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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.

 

2016 Tree Diversity Conference - DESIGN WITH MORE. TREE. TYPES.

For a third consecutive year four noted speakers will share more ideas for diversifying the Colorado Front Range tree species palette and how to make them feel welcome and prosper in our difficult high plains conditions.

Our focus this year will also be on the way tree species diversity can enable and enhance innovative landscape design whether for water conservation or esthetic objectives.

 

Increased species diversity is not just about tree census numbers but also about improving our approach to landscape design. Our third tree diversity conference will focus on how greater tree variety can enhance landscape esthetics and conversely, how innovative landscape design can accommodate a broader range of tree species.

The March 3, 2016 program will feature one of the foremost horticulture professors from the Front Range; a noted landscape architect with extensive xeriscaping experience in Texas and New Mexico; a Washington state horticulture professor noted for science-based debunking of arboriculture myths; and a Midwest arboretum owner, author and introducer of new tree cultivars. In addition we will hear a presentation on how many of the lesser-known tree species already growing in our region fared when tested against the severe weather events of the past year.

 

 

$75, includes all programming and lunch

A Midcentury Icon: 50 Years of the Boettcher Tropical Conservatory

The Gardens’ Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory was completed in 1966. The building has been a midcentury architectural landmark for 50 years. Designed by architects Victor Hornbein and Ed White, the 11,500 square foot building took two years to build and is the only conservatory in the country made of cast-in-place concrete. Even before its completion, the building won international recognition for its unique design and unusual structure. More than 600 species and varieties of tropical plants are displayed. The tropical terrain includes pools, waterfalls and four resident ducks.

 

To celebrate this anniversary, the Gardens is hosting a special event. Guests are invited to enjoy 60s-themed appetizers and nonalcoholic beverages, tours of the conservatory and a presentation in Mitchell Hall featuring a video interview with lead architect Ed White, Dan Havekost associate architect and Richard Breaker from GH Phipps Construction. A panel discussion with architecture and history experts further explores how this building has been an icon on Denver’s architectural landscape and continues to inspire architects and enthusiasts of midcentury design. The conservatory will open to allow the rare opportunity to tour the space with horticulturists and docents after dark. Markers will identify plants that have been present since 1966.

 

$25, $20 member

 

Panel Participants:

Jandel Allen-Davis, MD, Denver Botanic Gardens Board Chair, Panel Moderator

Kurt Klanderud, President of GH Phipps Construction Companies

Kim Manajek, Associate Director of Exhibitions, Art & Interpretation at Denver Botanic Gardens

David Daniel, Associate Principal, Davis Partnership Architects

Steve Turner, Vice President of Preservation Programs at History Colorado, State Historic Preservation Officer

 

 

All Natural Skin Care

See how easy and inexpensive it is to make your own facial steams with herbs, cleansing grains, masques, herbal toners, astringents, blemish cream, and lip balm. Learn how to make a rich, nutrient dense moisturizer, tailoring the recipe to meet your individual skin needs and issues.

 

Take home materials include the lotion made in class, an extensive handout, a month supply jar of moisturizer, and a pot of lip balm.

 

Instructor: Christina Blume

 

$63 member, $68 non-member

 

 

 

Beekeeping Basics

 

This introductory class is great for people thinking about starting a beehive. Instructor, Tracy Bellehumeur teaches about how honeybees live, different hive designs and how to get started as a beekeeper. A handout with suggested reading, supportive resources and local beekeeping groups is provided.

 

$36 members, $42 non members

 

About our instructor:

Tracy Bellehumeur has been raising bees for six years using natural methods in Top Bar and Langstroth hives and helps 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 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.

$78 member, $82 non-member, includes $30 for materials.

Instructor: Harold Sasaki and Larry Jackel

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.

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

 

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.

 

$28 member, $33 non-member

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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: Elizabeth Buckingham

$47, $42 members

 

Bringing Annual and Perennial Food to the Table through Thoughtful Design

This class will cover how to use the fundamentals of design to turn any landscape into a productive and edible system. We will talk about the importance of adding perennial edibles like herbs, fruit bushes and fruit trees as well as annual vegetable varieties to home landscapes through intentional design.

 

Jennifer is the owner of UpBeet Landscapes, a Colorado Liscensed Landscape Architect, a Colorado Master Gardener, a Denver Master Composter, and a Permaculture Design Certificate holder. She has worked in multiple Landscape Architecture firms and found her speciality in edible landscaping. She has planted fruit trees in the hills of Thailand, worked on organic farm in Argentina, planted over 1,000 native African trees Tanzania and lived in the Dominican Republic connecting migrant populations with community gardens. Jennifer created UpBeet Landscapes, an edible landscape design company, to help people re-connect with their food source and nature through thoughtful design.

Building my First Vegetable/ Kitchen Garden

Rocky Mountain Gardening Elective

 

**This is a 2 part class with two 5 hour sessions.

This intensive workshop is designed for the first time vegetable gardener. Learn how to feed a family of four from one, 4’ x 6’ raised bed. Discuss succession planting, harvesting, season extension (early and late), tools, vertical space gardening using trellises, soil prep, space optimization, French kitchen garden design and more. Develop a customized design based on your garden situation and your family's needs. Learn how to build a raised bed and how to keep the soil thriving for future seasons. Instructor, Patti xxx, focuses on small gardens and containers, but this workshop also provides invaluable ideas and resources for improving year-round production in a garden of any size.

Participants have the opportunity to draw and plan beds with an intensive planting plan and start some seeds for the home garden. Handouts are provided for future reference.

As this class is five hours per session, please bring a sack lunch and snacks. Offshoots Café will be open to purchase food.

 

 

$145 member, $157 non-member.

 

Instructor: Patti O'Neal

 

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 where you’ll learn how to properly hold, hone and use your 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.

 

Generous food samples served; please bring your own chef’s knife, paring knife, honing steel, two kitchen towels and wooden cutting board.

 

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.

 

$44 member, $49 non-member, $20 materials fee included.

 

Cold Process Soap Making

 

 

 

Constructing Insect Homes

Insects need habitat, and in a garden setting, that can be dead wood, undisturbed areas of detritus for them to burrow, etc. Currently, habitat destruction for many important insects is a huge issue. New construction, monoculture farming, and other vast areas of urban development have made suitable habitat scarce. In your own garden, you can create spaces for these insects to thrive. Creating visually pleasing ‘artistic’ insect homes for the garden is another way to supplement these natural areas. In this class, we will construct an insect home for your garden that will be attractive to many insects including native bees and butterflies, using primarily things you can find in your own yard.

Hands on class; you will bring home a finished insect home

Ability to handle simple power tools (drills) recommended; wear work clothes and gloves.

 

**This class will meet in the lobby court and be escorted to the private Greenhouse Space to work.

 

Instructor: Becky Hahnel (with help from Katy Wieczorek)

Becky has been creating art for over most of her life. She currently is a volunteer at DBG, and has found a new outlet for her creativity in creating pollinator/ insect homes. You can find her work for sale in the DBG Gift Shop, as well as on display in the Birds and Bees Walk at the York Street location. She enjoys working with many types of media, including, but not limited to, found objects from nature, old metal for welding, paint, and wood.

 

$51 member, $59 non-member - $15 materials fee included.

 

 

 

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

Cooking with Fresh Herbs

Fresh herbs are delightfully simple and inexpensive to grow, and they add an incredible amount of flavor and nutrition to your cooking. Join Chef Elizabeth Buckingham for this fun class in which we’ll learn about the amazing varieties of fresh herbs available, the best growing methods for the Denver area, how to incorporate fresh herbs in both savory and sweet recipes, and the best ways to preserve and dry fresh herbs. Generous food samples will be 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.

 

$41 members, $46 non-members - $15 materials fee included.

 

Cooking with Whole Grains

 

A diet based around whole grains, vegetables and heart-healthy fats is one of the most sensible ways to eat. The grocery store’s bulk department is an amazing source of tasty and inexpensive whole grains. Chef Elizabeth Buckingham teaches how to cook many different grain varieties with great techniques and delicious recipes including soups, risotto and bread. All the recipes showcase whole grains. Learn how simple it is to add these easy, healthy grains to your daily diet!

 

$45, $40 members

Generous food samples served

 

Instructor: Elizabeth Buckingham

 

 

Creating the Compelling Photograph & Close-Up Photography

 

 

Creative Basics of Photography

 

 

 

 

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.

Digital Workflow for Photographers

 

Join the Gardens’ official photographer, Scott Dressel-Martin, for photography instruction. Learn how to create a solid digital photography workflow using the Adobe program LightRoom that can help you organize, process, print and post images. Dressel-Martin runs through the process from camera set-up through image output. All photography skill levels are welcome. Some computer experience is required.

 

Instructor: Scott Dressel-Martin

 

$42 members, $47 non-members

 

 

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