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Seedlings: Garden Tools and Trucks

Discover the tools gardeners use as we dig, dump, pick and pull in the soil.

• Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, March 6, 9:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.

• Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, March 7, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

• Ages 18-24 months: March 8, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Seedlings: Roses are Red, Violets are Blue

Discover the sweet scent and beautiful colors of these famous February flowers.

• Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, February 13, 9:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.

• Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, February 14, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

• Ages 18-24 months: Friday, February 15, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Seedlings: Signs of Spring

Get close to the ground to find bright green shoots, spring crocus and other new discoveries that signal the start of spring.

• Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, March 20, 9:30 or 11 a.m.

• Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, March 21, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

• Ages 18-24 months: Friday, March 22, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Seedlings: Super Succulents

Take a closer look at what makes succulents so unique.

• Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, March 27, 9:30 or 11 a.m.

• Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, March 28, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

• Ages 18-24 months: Friday, March 29, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Seedlings: The Alphabet Garden

Explore the alphabet while you wander your way through the world of plants and flowers.

• Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, February 27, 9:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.

• Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, February 28, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

• Ages 18-24 months: March 1, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Seedlings: The Dinosaur Garden

Take a journey back in time and discover the plants that dinosaurs liked to eat.

• Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, January 23, 9:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.

• Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, January 24, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

• Ages 18-24 months: Friday, January 25, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.


Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, January 23, 9:30 or 11 a.m. Meet relatives of prehistoric plants, investigate plant fossils and discover how plant-eating dinosaurs digested their favorite plants.


Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, January 24, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m. Roar like a dinosaur as we discover the soft mosses, feathery ferns and ancient plants the dinosaurs ate.


Ages 18-24 months: Friday, January 25, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m. Roar like a dinosaur as we discover the soft mosses, feathery ferns and ancient plants the dinosaurs ate.


Seedlings: Tropical Fruit Salad

Discover the delicious treats that come to us from the rainforest as we journey deep into the jungle.

• Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, February 20, 9:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.

• Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, February 21, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

• Ages 18-24 months: Friday, February 22, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Seedlings: Winter Greenhouse Gardens

Bring a little green indoors this winter as we use our hands to create a beautiful terrarium to take home.

• Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, January 30, 9:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.

• Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, January 31, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

• Ages 18-24 months: Friday, February 1, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Seedlings: Winter Wonderland

What happens in the garden under a blanket of snow? Discover what plants and animals do when it is cold outside.

• Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, January 16, 9:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.

• Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, January 17, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

• Ages 18-24 months: Friday, January 18, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Seeing in Black and White

Before we create photos in black and white, we must first learn to see and think in black and white. This class will be a look at the aesthetics and creative possibilities of digital black and white photography with a slight nod to the technical aspects of converting images to black and white.

Price: $47, $42 members

Instructor: Scott Dressel-Martin began his career as a photojournalist and has spent countless hours creating black and white images in the darkroom and on the computer. He is the official photographer of the Denver Botanic Gardens.


Sketching with Quill

In this guided workshop, reconnect with your love of sketching while falling in love with quill and ink! Discover the freedom of adding expressive lines and marks to quickly render the specimen. Gain confidence by drawing with diluted ink and quill, using combinations of lines and marks that suggest color, values and textures. Learn to “own your marks” and progress through the timed 30-minute sessions that will help build your drawing skills and increase your comfort level using quill and ink. All materials provided.


Prerequisite: Botanical Illustration in Pen and Ink I.


Fee: $300 member, $350 non-member.


Fri-Sun, May 31 – June 2, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Susan DiMarchi


Skin Spa

Learn to effectively make affordable skin care products that are all natural, garden fresh and excellent for your skin. There are many herbs growing here in Colorado that help clear, moisturize and revitalize your skin. There is plenty to take home after an afternoon in the kitchen. Make a rose skin serum. Learn the process of making a tulsi hydrosol. Finally, make a skin scrub with fresh lemon balm and a calendula honey mask made with bentonite clay.


Price: $82 public

Instructor: Blake Burger

Blake Burger s passion for plants began at a young age gardening in Illinois and only grew stronger once he moved to Colorado in 2000 and began hiking in the wilderness areas of Colorado. There, he began to cultivate a great curiosity and appreciation for the diverse flora found along the hiking trails. In 2007, he left his career as a food scientist and worked as a seasonal gardener for Denver Botanic Gardens. After one year, he was hired full time as a horticulturalist. Throughout his years at the Gardens he has worked with tropical plants, native plants, vegetables and herbs. After receiving his Herbalist Certification here in Denver, Blake immediately began working with the vast array of medicinal plants growing in the Gardens. He founded the Denver Medicinal Plant Society in 2015, created and maintains several medicinal plant beds at the Gardens  York Street location, and has laid the foundation for the Gardens  first Herbalist Certificate Program. As a certified yoga instructor, Blake has led more than 1,000 yoga classes over six years and created a nationally recognized yoga program here at the Gardens. Blake believes in a multifaceted approach to health and wellness: eat well, move your body, never stop learning, get outside and connect.


Spring Self Renewal Mini Retreat


Spring is a time of renewal and reawakening. Take some time off to discover herbal tonics, health boosting super foods and natural skin products you can make yourself. Learn simple self-care practices to regain balance and vibrant health. Bring home a soothing skin salve, a cleansing face mask and a detoxifying spring tonic along with recipes and lots of new ideas for becoming your best self. Super foods lunch and all materials included. Treat yourself!

Instructor: Susan Evans

Price: $69, $64 members

Photo credit: Smoobs

Starting Your Garden from Seed

Rocky Mountain Gardening Elective

Few things excite a gardener more than buying new plants for their gardens, especially if the plants are exotics, unusual or heirlooms. Second-only to the creation of new plants is the financial benefit of growing your own plants, whether flowers, herbs or vegetables.

This class will demystify the seed-starting process primarily focused to the novice gardener, but a good review of the best success tips if a more advanced gardener needs a refresher. Learn simple seed botany and the process of best practices for successful seed germination, successful transplanting, and seed collection and storage and cover some of the reasons seeds and seedlings fail.

After discussion, participants will get a hands-on demonstration and students will leave with seed trays and seeds to return home and practice what you have learned in class. This class will help you up your game to produce all the transplants you could possibly need and set you up for upcoming classes on spring and summer vegetable gardening and succession planting.


Instructor: Patti O'Neal

Price: $37, $32 members, includes $5 for materials.

Special Instructions: Each participant will get a seed tray for seed starting, with all necessary materials to get your garden going this year!

Image Courtesy of: photofarmer (flickr)

Sunrise Vinyasa Yoga at the Gardens

Looking for an amazing place to practice your yoga skills, how about the beautiful Denver Botanic Gardens?

Vinyasa yoga weaves beautiful movement with challenging postures, and cultivates a sense of peace and calm by the end of each yoga class. Practicing vinyasa yoga on a daily basis can improve posture, flexibility, and endurance. Beyond the physical benefits, yoga helps to bring a sense of clarity to challenging situations in life, reminds us to stay present and focused in an ever-changing environment, and can help us find happiness and contentment in our surroundings.

The postures practiced in this challenging class will promote alignment, flexibility, focus, endurance and help detoxify the body.


Instructor: Blake Burger

Skill level: All levels welcome

Price: $12, $10 members

Special Instructions: Please bring a mat, a towel and water. Walk-ins are welcome for members or non-members! Please bring cash if possible but credit cards are also accepted. Location will vary depending on temperature and time of year.



October 1, 2018- May 14, 2019 (7:30 - 8:30am): Enter through the gate on the east side of York St and yoga will be in the Morrison Center.

May 15, 2019 - September 30, 2019 (8 - 9am): Enter through the Pinon Gate on the west side of York St. In the late summer and fall, class will meet in the ampitheatre. When it is chilly, we will meet in the Orangery (front of the greenhouse complex). There will be signs starting from the after-hours entrance on the north side of the main entry that will direct participants.

October 1, 2019 - Dec 31, 2019 (7:30 - 8:30am): Enter through the gate on the east side of York St and yoga will be in the Morrison Center.



Photo: Perfecto Insecto (Flickr)


Sustainable Greenhouse Design

Rocky Mountain Gardening Elective

Have you ever wondered if a greenhouse that needs NO supplemental heating or cooling could be made? The answer is yes!

No more over-heating and freezing in all-glazed greenhouses. The sustainable design balances the use of thermal mass, glazing, insulation and sun angles to achieve the stabilization needed in our extreme climate without the use of fossil fuels. Learn how to design a sustainable greenhouse from the ground up, using salvaged or new materials to achieve the look and performance you want. You can also use these techniques to improve an existing greenhouse.

This class is a comprehensive look at how passive solar greenhouses work and covers topics such as how to orient the building, basic principles of passive solar design including the use of stored water as thermal mass, simple math formulas to help guide your design, a materials list and drawings and calculations for a 13’ x 15’ greenhouse.

In 2000, the Parmenters built their first greenhouse out of 90% recycled materials on top of an 8,120 ft. elevation decomposed granite mountain. Since then, they have designed and built many more and are ready to share what they have learned about state-of-the-art materials and cost-saving strategies. Lose yourself in a year round garden sanctuary.


Price: $160, $150 members

Instructors: Penn and Cord Parmenter are high altitude food growers. They live in the Wet Mountains in South Central Colorado and they apply a multitude of techniques to overcome the challenges of the high country. Their totally sustainable greenhouse provides food year round for them and their three boys.


Teaching Plant Science Through Math and Literacy

Plants can be used to teach math, literature, writing, and social studies, and this class will teach you how to do it! We’ll explore a variety of hands-on learning opportunities using garden and classroom plants to teach content requirements in a variety of subjects. Appropriate for K-6 teaches.

The Cook's Herb Garden Workshop and Dinner

Discover the numerous health and taste benefits of your own herb garden. We'll cover growing, harvesting and culinary uses of 7 of the most popular culinary herbs including marjoram, parsley, sage, rosemary, thyme, chives, basil and more.We'll make an all purpose garden seasoning blend and have a delicious herbal meal. Take home an herb blend and an extensive handout with recipes and growing instructions.


Instructor: Susan Evans

Price: $54, $49 members, $25 materials fee included

The Growing Classroom - how to successfully grow plants in your classroom

Have you always wanted to grow plants in your classroom but don’t have a green thumb? We’ll go over techniques to successfully grow plants indoors along with activities for students to learn about plants and planting. Appropriate for all classroom teachers.

$55 member, $65 nonmember.


One-half semester hour of graduate level relicensure credit from the Colorado School of Mines is available on the day of the class for an additional $40 (payable by check only).


The Poetry of Flowers

Poet Emily Dickenson wrote, “‘Nature’ is what we see—The Hill—the Afternoon—Squirrel—Eclipse—the Bumble bee.” The poetry of Ms. Dickenson easily paints vivid images in the artist’s mind. Working in graphite, colored inks and watercolor pencil, develop and complete an illustration inspired by Ms. Dickenson's garden poetry. Explore compositional layouts to include type or calligraphic lettering, and work with illustration techniques inspired by artist Dugald Stermer.


Prerequisite: Botanical Illustration in Watercolor Pencil I.


Fee: $260 member, $310 non-member.



Fri, June 7, 14, 21, 28, July 12, 6-9 p.m.

Instructor: Renee Jorgensen


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