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Amaryllis in Transparent Acrylics

Registration opens June 12, 2014 at 9am. Classes will appear sold out until then.

The awe-inspiring beauty of this native South African plant offers a perfect opportunity to explore acrylic as a transparent medium. Although transparent acrylic looks similar to watercolor, the damp-on-damp technique offers a more controlled and slower application process. The result: gorgeous, luminous washes! Step-by-step instruction, demos, and exercises will give you the necessary skills to build smooth washes, variegated patterns, soft textures, intricate details and a final amaryllis illustration. Fee: $250 member, $300 non-member (includes one blooming South African amaryllis or Hippeastrum from South America, depending on supply). Prerequisites: Botanical Illustration in Pencil I, Botanical Illustration in Watercolor I, Light on Form or Certificate in Botanical Art and Illustration.


• Mon, Dec. 1, 8, 15, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt


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



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.




BI in Colored Pencil I

Registration begins June 10, 2014 at 9am. Classes appear sold out until then.


You’ve learned to layer colored pencil, now learn techniques to draw effectively in this medium. Apply your 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. You’ll be ready to produce a finished plate in Botanical Illustration in Colored Pencil II. Fee: $230 member, $285 non-member. Prerequisites: Botanical Illustration in Pencil I, Light on Form, Color Layering for Colored Pencil.


• Wed, July 23, 30, Aug. 6, 13, 20, 9 a.m. – noon

Instructor: Susan DiMarchi


• Mon, Nov. 3, 10, 17, 24, Dec. 1, 6-9 p.m.

Instructor: Susan DiMarchi


BI in Pen and Ink I

Registration begins June 10, 2014 at 9am. Classes appear sold out until then.


Pen and ink is at the heart of botanical illustration. Expand your drawing repertoire as you learn techniques to create line, form and texture in black and white. “Expressive line” and “stipple” become part of your artistic vocabulary as you practice this traditional medium with modern and versatile technical pens. Step-by-step instruction, demonstration and practice will give you the foundation you need to draw any botanical subject accurately and skillfully. Fee: $230 member, $285 non-member. Prerequisite: Botanical Illustration in Pencil I; Perfecting Perspective strongly recommended.


• Thu, Aug. 14, 21, 28, Sept. 4, 18, 1-4 p.m.

Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt


• Tue, Nov. 11, 18, 25, Dec. 2, 9, 6-9 p.m.

Instructor: Renee Jorgensen



BI in Pen and Ink II

Registration begins June 10, 2014 at 9am. Classes appear sold out until then.


Take your pen-and-ink skills to a new level of sophistication. Explore the Gardens’ limitless world of color, texture and complex botany and incorporate this information into black-and-white illustrations. Working with both technical pen and traditional quill, 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. Learn how to layer and manipulate lines and stipples to develop a full range of value, texture and atmospheric perspective. Pen techniques take on new meaning as you flesh out the final inked illustration of a plant of your choice. Fee: $230 member, $285 non-member. Prerequisites: Botanical Illustration in Pencil I, Botanical Illustration in Pen and Ink I, Perfecting Perspective, Light on Form, Botany for the Botanical Illustrator.



• Tue, Nov. 4, 11, 18, 25, Dec. 2, 1-4 p.m.

Instructor: Renee Jorgensen


BI in Pencil I

Registration begins June 10, 2014 at 9am. Classes appear sold out until then.


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 render accurate perspective, texture and detail. This is the entry course for every program student and a prerequisite for all required courses to follow. You’ll emerge from this class with the tools you need to draw anything. Fee: $230 member, $285 non-member. No prerequisites.


• Mon - – Thu, July 14-17, 1 -– 5 p.m.

Instructor: Renee Jorgensen


• Fri - Sun, Aug. 15-17, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Randy Raak


• Tue, Aug. 26, Sept. 2, 9, 16, 23, 9 a.m. – noon

Instructor: Susan DiMarchi


• Fri - Sun, Oct. 17-19, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Randy Raak


• Thu, Nov. 6, 13, 20, Dec. 4, 11, 6-9 p.m.

Instructor: Renee Jorgensen


• Fri -– Sun, Nov. 21-23, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Constance Sayas


BI in Pencil II

Registration begins June 10, 2014 at 9am. Classes appear sold out until then.


Simple and classic, pencil drawing is a timeless art form. Expand on the drawing skills you learned in Botanical Illustration 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. Fee: $230 member, $285 non-member. Prerequisites: Botanical Illustration in Pencil I, Light on Form, Botany for the Botanical Illustrator.


• Tue, Sept. 30, Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28, 9 a.m. – noon

Instructor: Randy Raak


• Mon, Oct. 27, Nov. 3, 10, 17, 24, 1-4 p.m.

Instructor: Randy Raak



BI in Watercolor I

Registration begins June 10, 2014 at 9am. Classes appear sold out until then.


Become part of the watercolor botanical tradition. Combine drawing skills and your knowledge of color mixing as you discover the delight of putting brush to paper to learn the specific techniques of transparent watercolor. Instruction, demonstration and practical exercises will guide you through a variety of watercolor techniques: flat and graded washes, highlights and drybrush detail. Learn to build washes for depth of tone and shading, and how to create soft and hard edges. With these foundational skills you’ll be ready to create a finished plate in Watercolor II. Fee: $230 member, $285 non-member. Prerequisites: Botanical Illustration in Botanical Illustration in Pencil I, Color Mixing.


• Tue, Aug. 26, Sep. 2, 9, 16, 23, 6-9 p.m.

Instructor: Laurence Pierson


• Tue, Nov. 11, 18, 25, Dec. 2, 9, 9 a.m. – noon

Instructor: Laurence Pierson


Botany for the Botanical Illustrator

Registration begins June 10, 2014 at 9am. Classes appear sold out until then.


What is the difference between a carpel and a pistil? Where can I find the stamen? The science of the subjects you draw determines what you see! Put away your pencils for this enlightening lab class designed specifically for students of botanical illustration. Take a close look at plant anatomy and learn to recognize botanical details that will make your drawings more accurate and realistic. Learn plant morphology through detailed instruction and supporting visuals. All of your botanical art will improve when you understand the subjects. Fee: $230 member, $285 non-member. No prerequisites.

`Fri - Sun, July 25-27, 9 a.m.  2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Mervi Hjelmroos-Koski

`Wed, Sep. 24, Oct. 8, 15, 29, 6-9 p.m.

Instructor: Mervi Hjelmroos-Koski

`Fri - Sun, Dec. 12-14, 9 a.m.  2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Mervi Hjelmroos-Koski





Café Botanique

Café Botanique is a part of the Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate Program and is open to Botanical Art and Illustration students, Gardens' members, the general public, academia and artists. The 30-40 minute talk starts at 6:30 p.m. and is followed by a discussion. This lecture offers one elective credit hour in the BI-program. Suggested donation $5.





Calavera Ball

Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a traditional Mexican celebration that originated over 3,000 years ago and is celebrated on All Saints' Day (November 1) and All Souls Day (November 2). Families come together to remember, honor and celebrate those who have departed. To welcome and commemorate the dead, offerings such as pan de muertos, skulls, candles, incense, yellow marigolds and, most importantly, a photo of the departed soul is placed on the altar.
Denver Botanic Gardens is excited to present a new adult event, Calavera Ball ¡Viva la Muerte! This one-of-a-kind celebration of Mexican culture, art and entertainment includes a "live art" demonstration, artist-created altars, face painting (the face painting line may be long--we encourage you to come already in costume), live performances and music. Special cultural food and beverages will also be included in the ticket price. A live and silent auction will take place to benefit Denver Botanic Gardens. Calavera Ball ¡Viva la Muerte! is designed as an interactive cocktail party and Dia de los Muertos  Catrina  or  Catrin  attire is encouraged. All guests must be 21 years of age and older with ID to attend.

Date and Time:
Saturday, November 1, 2014
5 p.m.: VIP Preview 
6:30 p.m.: General Admission
10 p.m.: Event concludes

General Admission: $60
VIP: $75
The VIP ticket includes all the above plus:
  5 p.m. entry with light hors d oeuvres and specialty cocktails
  Handmade commemorative piece


Cancel the Caterer! Secrets for a Make Ahead Holiday Appetizer Menu


Do you enjoy entertaining friends and family, but with your busy schedule just don’t have time to plan and prepare for a holiday party? This class is for you! Lee Clayton Roper, author of the award-winning cookbook A Well-Seasoned Kitchen, will share with you with an end-to-end plan for a stress-free cocktail party. You will walk away with a variety of tantalizing, make-ahead hors d-oeuvres, along with tips on how tastes and colors go together, how much food to plan per person, and how to create your menu ahead of time so you are not stuck in the kitchen while your guests are enjoying your party.


Menu - Croustades aux Champignons; Spicy Chicken on Pita Triangles; Goat Cheese, Pesto and Tomato Brushetta; Benedictine Cheese Canapés; Smoked Trout Paté


Instructor: Lee Clayton Roper


Members $65, Non - Members $71 includes a materials fee of $35.

At the end of the class, participants will sit down and enjoy the various dishes Lee has prepared

Charcoal on Colored Background (Other Than Black)

Registration will begin June 10, 2014 at 9am. Classes will appear sold out until then.

This class is for you if you have advanced drawing skills. You’ll be introduced to white and black charcoal pencils, and you’ll work on colored background, primarily on the mid tones. Demonstrations and guided exercises will train you to draw in incredible detail. Individual attention and instructor demonstrations will boost your confidence and improve your work so you can produce a complete botanical plate from a live specimen. Fee: $155 member, $195 non-member. Prerequisites: Botanical Illustration in Pencil I, Botanical Illustration in Pencil II.


• Thu, Nov. 13, 20, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Randy Raak


Cherokee Winter Nature Tour - At Cherokee Ranch and Castle

Those lucky enough to have hiked Cherokee Ranch know that there are a wealth of habitats and a rich flora that distract your eyes downwards, even as the vistas of the rugged backbone of the Rockies and distant misty towers of downtown Denver tempt you to look further away. We have experienced toasty winter days that were breathless and surprisingly sunny, as well as blustery days in the summer. One thing is for sure—you will never be bored on a Cherokee hike! This year we are starting much earlier—for better birding. But the plants will already be awake!


Whoever says winter is the “dormant” season? Wise naturalists know that nature does not sleep, you can now SEE those birds flitting in the bare branches. Buds are set on everything, and there is much more than just bark, branches and berries to liven a walk. You can see two species of Chickadees and Nuthatches that never stop in their search for food and there are a few last lingering hints of flowers. You will be surprised at how many evergreens there really are; not just pines and junipers and Oregon Grape, but many of our native shrubs and forbs keep living foliage and rosettes through the winter: they are still hard at work chlorophyll pumping! You might also be surprised to know that some Dark-eyed Juncos fly all the way from the Pacific Northwest and even Canada to winter at Cherokee. Other winter species include Flicker, Woodpeckers and a resident Red-tailed Hawk. What better time and place than Cherokee Ranch in the bright, winter light.



$20 member, $25 non-member.


Tour Guides: Panayoti Kelaidis and Lynn Willcockson




* Plants don’t really care how you dress for the field trips but BIRDS DO!! It is easier to see birds if you DO NOT wear white or other very bright colors –i.e. yellow, orange or red. Also, bring your binoculars: they can be used for both birds and plants

* Please wear comfortable shoes and bring your own supply of water for a 2 hour adventure

*Directions and details for your hike will be emailed to your email address approximately one week before your hike



Chihuly Exhibition Tour


Friday - Sunday

Jun. 14 - Sept. 28: 8:30 a.m. & 6 p.m.

Oct. 3 - Nov. 30: 9 a.m. & 3 p.m.


Enjoy a tour featuring the impressive site-specific artworks by Dale Chihuly. The bold and dramatic installations transform the Gardens. Experienced docents lead you on an hour-long guided walk to learn more about the artist and his sculpture.



- Member: $10

- Non-member: $17

- Student: $14



- The purchase of tour tickets includes admission to the Gardens. You don't need to buy general admission tickets if you are coming for a guided tour.

- Tours are outdoors; dress accordingly for the weather

- We recommend that you bring a bottle of water, sunglasses and sunscreen

- Please bring your booking confirmation. This will expedite check-in

- Access to the Gardens on the day of your tour will be through the Piñon Gate located directly north of the Bonfils-Stanton Visitor Center (Gardens main entrance).


Image Credit: Dale Chihuly, Blue and Purple Boat (detail), 2006. New York Botanical Garden, The Bronx, New York.


Chihuly Family Tours

Embark on a journey of art and nature with the whole family, focusing on form and color as we explore the art work of Dale Chihuly. The one hour guided walk will be geared towards the children in the group and give them opportunities to experience the art in an inspiring and active way. Recommended for families with children ages 4-12. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Tours are outdoors; please dress accordingly for the weather. We recommend that you bring a bottle of water, sunglasses and sunscreen.

Please bring your booking confirmation.This will expedite check-in and allow access to the Gardens on the day of your tour.

Enter through the main entry (Bonfils-Stanton Visitor Center).

Your tour will meet inside the main entrance just north of the Visitor Center. Look for a sign saying "Chihuly Family Tour" to your right.




Chihuly Family Workshop

Enjoy a magical evening with your family in the Gardens! Combine a guided tour through the Chihuly exhibition in the dark with a Chihuly-inspired art activity in the classroom. The 1.5 hour program will give adults and children the opportunity to explore and create art together! 


This workshop is recommended for families with children ages 4-12. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The workshop will be held partly indoors and outdoors; please dress accordingly for the weather.

Please bring your booking confirmation to expedite check-in and gain access to the Gardens 15 minutes before the program starts.

Chihuly Nights

Experience Chihuly at night! Artworks will be illuminated for a unique nighttime perspective. Even if you have visited the Chihuly exhibition during the day, you will not want to miss this magical experience.

Chipotle Sustainable Food Film Series - Fed Up


Presented by Chipotle Mexican Grill

Free Dinner Provided by Chipotle Mexican Grill


The 2014 Sustainable Food Film Series, presented by Chipotle Mexican Grill, includes four films relating to sustainable food practices, organic farming and community agriculture. Each evening includes food provided by Chipotle, a screening of the film, and a post-film panel discussion. The films take place between September and November 2014 at Denver Botanic Gardens at York Street.


Film: Fed Up

from http://fedupmovie.com/

Everything we ve been told about food and exercise for the past 30 years is dead wrong. FED UP is the film the food industry doesn t want you to see. From Katie Couric, Laurie David (Oscar winning producer of AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH) and director Stephanie Soechtig, FED UP will change the way you eat forever.



Pricing: $5

Location: Mitchell Hall


Schedule: Doors open at 6:00 p.m. for serving of food, Film starts at 6:30 p.m.with a twenty minute panel discussion and question/answer following film!


Please register online in advance to secure your seat. If event is sold out, there will be a day-of waitlist.


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