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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

 

Lecture - AMERICAN BEAUTY: The Slow Flowers Story

The American landscape is undergoing a floral renaissance— in rural, agricultural areas and in urban postage-stamp-sized parcels. There is a heightened interest in local and seasonal flowers as an economic opportunity for farmers and florists alike, fueled by the Slow Flowers movement. Debra Prinzing, a leader of the movement, shares an update and a forecast—where we've come from and where we are headed—as she talks about people, places, fields, greenhouses and gardens; ideas and innovations; and the progressive momentum that's changing our relationship with flowers.

Instructor: Debra Prinzing is a Seattle-based writer, speaker and leading advocate for American Grown Flowers. Through her many Slow Flowers-branded projects, she has convened a national conversation that stimulates consumers and professionals alike to make conscious choices about their floral purchases.

 

Debra is the producer of SlowFlowers.com, the online directory to American grown farms, florists, shops and studios who supply domestic and local flowers. Each Wednesday, approximately 2,500 listeners tune into Debra's "Slow Flowers Podcast," available for free downloads at her website, debraprinzing.com, or on iTunes and via other podcast services.

 

She is the creator of American Flowers Week, launched during the July 4th week in 2015 with more than 5.0 million social media impressions in 2017. Debra is a Florists' Review Contributing Editor for which produces the "Slow Flowers Journal" section.

 

In 2016, the Seattle Wholesale Growers Market, a farm-to-florist cooperative, honored Debra with the first Growers Choice Award for her "outstanding contributions to revitalizing the local floral community." She is a 2016 inductee to the Garden Writers Association Hall of Fame and the author of 10 books, including “Slow Flowers” and “The 50 Mile Bouquet.”

 

All lecture programs: $15 member, $20 non-member. Space is limited so register early!

6:00 p.m. Social hour and tasting hosted by Slow Food Denver (included in price)

6:30 p.m. Program and lecture

8 p.m. Book signing by author

Slow Food Members are welcome to register for the discounted member price of $15, please click on reciprocal member price, no identification required.

 

Great art picks up where nature ends. ~Marc Chagall

 

With the support of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation and in line with the Gardens’ mission, of connecting people with plants, we are excited to bring you a series designed to push the boundaries of horticulture practices and redefine your understanding of art and gardens. We hope to spark your creativity, and broaden your scope in the understanding of gardens as art.

 

Throughout the 2018 series, we explore the opportunity to disconnect from reality and surround ourselves with artful gardening. We aim to find the edge of art and gardens, test the new and the bold, and seek peace through nature and art. Take a break from the real world and get lost in the captivating experience of trying something new. From Art on the Edge of Life and Death with bonsai expert Bjorn Bjorholm to Indigo Dyeing with plants and tours of our very own dye garden we look to spark interest and engage audiences. Other topics include the new Art of Blueberries on the Front Range, Herbal Love potions, Carnivorous Plant Terrariums and the Japanese Art of Kokedama. The 2018 Series consists of a series of lectures, hands-on workshops and tours to further your experience. Visit the Gardens’ Bonfils-Stanton Series webpage at botanicgardens.org/bonfils-stanton for more information.

 

Lecture - Bonsai - Art on the Edge of Life and Death

Bonsai has long been popular with plant people and artists alike. Immerse yourself in the art of combining both living and dead plant parts in a unique display. Instructor Bjorn Bjorholm uses ancient deadwood from the Rocky Mountains and native Rocky Mountain living plant material to create a unique bonsai composition that speaks to the struggles of plants in harsh environments and the art that can spring from death in the face of these environmental factors.

 

Bjorn L Bjorholm is the owner of Eisei-en Bonsai Garden in Nashville, TN. He’s a bonsai artist and instructor who spent six years as an apprentice under Master Keiichi Fujikawa at Kouka-en bonsai nursery in Osaka, Japan before receiving certification as a bonsai professional by the Nippon Bonsai Association. His tenure as an apprentice at Kouka-en was followed by three years as artist-in-residence at the same location, making him the first and only foreign-born working bonsai professional in Japan. During his time in Japan, Bjorn's works were featured in the Kokufu-ten, Sakufu-ten and Taikan-ten exhibitions, among many others.

 

In addition to his work in Japan, Bjorn travels the world teaching bonsai art and providing services to private clients and international organizations. He operates intensive bonsai schools with affiliate nurseries in Spain and the United States, while also working with international bonsai organizations.

 

All lecture programs: $15 member, $20 non-member. Space is limited so register early!

6:00 p.m. Social hour and tasting hosted by Slow Food Denver (included in price)

6:30 p.m. Program and lecture

8 p.m. Book signing by author

Slow Food Members are welcome to register for the discounted member price of $15, please click on reciprocal member price, no identification required.

 

Great art picks up where nature ends. ~Marc Chagall

 

With the support of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation and in line with the Gardens’ mission, of connecting people with plants, we are excited to bring you a series designed to push the boundaries of horticulture practices and redefine your understanding of art and gardens. We hope to spark your creativity, and broaden your scope in the understanding of gardens as art.

 

Throughout the 2018 series, we explore the opportunity to disconnect from reality and surround ourselves with artful gardening. We aim to find the edge of art and gardens, test the new and the bold, and seek peace through nature and art. Take a break from the real world and get lost in the captivating experience of trying something new. From Art on the Edge of Life and Death with bonsai expert Bjorn Bjorholm to Indigo Dyeing with plants and tours of our very own dye garden we look to spark interest and engage audiences. Other topics include the new Art of Blueberries on the Front Range, Herbal Love potions, Carnivorous Plant Terrariums and the Japanese Art of Kokedama. The 2018 Series consists of a series of lectures, hands-on workshops and tours to further your experience. Visit the Gardens’ Bonfils-Stanton Series webpage at botanicgardens.org/bonfils-stanton for more information.

 

 

Lecture - Mid-century Garden Design for the Modern Home

In her recently published book, “Mid-century Modern Landscape,” author Ethne Clarke offers a fresh guide for those seeking bold approaches to redefine their outdoor space or wishing to learn more about the history of mid-century modern aesthetics. During this lecture, she explores the origins of residential mid-century modern garden design for the home, revealing how designers blurred the divisions between indoors and outdoors, thus creating gardens that were for living, a style that went on to inspire contemporary gardens around the world.

 

Ethne Clarke is an award-winning journalist, former garden editor of Traditional Home and contributing editor for House & Garden. Well-known as the author of a number of best-selling books on practical gardening, design and landscape history, she holds a Master of Philosophy from the faculty of Fine Art, De Montfort University, England. Her research has involved a close study of architectural history between the Arts and Crafts period and early Modernism, and this has been a guiding influence on the renovation of her house and garden in Colorado Springs—a small mid-century modern ranch built in 1958.

 

All lecture programs: $15 member, $20 non-member. Space is limited so register early!

6:00 p.m. Social hour and tasting hosted by Slow Food Denver (included in price)

6:30 p.m. Program and lecture

8 p.m. Book signing by author

Slow Food Members are welcome to register for the discounted member price of $15, please click on reciprocal member price, no identification required.

 

Great art picks up where nature ends. ~Marc Chagall

 

With the support of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation and in line with the Gardens’ mission, of connecting people with plants, we are excited to bring you a series designed to push the boundaries of horticulture practices and redefine your understanding of art and gardens. We hope to spark your creativity, and broaden your scope in the understanding of gardens as art.

 

Throughout the 2018 series, we explore the opportunity to disconnect from reality and surround ourselves with artful gardening. We aim to find the edge of art and gardens, test the new and the bold, and seek peace through nature and art. Take a break from the real world and get lost in the captivating experience of trying something new. From Art on the Edge of Life and Death with bonsai expert Bjorn Bjorholm to Indigo Dyeing with plants and tours of our very own dye garden we look to spark interest and engage audiences. Other topics include the new Art of Blueberries on the Front Range, Herbal Love potions, Carnivorous Plant Terrariums and the Japanese Art of Kokedama. The 2018 Series consists of a series of lectures, hands-on workshops and tours to further your experience. Visit the Gardens’ Bonfils-Stanton Series webpage at botanicgardens.org/bonfils-stanton for more information.

 

 

Workshop - All About Air Plants

 

Learn about the history, care and needs of the air plant. Work on a creative art project with air plants (Tillandsia) in glass containers. Take home a masterpiece while learning from the expert.

 

Price: $52, $46 member

 

Instructor: Scott Preusser, conservatory horticulturist at the Gardens, grew up in Arvada, CO and has a bachelor's degree in horticulture from Colorado State University. He has spent over 20 years working in the horticulture industry.

 

Workshop - Beauty of Pressed Flowers

Discover how to collect and preserve summer flowers and fall leaves for use in creating floral masterpieces. Learn the best flowers to grow and how to press for optimal color, durability and longevity. Participants make beautiful bookmarks, cards, a dipped candle and a floral votive container to take home.

Price: $55, $50 members

Instructor: Susan Evans specializes in empowering people to improve their health and lifestyle through herbal and wellness education. Let Susan introduce you to herbs for healing, cooking, gardening and crafting.

Susan has been cultivating and working with herbs for more than 30 years. She managed garden centers and greenhouses in Denver before starting her own organic landscaping business, Flowerscapes, which she owned and operated for 12 years. She has worked as a master gardener and volunteer naturalist for Jefferson County, Colorado.

She has a certificate in advanced clinical herbalism from the Rocky Mountain Center for Botanical Studies in Boulder and has over 1,500 hours of clinical study and experience in the uses of medicinal plants. After attaining her certification in 1997, she founded Chrysalis Herbs. Since then, she has devoted herself to sharing her love and knowledge of herbs and gardening, helping people to reconnect with the beauty and healing aspects of the natural world.

 

Workshop - Indigo Dyeing

 

Explore the fun and magical process of creating blue color with indigo, a blue dye derived from crushing and composting indigo plant leaves. Learn about the chemistry and basics of indigo vat dyeing from preparing the dye stock to making and maintaining the dye pot. Everyone in the class dyes and takes home a provided apron.Each participant can also bring a t-shirt to dye. Techniques and tools for patterning on the fabrics and t-shirts are demonstrated.

 

Price: $68, $64 member

 

Instructor: Donna Brown is a fiber artist from Denver. A natural dyer with over 25 years of natural dyeing and teaching in venues across the US and abroad including Penland School of Crafts, and John C. Campbell Folk School. She is the former owner of the Dyeworks – a natural dye company. Donna is an active Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms volunteer who helped start the Janice Ford Memorial Dye Garden.

 

 

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