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2014 Horticulture Home Garden Tour

Have you ever attended a class or lecture, or read an article or blog post from one of our top Horticulturists and wondered what their home garden looks like? Well now is your chance to find out with a behind-the-scenes tour! Three of our most experienced and popular members of our Horticulture staff, Panayoti Kelaidis, Mike Kintgen, and Dan Johnson, will open up their gardens for this special opportunity.

 

Home Garden of Panayoti Kelaidis

Many thousands of plants are combined for four season interest in this Plant Collector’s garden. The Western half of the property is planted with native trees, shrubs and many cacti and western Wildflowers - almost eliminating watering needs. The Eastern half includes a large vegetable garden, perennial borders with many unusual perennials and bulbs, and a woodland garden that encircles the alpine garden on the east side of the house. Late May is when many of the Daphnes and Rhododendrons bloom, along with a host of classic alpine plants like saxifrages, dianthus and penstemons. There are several hundred containers located everywhere in this garden, many filled with annuals that are beginning their show as well…

By matching plants to microclimate, and combining plants of similar growth rate, we are able to create plantings that persist over time and need less maintenance than one might suspect with such biodiversity!

 

Home Garden of Mike Kintgen

Mike Kintgen’s garden started in 2009 with a bare canvas of dead bluegrass and a few overgrown junipers in the front yard. The dandelions, bluegrass, and junipers were removed to create a series of short berms in front of the house that made way for a Legacy buffalo grass lawn planted with spring and autumn flowering bulbs. The berms showcase a wide array of steppe and rock garden plants from around the world that are tolerant to Colorado’s hot dry summers and cold winters. The back yard is a mix of more traditional garden elements, a large propagation area, a small vegetable garden, and various rocks gardens.. There is also a large collection of alpine plants in troughs and containers filled with annuals for season long interest.

The overarching mission of the garden is to showcase how xeriscapes and rock gardens can be interesting, beautiful and more sustainable than traditional landscapes.

 

Home Garden of Dan Johnson

This average city lot supports an eclectic garden that is anything but average, the result of a driven collector with a creative proclivity. Uncommon plants greet the visitor even at the street, where a warm terracotta wall frames the stucco home and small front gardens. The gardens slope downwards behind the home, with red flagstone paths and boulders creating distinct spaces. The theme throughout is one of pushing the envelope for Colorado gardening. Deliberate use of microclimates and selective irrigation seem to make anything possible. Magnolias, wisteria, sheltered fuchsias and palms, Japanese maples and bamboo seem unlikely in their proximity to cacti, penstemon, agaves and yuccas. Collections made in Spain, South Africa and Pakistan mingle with more traditional fare. Sculptural elements and found objects enhance the sense of surprise. A small stream leads through the contours of the gardens to a koi pond with lotus and waterlilies. Photographers delight in the detail and unusual vignettes. Recovering from a brutal winter, a few specimens may be less than prime, but nevertheless, this garden still surprises.

 

This Tour will meet at Denver Botanic Gardens at York Street at 8:30 a.m. and return to Denver Botanic Gardens at York Streeet at 12:30 p.m. A chartered bus will escort all participants, the cost of the bus is included in the price of the tour. No self guided tours available.

 

$46 members, $51 non-members, includes bus transportation

 

2014-2015 Homeschool Day Package

• September 8, 2014

• October 20, 2014

• November 17, 2014

• January 26, 2015

• March 16, 2015

 

Homeschool Days offer families the opportunity to explore plant based themes through a variety of hands-on activities, tours and take-home projects that families can do together. Topics in the 2014-2015 series include History at Hildebrand Ranch, Exhibit Exploration – Chihuly, Plants that Changed the World, Mysteries of Mycology and Starting a Garden.

 

Families are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy while at the Gardens. Food will also be available for purchase from Offshoots Café. Please note that all activities will take a 30 minute break from 12:00-12:30 for families, staff and volunteers to enjoy lunch.

 

Price: $44 for all 5 Homeschool Days One adult per family is free of charge. Additional adults will need to pay $6.50 each, payable on the day of the program. Children two and under are free of charge, but may not create take-home activities. The program fee includes all day admission to the Gardens.

 

A Day with the Dandelions: Spring Time Herbal Medicine

 

Spend a day learning about the amazing nutritional and healing powers of dandelions and other spring plants. We will walk around the beautiful grounds of Chatfield to meet the wild healing plants and also tour some of the gardens that feature cultivated healing plants. We wil harvest dandelion roots and learn how to make various medicinal preparations. Participants will go home with a herbal alcohol extract.

 

$52 members, $55 non-members, $47 CSA shareholders (reciprocal member).

Instructor: Mary O'Brien

 

About our instructor:

Mary O'Brien has been studying and practicing herbal medicine since 1987. She has studied with many renowned herbal medicine teachers and completed the Chartered Herbalist program with Dominion Herbal College. Mary lives in Steamboat Springs where she teaches and maintains a medicinal garden for Yampa River Botanic Park. She is currently co-authoring a book on edible and medicinal plants of Northwest Colorado. Mary is certified in Advanced Permaculture Design and has studied Edible Forest Gardening.

 

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Advanced Botanical Zentangle®

• Fri. - Sun., June 6 - 8, 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Annie Reiser, CZT

This class is a continuation of Botanical Zentangle® that aims to polish “botangle” skills by translating plant forms and textures into Zentangle-like patterns. Skills include drawing fluid lines, a better understanding and control of light on form using line and shading, and developing botanical Zentangles with a step-out method. The class will explore “tanglations” (variations of existing tangles) and use tangles within other tangles to create new ones. Students will share new designs with classmates and create a small portfolio of 12 completed tangles, incorporating new designs into familiar ones. Fee: $230 member, $285 non-member. Prerequisites: Entry level Zentangle®.

 

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Art Materials for the Botanical Illustrator

• Fri., May 16, 9 a.m. – Noon

Instructor: Renee Jorgensen

 

This class will take the mystery out of a vast array of materials. This information-packed class will provide detailed information about all of the art materials used throughout the Botanical Illustration program. From papers to pencils, inks to pens, brushes to paints, students will learn where and how to find all the right materials and how they are used. Save time and money by shopping expertly the first time. Fee: $55 member, $85 non-member. No prerequisites.

 

Artist Talk: Dale Chihuly

Hear this world-renowned artist talk about his work and some of his most iconic projects from around the world. A book signing will follow the lecture. This lecture is free with admission to the Gardens.

 

Admission to the Gardens and exhibition: $0 member, $15 non-member, $12 Senior, $9 Children (ages 3 – 15)

 

This Lecture is SOLD OUT!

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

BI in Colored Pencil I

After students have learned to layer colored pencil, this class teaches the techniques to draw effectively in this medium. Students will apply drawing skills and learn new methods specific to colored pencils. Techniques include layering, building and burnishing in color. This versatile, portable medium is perfect for sketching on location as well as producing studio pieces. Learn through instruction, demonstration and practice on small studies of botanical subjects. Students will be ready to produce a finished plate in Colored Pencil II. Prerequisites: Pencil I, Light on Form alt. Perfecting Perspective, Color Layering for Colored Pencil.

 

Fee: $225 member, $280 non-member.

• Mon., Jan. 6, 13, 20, 27, Feb. 3, 6 - 9 p.m.

Instructor: Susan DiMarchi

 

ONLINE WITH ON-SITE COMPONENT

Fee: $350 member, $400 non-member.

• In-class sessions: Fri. - Sat., Mar. 21 - 22, 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

All assignments are to be completed no later than April 28, 2014

Instructor: Susan DiMarchi

 

Fee: $225 member, $280 non-member.

•Tue., April 29, May 6, 13, 20, 27, 1 - 4 p.m.

Instructor: Susan DiMarchi

 

 

 

BI in Colored Pencil II

Colored pencil skills will be taken to the next level in this class. Students will work through a step-by-step process to create a preparatory layered drawing and learn techniques to create texture, detail and depth. Surface and solvent experimentation will take place for blending and shading. Depth will be added with atmospheric perspective and finishing techniques that will make the drawings pop. Individual attention will guide students as they create a finished botanical plate. Prerequisites: Pencil I, Light on Form, Botany for the Botanical Illustrator, Color Layering for Colored Pencil, Colored Pencil I.

 

Fee: $225 member, $280 non-member.

• Wed., Mar. 19, 26, April 2, 9, 23, 6 - 9 p.m.

Instructor: Susan Rubin

 

ONLINE WITH ON-SITE COMPONENT

Fee: $350 member, $400 non-member.

• In-class sessions: Fri. - Sat., May 23 - 24, 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

All assignments are to be completed no later than June 27, 2014

Instructor: Susan Rubin

 

BI in Pen and Ink II

This class takes pen and ink skills to a new level of sophistication. Students will explore the Gardens’ limitless world of color, texture and complex botany to incorporate this information into black and white illustrations. Working with both technical pen and traditional quill, students will learn advanced techniques to make strokes mimic the fuzz on a fern, the down in a milkweed pod or the mottled colors of a variegated begonia. Layering and line manipulation, along with stipples will also be covered. Pen techniques take on new meaning as final inked illustrations of a plant are fleshed out. Fee: $225 member, $280 non-member. Prerequisites: Pencil I, Pen and Ink I, Perfecting Perspective, Light on Form, Botany for the Botanical Illustrator.

 

Fee: $225 member, $280 non-member.

• Thur., Apr. 24, May 1, 15, 22, 29, 6 - 9 p.m.

Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt

 

Fee: $230 member, $285 non-member.

• Tue., June 3, 10, 17, 24, July 1, 9 a.m. – Noon

Instructor: Renee Jorgensen

 

BI in Pencil I

Learn to draw with a brief history and overview of botanical illustration elements. Learn the skills of careful observation and realistic drawing in graphite pencil, including line drawing, shading and perspective. Added techniques help render accurate perspective, texture and detail. This is the entry course for every program student and a prerequisite for all required courses to follow. Students will emerge from this class with the tools needed to draw anything. No prerequisites.

 

Fee: $225 member, $280 non-member.

WEEKEND WORKSHOP

•Fri. - Sun., Jan. 24 - 26, 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Randy Raak

 

Fee: $225 member, $280 non-member.

•Wed., Feb. 12, 19, 26, March 5, 12, 9 a.m. - Noon

Instructor: Renee Jorgensen

 

Fee: $225 member, $280 non-member.

WEEKEND WORKSHOP

• Fri. - Sun., April 4 - 6, 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Randy Raak

 

Fee: $350 member, $400 non-member.

 

•Wed., June 4, 11, 18, 25, July 2, 6 - 9 p.m.

Instructor: Renee Jorgensen

 

Fee: $230 member, $285 non-member.

WEEKEND WORKSHOP

•Fri. – Sun., June 20 - 22, 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Constance Sayas

 

BI in Pencil I in Steamboat Springs

Class will be held at Yampa River Botanic Park in Steamboat Springs. Visit yampariverbotanicpark.org for additional info.

Learn to draw! Begin with a brief history and an overview of the specific elements of botanical illustration. Learn the skills of careful observation and realistic drawing in graphite pencil, including line drawing, shading and perspective. Step-by-step, added techniques help you portray perspective, texture and detail. This is the entry course for every program student and the prerequisite for all courses to follow. You'll emerge from this class with the tools you need to draw anything.

Fee: $350 member, $400 non-member. All students are welcome, with no prerequisites.

*Weekend Workshop

Fri.   Sun., May 16-18, 9 a.m.   2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Randy Raak

 

BI in Pencil II

 

Simple and classic, pencil drawing is a timeless art form. Expand on the drawing skills you learned in Pencil I as you reinforce and refine your knowledge of graphite pencil. Learn additional techniques for shading, texture, perspective, depth and composition. A good drawing is the basis of botanical illustration in any medium. Group instruction and individual attention are tailored to help you complete a botanical plate in this subtle and striking medium.

Prerequisites: Pencil I, Light on Form, Botany for the Botanical Illustrator.

Fee: $225 member, $280 non-member.

•Tue., Feb. 11, 18, 25, March 4, 11, 9 a.m. – Noon

Instructor: Karla Beatty

 

Fee: $230 member, $285 non-member.

•Mon., June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 6 - 9 p.m.

Instructor: Randy Raak

 

 

Bonfils Stanton Lecture Series - 2014

2014 BONFILS-STANTON LECTURE SERIES

Celebration of the Seasons: An Unexpected Performance

 

“Nature gives to every time and season some beauties of its own.”

— Charles Dickens

 

With the support of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation and in line with the Gardens' mission of connecting people with plants, this year's series is designed to take you along with us through nature’s seasons as we observe and appreciate the aesthetic and edible bounties that nature is able to provide for us within a year’s time.

 

Join us for interactive and interesting lectures that feature a variety of speakers sure to open your eyes and your hearts to the rich variety of each season’s unique offerings. Starting with spring and moving through winter, topics will include the allure and application of plant foliage varieties to spice up your landscape, using your garden’s bounty to fill your pantry with culinary delights sure to impress everyone at your table, and successfully extending your growing season with tips from one of gardening’s beloved experts.

 

This Series includes all 4 lectures in the 2014 Bonfils Stanton Lecture Series, which also includes all pre lecture tastings. (does not include tours or workshop)

 

$50 member, $70 non-member

 

Botanical Landscapes

• Thur., June 5, 12, 19, 26, July 3, 9 a.m. – noon

Instructor: Karla Beatty

Move beyond the studio to focus on landscape and perspective. Begin in the classroom with a historical overview of basic landscape drawing and painting techniques. The class then moves outdoors, to compose intimate landscapes featuring botanical elements. Students will learn to be selective, editing the scene to include elements that characterize the landscape and eliminate extraneous objects. Additional instruction in linear and atmospheric perspective, color, and drawing techniques will help portray surroundings in pencil and watercolor. Individual guidance will help students create a finished botanical landscape painting. Fee: $230 member, $285 non-member. Prerequisites: Pencil I, entry level skills in watercolor.

 

Botanical Zentangle®

Sun., Mar. 23, 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Annie Reiser, CZT

Based on the worldwide doodling craze called Úentangle® started by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas, we will learn and practice repetitive strokes that form intricate decorative botanical patterns. Learn to relax and focus as you express your style through intricate, decorative drawings that are simple to render, but look amazing and complicated. We will practice strokes consciously and deliberately, observe botanicals and mock their natural designs to make our own âotangles or repetitive strokes based on plants. Using keen observation and contour drawing techniques combined with ability to translate plant forms and textures into patterns, you will create your own special botangle. Fee: $75 member, $95 non-member. No prerequisites.

 

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