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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.

 

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.

 

 

 

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, $32 CSA shareholders (reciprocal members).

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/

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

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