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Tours

Gardens staff, instructors and docents share with you their knowledge of and passion for plants, horticulture and art. We offer a variety of guided tours at our urban site and throughout the Front Range.

 

Tours at York Street:

Guided tours are an insightful view of the Gardens and its collections. These informative conversations also allow you to share your thoughts, ask questions, and uncover lesser-known spaces.

 

Offsite Tours:

Explore the beauty of Colorado! These guided walks take you away from the bustling of the city to learn from and reconnect with nature.

 

Tour Policy:

Payment for pre-scheduled tours is required upon registration.

Payment for private group tours requires a deposit (15% of your total cost) at the moment of reservation and payment of the balance five business days before your tour.

 

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellations more than one business week prior to a tour are subject to a 15% cancellation fee.

Cancellations with less than one business week prior to a tour are non-refundable.

 

Cherokee Fall Nature Hike - At Cherokee Ranch and Castle

Those lucky enough to have hiked Cherokee Ranch know that there are a wealth of habitats and a rich flora that distract your eyes downwards, even as the vistas of the rugged backbone of the Rockies and distant misty towers of downtown Denver tempt you to look further away. We have experienced toasty winter days that were breathless and surprisingly sunny, as well as blustery days in the summer. One thing is for sure you will never be bored on a Cherokee hike! This year we are starting much earlier for better birding. But the plants will already be awake!

 

In Fall the Sumac and plums are turning color in the gullies, and the oaks are showing some burnished bronze. Fall is a fabulous season on Cherokee Ranch: Senecio, Aster and Goldenrod are everywhere. Blazing star paints purple spikes in the tousled mats of buffalo grass. The Spotted Towhee bird can be overlooked in the spring and summer, is more visible now since many of the spring and summer residents have started their fall migration. Two species of Jays – Scrub and Steller’s can now get the attention they deserve. They can be “missed” in spring and summer as we look at the other species.

 

Tour Guides: Panayoti Kelaidis and Lynn Willcockson

Price: $25, $20 members

Special Instructions: Please wear comfortable shoes and bring your own supply of water for a 2 hour adventure. Plants don't really care how you dress for the field trips but BIRDS DO!! It is easier to see birds if you DO NOT wear white or other very bright colors i.e. yellow, orange or red. Also, bring your binoculars: they can be used for both birds and plants.

 

Directions and details for your hike will be emailed to your email address approximately one week before your hike.

Hike location:

Cherokee Ranch and Castle

6113 N Daniels Park RD

Sedalia, CO 80135

Cherokee Ranch Hiking - Medicinal Plants

Those lucky enough to have hiked Cherokee Ranch know that there are a wealth of habitats and a rich flora that distract your eyes downwards, even as the vistas of the rugged backbone of the Rockies and distant misty towers of downtown Denver tempt you to look further away. We have experienced toasty winter days that were breathless and surprisingly sunny, as well as blustery days in the summer. One thing is for sure, you will never be bored on a Cherokee hike!

Join the Denver Botanic Gardens at Cherokee Ranch for a hike and backcountry preparation with our summer hike series.

Medicinal Plants

Join DBG's horticulturist Blake Burger to wander the beautiful Cherokee Ranch & Castle property to search for medicinal plants. Learn how to indentify these plants, what their healing properties are, and how to use them.

 

Instructor: Blake Burger

Price: $30, $25 members

Special Instructions Course will include a 3 hour hike and a picnic lunch. Bring a sack lunch for a picnic with an unbelievable view of the front range.

Hike location:

Cherokee Ranch and Castle

6113 N Daniels Park RD

Sedalia, CO 80135

 

Cherokee Winter Nature Tour - At Cherokee Ranch and Castle

Those lucky enough to have hiked Cherokee Ranch know that there are a wealth of habitats and a rich flora that distract your eyes downwards, even as the vistas of the rugged backbone of the Rockies and distant misty towers of downtown Denver tempt you to look further away. We have experienced toasty winter days that were breathless and surprisingly sunny, as well as blustery days in the summer. One thing is for sure—you will never be bored on a Cherokee hike! This year we are starting much earlier—for better birding. But the plants will already be awake!

 

Whoever says winter is the “dormant” season? Wise naturalists know that nature does not sleep, you can now SEE those birds flitting in the bare branches. Buds are set on everything, and there is much more than just bark, branches and berries to liven a walk. You can see two species of Chickadees and Nuthatches that never stop in their search for food and there are a few last lingering hints of flowers. You will be surprised at how many evergreens there really are; not just pines and junipers and Oregon Grape, but many of our native shrubs and forbs keep living foliage and rosettes through the winter: they are still hard at work chlorophyll pumping! You might also be surprised to know that some Dark-eyed Juncos fly all the way from the Pacific Northwest and even Canada to winter at Cherokee. Other winter species include Flicker, Woodpeckers and a resident Red-tailed Hawk. What better time and place than Cherokee Ranch in the bright, winter light.

 

 

$20 member, $25 non-member.

 

Tour Guides: Panayoti Kelaidis and Lynn Willcockson

 

 

 

* Plants don’t really care how you dress for the field trips but BIRDS DO!! It is easier to see birds if you DO NOT wear white or other very bright colors –i.e. yellow, orange or red. Also, bring your binoculars: they can be used for both birds and plants

* Please wear comfortable shoes and bring your own supply of water for a 2 hour adventure

*Directions and details for your hike will be emailed to your email address approximately one week before your hike

 

 

Curator Conversations: Stories in Sculpture

Stroll through the Gardens with a curator to hear a behind-the-scenes perspective to uncover connections and narratives within the Stories in Sculpture: Selections from the Walker Art Center Collection exhibition. Enjoy this unique experience to view the exhibition with the insight of a curator. This one-hour tour deepens understanding of the sculptures, the artists and the development of the exhibit.

Stories in Sculpture: Selections from the Walker Art Center Collection is organized by the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.

 

Price: $17, $10 member

 

Special instructions: Tours are outdoors; dress accordingly for the weather. Water, sunscreen and sunglasses are recommended. Please bring booking confirmation. Meet guide in the lobby of the Boettcher Memorial Center after entering through the Gardens main entrance.

 

Notes: Prices include admission to the Gardens. Tours with low registration are subject to cancellation.

Denver Urban Homestead Tour

Interested in sustainable home practices, self-sufficiency, and lifelong learning? Then join us for this self-guided tour of local urban homesteads. See food production, chickenkeeping, beekeeping, goatkeeping, natural building, composting, sustainable design, and more applied in all kinds of spaces and neighborhoods.

 

This self-guided tour is open house style: tour hosts are opening up their homesteads between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. You receive a map with marked tour stops and descriptions of each homestead. You decide where you want to go, how many homesteads you want to visit, and how long you want to spend at each stop. Mapping out your route beforehand or having a GPS is recommended.

After the tour, join us at the Jefferson Park Farm & Flea to dive deeper into homesteading knowledge, socialize with other homesteaders, and enjoy delicious food from food trucks.

 

Price: $5 general public

Special Instructions: This tour is OFFSITE at various locations all over the Denver metro area. A Tour Guide and Map will be emailed one week prior to the tour date. Please make sure your email address is correctly entered when you register.

Register online and receive an emailed PDF map of tour hosts and descriptions one week prior to event.

 

Community Partner: Jefferson Park Farm & Flea

http://jpfleamarket.com

Garden Guru Tour

Immerse yourself in the Gardens with a horticulturist as your guide. Gain insight into living museum collections and walk away with gardening tips from an expert.

 

Price: $17, $10 member

 

Special instructions: Tours can be both indoors and outdoors; dress accordingly for the weather. Water, sunscreen and sunglasses are recommended. Please bring booking confirmation. Meet guide in the lobby of the Boettcher Memorial Center after entering through the Gardens main entrance. Tours are one-hour long.

 

Notes: Prices include admission to the Gardens. Tours with low registration are subject to cancellation. These tours are not available for private parties.

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!

Seasonal Discoveries Tour

No matter the time of year, botanical treasures await your discovery with these guided tours of gardens at their seasonal peaks. Experience the Gardens’ landscape at its best, whether through the colorful bounty of summer, the crackling beauty of fall or the marvelous contrasts of winter.

 

Price: $14, $9 student, $7 member

 

Special instructions: Tours are outdoors; dress accordingly for the weather. Water, sunscreen and sunglasses are recommended. Please bring booking confirmation. Meet guide in the lobby of the Boettcher Memorial Center after entering through the Gardens main entrance.

 

Notes: Prices include admission to the Gardens. Tours with low registration are subject to cancellation.

 

Stories in Sculpture: Selections from the Walker Art Center Collection

Explore 20th century sculptures from the Walker Art Center collection, including works by Henry Moore, Louise Nevelson and Isamu Noguchi, with a knowledgeable docent as your guide. Whether overtly figurative or more abstract, each sculpture has its own story to tell. Discover their stories, contemplate their symbolism and learn about the artists that created them. This is a one-hour tour led by experienced docents.

Stories in Sculpture: Selections from the Walker Art Center Collection is organized by the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.

 

Price: $14, $9 student, $7 member

 

Special instructions: Tours are outdoors; dress accordingly for the weather. Water, sunscreen and sunglasses are recommended. Please bring booking confirmation. Meet guide in the lobby of the Boettcher Memorial Center after entering through the Gardens main entrance.

 

Notes: Prices include admission to the Gardens. Tours with low registration are subject to cancellation.

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

Tour - Plains to Plains

Hike of Pawnee Buttes and Tour of High Plains Environmental Center with Panayoti Kelaidis and Jim Tolstrup

 

Few landscapes are more iconic than the Pawnee Buttes, a short drive north of Denver. Join Panayoti Kelaidis, director of outreach at Denver Botanic Gardens in a tour of the spectacular buttes that lie in the heart of the Pawnee National Grasslands: one of the largest remnants of shortgrass prairie left in our state. Late summer is peak season for many of the best wildflowers that grow on our prairies including huge mats of plains buckwheat (Eriogonum pauciflorum), Man Root Morning Glory (Ipomoea leptophylla) and innumerable daisies. Best of all, most visitors only think of visiting Pawnee Buttes in spring or fall—so we are apt to have the prairie to ourselves, excluding a few magpies and Prairie falcons.

 

The High Plains Environmental Center (HPEC) consists of 76 acres and 3.5 miles of trails surrounding two lakes in a rapidly developing area. Formerly agricultural land, HPEC is in the process of transformation into an environmental park that combines horticulture and ecological restoration.

Participants will have an opportunity to buy plants from HPEC’s native plant nursery.

 

$51, $46 member, includes lunch and transportation from Denver Botanic Gardens

Tropical Trails Tour

Denver may be blanketed with snow, but the plants in the Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory enjoy a warm climate year-round. Enjoy the lush vegetation, vibrant flowers and warmth of the tropics as you stroll through the Gardens’ tropical collections. This is a one-hour tour led by experienced docents.

 

Price: $14, $9 student, $7 member

 

Special instructions: Tours are indoors. Please bring booking confirmation. Meet guide in the lobby of the Boettcher Memorial Center after entering through the Gardens main entrance.

 

Notes: Prices include admission to the Gardens. Tours with low registration are subject to cancellation.

 

 

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