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2015 Tree Diversity Conference - Even. More. Tree. Types.

Even more trees are coming to Denver! Building on the success of the March 2014 Tree Diversity Conference, five different tree experts will be speaking at the Denver Botanic Gardens this coming March to present more ideas about underutilized tree species and cultivars. The time of losing many of our ash trees to the emerald ash borer will soon be upon us and the urgency of making wise replanting choices is greater than ever.

 

Our outstanding new program includes a professor of plant sciences and horticulture who hails from a very cold climate, an experienced Asian plant explorer and arboretum collections director, one of our country's foremost tree nursery propagators and two of the Front Range's best-known urban foresters. In addition to specific trees, we'll be hearing about some of the challenges climate change presents and about the role government can play in promoting more varied tree selection. Join us to further expand your menu of tree choices and together let's develop a more stable and secure urban forest!

 

2015 Lineup

Kathleen Alexander, Boulder, CO City Forester

Kris Bachtell, Collections Director, Morton Arboretum, Lisle, IL

Tim Buchanan, Ft. Collins, CO City Forester

Greg Morgenson, Woody Plant Research Specialist, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND

Keith Warren, Plant Propagator, J. Frank Schmidt Nurseries, Boring, OR.

 

 

$75, includes all programming and lunch

3-1/2 Season Vegetable Garden: Extending the Garden Season in Colorado

Rocky Mountain Gardening Elective

This class will help you to develop your skills in succession planting and extending the growing season to get 11-12 months from your vegetable garden. Learn the importance of plant family names and how to group them successfully and rotate them, cool and warm season crops and when and if you can replant for another season of certain crops. We will also cover techniques and materials to extend the season successfully so you can plant early in spring and keep certain crops going until late fall and into winter.

 

Members $39, Non-Members $44

 

Instructor: Patti O'Neal

 

 

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Please keep in mind if you've just renewed or purchased a membership it takes at least 48 hours to process.

Advanced Pen and Ink Techniques: Preparing for Publication

Registration begins December 9, 2014 at 9a.m. Class will appear sold out until then.

Here we will create a plant study that clearly shows all aspects of the plant, including details of vegetative and floral/fruiting structures. We will focus on measured drawing, scale (enlargement and reduction), showing clear details (including dissections), design and composition, and suitability for reduction. The final piece should be ready for publication and contain a figure legend including either scale bars or magnification. Students are welcome to bring along their previous work for critique. Suitable for more advanced students. Fee: $350 member, $400 non-member. Prerequisites: Botanical Illustration in Pencil I, Light on Form, Perfecting Perspective, Botanical Illustration in Pen and Ink II, entry-level course in any color media, Botany for the Botanical Illustrator or Certificate in Botanical Art and Illustration from Denver Botanic Gardens or completed certificate in botanical art and illustration, scientific illustration, nature illustration or equivalent from another institution.

 

No refunds for registration cancellations after January 12, 2015, unless your seat can be filled.

 

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

Instructor: Lucy Smith, Kew Gardens, U.K.

 

Lucy T. Smith been producing pen and ink and color illustrations for the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew since 1999. She has completed 200 plates for the upcoming “Palms of New Guinea” monograph, as well as hundreds of other illustrations for various other plant families. Her work is reproduced in many journals, including Kew Bulletin, Curtis’s Botanical Magazine and Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society. In 2001, she spent six weeks on the Endeavour replica, following in the footsteps of Sydney Parkinson, the artist on Cook’s voyage of 1768-1771, for a BBC documentary called “The Ship.” She has received many awards for her work, including two gold medals from the Royal Horticultural Society, the Margaret Flockton Award for Excellence in Botanical Illustration and the Jill Smythies Award from the Linnean Society of London. She teaches botanical illustration at Kew Gardens, the Chelsea Physic Garden and the Chelsea School of Botanical Art, all in London.

All Natural Skin Care

See how easy and inexpensive it is to make your own facial steams with herbs, cleansing grains and creams, wonderful masques, including alpha hydroxy, herbal toners and astringents, and a rich creamy moisturizer that contains far more nutrients and anti-oxidants for your skin than anything available commercially.

You'll also learn how to make a profoundly healing cream for damaged skin and premature wrinkling. Learn a few tricks for blemishes and how to make a creamy, healing lip balm.

Take home an extensive handout, bag of steaming herbs, a month supply jar of moisturizer and a pot of lip balm.

 

Instructor: Christina Blume

 

$58 member, $63 non-member, includes $30 for materials.

 

 

 

Along the Silk Road and from the Center of the World

The Silk Road extended 7,450 miles (12,000 km) through 24 countries from the Mediterranean to the China Sea, linking Eastern and Western civilization between the Ancient and Middle Ages. The Silk Road is historically famous for being associated with the trade between East and West, however while crossing through the Balkans, Caucasus, Central Asia and China, it also came into contact with plethora of endemic plant species. Learn about the different species and select your favorite for a careful study. Working in watercolor and graphite, design a plate in the traditional scientific style, including landscape elements. You will start with a pale pencil underdrawing, or grisaille, which will allow you to tackle a watercolor painting with confidence. You’ll achieve continuous tone both in your graphite and watercolor washes. Demonstrations and individual help will guide you toward a finished work as you discover a set of new skills and tricks ready to use in your future illustrations. Fee: $250 member, $305 non-member (includes “Traveling the Silk Road” exhibit tour at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science). Prerequisites: Botanical Illustration in Pencil I, Botanical Illustration in Watercolor I, Light on Form or Certificate in Botanical Art and Illustration.

 

• Thu, Feb. 19, 26, March 5, 12, 19, 1-4 p.m.

Instructor: Laurence Pierson

 

Aromatherapy Basics and Beyond

 

 

 

Art Materials for the Botanical Illustrator

Registration opens December 9, 2014 at 9a.m. Classes will appear sold out until then.

 

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. Open to everybody with no prerequisites.

 

• Wed, Feb. 18, 6-9 p.m.

Instructor: Renee Jorgensen

 

• Wed, May 6, 1-4 p.m.

Instructor: Renee Jorgensen

 

Backyard Chicken Keeping

 

 

This class provides an accessible introduction for anyone interested in raising backyard hens. Join Sundari Kraft, of EatWhereULive and Heirloom Gardens to learn how to choose the perfect chickens (best breeds and how/where to purchase), care for chicks and create housing and fencing. Participants also learn how to navigate financial considerations, overcome common challenges and get proper livestock licenses.

 

$35 member / non-member

Instructor: Sundari Kraft

 

Instructor:

Sundari Kraft is the 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.

 

 

 

 

Backyard Goat Keeping

 

This class provides an accessible introduction for anyone interested in raising backyard dwarf dairy goats. Join Sundari Kraft, of EatWhereULive and Heirloom Gardens, to learn how to choose the perfect goats (best breeds and how/where to purchase), make housing and fencing, feed, collect milk, breed and provide proper medical care and hoof trimming. Participants also learn how to navigate financial considerations, overcome common challenges and get proper livestock licenses.

 

$35 member / non-member.

Instructor: Sundari Kraft

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Basic Point & Shoot Photography

 

 

 

Beekeeping Basics

 

If you’re thinking about starting a beehive or are just curious about what’s involved with keeping bees, then this is a great introductory class for you. Tracy will teach you how the honeybee lives, discuss different hive designs, tell you how to get started as a beekeeper, and give you an idea of the beekeepers year. A handout will be provided with a list of suggested reading, supportive resources, including local beekeeping groups.

 

$36 members, $42 non members

 

About our instructor:

Tracy Bellehumeur has been raising bees for 6 years using natural methods in Top Bar and Langstroth hives, and helps to 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beyond Pretty Pictures: Taking Composition Further

What makes a piece of art stand out above the rest? Why does a piece of art inspire? The answer most often lies in the composition. In this class, you address design from the very beginning. Starting with Notan (the light-dark principle), line, and shape arrangements, challenge yourself to go beyond direct imitation of what you see by initiating a drawing through thumbnails that define tonal relationships and harmony Through exercises and practice you will develop a complete, strong botanical composition and final plate, either in graphite or watercolor. Fee: $230 member, $285 non-member. Prerequisites: Botanical Illustration in Calored Pencil I, Pen and Ink I or Watercolor I, Composition for Botanical Illustration, Light on Form or Certificate in Botanical Art and Illustration.

 

• Wed, Jan. 14, 21, 28, Feb. 4, 11, 1-4 p.m.

Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt

 

• Wed, May 13, 20, 27, June 3, 10, 6-9 p.m.

Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt

 

BI in Colored Pencil I

Registration begins December 9, 2014 at 9a.m. 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. Prerequisites: Botanical Illustration in Pencil I, Light on Form, Color Layering for Colored Pencil.

 

Fee: $230 member, $285 non-member

• Mon, Feb. 16, 23, March 9, 16, 23, 9 a.m. – noon

Instructor: Susan DiMarchi

 

ONLINE WITH ON-SITE COMPONENT

Fee: $350 member, $400 non-member

• In-class sessions: Fri-Sat, Feb. 27-28, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

All assignments are to be completed no later than March 31, 2014.

Instructor: Susan Rubin

 

Fee: $230 member, $285 non-member

• Thu, May 14, 21, 28, June 4, 11, 6-9 p.m.

Instructor: Susan DiMarchi

 

BI in Colored Pencil II

Registration begins December 9, 2014 at 9a.m. Classes appear sold out until then.

Take your colored pencil skills to the next level and become proficient in this fun, versatile medium. Work through a step-by-step process to create a preparatory layered drawing. Learn techniques to create texture, detail and depth to enhance your subject. Experiment with different surfaces and solvents for blending and shading. Add depth with atmospheric perspective and learn finishing techniques that will make your drawings pop. Individual attention will guide you to create a finished botanical plate. Prerequisites: Botanical Illustration in Pencil I, Light on Form, Botany for the Botanical Illustrator, Color Layering for Colored Pencil, Botanical Illustration in Colored Pencil I.

 

Fee: $230 member, $285 non-member

• Tue, March 24, 31, April 7, 14, 21, 6-9 p.m.

Instructor: Susan DiMarchi

 

ONLINE WITH ON-SITE COMPONENT

Fee: $350 member, $400 non-member

• In-class sessions: Fri-Sat, June 19-20, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

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

Instructor: Susan Rubin

 

BI in Pen and Ink I

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. Prerequisite: Botanical Illustration in Pencil I; Perfecting Perspective strongly recommended.

 

ONLINE WITH ON-SITE COMPONENT

Fee: $350 member, $400 non-member

• In-class sessions: Fri-Sat, March 27-28, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

All assignments are to be completed no later than April 27, 2015.

Instructor: Renee Jorgensen

 

Fee: $230 member, $285 non-member

• Thu, May 7, 14, 21, June 4, 11, 9 a.m. – noon

Instructor: Renee Jorgensen

 

 

 

BI in Pen and Ink II

Registration begins December 9, 2014 at 9a.m. Classes will 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. Prerequisites: Botanical Illustration in Pencil I, Botanical Illustration in Pen and Ink I, Perfecting Perspective, Light on Form, Botany for the Botanical Illustrator.

 

ONLINE WITH ON-SITE COMPONENT

Fee: $350 member, $400 non-member

• In-class sessions: Fri-Sat, April 24-25, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

All assignments are to be completed no later than May 27, 2015.

Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt

 

Fee: $230 member, $285 non-member

• Thu, June 18, 25, July 9, 16, 23, 6-9 p.m.

Instructor: Renee Jorgensen

 

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