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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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

 

Wildflowers of the Rocky Mountain Region - Lecture and Book Signing

"Wildflowers of the Rocky Mountain Region," the first comprehensive Rocky Mountain field guide, features 1,200 plant species from eight states and Canada; 11 authors (all Denver Botanic Gardens horticulturists); and 500 pages of beautiful photos, maps and detailed information about each plant. The book has been four years in the making and this panel lecture provides a unique behind-the-scenes look at how it came together. Four of the authors (Panayoti Kelaidis, Jen Toews, Savannah Putnam and Cindy Newlander) share why this book needed to be published; how they divided and conquered the content creation, including plant selection, photography and writing; and just for fun, a few unexpected adventures they had along the way. Published in July 2018 by Timber Press, this wildflower guide highlights commonly encountered Rocky Mountain wildflowers from Canada to New Mexico, from the highest peaks down into the valleys. Following the lecture, books may be purchased and several of the authors will be present for a signing.

 

Price: $10, $8 member price

 

Bios:

Panayoti Kelaidis represents Denver Botanic Gardens in educational, professional and promotional endeavors as an expert in horticulture, science and art as senior curator and director of outreach. He has worked at the Gardens for 40 years, overseeing renewals of many of the native gardens during the late 1990s. He frequently travels internationally for plant exploration, helping to build the steppe and alpine plant collections for the Gardens. He is the recipient of the American Horticultural Society’s 2009 Liberty Hyde Bailey Medal and the 2000 Arthur Hoyt Scott Medal from Swarthmore College.

Savannah Putnam was homeschooled in Rochester, NY, and spent most of her days catching insects in her backyard and exploring the nearby ponds, prairies and woods. She took that love of the outdoors and studied biology at Iowa State University, focusing on plant and insect ecology. Between 2016 and 2017 she served as the coordinator for Wildflowers of the Rocky Mountain Region. Currently she works as a STEM specialist at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver. In her spare time, she enjoys camping, rock climbing, and Jane Austen.

Jen Toews joined the Gardens in 2015 as the plant recorder and is responsible for researching nomenclature and the accessioning of all plants entering the Gardens. She became interested in native plants while growing up in northern California, which eventually led her to pursue a BA in biology with an emphasis in plant science (but not until she received both a BA and MA in English). She recently completed the Native Plant Master® program through Jefferson County Extension and has been leading wildflower hikes for the Gardens. In her free time, Jen enjoys hiking and photographing Colorado’s diverse plants and their habitats.

Cindy Newlander studied horticulture at the University of Nebraska and received a MS in public horticulture through the Longwood Graduate Program at the University of Delaware. A Nebraska native, Cindy grew up vegetable-gardening alongside her mother, jumpstarting her interest in plants. Since 2002, she’s lead the Gardens’ Plant Records Department, documenting the extremely diverse living plant collections (including labeling, photographing and mapping) and was instrumental in developing Gardens Navigator, a web portal into these living collections. In her spare time, Cindy enjoys gardening, sand volleyball and exploring nature with her family.

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.

 

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