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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.

 

Creative Lighting Techniques in the Field

Use advanced creative lighting techniques in the field to create beautiful images.

This class includes instruction on various methods to modify the natural light in a scene as well as introducing additional light through the use of flash photography and combinations of natural and existing manmade light.

Use advanced creative lighting techniques in the field create beautiful images.

 

Price: $47, $42 member

Instructor: Scott Dressel-Martin

Special Instructions: We will be shooting in the field at the gardens, bring your gear and a tripod.

 

Lavender Festival - Botanical Lavender Soap Making

 

*This class takes place at Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms located at C-470 & Wadsworth*

This class takes place during Lavender Festival

Classes sell out quickly. Walk-ins will be accepted only if class is not sold out.

 

Interested in learning how to make your own natural hand-poured soap with gentle natural ingredients like coconut oil, honey, fresh citrus, lavender, olive oil, and shea butter? Herbalist Kim Cherie will walk you through it step by step as she demonstrates a fresh lavender batch of cold processed soap. Each student will take home a bar of soap and their own bag of lavender from K. CHERIE- Kim Cherie's herb farm.

 

Price: $53, $48 member

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

 

 

Literature of the Land Book Club - Fall

 

Join us for the fall 2018 session of Literature of the Land, a book club series hosted by the Helen Fowler Library. We’ll read 3 books over 3 months, focusing on a specific topic of interest. This fall we’ll be discussing the forest fire, how it shaped our past and how it will affect the future.

 

September we willl begin with The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America by Timothy Egan.

 

October we will follow with a discussion of Philip Connors’ memoir Fire Season: Field Notes from a Wilderness Lookout.

 

November we will wrap up with Firestorm: How Wildfire Will Shape Our Future by Edward Struzik, an in-depth look at offbeat scientists working in the field of forest ecology.

 

Each session has individual registration, please select all three date options with separate registration if you would like to attend the entire series.

 

Price: $5 general public

Special Instructions: Registration is mandatory as attendance will be limited in number to allow for interactive discussion in a friendly group setting.

 

Photographing Denver at Night

 

Explore the magic of night photography as you learn to create stunning and visually exciting images. Instruction focuses on making the proper exposures at sunset and at night using limited or controlled light sources, as well as understanding how to capture movement within an image.

This class will be held on two evenings: the first in the classroom for instruction; the second one will be off-site to put the teachings into practice.

 

Price: $60, $55 member

Instructor: Jeanette Galie Burkle is a commercial and editorial photographer with extensive experience in teaching, lecturing, and consulting. Since 2003, Jeanette has successfully owned and managed Galie Photography, while designing and delivering seminars on a wide range of photography topics. An award winning-photographer, Jeanette combines an engineering background with a strong artistic sense. With the belief that photography is part art and part science, she strives to use her unique background to produce art that is infused with a creative vision and improved by knowledge of the underlying scientific principles of photography. She has worked with many corporate clients including ExxonMobil, George Mason University, American Red Cross, John Marshall Bank, AmeriChoice, Medtronic, Harris Corporation, and Long & Foster Realty. Jeanette³ work has been honored through the Virginia Professional Photographers Association with such recognition as the highly distinguished Fuji Masterpiece Award and the Kodak Gallery Award.

Jeanette has been teaching photography since 2005. Her students respond well to her fun, upbeat classes, and Jeanette loves to see this passion be reflected in her students increased confidence as photographers.

 

Special Requirements: A camera with manual capabilities and a tripod. A shutter release cable or remote would be helpful but not required.

 

Portrait Photography Basics

 

Whether you simply want to take better photos of your family or start to build a portrait portfolio for your business, this is the class for you. Come and learn the basics of taking great portraits. Beginning with camera settings, lenses, and basic lighting setups, you will start to build a foundation for many styles of portrait photography. The topics of posing and directing your subjects will also be covered.

 

Price: $55, $48 member

 

Instructor: Jeanette Galie Burkle is a commercial and editorial photographer with extensive experience in teaching, lecturing, and consulting. Since 2003, Jeanette has successfully owned and managed Galie Photography, while designing and delivering seminars on a wide range of photography topics. An award winning-photographer, Jeanette combines an engineering background with a strong artistic sense. With the belief that photography is part art and part science, she strives to use her unique background to produce art that is infused with a creative vision and improved by knowledge of the underlying scientific principles of photography. She has worked with many corporate clients including ExxonMobil, George Mason University, American Red Cross, John Marshall Bank, AmeriChoice, Medtronic, Harris Corporation, and Long & Foster Realty. Jeanette³ work has been honored through the Virginia Professional Photographers Association with such recognition as the highly distinguished Fuji Masterpiece Award and the Kodak Gallery Award.

Jeanette has been teaching photography since 2005. Her students respond well to her fun, upbeat classes, and Jeanette loves to see this passion be reflected in her studentsM increased confidence as photographers.

 

Special Instructions: This class is a combination of lecture and hands-on. Please bring a camera with manual capabilities if you’d like to shoot along.

 

Rocky Mountain Steppe Summit

The Gardens'  Second Annual Rocky Mountain Steppe Summit featuring four leading speakers on the Steppe Reigons. Learn about Denver's unique ecosystem, as part of one of the steppe regions of the world.

 

Speaker Lineup

 

Silk Road Flora

Christopher Martin Gardner

See some of the most beautiful wildflowers on the planet during this session. Chris is an Essex, England-born horticulturist who leads tours in the various Steppe regions – including Turkey, Central Asia, China, Chile, Morocco, Borneo – and lives in Turkey. He received a bachelor of science degree in horticulture from Reading University, England and spent fifteen years as a professional horticulturist and garden designer. He co-authored “The Plant Hunters” and “The Flowers of the Silk Road.”

 

The Tian Shan

Vojtech Holubec

Learn about Tian Shan, a 1,000 mile long mountain range in the border region of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Xinjiang innorthwest China. Peaks reach more than 20,000 feet high. The flora is unique and full of choice endemics and the climate is similar to the Rocky Mountains. Vojtech co-authored the first ambitious book on this range that is being published right before the Symposium takes place. Agricultural botanist and plant geneticist by education, Vojtech is the director of the Czech Gene Bank for agricultural crops, working on projects dealing with crop wild relatives and plant conservation.

 

The Beauty Slope

Zdenek Zvolanek

This session covers lessons on growing steppe plants in a home landscape. Zdenek’s home garden in Karlik near Prague, Czech Republic, requires no irrigation and features Mediterranean and steppe climate plants that thrive on the challenging southern exposure. Zdenek is credited as one of the originators of the Czech crevice gardens style and has built gardens across North America, Scandinavia, Germany, England and the Czech Republic.

 

In Steppe with Lesotho

Mike Bone

This session summarizes the last two years of field work in the highest mountain kingdom of Africa, where the native vegetation is poorly studied. Mike, Curator of Steppe Collections at Denver Botanic Gardens, documented new locations of Aloe polyphylla on these trips—the spectacular official flower of Africa’s Kingdom. Mike led two exploratory trips to Kazakhstan and Mongolia and has been on two collecting trips to Lesotho, South Africa the last two winters with Munich Botanic Garden and the Katse Botanic Garden to teach propagation techniques to local horticulturists.

 

 

Scrumptious Holiday Appetizers

 

Take the stress out of the holidays and add some pizzazz to your entertaining with these easy, elegant offerings. We will make Baby Crab Cakes with Chive Aioli, Tamari Pumpkin Seeds, smoky Baba Gahoush, creamy Queso Fundido with Chorizo, Lemon Rosemary Olives and savory Veggie Flatbread. Recipes and generous tastings provided. Be the hit of the holiday season!

 

Price: $60, $55 member

Instructor: Susan Evans

 

 

 

Spin to Find your Zen: Yarn Spinning for Beginners

 

This class will be about finding your style of spinning. Use a drop spindle or wheel and get your questions answered about issues with your spinning. We will talk about different ways of spinning (long or short draw), discuss fiber choices for projects and the best way to spin for the desired finish yarn product for your project. Beginning to intermediate spinners welcome.

After a hectic day your mind need to unwind.You grab your fiber of choice, drop spindle or wheel and head to your favorite spot.Your start to spin, in a few moments your shoulders relax, your breathing becomes deeper and your mind starts to think only about the yarn and what you are creating. You have found your Zen!

 

Price: $52, $44 member

Instructor: Shilo Wilkinson has been spinning since 1991, and teaching for the past few years. Her first teacher taught her the traditional way of spinning on a Navajo spindle and the importance of understanding the history of this craft. Spinning connects everyone throughout time and different geographies. No matter where you go there is a fiber tradition that connects us. Shilo loves bringing the tradition of spinning, art and science together to create a wonderful yarn for all to enjoy.

Special Instructions: A drop spindle and fiber will be included with the class. Feel free to bring your own wheel or spindle and hand carders if you have them.

 

 

 

 

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