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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

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: $44, $39 members

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.

 

Instructors: Harold Sasaki and Larry Jackel

Price: $82, $78 member, includes $30 for materials.

Special Instructions: 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.

 

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 Fall Nature Hike - At Cherokee Ranch and Castle

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

 

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

 

Tour Guides: Panayoti Kelaidis and Lynn Willcockson

Price: $25, $20 members

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

 

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

Hike location:

Cherokee Ranch and Castle

6113 N Daniels Park RD

Sedalia, CO 80135

Cherokee 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 - 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.

Chipotle Sustainable Food Film Series - Island Earth

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: Island Earth

from https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/cyrussutton/island-earth-documentary/description

Making Change

Island Earth is about a growing movement of people who are fed up with an industrial agricultural system that is reliant upon fossil fuels and chemicals.

By sharing Hawaii's struggle, the film aims to inform and inspire people to go beyond the issues and the activism and actually participate in taking back our food supply.

 

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 -Inhabit: A Permaculture Perspective

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: Inhabit: A Permaculture Perspective

http://inhabitfilm.com/

Inhabit is a feature length documentary introducing permaculture: a design method that offers an ecological lens for solving issues related to agriculture, economics, governance, and on. The film presents a vast array of projects, concepts, and people, and it translates the diversity of permaculture into something that can be understood by an equally diverse audience. For those familiar, it will be a call to action and a glimpse into what's possible - what kind of projects and solutions are already underway. For those unfamiliar, it will be an introduction to a new way of being and a new way of relating to the Earth. For everyone, it will be a reminder that humans are capable of being planetary healing forces.

Focused mostly on the Northeastern and Midwestern regions of the United States, Inhabit provides an intimate look at permaculture peoples and practices. During the Spring, Summer, and Fall of 2013, film makers Costa Boutsikaris and Emmett Brennan documented over 20 sites in a range of rural, suburban, and urban environments. They explored a breadth of response to local and global challenges from issues of food, water, and medicine, to governance, economy, and culture.

 

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.

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

Chutneys and Pickles

In this hands-on cooking class we will focus on pickle and chutney making. We will review canning safety and techniques of boiling water bath canning, but this class is geared to those who have had some experience with water bath canning. We will pickle some fruit, some vegetables, and also make chutneys we can use to dress up our barbequed meats or liven up a cheese plate. Each student will get at least 3 take home items, including jars-of pickled vegetable, pickled fruit, and chutney.

 

Instructor: Kathy Lee, Modern Gingham Preserves

Price: $61, $56 member price, includes $20 materials fee for recipes and take home items

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

 

Curator Conversations: Stories in Sculpture

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

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

 

Price: $17, $10 member

 

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

 

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

Denver Urban Homestead Tour

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

 

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

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

 

Price: $5 general public

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

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

 

Community Partner: Jefferson Park Farm & Flea

http://jpfleamarket.com

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

 

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