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2014 Horticulture Home Garden Tour

Have you ever attended a class or lecture, or read an article or blog post from one of our top Horticulturists and wondered what their home garden looks like? Well now is your chance to find out with a behind-the-scenes tour! Three of our most experienced and popular members of our Horticulture staff, Panayoti Kelaidis, Mike Kintgen, and Dan Johnson, will open up their gardens for this special opportunity.

 

Home Garden of Panayoti Kelaidis

Many thousands of plants are combined for four season interest in this Plant Collector’s garden. The Western half of the property is planted with native trees, shrubs and many cacti and western Wildflowers - almost eliminating watering needs. The Eastern half includes a large vegetable garden, perennial borders with many unusual perennials and bulbs, and a woodland garden that encircles the alpine garden on the east side of the house. Late May is when many of the Daphnes and Rhododendrons bloom, along with a host of classic alpine plants like saxifrages, dianthus and penstemons. There are several hundred containers located everywhere in this garden, many filled with annuals that are beginning their show as well…

By matching plants to microclimate, and combining plants of similar growth rate, we are able to create plantings that persist over time and need less maintenance than one might suspect with such biodiversity!

 

Home Garden of Mike Kintgen

Mike Kintgen’s garden started in 2009 with a bare canvas of dead bluegrass and a few overgrown junipers in the front yard. The dandelions, bluegrass, and junipers were removed to create a series of short berms in front of the house that made way for a Legacy buffalo grass lawn planted with spring and autumn flowering bulbs. The berms showcase a wide array of steppe and rock garden plants from around the world that are tolerant to Colorado’s hot dry summers and cold winters. The back yard is a mix of more traditional garden elements, a large propagation area, a small vegetable garden, and various rocks gardens.. There is also a large collection of alpine plants in troughs and containers filled with annuals for season long interest.

The overarching mission of the garden is to showcase how xeriscapes and rock gardens can be interesting, beautiful and more sustainable than traditional landscapes.

 

Home Garden of Dan Johnson

This average city lot supports an eclectic garden that is anything but average, the result of a driven collector with a creative proclivity. Uncommon plants greet the visitor even at the street, where a warm terracotta wall frames the stucco home and small front gardens. The gardens slope downwards behind the home, with red flagstone paths and boulders creating distinct spaces. The theme throughout is one of pushing the envelope for Colorado gardening. Deliberate use of microclimates and selective irrigation seem to make anything possible. Magnolias, wisteria, sheltered fuchsias and palms, Japanese maples and bamboo seem unlikely in their proximity to cacti, penstemon, agaves and yuccas. Collections made in Spain, South Africa and Pakistan mingle with more traditional fare. Sculptural elements and found objects enhance the sense of surprise. A small stream leads through the contours of the gardens to a koi pond with lotus and waterlilies. Photographers delight in the detail and unusual vignettes. Recovering from a brutal winter, a few specimens may be less than prime, but nevertheless, this garden still surprises.

 

This Tour will meet at Denver Botanic Gardens at York Street at 8:30 a.m. and return to Denver Botanic Gardens at York Streeet at 12:30 p.m. A chartered bus will escort all participants, the cost of the bus is included in the price of the tour. No self guided tours available.

 

$46 members, $51 non-members, includes bus transportation

 

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Artist Talk: Dale Chihuly

Hear this world-renowned artist talk about his work and some of his most iconic projects from around the world. A book signing will follow the lecture. This lecture is free with admission to the Gardens.

 

Admission to the Gardens and exhibition: $0 member, $15 non-member, $12 Senior, $9 Children (ages 3 – 15)

 

This Lecture is SOLD OUT!

 

 

 

 

 

Backyard Chicken Keeping

An accessible introduction for anyone who is interested in raising backyard hens.

 

Join Sundari Kraft of EatWhereULive for an accessible introduction to raising backyard hens. Topics covered will include:

- Choosing the perfect chickens (best breeds and how/where to purchase)

- Chick care

- Housing and fencing

- Feeding

- Common chicken challenges

- All about the eggs

- Financial considerations

- Livestock licensing process

 

Instructor:

Sundari Kraft. Sundari is the proud owner of a beautiful flock of Denver backyard hens. She is the author of "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Urban Homesteading," and successfully worked with city officials to change Denver's chicken laws

 

 

$35 member / non-member

 

Instructor: Sundari Kraft

 

Sundari Kraft is the author of "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Urban Homesteading" (Alpha Books, 2011). She is the founder of Heirloom Gardens and Sustainable Food Denver, and was the founding chair of the Denver Sustainable Food Policy Council. Sundari grows fruit and vegetables at her house in Denver, and is raising chickens, dwarf goats, and bees in her back yard.

 

 

 

Backyard Goat Keeping

An accessible introduction for anyone who is interested in raising backyard dwarf dairy goats.

 

 

Join Sundari Kraft of EatWhereULive for an accessible introduction to raising backyard dwarf dairy goats. Topics covered will include:

- Choosing the perfect goats (best breeds and how/where to purchase)

- Housing and fencing

- Feeding

- Medical care & hoof trimming

- Common goat challenges

- All about the milk and milking

- Breeding and kidding

- Financial considerations (initial investment and ongoing costs)

- Livestock licensing process

 

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

 

 

$35 member / non-member.

 

Instructor: Sundari Kraft

 

 

Beginning Bonsai

 

 

 

 

Beginning Rocky Mountain Gardening

Rocky Mountain Gardening Elective

 

This is a course for the beginner or for newcomers to the Front Range Gardening Community. We will hit all the basics of what you really need to know to adjust your gardening skills to our climate or to begin your gardening success here on the Colorado Front Range.

If you have never gardened here before or are looking for more success, this is the class for you!

Learn the basics of gardening in our finicky climate and the skills necessary to become an enthusiastic gardener. Annuals, perennials and vegetables will be discussed, along with trees and shrubs for our climate, elevation and varying soils.

 

We will discuss plant selection, planting and troubleshooting. Leave with the knowledge and resources you need to plant the garden you have always wanted.

 

Subsequent weeks will 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

 

Bungalows and Gardens

Ever wondered about the history of bungalows and the gardens that were created with this iconic house style? Do you have a bungalow and would like to recreate that garden look with today’s plants in our dry desert climate? Come learn more about the house and style of garden that goes with it. Get some fresh, new ideas to update your garden.

 

Instructor: Marie Peacock

 

$26 member, $31 non-member

Canvases and Company

Enjoy a summer evening painting session 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

 

$41 member, $46 non-member includes $15 materials cost

Image: Courtesy of arvarg (Flickr)

 

*must be 21 or older, please provide valid ID

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.

 

 

$20 member, $25 non-member.

 

Tour Guides: Panayoti Kelaidis and Lynn Willcockson

 

* 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

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

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!

 

Spring comes gently on the Ranch: pasque flowers and easter daisies greet us as well as penstemons and numerous members of the pea family. What a great way to launch the new season than to amble through the Gambel Oaks seeking out early flowers and experiencing Spring Migration of several species of birds. The always spectacular Western Tanager is stopping off on its way from wintering in Mexico to its nesting area higher in the Colorado Mtns. You might see a Swainsons Hawk which has wintered in Argentina YES, ARGENTINA and makes the trip every spring to nest in this area. Nesting birds will be singing to attract a mate and establish a breeding territory. It is a great time to be outdoors.

Tour Guides: Mike Kintgen and Lynn Willcockson

 

 

$20 member, $25 non-member.

 

* 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

 

Hike location -

Cherokee Ranch and Castle

6113 N Daniels Park RD

Sedalia, CO 80135

 

 

 

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

 

 

Chihuly Exhibition Tour

 

Friday - Sunday

Jun. 14 - Sept. 28: 8:30 a.m. & 6 p.m.

Sept. 29 - Nov. 30: 9 a.m. & 3 p.m.

 

Enjoy a tour featuring the impressive site-specific artworks by Dale Chihuly. The bold and dramatic installations transform the Gardens. Experienced docents lead you on an hour-long guided walk to learn more about the artist and his sculpture.

 

Pricing:

- Member: $10

- Non-member: $17

- Student: $14

 

Remarks:

- 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. This will expedite check-in

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

 

Image Credit: Dale Chihuly, Blue and Purple Boat (detail), 2006. New York Botanical Garden, The Bronx, New York.

 

Cold Process Soap Making

Learn how easy it is to make cold process soap in your own kitchen!

Homemade soap contains moisturizing glycerin and is free of the harsh preservatives and other chemicals found in commercial soaps that can be so drying and irritating to skin. You'd never believe that soapmaking was this easy! Warning: soapmaking is addictive, but you'll never lack for a birthday, hostess, or shower gift for families and friends.

Take home an extensive handout full of recipes, web sites, and resources plus a bar of the handmade soap and a bottle of fragrance oil for your first batch and a sample packet of soap pigments.

$49 member, $56 non-member, includes $25 for materials.

Instructor: Christina Blume

Photo: Courtesy of Vanessa Yvonne (flickr)

 

 

 

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

Dusk at the Gardens

 

Spend an evening at Denver Botanic Gardens photographing this season’s Chihuly art exhibition in the beautiful light of the evening “magic hours” photographers seek.

 

Bring your tripod and capture the sculptures as the light changes throughout the evening from sunset through dusk. The class will end approximately 45 minutes after sunset.

 

$39 members, $47 non-members

Instructor: Scott Dressel-Martin, official photographer of the Denver Botanic Gardens

 

This class will begin inside and then move out into the Gardens.

 

Credit: Saffron Tower, 2006. 27 x 5 x 5'. Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, 2008.

 

 

Essence of Tea

 

What color is your tea? Come & learn about the history & mystery of tea.

 

What are the different types, where do they come from and how to properly prepare & serve each different type. This is sort of the basics of tea, or tea made easy, with a personified twist.

 

$28 member, $33 non-member, includes $4 for materials

 

Instructor: Judy Williams

 

 

 

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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