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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.

 

All Natural Skin Care

 

See how easy and inexpensive it is to make facial steams, cleansing grains, serums, masques, herbal toners and astringents, acne treatments , lip balms,and rich creamy moisturizers that contains far more nutrients and anti-oxidants for your skin than anything commercially available. You'll learn how to precisely tailor the nutrients to address any skin issue including prematurely aging skin. Take home an extensive handout, a one month supply of moisturizer 2 pots of lip balm and facial steaming herbs or toner.

 

Instructor: Kimberly Cherie, Owner & Founder of The Botanical Spa Retreat

 

Price: $68, $63 member, includes $35 for materials

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.

 

Instructor: Patti O'Neal

Price: $90, $80 members

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

 

Botany for Gardeners

Rocky Mountain Gardening Required Course Group I

This class provides an overview of basic plant biology, including structure, development, transpiration, photosynthesis and plant chemistry.

Students will gain essential knowledge for acquiring high-level pruning skills, for designing gardens based on specific plant requirements of the Rocky Mountain region, and for understanding interactions between plants and their microenvironments.

Required Text- Botany for Gardeners by Brian Capon, found online or in most book stores.

 

Instructor: Sheridan Samano

Price: $255, $213 members

Bread Baking at Home

Making homemade bread is one of the simplest yet most rewarding kitchen projects - yet many people find it intimidating or overwhelming, especially at altitude. In this delicious class, you’ll learn from Chef Elizabeth Buckingham how easy it really is to bake incredible artisan loaves at home with no special equipment or oven required – and you can avoid all the preservatives and other additives in commercial bread. We’ll discuss flours, yeasts, starters, rising, kneading and much more. While the class will primarily concentrate on wheat-based breads, we’ll also talk about the vast range of non-wheat flours now available to the home baker. There is truly no activity more satisfying than producing amazing bread at home, and this class will inspire you to bake bread at home regularly. (Generous food samples served.)

 

Instructor: Chef Elizabeth Buckingham is a Colorado native; she earned a Grande Diplôme from Le Cordon Bleu Paris. A spontaneous scuba diving trip to the Bahamas following her culinary school graduation led to a passion for the ocean and the next eight years of her career, first cooking aboard dive boats and later progressing to head chef aboard private yachts worldwide. In 2009, Elizabeth returned to Colorado and started her own private chef venture, Moveable Feast Colorado. Elizabeth teaches public and private cooking classes in the Denver area and offers recipe development and trade-show services to her corporate clients. Elizabeth is also a certified Master Gardener and runs a tiny urban homestead complete with chickens and a large vegetable garden. She is an avid home canner and preserver, a passionate advocate of local food, and thinks everyone should know how to cook at least a little bit.

Price: $47, $42 members, includes $20 for materials

 

 

Carving and Cocktails

Show off, explore and unwind by carving a pumpkin - together. By the end of this amazing, upbeat night, you’ll be amazed! One couple said they couldn't remember the last time they had that much fun together. Let your inner "Type A" loosen up and have fun! Just RELAX! Nobody will judge your talent level and if you have that extra drink it will only make your carving look better!

You will receive a pumpkin, a pattern, and a mini-kit of Barry’s favorite, professional carving tools.

Barry Brown - Master Pumpkin Carver, guides each couple through simple tips and techniques. Reveal your strength, intelligence, artistry and pleasure! You’ll connect and relax as you assist each other through the easy steps. The Grand Lighting Ceremony ends the evening, when we dim the lights, then illuminate the amazing pumpkin carvings all at once. Bring your camera!

Instructor: Barry Brown, is excited to show you how to carve pumpkins like the ones he carved for TV shows including the Today Show, The Tonight Show, the David Letterman Show, Good Morning America, Monday Night Football, and movies including Hocus Pocus. He has carved pumpkins on every local TV news station and the Colorado & Company show. Several stations have even come out to interview him AND film special stories about his National Grand Prize Award-Winning pumpkin carving skills.

 

Price: $49, $46 members, for two participants.

Special Instructions: Each duo will receive one pumpkin and one carving kit. This event is a BYOB. Please bring your own drinks and snacks. This is a 21 and over event, please have your id with you. You will receive a pumpkin, a pattern, and a mini-kit of Barry’s favorite carving tools.

 

 

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

 

 

Chipotle Sustainable Food Film Series - American Meat

The Sustainable Food Film Series, presented by Chipotle Mexican Grill, includes four films relating to sustainable food practices, organic farming and community agriculture. Each evening includes food provided by Chipotle, a screening of the film, and a post-film panel discussion. The films take place between September and November at Denver Botanic Gardens at York Street.

 

Film: American Meat

from http://leaveitbetter.com/american-meat/

 

American Meat is a pro-farmer look at chicken, hog and cattle production in America.

 

Beginning with a history of our current industrial system, the feedlots and confinement operations are unveiled, not through hidden cameras, but through the eyes of the farmers who live and work there. From there, the story shifts to Polyface Farms, where the Salatin family has developed an alternative agricultural model based on rotational grazing and local distribution. Nationwide, a local-food movement of farmers, chefs, and everyday people has taken root… But could it ever feed us all?

 

Price: $5 general public

Location: Mitchell Hall

Special Instructions: Doors open at 6 p.m. for serving of food, film starts at 6:30 p.m. with a twenty minute panel discussion and question/answer following film.

Please register online in advance to secure your seat. If event is sold out, there will be a day-of waitlist.

The film is subject to change, however attendees will be notified.

Chipotle Sustainable Food Film Series - Eating Alabama

The Sustainable Food Film Series, presented by Chipotle Mexican Grill, includes four films relating to sustainable food practices, organic farming and community agriculture. Each evening includes food provided by Chipotle, a screening of the film, and a post-film panel discussion. The films take place between September and November at Denver Botanic Gardens at York Street.

 

Film: Eating Alabama

from http://eatingalabama.com/:

 

A story about why food matters.

In search of a simpler life, a young couple returns home to Alabama where they set out to eat the way their grandparents did – locally and seasonally. But as they navigate the agro-industrial gastronomical complex, they soon realize that nearly everything about the food system has changed since farmers once populated their family histories. A thoughtful and often funny essay on community, the South and sustainability, “Eating Alabama” is a story about why food matters.

 

Price: $5 general public

Location: Mitchell Hall

Special Instructions: Doors open at 6 p.m. for serving of food, film starts at 6:30 p.m. with a twenty minute panel discussion and question/answer following film.

Please register online in advance to secure your seat. If event is sold out, there will be a day-of waitlist.

The film is subject to change, however attendees will be notified.

Chipotle Sustainable Food Film Series - GMO OMG

The Sustainable Food Film Series, presented by Chipotle Mexican Grill, includes four films relating to sustainable food practices, organic farming and community agriculture. Each evening includes food provided by Chipotle, a screening of the film, and a post-film panel discussion. The films take place between September and November at Denver Botanic Gardens at York Street.

 

Film: GMO OMG

from http://www.gmofilm.com/ :

 

GMO OMG director and concerned father Jeremy Seifert is in search of answers. How do GMOs affect our children, the health of our planet, and our freedom of choice? And perhaps the ultimate question, which Seifert tests himself: is it even possible to reject the food system currently in place, or have we lost something we can’t gain back? These and other questions take Seifert on a journey from his family’s table to Haiti, Paris, Norway, and the lobby of agra-giant Monsanto, from which he is unceremoniously ejected. Along the way we gain insight into a question that is of growing concern to citizens the world over: what's on your plate?

 

Price: $5 general public

Location: Mitchell Hall

Special Instructions: Doors open at 6 p.m. for serving of food, film starts at 6:30 p.m. with a twenty minute panel discussion and question/answer following film.

Please register online in advance to secure your seat. If event is sold out, there will be a day-of waitlist.

We reserve the right to change films, but will notify attendees.

Chop Chop: Basic Knife Skills

Cooking is actually mostly chopping and prep – and there is simply nothing else that will improve your time in the kitchen more than learning basic knife skills. Join Chef Elizabeth Buckingham for this intensive two-hour hands-on course and learn how to properly hold, hone and use a knife to its best advantage. Learn classic cuts, such as dice, mince, julienne and chiffonade, plus learn how to clean, care for and buy knives. We’ll make a delicious vegetable soup with our practice cuts! If you’re serious about cooking at home, this class is for you.

 

Instructor: Chef Elizabeth Buckingham is a Colorado native; she earned a Grande Diplôme from Le Cordon Bleu Paris. A spontaneous scuba diving trip to the Bahamas following her culinary school graduation led to a passion for the ocean and the next eight years of her career, first cooking aboard dive boats and later progressing to head chef aboard private yachts worldwide. In 2009, Elizabeth returned to Colorado and started her own private chef venture, Moveable Feast Colorado. Elizabeth teaches public and private cooking classes in the Denver area and offers recipe development and trade-show services to her corporate clients. Elizabeth is also a certified Master Gardener and runs a tiny urban homestead complete with chickens and a large vegetable garden. She is an avid home canner and preserver, a passionate advocate of local food, and thinks everyone should know how to cook at least a little bit.

Price: $49, $44 members, includes $20 for materials

Special Instructions: Generous food samples served; please bring your own chef’s knife, paring knife, honing steel, two kitchen towels and wooden cutting board

Classic Holiday Baking

Whether you're an experienced baker or new to the kitchen, this fun and delicious holiday baking class will definitely put you in the seasonal spirit! Class will include instruction on simple make-ahead cookie doughs, homemade pie crusts, dinner rolls, perfect edible hostess gifts, and more classic holiday treats. You'll learn how to improve your baking at altitude, incorporate fresh and unusual flavors and create your own signature goodies! Generous food samples provided.

 

Instructor: Chef Elizabeth Buckingham is a Colorado native; she earned a Grande Diplôme from Le Cordon Bleu Paris. A spontaneous scuba diving trip to the Bahamas following her culinary school graduation led to a passion for the ocean and the next eight years of her career, first cooking aboard dive boats and later progressing to head chef aboard private yachts worldwide. In 2009, Elizabeth returned to Colorado and started her own private chef venture, Moveable Feast Colorado. Elizabeth teaches public and private cooking classes in the Denver area and offers recipe development and trade-show services to her corporate clients. Elizabeth is also a certified Master Gardener and runs a tiny urban homestead complete with chickens and a large vegetable garden. She is an avid home canner and preserver, a passionate advocate of local food, and thinks everyone should know how to cook at least a little bit.

Price: $49, $44 members, includes $20 for materials

 

Dia De Los Muertos: Tree of Life Altar

The Tree of Life is a traditional image in Mexican folk art, and this class incorporates it into a whimsical, multi-media display for your Dia de los Muertos celebration. Local artist, Diane Sasaki, combines symbols from her Mexican heritage to help you create a tribute to a departed loved-one in this 2-hour class.

 

Instructor: Diane Sasaki began creating art as a child and later studied fine art at Arizona State and graduated with a Graphic Design degree from Colorado Institute of Art. She has worked as a coordinator and producer for commercials and various TV shows including Food Network Challenge, Ultimate Recipe Showdown with Guy Fieri, Best in Smoke BBQ, and Diners, Drive-ins and Dives; and educational videos for Craftsy.com.

Price: $40, $35 member includes $10 materials fee

Easy & Elegant Holiday Entertaining

It's that time of year again...the time when unexpected guests drop by, the house is full of relatives and you're always on your way to a party where you're supposed to bring something to nibble on. Don't despair! Join Chef Elizabeth Buckingham for this fun and delicious class where we'll make super-simple holiday appetizers that you can throw together in just minutes. You’ll learn what pantry staples to keep on hand for no-fuss cocktail snacks, as well as recipes that let you accommodate all the allergies, intolerances and preferences you might encounter in the holiday wilds. Don't be intimidated by holiday entertaining - invite guests over and let the party begin! Generous food samples served.

 

Instructor: Chef Elizabeth Buckingham is a Colorado native; she earned a Grande Diplôme from Le Cordon Bleu Paris. A spontaneous scuba diving trip to the Bahamas following her culinary school graduation led to a passion for the ocean and the next eight years of her career, first cooking aboard dive boats and later progressing to head chef aboard private yachts worldwide. In 2009, Elizabeth returned to Colorado and started her own private chef venture, Moveable Feast Colorado. Elizabeth teaches public and private cooking classes in the Denver area and offers recipe development and trade-show services to her corporate clients. Elizabeth is also a certified Master Gardener and runs a tiny urban homestead complete with chickens and a large vegetable garden. She is an avid home canner and preserver, a passionate advocate of local food, and thinks everyone should know how to cook at least a little bit.

Price: $47, $42 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.

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

 

Instructor: Blake Burger

Skill level: All levels welcome

Price: $12, $10 members

Special Instructions: 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. This class will be located in the Morrison Center (north end of the Children's Garden).

 

Photo: Perfecto Insecto (Flickr)

 

Family Pumpkin Carving for Dia De los Muertos

Create memories with your kids that will last a life-time - getting the whole family involved - honoring loved ones who have passed from this life!

Barry Brown - Master Pumpkin Carver, guides each family through tips and techniques of pumpkin carving, including custom Dia De Los Muertos patterns. The heart of each family member will glow as they assist in every stage. The Grand Lighting Ceremony completes the event, when the amazing pumpkin carvings are lit up on an altar-type display. Bring your camera! In the end, it's all about having a good time, bonding families and building memories.

Each family will receive a pumpkin, a pattern, and a mini-kit of Barry’s favorite carving tools.

 

Instructor: Barry Brown, Master Pumpkin Carver, is excited to show you how to carve pumpkins like the ones he carved for TV shows including the Today Show, The Tonight Show, the David Letterman Show, Good Morning America, Monday Night Football, and movies including Hocus Pocus. He has carved pumpkins on every local TV news station and the Colorado & Company show. Several stations have even come out to interview him AND film special stories about his National Grand Prize Award-Winning pumpkin carving skills.

Price: $47, $42 members, per family (max of 5 per family), includes $15 for a professional carving kit, design and one pumpkin per family

Film Screening: Hometown Habitat, Stories of Bringing Nature Home

Film Screening: Hometown Habitat, Stories of Bringing Nature Home

“Hometown Habitat, Stories of Bringing Nature Home” is a 90-minute environmental, education documentary focused on showing how and why native plants are critical to the survival and vitality of local ecosystems.

 

Join us for a inspiring night to learn how you can support wildlife near your own home. Movie, followed by panel discussion including author and biologist Susan J. Tweit, representatives from Audubon Rockies including Alison Halloran, executive director of Rockies Audubon, and Jamie Weiss, Habitat Hero program coordinator, and Panayoti Kelaidis of Denver Botanic Gardens. Don Ireland, Habitat Hero and Colorado WaterWise award winner from Cherry Creek 3 HOA in Denver, will moderate the panel discussion.

 

Movie description from the www.themeadowproject.com

Hometown Habitat features renowned entomologist Dr. Douglas Tallamy, whose research, books and lectures on the use of non-native plants in landscaping, sound the alarm about habitat and species loss. Tallamy provides the narrative thread that challenges the notion that humans are here and nature is someplace else. “It doesn’t have to, and shouldn’t be that way.” Inspiring stories of community commitment to conservation landscaping illustrate Tallamy’s vision by showing how humans and nature can co-exist with mutual benefits. The message: All of us have the power to support habitat for wildlife and bring natural beauty to our patch of the earth. The goal: Build a new army of habitat heroes!

The movie focuses partly on various locations in Colorado and talks with residents and how they are dealing with plants and nature in our semi-arid climate.

 

Price: $10, general public

Special Instructions: Films will be available for purchase after the screening for $22, cash or check only.

Fitness in the Gardens

Fitness in the Gardens is a 60-minute course that incorporates dynamic stretching, running, and high intensity interval training using functional fitness and body weight movements. This class is perfect for intermediate and advanced level athletes designed to challenge you with constantly varied movements that will keep you on your toes!

 

Instructor: Lindsay Warren has a passion for health and fitness and enjoys nothing more than the opportunity to help others through their journey of obtaining a happy and healthier lifestyle.

-Business and Gym Owner of Crossfit Kali here in Denver (http://www.crossfitkali.com/)

-Holds over 6 fitness and CrossFit certifications

-Mobility and Injury prevention certified

-CCAA National Champion

Price: $18, $15 members

Special Instructions: Please bring your own yoga mat, a towel, and water bottle.

Homemade Gifts from the Kitchen

If you’re trying to keep both your frenzied shopping as well as your budget under control this holiday season, consider making your own delicious homemade gifts. Homemade food gifts, rather than mass-market items cheaply produced overseas, are always appreciated and can also be a great project to involve the entire family. Join Chef Elizabeth Buckingham for this tasty and fun class where we'll discuss (and sample!) all sorts of incredibly unique homemade treats you can easily create at home. Learn easy make-ahead tips, plus packaging ideas, that will make this gift-giving season your most fun yet!

 

Instructor: Chef Elizabeth Buckingham is a Colorado native; she earned a Grande Diplôme from Le Cordon Bleu Paris. A spontaneous scuba diving trip to the Bahamas following her culinary school graduation led to a passion for the ocean and the next eight years of her career, first cooking aboard dive boats and later progressing to head chef aboard private yachts worldwide. In 2009, Elizabeth returned to Colorado and started her own private chef venture, Moveable Feast Colorado. Elizabeth teaches public and private cooking classes in the Denver area and offers recipe development and trade-show services to her corporate clients. Elizabeth is also a certified Master Gardener and runs a tiny urban homestead complete with chickens and a large vegetable garden. She is an avid home canner and preserver, a passionate advocate of local food, and thinks everyone should know how to cook at least a little bit.

Price: $49, $44 members, includes $20 materials fee

 

How to Eat Healthy and Stay Sane During the Holidays

Do the impending holidays fill you with food fear? Does the thought of cooking and eating nothing but junk food from November through January send you into a panic? Are you concerned about all of your hard-won fitness accomplishments disappearing in a brief six-week period? Are you tired of making the same resolutions every January? Join professional chef and nutritionist Elizabeth Buckingham for this fun class where we'll discuss healthy holiday cooking and learn some easy recipes, tips and techniques that won't load you down with unnecessary calories. Come find out how to actually enjoy eating during the holidays! Generous healthy food samples provided.

 

Instructor: Chef Elizabeth Buckingham is a Colorado native; she earned a Grande Diplôme from Le Cordon Bleu Paris. A spontaneous scuba diving trip to the Bahamas following her culinary school graduation led to a passion for the ocean and the next eight years of her career, first cooking aboard dive boats and later progressing to head chef aboard private yachts worldwide. In 2009, Elizabeth returned to Colorado and started her own private chef venture, Moveable Feast Colorado. Elizabeth teaches public and private cooking classes in the Denver area and offers recipe development and trade-show services to her corporate clients. Elizabeth is also a certified Master Gardener and runs a tiny urban homestead complete with chickens and a large vegetable garden. She is an avid home canner and preserver, a passionate advocate of local food, and thinks everyone should know how to cook at least a little bit.

Price: $51, $46 members, $20 materials fee included

Invitation to Ikebana: Contemporary: Creative Ikebana - Sogetsu School Method

Introduction to the Sogetsu School of Ikebana. This will be a hands-on workshop open to all skill levels. The instructor will demonstrate the art form and then the students will proceed to make an arrangement. After creating an arrangement the instructor will do a critique. In December, we will make a creative Ikebana arrangement with Holiday theme.

Instructor: Midori Allmeyer

Price: $44, $39 member price

Special Instructions: Students are encouraged to bring their own Ikebana container (vase) and a large Kenzan (Pin-frog, 3.5 diameter or larger) as well as garden clippers (or Ikebana scissors) so that they can take home their finished arrangement. The Kenzan and Ikebana vase can be reused for future arrangements again and again for years. Container, Kenzan, and scissors will be lent during the class for those who don't bring their own, but then they will only bring home their flowers.

If someone would like to purchase Kenzan or Ikebana scissors, please have them contact Ikebana International, Denver Chapter in advance, through www.Ikebanadenver.com (and click Contact Us tub).

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