


Learn about the medicinal plants growing in your backyard, along you favorite hiking trails or even cracks in the sidewalk. This class will include an herb walk to meet the many healing plants, both garden and wild, growing at Chatfield. We will talk about ways these plants can be grown and used in your own garden pharmacy. In the afternoon we will make medicine and a salve and participants will go home with a gift.


$55, $52 members


Instructor: Mary O'Brien


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




Spring Break Camp at Chatfield: Signs of Spring

Grow your mind, plant a new friend and explore life on the farm with our week-long day camp. Each camp contains a variety of activities that allow you to discover the world of plants and animals through art, science, cooking, gardening and caring for farm animals.

Discover how you can read the signs of spring in nature. Find out what farmers must do to prepare the ground for the next growing season as you care for farm animals and work in the gardens and fields. Homemade snacks and take-home projects will enrich the days.

This camp is designed for ages 6-12.

No After-Care is available.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email that contains a set of forms. For the safety and security of our campers, we ask that you return these forms to us no later than Monday March 9, 2015.


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