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A New Gardener Boot Camp

Are you a blank slate when it comes to starting your very own garden? Worried about ending the growing season with a pile of dead plants and sad vegetables? Join us at Denver Botanic Gardens for a full day event, packed with answers to all those looming and mysterious gardening questions. Get started on the right foot this year with all of our best beginner’s classes, carefully designed to equip you with all the tools you’ll need to master that garden once and for all!

 

Classes include:

 

Garden Planning 101… where do I start?

This beginner’s class will take you step by step through the process of laying out a plan of attack for your garden! Whether you are starting with a blank slate garden or working with an old outdated garden this class will give you the basics on where to start. It will discuss needs and planning tools for raised beds, container gardens and in-ground vegetable gardens. We will discuss the basics of garden locations, sun requirements, water needs, starting from seed, transplanting and the basics of planning the organization of perennials and annuals, trees and shrubs. This class is the perfect fit for anyone needing to understand how the garden works together as a whole.

 

Soils 101

Soils will always be the first place to start when building a beautiful garden. This class will cover the best management practices for building your soil for in-ground beds, containers and raised beds. It will discuss the basics of composting as well as demonstrate the value of soil testing.

 

Beginning Vegetable Gardening

If you have never planted edible plants or had little success at growing your own vegetables, Brien will walk you through the ABCs from planning, soil preparation, crop selection, watering, fertilizing, pest protection, and harvesting your first vegetable garden. Brien will cover tips on the most popular vegetables to grow, including leafy salad greens, tomatoes, squash, peppers, and more. You'll leave with a comprehensive understanding of how to successfully do each gardening task, and take home a planting guide that will help you through the entire growing season.

 

Annuals and Perennials for Color in the Garden

Plants provide the backbone of the garden with vibrant colors, textures, and forms that weave together to create your own personal oasis. Learn the basics of perennials, annuals and biennials, how to make the best selections for your garden and how to best maintain your plants throughout the season. From the traditional to the unusual we will explore the limitless varieties of plants and send you into the growing season prepared.

 

These classes combined usually cost more than $200, but with New Gardener Boot Camp, the event will be $60 members, $80 non-members. Register early as space is limited.

A New Gardener Boot Camp - Evening Series

Are you a blank slate when it comes to starting your very own garden? Worried about ending the growing season with a pile of dead plants and sad vegetables? Join us at Denver Botanic Gardens for four evenings packed with answers to all those looming and mysterious gardening questions. Get started on the right foot this year with all of our best beginner³ classes, carefully designed to equip you with all the tools you¬l need to master that garden once and for all!

Classes include:

Garden Planning 101`where do I start?

This beginner³ class will take you step by step through the process of laying out a plan of attack for your garden! Whether you are starting with a blank slate garden or working with an old outdated garden this class will give you the basics on where to start. It will discuss needs and planning tools for raised beds, container gardens and in-ground vegetable gardens. We will discuss the basics of garden locations, sun requirements, water needs, starting from seed, transplanting and the basics of planning the organization of perennials and annuals, trees and shrubs. This class is the perfect fit for anyone needing to understand how the garden works together as a whole.

 

Soils 101

Soils will always be the first place to start when building a beautiful garden. This class will cover the best management practices for building your soil for in-ground beds, containers and raised beds. It will discuss the basics of composting as well as demonstrate the value of soil testing.

Beginning Vegetable Gardening

If you have never planted edible plants or had little success at growing your own vegetables, Brien will walk you through the ABCs from planning, soil preparation, crop selection, watering, fertilizing, pest protection, and harvesting your first vegetable garden. Brien will cover tips on the most popular vegetables to grow, including leafy salad greens, tomatoes, squash, peppers, and more. You'll leave with a comprehensive understanding of how to successfully do each gardening task, and take home a planting guide that will help you through the entire growing season.

Annuals and Perennials for Color in the Garden

Plants provide the backbone of the garden with vibrant colors, textures, and forms that weave together to create your own personal oasis. Learn the basics of perennials, annuals and biennials, how to make the best selections for your garden and how to best maintain your plants throughout the season. From the traditional to the unusual we will explore the limitless varieties of plants and send you into the growing season prepared.

These classes combined usually cost more then $200 but with New Gardener Boot Camp event will be $60 members, $80 non-members. Register Early as space is limited.

 

A Simple Guide to Planning a Seed Garden

Learn how planning ahead can yield big results from your seed harvest. Knowing how a seed is saved allows you to let nature take its course and give back even more than you put in. This class breaks down the easy-to-save, intermediate-to-save and advanced-to-save varieties most commonly grown in home gardens. The seed life cycle is already happening in your garden so it’s easy to integrate seed saving into your current practices. With a little planning, you can greatly increase your personal seed bank and keep plants – including vegetables, herbs and flowers – vigorous and adapting in your garden.

Price: $31, $26 member

Amazing Vegetables A to Z: Extended Gardening

This is the class that will hone your skills as an amazing vegetable gardener. It is designed to take beginners to a new level and remind intermediate gardeners of the success strategies that always work when we go off course and forget the science of what got us to success in the first place. We will cover the science of vegetable gardening, do some myth busting, and provide you with some clear cut strategies to get the biggest harvest from the space you have.

The classes are 2 ½ hours each and are designed so that you can take the entire series or drop in for a refresher on the single class or classes that you want to brush up on. We will use a combination of hands on and lecture and demonstration to keep you engaged.

Please note: We will not cover gardening in containers in depth in this class. If that is your interest, please see Crops in Pots.

 

Session 3: Extended Gardening

Keeping the Garden going for 3 seasons and beyond is the theme of this session. We will cover the importance of Crop Rotation and how to do it. We will learn different ways to succession plant and how it can maximize the harvest. We will address season extension strategies to protect your crops. We will also cover the concept of companion planting and what is true and what is not.

 

Instructor: Patti O'Neal

Price: $35, $30 members

Special Instructions: You can sign up for each individual session, or sign up for all four classes in the series at a discount by signing up for "Amazing Vegetables A to Z Full Series".

 

Amazing Vegetables A to Z: Pests, Problems, & Harvesting

This is the class that will hone your skills as an amazing vegetable gardener. It is designed to take beginners to a new level and remind intermediate gardeners of the success strategies that always work when we go off course and forget the science of what got us to success in the first place. We will cover the science of vegetable gardening, do some myth busting, and provide you with some clear cut strategies to get the biggest harvest from the space you have.

The classes are 2 ½ hours each and are designed so that you can take the entire series or drop in for a refresher on the single class or classes that you want to brush up on. We will use a combination of hands on and lecture and demonstration to keep you engaged.

Please note: We will not cover gardening in containers in depth in this class. If that is your interest, please see Crops in Pots.

 

Session 4: Pests, Problems, & Harvesting

The most common pests and diseases of the vegetable garden will be addressed, how to spot problems before they get away from you and good cultural practices to avoid problems, organics, watering, fertilizing and insect and disease controls. We will also discuss how to know when your veggies are ready for harvest.

 

Instructor: Patti O'Neal

Price: $35, $30 members

Special Instructions: You can sign up for each individual session, or sign up for all four classes in the series at a discount by signing up for "Amazing Vegetables A to Z Full Series".

 

Amazing Vegetables A to Z: Planting

This is the class that will hone your skills as an amazing vegetable gardener. It is designed to take beginners to a new level and remind intermediate gardeners of the success strategies that always work when we go off course and forget the science of what got us to success in the first place. We will cover the science of vegetable gardening, do some myth busting, and provide you with some clear cut strategies to get the biggest harvest from the space you have.

The classes are 2 ½ hours each and are designed so that you can take the entire series or drop in for a refresher on the single class or classes that you want to brush up on. We will use a combination of hands on and lecture and demonstration to keep you engaged.

Please note: We will not cover gardening in containers in depth in this class. If that is your interest, please see Crops in Pots.

Session 2: Planting

Planting is the focus of this session. How to decide what to plan, the seasons of the vegetable garden and getting the biggest bang for your gardening buck. We will cover cool season and warm season plants and the ones that grow best here in Colorado. Then take a look at seed starting and see a demonstration of starting seeds inside and direct sowing outside as well as transplanting. Then we will cover spacing strategies designed to give you the biggest harvest for the space you have available.

 

Instructor: Patti O'Neal

Price: $35, $30 members

Special Instructions: You can sign up for each individual session, or sign up for all four classes in the series at a discount by signing up for "Amazing Vegetables A to Z Full Series".

 

Amazing Vegetables A to Z: The Garden Build

This is the class that will hone your skills as an amazing vegetable gardener. It is designed to take beginners to a new level and remind intermediate gardeners of the success strategies that always work when we go off course and forget the science of what got us to success in the first place. We will cover the science of vegetable gardening, do some myth busting, and provide you with some clear cut strategies to get the biggest harvest from the space you have.

The classes are 2 ½ hours each and are designed so that you can take the entire series or drop in for a refresher on the single class or classes that you want to brush up on. We will use a combination of hands on and lecture and demonstration to keep you engaged.

Please note: We will not cover gardening in containers in depth in this class. If that is your interest, please see Crops in Pots.

 

 

Session 1: Raised Beds

Planning the best location, choosing in ground or raised beds and the advantages and disadvantages of each. We will look at re-purposing materials to create raised beds. We will cover soil building and choosing amendments. We will build around what has not worked for you in the past and set you on a course for improvement for your 2017 vegetable garden. Every season is a Do-Over!

 

Instructor: Patti O'Neal

Price: $35, $30 members

Special Instructions: You can sign up for each individual session, or sign up for all four classes in the series at a discount by signing up for "Amazing Vegetables A to Z Full Series".

 

Art of Pressed Flowers

Discover how to collect and preserve those summer flowers and fall leaves for use in creating your own floral masterpieces. Learn the best flowers to grow and how to press for optimal color, durability and longevity. Participants will make beautiful bookmarks, cards, a dipped candle and floral votive container to take home. All materials and handouts are included. Easy and fun!

 

Instructor: Susan Evans

Price: $55, $50 members

Beginning Bonsai

Are you mystified by the many centuries old Japanese tradition of bonsai? Join us for an entertaining and informative class with nationally recognized bonsai masters Harold Sasaki and 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.

 

** this class sells out very quickly, class size is very small for hands on instruction and attention from instructors, please register early

 

Instructors: Harold Sasaki and Larry Jackel

Price: $105, $95 member, $30 materials fee included

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

Beginning Farmers Elective: Growing for Market

Beginning Farmers Elective Course

 

*This class is part of the Beginning Farmers Certificate program co-organized by DBG and CSU Extension, and is open to the general public.

 

Optional social hour 5:30 - 6pm

 

Are you interested in growing and selling vegetables but don’t know where to start? Denver Botanic Gardens and Colorado State University Extension have partnered to develop a certificate program that will introduce you to the ins and outs of becoming a successful market farmer on five acres or less.

In this workshop. learn how Vegetables are sold in a variety of ways including CSA’s, grocery stores and direst to restaurants. Hear from purchasers and market managers about the best ways to prepare vegetables for their audiences.

 

Instructor: Brien Darby & Dan Goldhamer

Price: $40, $35 member

Beginning Farmers Elective: Season Extension

 

Beginning Farmers Elective Course

 

*This class is part of the Beginning Farmers Certificate program co-organized by DBG and CSU Extension, and is open to the general public.

 

Optional social hour 5:30 - 6pm

 

Are you interested in growing and selling vegetables but don t know where to start? Denver Botanic Gardens and Colorado State University Extension have partnered to develop a certificate program that will introduce you to the ins and outs of becoming a successful market farmer on five acres or less.  

 

In this lecture, you will learn how to extend your harvest to all four seasons. Learn how to build appropriate season extension structures and schedule your crops to keep the harvest going.

 

Instructor: Brien Darby & Dan Goldhamer

Price: $40, $35 member

 

Beginning Farmers Elective: Seed Saving

Beginning Farmers Elective Course

 

*This class is part of the Beginning Farmers Certificate program co-organized by DBG and CSU Extension, and is open to the general public.

 

Optional social hour 5:30 - 6pm

 

Are you interested in growing and selling vegetables but don’t know where to start? Denver Botanic Gardens and Colorado State University Extension have partnered to develop a certificate program that will introduce you to the ins and outs of becoming a successful market farmer on five acres or less.

 

In this Seed Saving workshop, learn how to select seeds and cultivate your garden to ensure the best quality seeds at the end of the season. Seed saving techniques differ by crop; tips will be provided for collecting and cleaning a variety of vegetables.

 

Instructor: Brien Darby & Dan Goldhamer

Price: $40, $35 member

Beginning Farmers Elective: Small Fruits and Orchard Crops

Beginning Farmers Elective Course

 

*This class is part of the Beginning Farmers Certificate program co-organized by DBG and CSU Extension, and is open to the general public.

 

Optional social hour 5:30 - 6pm

 

Are you interested in growing and selling vegetables but don’t know where to start? Denver Botanic Gardens and Colorado State University Extension have partnered to develop a certificate program that will introduce you to the ins and outs of becoming a successful market farmer on five acres or less.

 

In this Small Fruits and Orchard Crops workshop, learn how to select and cultivate the best fruit crops for the Colorado Front Range.

 

Instructor: Brien Darby & Dan Goldhamer

Price: $40, $35 member

 

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)

 

Berries and Grapes for the Front Range

Rocky Mountain Gardening Elective

Berries are easy fruits to grow and make luscious-eating whether fresh, frozen or preserved. New developments are increasing the types we can grow here. Come find out the types of berries that do well in our climate and soil, what varieties are recommended, where to purchase and how to manage and prune for best results. Grapes for our area are also discussed.

 

Instructor: Carl Wilson, Denver horticulturist, speaker and retired CSU Extension Agent

Price: $33, $28 members

Blueberry Success on the Front Range

 

This class provides students with the know-how to successfully cultivate a variety of blueberry cultivars in Colorado. Topics include: why blueberries typically do not perform well in our region; practical methods for overcoming these challenges; irrigation and fertilizer recommendations; cultivar recommendations; protection from pests; natural history and more.

 

Instructor First name? Reich developed a system for successful blueberry culture in Colorado that has proven to be reliably successful for over a decade. Whether your interest in blueberries is for health, great-tasting snacks and/or as an edible, ornamental garden plant with great fall foliage colors, this class provides a detailed plan for success.

 

 

Joel A. Reich M.S. is a private horticultural consultant based in Longmont, Colorado. Mr. Reich has expertise in many realms of horticulture, from nursery and greenhouse production to landscaping, small and large farm operations, research projects, interiorscapes, public gardens, etc.

Mr. Reich has developed particular expertise in production and management of fruit crops in Colorado. Prior to forming Reich Consulting Services llc, Mr. Reich was a Horticulture Agent with Colorado State University Extension, where he was the authority on fruit crops. Much of Mr. Reich’s work at CSU involved developing and delivering adult education programming to a wide variety of audiences. Before joining C.S.U., Mr. Reich received a B.A. from the University of California at Santa Cruz and an M.S. from Oregon State University. He also worked as a researcher with Oregon State Extension and as an instructor at Cascadia College near Seattle.

Since childhood, Mr. Reich has had a deep fascination with plants, especially those producing pleasant sensory experiences for human beings. Farming, gardening, teaching and consulting have allowed him to work closely with diverse fruit crops in both field and laboratory settings. Through this combination of academic and production experience, he has developed an extensive working knowledge of how to grow a wide range of high-value crops from backyards to large commercial production facilities. Currently, Mr. Reich is focused on helping Front Range growers expand the number and variety of fruit crops being grown in our region.

 

Price: $34, $29 members

 

Botanical Soap Making on the Plains

Learn how easy it is to make cold process soap in your kitchen! Homemade soap contains moisturizing glycerin and is free of the harsh preservatives and other chemicals found in commercial soaps that can dry and irritate the skin. Soaps make great birthday, hostess, or shower gifts. This class is part demo and part hands on. 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.

Instructor: Kim Cherie, owner of K. CHERIE Botanical Spa Retreat

Price: $62, $57 member, includes $30 for materials

Photo: Courtesy of Vanessa Yvonne (flickr)

 

Building Farmers Course

 

You know how to grow and clean food; care for the land and are excited about feeding people wholesome food. You may even have the land to do it on, but do you know if your farm enterprise is sustainable? Are you in a position to make farming a full-time career or must you wait? Do you see potential roadblocks and have a plan for heading them off to sustain profitability?

 

In this day, passion for growing food is not enough – you must know how to run your farm as a successful business. You must know your markets, how to manage your risks, how to plan for production adequately and how to keep records for your labor and finances to make a successful “go” of it. To that end, the Building Farmers Course teaches exactly these things. This is a great time of year get the planning done, so you are ready to apply the principles of a successful business to your farm come planting season. We begin each class with dinner and a roundtable discussion with successful farmers and business experts and then go into the featured nightly topic:

 

• Getting Started: Capital, Land and Labor

• Strategic Business Planning

• Markets, Pricing and Marketing Principles

• Production Planning and Record Keeping

• Financial Analysis and Risk Management

• Contracts, Agreements, Partnerships and

Sources of Capital

• A Professional Panel Presentation

• Presentation of Final Business Plans

 

Instructor: Patti O'Neal, Horticulturist, Colorado State University Extension Jefferson County

 

Price: $350, general public

Curator Conversations – Pixelated: Sculpture by Mike Whiting

Pixelated: Sculpture by Mike Whiting features brightly-colored metal sculptures created within the pixelated aesthetic of Pac-Man and other 8-bit vintage video games. Enjoy a unique opportunity to view the exhibition with the insight of a curator and learn about the development of the exhibit and the surprising intersections between 8-bit pixel graphics and minimalist sculpture. Explore the relationship between the natural world and the artificial world of digital media, and see several new works created to complement and contrast the Gardens’ landscapes.

 

Tour and discuss Pixelated: Sculpture by Mike Whiting with a Gardens art curator as your guide.

 

Price: $17, $15 member, $13 student

 

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.

Day of Mindfulness

In this workshop you will learn or deepen your understanding of the practice of mindfulness through teachings and direct experience of sitting and walking meditation, mindful yoga, and body scan. Inspired by the secular teachings of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, this workshop is designed to offer an urban retreat day as a way to de-stress and re-capture the joy of living each moment fully.

 

Instructor: Janet Solyntjes, MA, has taught meditation and body awareness disciplines since 1984. She teaches Mindfulness -Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) in both non-profit and corporate settings internationally and is the co-founder of The Center for Courageous Living. Janet is an Adjunct Professor at Naropa University, a senior teacher for Shambhala International, and leads residential meditation programs at retreat centers in the US and Canada.

Price: $82, $72 members

 

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