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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.

 

A Day with La Catrina

 

Join us for a workshop in which you will learn about the history and cultural significance of La Catrina, an iconic character brought to life by the Mexican illustrator and printmaker Jose Guadaloupe Posada.

 

Create your own skeleton figurine sporting a daily life costume in the traditional style of Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead).

 

This program is done in partnership with CHAC Gallery and Cultural Center.

 

Instructor: Rebecca Romero

 

$ 36 member, $39 non-member, includes $10 for materials

 

Rebecca Romero is a talented artist who works in a variety of mediums including found object art, watercolors, acrylics and photography. She considers her work to be spiritually based with a dreamlike quality. A long time teacher, Rebecca has taught numerous art classes for CHAC Gallery as well as working with underserved youth and students of all ages throughout the Denver area.

Adult Pumpking Carving

 

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 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!

 

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.

 

Instructor: Barry Brown

 

Registration fee includes two participants. Each duo will recieve 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.

 

Members $46, Non-Members $49

 

 

All Natural Skin Care

See how easy and inexpensive it is to make your own facial steams with herbs, cleansing grains and creams, wonderful masques, including alpha hydroxy, herbal toners and astringents, and a rich creamy moisturizer that contains far more nutrients and anti-oxidants for your skin than anything available commercially.

You'll also learn how to make a profoundly healing cream for damaged skin and premature wrinkling. Learn a few tricks for blemishes and how to make a creamy, healing lip balm.

Take home an extensive handout, bag of steaming herbs, a month supply jar of moisturizer and a pot of lip balm. After using the moisturizer from class you and your skin will never again be satisfied with anything less.

 

Instructor: Christina Blume

 

$58 member, $63 non-member, includes $30 for materials.

 

 

 

An Apple A Day

 

Do you have apples on the mind?? An abundance of delicious local Colorado apples flourish during this season. Come learn the art of apples in a variety of sweet and savory forms. Using their natural sweetness to pair, lighten, and brighten different dishes. This class will also explore the interesting history and nutritional properties of apples!

 

$47 nonmembers, $42 members

 

Instructor: DeJa Walker

 

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

 

 

Beekeeping Basics

 

If you’re thinking about starting a beehive or are just curious about what’s involved with keeping bees, then this is a great introductory class for you. Tracy will teach you how the honeybee lives, discuss different hive designs, tell you how to get started as a beekeeper, and give you an idea of the beekeepers year. A handout will be provided with a list of suggested reading, supportive resources, including local beekeeping groups.

 

$36 members, $42 non members

 

About our instructor:

Tracy Bellehumeur has been raising bees for 6 years using natural methods in Top Bar and Langstroth hives, and helps to maintain hives for community gardens in Boulder. She is the beekeeping instructor for Growing Gardens in Boulder and one of the teachers for the Boulder County Beekeepers Association, specializing in honeybee pests and diseases.

 

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

 

Cancel the Caterer! Secrets for a Make Ahead Holiday Appetizer Menu

 

Do you enjoy entertaining friends and family, but with your busy schedule just don’t have time to plan and prepare for a holiday party? This class is for you! Lee Clayton Roper, author of the award-winning cookbook A Well-Seasoned Kitchen, will share with you with an end-to-end plan for a stress-free cocktail party. You will walk away with a variety of tantalizing, make-ahead hors d-oeuvres, along with tips on how tastes and colors go together, how much food to plan per person, and how to create your menu ahead of time so you are not stuck in the kitchen while your guests are enjoying your party.

 

Menu - Croustades aux Champignons; Spicy Chicken on Pita Triangles; Goat Cheese, Pesto and Tomato Brushetta; Benedictine Cheese Canapés; Smoked Trout Paté

 

Instructor: Lee Clayton Roper

 

Members $65, Non - Members $71 includes a materials fee of $35.

At the end of the class, participants will sit down and enjoy the various dishes Lee has prepared

Canning the Fall Harvest

 

Take that fall harvest and turn it into something delicious to savor during the cold winter months. Canned goods also make fantastic gifts for all your foodie friends.

 

The hands-on class will include instruction in the basics of water bath canning. Participants will assist in the canning preparation and processing, and receive a jar of each item to take home. Class also includes recipes for the items prepared and information about canning equipment and canning/food safety issues.

 

Instructor: Kathy Lee

 

$45 member and non-member - includes $10 for materials

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 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.

Oct. 3 - 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:

- The purchase of tour tickets includes admission to the Gardens. You don't need to buy general admission tickets if you are coming for a guided tour.

- 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.

 

Chipotle Sustainable Food Film Series - Fed Up

 

Presented by Chipotle Mexican Grill

Free Dinner Provided by Chipotle Mexican Grill

 

The 2014 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 2014 at Denver Botanic Gardens at York Street.

 

Film: Fed Up

from http://fedupmovie.com/

Everything we ve been told about food and exercise for the past 30 years is dead wrong. FED UP is the film the food industry doesn t want you to see. From Katie Couric, Laurie David (Oscar winning producer of AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH) and director Stephanie Soechtig, FED UP will change the way you eat forever.

 

 

Pricing: $5

Location: Mitchell Hall

 

Schedule: Doors open at 6:00 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.

 

Chipotle Sustainable Food Film Series - Food Patriots

 

Presented by Chipotle Mexican Grill

Free Dinner Provided by Chipotle Mexican Grill

 

The 2014 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 2014 at Denver Botanic Gardens at York Street.

 

Film: Food Patriots

from http://www.foodpatriots.com/

Touched by their teenage son's battle with a foodborne superbug, filmmakers Jeff & Jennifer Spitz document their family's struggle to raise backyard chickens, grow food, and transform into Food Patriots. Food Patriots features people from all walks of life who are trying to change the way Americans eat and buy food, and educate the next generation of consumers.

 

 

Pricing: $5

Location: Mitchell Hall

 

Schedule: Doors open at 6:00 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.

 

Chipotle Sustainable Food Film Series - GMO OMG

 

Presented by Chipotle Mexican Grill

Free Dinner Provided by Chipotle Mexican Grill

 

The 2014 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 2014 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?

 

Pricing: $5

Location: Mitchell Hall

Schedule: Doors open at 6:00 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.

 

Cold Process Soap Making

 

 

 

 

 

Dawn at the Gardens

Spend a beautiful morning at the Denver Botanic Gardens photographing the Chihuly exhibit in the beautiful light of the dawn “magic hours”. This is a special opportunity to enter the Gardens before it opens in the morning to photograph the plants, flowers and artwork under brilliant morning light!

 

Bring your tripod and capture the sculptures as the light changes throughout the morning from before sunrise through the first hour of the day’s light. The class will end approximately one hour after sunrise.

 

$36 members, $44 nonmembers

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

Photo Credit: Clearly Ambiguous (Flickr)

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)

 

Fiendish Flora Tours

Explore the dark side of plants and investigate a secret world of clever, ruthless, and sometimes deadly ecology.

Plants, like humans, can be both delightful and villainous. This guided walk explores the dangerous defense mechanisms of plants.

 

Pricing:

- Member: $10

- Non-member: 17

- Student: $14

- Child (12 years-old and older): $7

 

Remarks:

- The purchase of a tour ticket includes admission to the Gardens. You do not need to buy a general admission ticket if you are buying a guided tour ticket.

- Tours take place indoors in the Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory, Marnie's Pavilion and the Orangery.

- The indoor spaces where the tour takes place are hot and humid; please dress accordingly.

- Children are the responsibility of their parents at all times

- 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).

 

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