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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.

 

A Wild Gourmet Workshop: Foraging the Wild Edible

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

Become the ultimate locavore as we explore the tasty world of wild edibles. Discover how to locate, identify, harvest and prepare the wild plants growing all around you. Learn how to make tasty teas, artisan drink mixes, nutritious salads and gourmet additions for pastas, soups and side dishes. Plant foraging walk, cooking class and wild lunch with handout and recipes included.

Instructor: Susan Evans

Price: $58, $54 member, includes $25 materials fee

Special instructions: Class will be held outdoors with shade provided for cooking and dining; please dress appropriately.

Colorado Foodways: A Celebration of Local Food

 

Join us at Denver Botanic Gardens' Chatfield Farms for a celebration of our state’s traditions in culture, food, and history at the annual Colorado Foodways event.

Local chefs provide traditional Colorado dishes using regionally sourced ingredients. Enjoy locally crafted snacks, appetizers, and beverages while you stroll the grounds and tour the organic vegetable, herb, and flower gardens with Community Supported Agriculture farm staff. Explore the historical Hildebrand Ranch and enjoy music from Denver-based acoustic rock band, Miles Wide while enjoying a Colorado sunset. This event sells out quickly.

 

Dinner and beverages included with registration.

$39 members, $42 non members

 

 

 

Crafting Wild Mixers, Tonics, Bitters & Syrups

 

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

 

Crave something new in drink mixers for your favorite mocktail? Want to experiment with tonics and syrups? Go wild. This class is an exploration into the world of botanically infused mixers, bitters, tonics, syrups and digestifs. Gardeners – learn how to add some muddled flowers (rose geranium, anyone?) to flavor up your favorite drink. Herb lovers – create something new from your herb beds (think health and wellness, and digestion). We will make grenadine without the dye and corn syrup, sample a fun creation during class, craft some lovely bitters, and nick some tantalizing recipes to start your own collection.

 

Instructor: Laura Bergh

 

Price: $56, $51 member, $ 15 materials fee included

 

About the instructor: Laura owns Indigo Blooms Botanicals; an organic and botanically based body care company and has the newest lavender field in Colorado at her eco-friendly farmette. She is an enthusiastic drink creator culling enticing components from her bountiful herb and flower gardens.

 

Special instructions: Please bring water bottle and whatever you need to be comfortable outside such as sunscreen, hat, and layers. Class will be outdoors.

Cutting Gardens

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

 

Join Chatfield Farms staff Josie Hart and longtime volunteer, Peg Motagne, for a day amongst the flowers! Explore our small but mighty cutting garden and take away tips to start your own cutting garden. Learn about what varieties work well for regenerative cutting, stem length and other growing tips. Learn about best gardener’s tools and sustainable methods for harvesting blooms all season long. After we explore the garden we will cut some flowers and make bouquets to take home. A light CSA lunch will be served so you can explore the edible flower varieties that may be growing in your garden already!

 

Instructors: Josie Hart & Peg Montagne

 

Price: $29, $24 member price

 

Special Instructions: Class will take place outdoors; please dress accordingly for weather and bring water and sunscreen. Lunch is optional.

Eco-Friendly Farmette - The Eensy Farm (Beginning Your Homestead)

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

 

So you want to start a mini-farm? Learn what you can do with the land (or backyard) you have and explore ideas on starting your spread. How can you keep chickens, ducks and bees, grow your food and medicine, compost in the most eco-friendly way possible? We will touch on composting, improving your soil, growing and harvesting veggies and saving seeds for next year. Get creative with recycled materials, save on food costs by preserving your bounty, and learn how to grow your own medicine. Start small and grow (or stay small). How about growing natural dyes? There are so many ways to be eco-smart! Bring your walking shoes as we will take a tour around Chatfield Farms, and bring a snack and water.

 

Instructor: Laura Bergh, Indigo Blooms Botanicals

 

Price: $70, $63 member price

 

About the instructor: Laura Bergh owns Indigo Blooms Botanicals; an organic and botanically-based body care company and has the newest lavender field in Colorado at her eco-friendly farmette. Her family strives to be as gentle to their surroundings as possible while they grow their Eensy Farm and accomplish as many things as they can (if only time would cooperate!).

Food Preservation Boot Camp Series

 

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

 

Join us for a two-day beginner food preservation series at Chatfield Farms, taught by four of our popular cooking instructors. Learn the basics of four preservation methods: drying, canning, freezing and fermenting. You can learn how to preserve the summer’s bounty and make the food last through the winter months. All classes are held outside at Chatfield Farms' outdoor kitchen and include recipes, take home items and generous tasting samples!

 

Instructors: Susan Evans, Kathy Lee, Laura Bergh, & Elizabeth Buckingham

Price: $168, $153 member

*Price includes the entire four session series

Special Instructions: This class takes place outside at Chatfield Farms; please dress accordingly for weather. Water and sunscreen are advised!

 

 

Class descriptions:

Drying: Discover the delicious, ancient art of food dehydration. Turn your garden or farmers market bounty into a ready-to-use pantry full of flavorful dried veggies, fruits and herbs.

Boiling Water Bath Canning: Learn the basics for boiling water bath canning, including the needed equipment, food safety and recipes. Participants make two items to take home.

Freezing: The freezer is a very basic way to keep all those lovely edibles through the winter months when you can’t be outside picking fresh peas.

Fermentation: This tasty and informative class discusses the basics of fermentation, its health benefits and how you can safely and deliciously ferment at home.

Food Preservation Boot Camp: Boiling Water Bath Canning

 

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

Part II of Preservation Boot Camp Series

Come enjoy an afternoon at Chatfield Farms while learning how to safely and creatively preserve your summer and fall bounties to last you through the winter months! No need to be intimidated by the art of canning any longer!

 

This beginning canning class will teach the new/beginner home canner the basics for boiling water bath canning. We will cover equipment you need, recipe sources, food safety, and we will make 2 different items for your pantry. Generous samples will be provided.

 

Instructor: Kathy Lee, Owner of Modern Gingham Preserves

Price: $56, $51 member price, includes $15 materials fee for recipe take homes and generous samples

*Price includes this one session of Preservation Boot Camp only

Special Instructions: This class takes place outside at Chatfield Farms; please dress accordingly for weather. Water and sunscreen are advised!

Food Preservation Boot Camp: Drying

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

Part I of Preservation Boot Camp Series

Discover the delicious, ancient art of food dehydration. Turn your garden or farmers market bounty into a ready-to-use pantry full of flavorful dried veggies, fruits and herbs. Fun and easy to process, compact dried food is perfect for long storage, high nutrient value and concentrated taste. Ideal for camping, school lunches, small storage spaces and quick, tasty meals.

 

We’ll cover the best techniques for preserving flavor and nutrients and how to create your own fruit roll ups, meat jerky, tasty soup blends, healthy snacks and culinary creations from your storehouse of dried fruits, veggies and herbs. Beginner level course, all levels welcome. Recipes and generous tastings provided.

Instructor: Susan Evans, Clinical Herbalist, Chef, & Owner of Chrysalis Herbs

Price: $56, $51 member price, includes $15 materials fee for recipe take homes and generous samples

*Price includes this one session of Preservation Boot Camp only

Special Instructions: This class takes place outside at Chatfield Farms; please dress accordingly for weather. Water and sunscreen are advised!

 

Food Preservation Boot Camp: Fermentation

 

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

 

Part IV of Preservation Boot Camp Series

Did you know that most of the world’s favorite foods, including bread, cheese, beer, and chocolate involve fermentation? Fermentation is all the rage these days from house made pickles to hot sauce to kombucha to mead; it seems that every locavore worth their salt has a crock of something fermenting in their basement.

Want to get in on the fun? Join Chef Elizabeth Buckingham for this tasty and informative beginner-level class where we’ll discuss the basics of fermentation, its health benefits, and how you can safely and deliciously ferment at home. Whether you’re interested in fermented pickles, kimchi, kombucha or sauerkraut, this class will have you ready to make your own incredible house made fermented foods! This is a beginner-friendly course. Generous tastings and recipes included.

Instructor: Chef Elizabeth Buckingham, A Moveable Feast Colorado

Price: $56, $51 member price, includes $15 materials fee for recipe take homes and generous samples

*Price includes this one session of Preservation Boot Camp only

Special Instructions: This class takes place outside at Chatfield Farms; please dress accordingly for weather. Water and sunscreen are advised!

Food Preservation Boot Camp: Freezing

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

 

Part III of Preservation Boot Camp Series

Have a rainbow of bounty in your garden? Are you new to preservation? You don’t have to be a canning goddess to embrace your inner ice queen. The freezer is a very basic way to keep all those lovely edibles through the winter months when you can’t be outside picking fresh peas.

Come join us for a look at food preservation at a beginner level and leave the fear or intimidation behind. Come away with some tasty recipes to freeze (think quick combos for stir fry), hand-outs and have some nibbles on us. This is a hands-on class.

 

Instructor: Laura Bergh, Owner of Indigo Blooms Botanicals

Price: $56, $51 member price, includes $15 materials fee for recipe take homes and generous samples

*Price includes this one session of Preservation Boot Camp only

Special Instructions: This class takes place outside at Chatfield Farms; please dress accordingly for weather. Water and sunscreen are advised!

 

Fresh Leaf Indigo Dyeing at the DBG Chatfield Dye Garden

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

Fresh Leaf 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 how to prepare fresh indigo leaves for dyeing and go home with complete instructions along with dyed fabric samples.

Instructor: Donna Brown

Price: $67, $62 members

Special Instructions: 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 the Instructor: Donna Brown is a natural dye expert and teacher of natural dyeing for over 20 years. She is a natural dye sales representative for the DyeWorks, a natural dye company with 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 Farms. Here are links to more information about the dye garden:

http://www.rmweaversguild.org/natural-dye-garden/

http://www.botanicgardens.org/chatfield-farms/janice-ford-memorial-dye-garden

 

 

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!

Instructor: Donna Brown

Price: $67, $62 members

Special Instructions: 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 the instructor:

Donna Brown is a natural dye expert and teacher of natural dyeing for over 20 years. She is a natural dye sales representative for the DyeWorks, a natural dye company with 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 Farms. Here are links to more information about the dye garden:

http://www.rmweaversguild.org/natural-dye-garden/

http://www.botanicgardens.org/chatfield-farms/janice-ford-memorial-dye-garden

 

Heirloom Gardening

 

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

 

Learn about plants that were popular during the late 1800’s to early 1900’s and how to incorporate them into modern landscapes. Whether you want to redesign your landscape to match your historical property or just want to learn about the old varieties your grandmother planted in her garden, you will leave the class excited with new ideas for old plants. Taught by one of our Chatfield horticulturists who designs and maintains the homestead garden at Hildebrand. Lecutre-style class with slide show, followed by a one hour tour of gardens. Open to all skill levels.

 

Instructor: Jen Trunce, DBG Chatfield Farms Horticulturist

 

Price: $29, $24 member price

 

Special Instructions: There is a substantial amount of walking for the tour portion of the class, which takes place outdoors. Please dress according to the weather, wear comfortable shoes and bring water and sunscreen!

 

Lavender Garden Tour

 

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

Take a stroll through the new Lavender Garden at Chatfield Farms and learn about the different species and varieties that grow well in the Rocky Mountain Region. You will be introduced to different growing methods including growing lavender as a garden perennial, container plant, and agricultural crop. Several other garden features within the Lavender Garden will also be explained, to include the Labyrinth, Rock Garden, Pollinator Perennial Beds and Herb Garden. The tour is led by Angie Jewett, Horticulturist and primary lavender grower on the farm.

 

Instructor: Angie Jewett, DBG Chatfield Farms Horticulturist

 

Price: $15, $12 member price

 

Special Instructions: The tour is all outdoors; please dress accordingly for weather and bring water and sunscreen!

Liberate Your Inner Chef

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

 

Want to prepare great meals from fresh, seasonal, and intriguing ingredients without a recipe? Explore the fun and creative aspects of spontaneous cooking with super fresh ingredients from Chatfield Farms as we put together an amazing meal from scratch. Discover how easy it is to create delicious, nourishing meals from the garden. Lunch included.

Class will be held in the covered outdoor kitchen.

 

Instructor: Susan Evans

 

Price: $56, $51 member price

 

Special instructions: Class will be held outdoors with shade provided for cooking and dining; please dress appropriately.

Ooh La Lavender

 

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

 

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 Farms’ Horticulturist 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. She will demonstrate how to grow lavender from propagation to planting to harvest and will discuss winter care and pests and diseases. 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.

 

Instructors: Angie Jewett & Susan Evans

Price: $67, $62 members

Special instructions: Please bring water bottle and whatever you need to be comfortable outside all day, such as sunscreen, hat, and layers. Lunch will be provided.

 

Selecting and Planting Trees Along the Front Range

 

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

Long-term success for trees along the Front Range is highly dependent on species selection and proper planting procedures. This class will identify trees that perform well in our environment and help diversify the urban forest. Secondly, it will aim to promote proper nursery selection and planting procedures to ensure long-term success.

Instructor: Erik Geyer, DBG Chatfield Farms Horticulturist

Price: $29, $24 member price

Special Instructions: Class will start indoors, and move outdoors for a walking tour; please dress according to weather and bring water and sunscreen!

About the instructor: Erik Joined Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms as a horticulturist in 2015. He previously worked in forestry in the Southern Denver area as well as Northern New Mexico. Aside from being an avid fly-fisherman, he enjoys the challenge of growing trees along the front range of the Rocky Mountains.

The Encore Series - Fall Habitat Hero Garden Tour (Chatfield Farms)

2016 Bonfils Stanton Series will feature an Encore Series full of favorite workshops and tours from years past. The series will highlight the most popular programs and offer them once again. Hurry! These programs sold out quickly the first time around and are likely to do so again.

 

Join Lauren Springer Ogden as she discusses her design process with an emphasis on native plants that are important to many insects and birds. This is a wonderful opportunity for an up-close tour with one of the country’s leading garden designers!

 

$20, $18 member

The Encore Series - John Fielder Photography Workshop (Chatfield Farms)

2016 Bonfils Stanton Series will feature an Encore Series full of favorite workshops and tours from years past. The series will highlight the most popular programs and offer them once again. Hurry! These programs sold out quickly the first time around and are likely to do so again.

 

$395 Public

 

This is your opportunity to learn about landscape photography directly from John Fielder. Find out how he creates award-winning images and gain a deeper understanding of the visual aspects of nature. The workshop includes a slide show lecture, discussion on the most important tools you need and four hours out in the fields of Chatfield Farms and/or Roxborough State Park with Fielder. Appropriate for all levels of photographers, beginner to advanced.

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