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Lifelong Learning

 

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.

 

3-1/2 Season Vegetable Garden: Extending the Garden Season in Colorado

Rocky Mountain Gardening Elective

This class will help you to develop your skills in succession planting and extending the growing season to get 11-12 months from your vegetable garden. Learn the importance of plant family names and how to group them successfully and rotate them, cool and warm season crops and when and if you can replant for another season of certain crops. We will also cover techniques and materials to extend the season successfully so you can plant early in spring and keep certain crops going until late fall and into winter.

 

Members $39, Non-Members $44

 

Instructor: Patti O'Neal

 

 

Backyard Goat Keeping

 

This class provides an accessible introduction for anyone interested in raising backyard dwarf dairy goats. Join Sundari Kraft, of EatWhereULive and Heirloom Gardens, to learn how to choose the perfect goats (best breeds and how/where to purchase), make housing and fencing, feed, collect milk, breed and provide proper medical care and hoof trimming. Participants also learn how to navigate financial considerations, overcome common challenges and get proper livestock licenses.

 

$35 member / non-member.

Instructor: Sundari Kraft

 

Instructor:

Sundari Kraft. Sundari is the proud owner of Nigerian Dwarf dairy goats. She is the author of "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Urban Homesteading," and successfully worked with city officials to improve Denver's goat laws.

 

 

 

 

Basic Floral Design

 

Interested in floral design? Learn how to get started in this class - how to choose appropriate flowers, select containers, use floral foam, how color influences your bouquet, and how to make those flowers last their longest. Have all your cut flower questions answered by an expert and take home an arrangement that you make yourself.

 

Bring a small, sharp knife; OR sharp shears that you won’t need to use again for paper or fabric; OR garden clippers (no anvil cutters). There will be some clippers to borrow if you don’t have your own. Also, professional clippers will be available to purchase for $10.00. $24 materials fee provides flowers and container.

 

Instructor: Margaret Binet, AIFD, CPF, PFCI

$47 members, $52 nonmembers

 

Image: Courtesy of Nanimo off Flickr

Beginning Bonsai

 

Are you mystified by the many centuries old Japanese tradition of bonsai? Join us for an entertaining and informative class with local Bonsai Master, Harold Sasaki and the Gardens’ Bonsai Specialist Larry Jackel as they debunk the myths, fictions and misconceptions surrounding this living art form.

 

Each participant receives a tree, ceramic pot, wire, soil and gravel in this hands-on experience of creating a finished bonsai, which you can home.

$78 member, $82 non-member, includes $30 for materials.

Instructor: Harold Sasaki and Larry Jackel

There will be a break for lunch, please bring lunch or there is a cafe onsite for you to purchase lunch.

 

 

 

Beginning Rocky Mountain Gardening

 

Rocky Mountain Gardening Elective

This course is designed for the Front Range gardener beginner. The basics of what is needed to adjust gardening skills from other climates to the Front Range’s finicky climate are covered. If you have never gardened here before or are looking for more success, this is the class for you! Learn the skills necessary to become an enthusiastic gardener. Annuals, perennials and vegetables are discussed, along with trees and shrubs that thrive in our climate, elevation and varying soils. Plant selection, planting and troubleshooting is discussed.

Subsequent weeks focus on the elements, water needs, fertilizers and organic gardening.

Please bring a glass jar of soil to class. (Must be see through glass jar to study layers of your own backyard native soil)

 

 

$80 member, $90 non-member.

 

Instructor: Patti O'Neal

 

Bonfils Stanton Lecture Series - 2015

Local Heroes: Rediscovering Our Own Backyards

 

We primeval forests felling, We the rivers stemming, vexing we and piercing deep the mines within, We the surface broad surveying, we the virgin soil upheaving, Pioneers! O pioneers!

 

Colorado men are we, From the peaks gigantic, from the great sierras and the high plateaus,

From the mine and from the gully, from the hunting trail we come, Pioneers! O pioneers!

~ Walt Whitman

 

With the support of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation and in line with the Gardens’ mission of connecting people with plants, we are excited to bring you our annual speakers’ series starting in June.

 

This year’s series celebrates remarkable home-grown local heroes and covers fascinating topics geared specifically for the Front Range gardener and nature lover. Discover the ins and outs of successful gardening in our unique environment from some of the country’s best experts! Topics include transforming your garden into a habitat for a variety of creatures with David Salman from the famed High Country Gardens and popular garden author Lauren Springer Ogden, as well as working with the challenges (and opportunities!) of gardening in our dry climate with the Gardens’ world-renowned horticulturalists. We are excited to welcome the inspiring nature photographer and publisher John Fielder as he takes us on a photographic journey along Colorado’s Yampa River to discover its history, beauty and the current efforts to keep this 200-mile river wild and strong.

 

Lecture Series, which also includes all pre lecture tastings. (does not include tours or workshop)

$70 member, $95 non-member

 

Canvases and Company

Enjoy a summer evening painting session inspired by your beautiful surroundings at the Denver Botanic Gardens. Bring your own libations and snacks and we will provide the canvas and materials. Come with your friends or meet new ones!

 

Our Instructor Judith Scott has been teaching art for over thirty years and will provide you with the guidance needed to capture your garden subject of choice. This event is open to all levels, including beginners. Spend a summer evening in nature, have fun, and carry home an original piece of art!

 

Instructor: Judith Scott

 

$42 member, $47 non-member includes $15 materials cost

Image: Courtesy of arvarg (Flickr)

 

*must be 21 or older, please provide valid ID

Cherokee Late Summer 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 sureùou will never be bored on a Cherokee hike! This year we are starting much earlieræor better birding. But the plants will already be awake!

 

Late summer is an excellent time to observe the bounty of both flora and fauna rolling through the hills of Cherokee Ranch. Aster and Goldenrod are everywhere. Blazing star paints purple spikes in the tousled mats of buffalo grass. Mid- summer bird activity continues at Cherokee as well. It is possible to see three species of hummingbirds as they stop to feed to store up energy on their way to Central America for the winter. The Mountain and Western Bluebirds have finished nesting and the young (juveniles) are seen throughout the Ranch property. There is no better place to soak up the sun than on a late summer plant hike and bird watching adventure at Cherokee Ranch

 

Tour Guides: Panayoti Kelaidis and Lynn Willcockson

 

$20 member, $25 non-member.

 

* Plants don´ 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 ©.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

 

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

 

Cherokee Spring Nature Hike - At Cherokee Ranch and Castle

 

 

 

Cherokee Summer 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!

 

At the beginning of Summer the grasses have greened up, although there may still be snow on the higher peaks, when we walk through meadows full of the bounty of early summer this is the peak season for many of the loveliest wildflowers; including One-sided Penstemon (Penstemon virgatus), lupines and Monument plant. It is also peak season for the Broad-tailed Hummingbirds that have made their way back from Mexico and Central America to nest at Cherokee. We will learn how to identify the male Broad-tailed Hummingbird just by hearing it fly as it darts between scarlet gilia trumpets. Two species of bluebirds and swallows will be active at this time as well as the tiny (4 ½ in) Blue-gray Gnatcatcher that has returned from its winter grounds as far away as Central America to nest at Cherokee. Summer is prime time for viewing the plant and bird life at Cherokee, folks!

 

 

$20 member, $25 non-member.

 

Tour Guides: Panayoti Kelaidis and Lynn Willcockson

 

 

 

Hike location -

Cherokee Ranch and Castle

6113 N Daniels Park RD

Sedalia, CO 80135

 

* 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

 

 

 

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

 

 

COlorado COnnections Tour

Understand the climate, beauty, ecology and horticulture of the Rocky Mountain region with a guided tour of iconic gardens and plants in the West. Gain practical knowledge about water-smart gardening and take a closer look at the science and contemporary issues surrounding Colorado plants.

 

April 19 - May 9: Sundays at 4 p.m.

May 10 - September 27: Sundays at 5 p.m.

September 28 - April 31: Sundays at 2 p.m.

 

Pricing:

Member: $7

Non-Member: $14

Student: $9

 

Remarks:

- The purchase of tour tickets includes admission to the Gardens.

- Tours are outdoors; dress accordingly for the weather.

- We recommend that you bring a bottle of water, sunglasses and sunscreen.

- Please bring your booking confirmation to expedite check-in.

- Access to the Gardens on the day of your tour will be through the Bonfils-Stanton Visitor Center (Gardens main entrance).

- You will meet your guide in the lobby of Boettcher Memorial Center.

 

 

Don’t miss this season’s signature exhibition, “Deborah Butterfield: The Nature of Horses.”

 

 

Companion Planting

Have you heard of the Three Sisters of the garden? According to Iroquois legend, corn, beans, and squash are three inseparable sisters that only thrive when planted together. Companion planting has occurred throughout the history of the earth. Nature knows how to grow by bringing complementary plants together and keeping antagonists apart. You can do the same in your garden and greatly increase the health and well-being of your plants as well as the yield. Roses love garlic and tomatoes love basil and there is usually more than one reason why. Come and learn the science and the lore and make companion planting a natural part of your garden. If you are a vegetable gardener, companion planting can help keep the food fully organic. Crop rotation and soil building, a vital part of companion planting, are also covered. From ancient techniques to recent experiments and 17 years of personal experience growing food, herbs and flowers together, Penn and Cord Parmenter discuss a range of beautiful, diverse and stunning combinations. Don't miss this one - it's never too late to plant companions!

 

Instructors:

Penn and Cord Parmenter.

Penn and Cord Parmenter are high altitude food growers. They live in the Wet Mountains in South Central Colorado and they apply a multitude of techniques to overcome the challenges of the high country. Their totally sustainable greenhouse provides food year round for them and their three boys.

 

Container Gardening

 

Join Denver Botanic Gardens' horticulturalist Bridget Blomquist for a fun and informative class on container gardening. Class will start with a lecture and demonstration on materials, techniques, and plant selection. Then we'll move outside for a walking tour of different container displays in various gardens.

 

$28 members, $33 nonmembers

Instructor: Bridget Blomquist

 

Converting Lawn to Xeriscape

Do you want to beautify your landscape and save water at the same time?

 

We will address some design ideas and go into detail about how to replace some of your Kentucky bluegrass lawn with Water-Smart perennial and ornamental grasses. We’ll get into soil types and irrigation adjustments requirements as well.

 

$20 member, $24 non-member

 

Instructor: Curtis Manning

 

Photo: Winger Photography

Curator Conversations: Deborah Butterfield

Explore Deborah Butterfield’s sculptures with the keen eye of a curator. This one-hour tour will deepen your understanding of the artist, her artistic development, and what went into developing the exhibit. Be prepared to walk away thinking about horses in a novel way.

Tours are at 9 a.m. on June 11, July 9, August 13, and September 10.

 

Pricing:

Member: $10

Non-Member: $17

Student: $9

 

Remarks:

- The purchase of tour tickets includes admission to the Gardens.

- Tours are outdoors; dress accordingly for the weather.

- We recommend that you bring a bottle of water, sunglasses and sunscreen.

- Please bring your booking confirmation to expedite check-in.

- Access to the Gardens on the day of your tour will be through the Bonfils-Stanton Visitor Center (Gardens main entrance).

- You will then meet your guide in the lobby of Boettcher Memorial Center.

 

Deborah Butterfield Artist Talk

 

Immerse yourself in Butterfield’s world of horses. Learn about the artist’s inspiration and approach to making her sculpture.

 

Deborah Butterfield is known for her incredible craftsmanship and creative use of materials, placing her among the most respected and acclaimed artists of her generation. As an avid rider and observer, she landed on the horse as her single subject since the mid-1970s. Butterfield lives and works in a studio in Hawaii and a ranch in Bozeman, MT.

 

Deborah Butterfield: The Nature of Horses Tour

Immerse yourself in artist Deborah Butterfield’s world of horses. Her passion and enthusiasm for these majestic animals is tangibly expressed in her fascinating sculptures. Explore the exhibition with a docent as your conversation guide.

 

May 23 - September 18 | Saturdays and Sundays at 9 a.m. & 6 p.m.

September 19 - October 18 | Saturdays and Sundays at 9 a.m. & 3 p.m.

 

Pricing:

Member: $7

Non-Member: $14

Student: $9

 

Remarks:

- The purchase of tour tickets includes admission to the Gardens.

- Tours are outdoors; dress accordingly for the weather.

- We recommend that you bring a bottle of water, sunglasses and sunscreen.

- Please bring your booking confirmation to expedite check-in.

- Access to the Gardens on the day of your tour will be through the Bonfils-Stanton Visitor Center (Gardens main entrance).

- You will then meet your guide in the lobby of Boettcher Memorial Center.

 

 

Image Credit:

Deborah Butterfield, Lucky, 1996-97

Denver Art Museum Collection: Funds from the Enid and Crosby Kemper Foundation,

1996.198.3

Photograph © Denver Art Museum

 

Dirt-Cheap Garden Whimsy

 

Have you ever wanted a garden that reflects your creativity?

Here’s your chance to explore ways to add whimsical elements from repurposed materials to your outdoor environment. This workshop will offer ideas from Denver-area gardens, as well as sources for low-cost materials and inspiration. Participants will also engage in a group activity to exercise creative thinking skills.

 

Deb Courtner is a Denver garden designer and owner of Blossoms & Blueprints, LLC. She writes freelance garden articles for The Denver Post and landscaping posts for her blog, blossomsandblueprints.wordpress.com. A former corporate training manager, Deb has presented programs for organizations throughout metro Denver. She serves as a Colorado State University Extension master gardener and also leads children’s tours at Denver Botanic Gardens. Her educational credentials include a landscape design certification from Front Range Community College, an MBA from Columbia University and a B.S. in journalism from Kansas State University.

 

Instructor: Deb Courtner

 

$29 members, $32 non-members

 

Evening Vinyasa Yoga at the Gardens

Looking for an amazing place to practice your yoga skills, how about the beautiful Denver Botanic Gardens?

 

Vinyasa yoga weaves beautiful movement with challenging postures, and cultivates a sense of peace and calm by the end of each yoga class. Practicing vinyasa yoga on a daily basis can improve posture, flexibility, and endurance. Beyond the physical benefits, yoga helps to bring a sense of clarity to challenging situations in life, reminds us to stay present and focused in an ever-changing environment, and can help us find happiness and contentment in our surroundings.

 

Focusing on an open heart and mind, yoga has the ability to positively affect all aspects of life. Vinyasa yoga is a style of yoga where asanas (postures) are linked with breath, creating beautiful movement and flow from one posture to the next. This is a great practice for anyone looking to connect the mind with the body.

 

The postures practiced in this challenging class will promote alignment, flexibility, focus, endurance and help detoxify the body.

 

All levels welcome. Please bring a mat, a towel and water.

Walk-ins are welcome for members or non-members! Please bring cash if possible but credit cards are also accepted.

 

$10 members, $12 non-members

Instructor: Blake Burger

Location: Morrison Center (north end of the Children's Garden) except April 16, which will be in the Orangery

 

Photo: Perfecto Insecto (Flickr)

 

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