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Trip - Wildflowers of the Rocky Mountain Region - Southern Rockies

 

Experience the wonders of the southern Rockies with two Denver Botanic Gardens horticulturalists and authors of  Wildflowers of the Rocky Mountain Region  (2018). This trip is based in Pagosa Springs, a popular destination with natural hot springs in the middle of town, a beautiful backdrop of the Rockies, a convergence of natural habitats and diverse flora. This trip includes three unique day trips that showcase a small portion of the diversity of the Pagosa area. Explore alpine, montane, steppe and riparian habitats; visit waterfalls and unique geological formations; and enjoy late season wildflowers. In the evenings, dine in local restaurants and breweries and relax in the hot springs.

 

Day 1: Travel Independently to Pagosa Springs

Group dinner and welcome at a restaurant in Pagosa Springs

Free time to visit the hot springs

 

Day 2: Scenic Drive and Hike

Scenic drive to trailhead

Wildflower hike: explore diverse plant communities and unique geology

Picnic lunch

Return to Pagosa Springs

Dinner: on your own

Talk given by a local expert on Pagosa Skyrocket

 

Day 3: Visit Historic Creede

Bachelor Historic Mining Loop - sightseeing and botanizing

Picnic in Creede’s city park or lunch at a local restaurant

Explore the town, shop, visit museums or take a short hike with views of area

Return to Pagosa Springs

Dinner: on your own

Free time to visit hot springs

 

Day 4: Return to Denver on your own

 

 

Price: $1,250, $1,100 member$500 deposite due by June 20 to reserve spot.

Guides: Mike Bone and Jen Toews

Additional Details:

Participants, plan to hike at least 4 miles in the elements.

Dinner on the first night and breakfast at the resort cafe on site is included. All other meals are on your own.

All participants will stay in a double occupancy room and will share a room at the Springs Resort and Spa. pagosahotsprings.com

24-hour access to the hot spring pools

Itinerary subject to change.

 

 

Tropical Trails Tour

Denver may be blanketed with snow, but the plants in the Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory enjoy a warm climate year-round. Enjoy the lush vegetation, vibrant flowers and warmth of the tropics as you stroll through the Gardens’ tropical collections. This is a one-hour tour led by experienced docents.

 

Price: $14, $12 member, $10 student

 

Special instructions: Tours are indoors. Please bring booking confirmation. Meet guide in the lobby of the Boettcher Memorial Center after entering through the Gardens main entrance.

 

Notes: Prices include admission to the Gardens. Tours with low registration are subject to cancellation.

 

 

Troubleshooting in the Vegetable Garden: If A Tomato Could Talk

Rocky Mountain Gardening Elective

If your vegetables could talk, they would tell you exactly how to care for them properly to prevent disease or insect invasion. The next best thing is for you to participate in this class and learn what insects and diseases attack your vegetable gardens and containers and what you can do about it.

Learn about organic and inorganic management strategies, how they work and how to correctly apply them. This class stresses integrated pest management, a concept that uses the least invasive methods of pest control first to keep food safe and delicious.

 

Instructor: Patti O'Neal

Price: $31, $26 members

Understanding and Teaching Global Food Issues

This multi-day workshop will support teachers interested in participating with their students in the World Food Prize Colorado Youth Institute through Colorado State University. At the World Food Prize Colorado Youth Institute, high school students will present a research paper doucumenting a global challenge and a solution to the challenge in a country of their choice. Topics covered will incude food systems, sustainable agriculture, the state of food security around the world, and scientific writing at the high school and early college lever. Curriculum used to teach these topics will also be covered.

Instructors include Dr. Sarada Krishnan, Director of Horticulture and Center for Global Initiatives at Denver Botanic Gardens and Brien Darby, Manager of Urban Food Programs at Denver Botanic Gardens.

 

Understanding Essential Oils

Essential oils have been around since the Ancient Egyptians, but in the last 20 years, they have become nearly a billion dollar industry. Learn why some plants produce essential oils and how the oils are sourced and produced. Scientifically, the compounds found in essential oils have importance in many areas. Discover some essential oil personal care uses.

 

Instructor: Judy Jehn, RMT

Price: $34, $29 members, includes $5 materials fee

Vegetable Gardening on the High Plains: Heirloom and Beyond

*all sessions are individual registrations, students can take the full series or individual classes based on your interest

$34, $29 member for each session

Session 1: Saturday April 6- Learn how to start your veggie garden entirely from seeds! This class covers seed-starting basics and home propagation techniques. Learn how to maximize garden space at home through efficient garden planning and how many of each variety to start based on your needs as well as the best ways to organize vegetable beds.

Session 2: Saturday June 8 – Learn the best way to plant your veggie garden and the basics of garden maintenance, including soils and fertilization, watering and pest management. Learn about crop selection and vegetable varieties that are well suited to the climate of Colorado’s front-range. Get your hands dirty practicing the basics of planting and garden soil prep in the garden.

Session 3: Saturday August 3 – Get the basics of harvesting from your veggie garden. Proper harvest techniques and ongoing plant maintenance (including trellising, pruning, etc.) are covered. Look ahead at how to extend the growing season and transition a vegetable garden into the autumn with hardy leafy greens and other fall crops.

 

Instructor: Michael Guidi

Michael is a horticulturist at Denver Botanic Gardens and oversees Mordecai Children’s Garden, a diverse garden showcasing Colorado life zones ranging from the plains to the alpine tundra; it also contains a demonstration vegetable garden. Rock gardening and native plants are his main area of interest, but he is passionate about growing food and urban agriculture. In the past, he has worked in hydroponic food production, greenhouse production and organic farming. Michael holds a B.S. in biology with a focus on plant physiology and ecology. He currently sits on the board of directors of the North American Rock Garden Society.

 

Location: Plains Conservation Center, 21901 E. Hampden Avenue, Aurora, CO 80013

 

Vines and Groundcovers

 

 

 

 

Vinyasa, Violins and Vino

Yoga with a twist. Enjoy vinyasa yoga, live violin music and a picnic! Relax in nature as Blake Burger, certified instructor and Gardens’ horticulturist, leads an hour-long class in the Gardens. Conclude the evening with a bring your own picnic and music performance. BYOB wine and beer is permitted.

 

Instructor: DBG's own horticulturalist and yoga instructor Blake Burger

Musician: Brittany Erickson is a classical violinist living in Denver, Colorado. She has performed chamber music and orchestral works across the country including with the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, The Curtis Institute, and the Harvard University Orchestra. By day, Brittany is an educator who supports school districts to design innovative new schools, and in her spare time, she can be found enjoying the Colorado mountains or tending her vegetable garden with her partner, John.

Price: $18 general public

Special Instructions: Please bring your own yoga mat, water, picnic and a beverage or adult beverage of your choosing. Please be sure to bring valid ID if consuming alcohol.

This is a rain or shine event, both the yoga class and picnic will be held under the clear tent and lights of the amphitheater. Class will begin promptly at 6:30pm, so please arrive early enough to get settled in.

Water Garden Society Water Blossom Celebration

This annual event features docent led tours of the water gardens, expert advice on all aspects of water gardening, and the chance to see the underside of a Victoria waterlily leaf up close. An assortment of carnivorous plants will also be on display. Included with admission.

 

Water Wise Landscape Planning for Non-Designers

Rocky Mountain Gardening Elective

This class will show you how to begin planning a landscape better suited to a dry climate AND your needs. While low water use plants are great, they’re only as good as how you use them in the garden. This class explains how to think through your landscape before you plant to insure success and a put-together look. It will help if you want to plant a landscape yourself or before hiring a designer/contractor to do the work for you. Take home materials give you a way to follow-through with the beginning thoughts you have in class and make your plan.

 

Instructor: Carl Wilson

Price: $50, $46 members, includes $5 for materials

Image: Courtesy of Winger Photography

What Made My Good Plant Go Bad?

Rocky Mountain Gardening Elective

Did the glorious beauty promised by the garden catalog, nursery salesperson or garden designer fall flat? You may be surprised that insects and diseases are NOT the main cause of problems in the garden. Gardeners have more control than they may think over many plant problems. As much as we do not like to think it, humans cause most of the issues in the garden; many of which result in an insect or disease problem as a secondary issue   NOT the first.  This provides an overview of the most common plant challenges and what you can do to prevent their annual recurrence. The course focuses on the root causes that eventually attracts pests and disease to your garden and what to do about it.

 

Price: $44, $39 members

Instructor: Patti O'Neal

 

Special Instructions: This class is a lecture and hands on lab. You may bring a sample of a plant or turf you want diagnosed to class. Registration confirmation includes info on how to collect a good sample.

White Blossoms

Do white blossoms on white paper leave you in a quandary? Don’t shy away from the challenge! See how other artists have solved this dilemma as you learn techniques to ease the execution. Begin with exercises in light, shade and composition. Demonstrations teach you how to use form and placement to your advantage. Working in your choice of watercolor or colored pencil, you’ll learn how to find the right colors for your white flowers and create a finished portrait of these most delicate petals.

 

Prerequisite: Botanical Illustration in Watercolor I.

 

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

 

Date(s):

Tue, June 11, 18, 25, July 2, 9, 1-4 p.m.

Instructor: Constance Sayas

 

Wild Foraging Mushroom Basics

Head to a secret location with wild mushroom enthusiast Michael Heim for a day trip/mushroom foray and a walk in nature. Gain a firm handle on the foundations of mushroom identification as you locate a variety of medicinal and edible fungi growing in the wild. Discuss mushroom anatomy and learn the skills for contrasting mushrooms that may be poisonous with those that may inspire a dinner party. Bring your field guides to unlock some nature! Return with a better understanding of what it means to hunt for mushrooms and maybe some fungi for tasting.

 

Price: $40, $35 member

Instructor: Michael Heim

Based in Boulder, Colorado, Michael Heim has led forays for Denver Botanic Gardens, the Center for Integrative Botanical Studies and the Boulder Living Arts School. In 2014 chefs from all over the U.S. joined Michael on a wild mushroom foray sponsored by the Chef's Collaborative Summit. That same year he presented at the annual Bioneers Conference, held at Colorado University, exploring the exciting topic of myco-remediation. He produced and facilitated a two-day medicinal mushroom workshop with revered herbalist Robert Rogers, author of  The Fungal Pharmacy.  In 2015 Michael studied lab technique and mushroom cultivation under Dr. Daniel Tura of Aloha Medicinals. He has taught mushroom cultivation classes for Boulder High Country Mushrooms, Cow Town Grangers, Botanica: A Festival of Plants and The Growhaus in Denver.

 

Special instructions: Please note, Mother Nature is a wild beast and we cannot guarantee the number or variety of the mushrooms we will find. Bring a positive attitude and your hiking apparel (i.e., long pants, hat, good footwear), as well as water, snacks and lunch. It may be possible that we will be walking at elevation and on varying groundcover for several hours. All participants should come prepared for weather in the high country.

- Capacity is strictly limited.

- We will meet promptly at the (TBD) meeting spot in order to arrange carpooling and to have a brief discussion on what to expect for the day.

- The class will be emailed should weather be an issue or be cause for cancellation; all students will be refunded should the weather not cooperate.

 

 

Wild Wednesday Hikes Through Colorado's Life Zones - Alpine

Loveland Pass

Spend the morning with a guide learning about Colorado's alpine life zone and searching for wildflowers. This hike will start off at Loveland Pass, a high alpine pass about 60 miles west of Denver. Here we will see several different alpine plant communities, including fell fields, dry and wet alpine meadows, and snow fields. Dozens of species of wildflowers will carpet the tundra in a short but magnificent display of color. The pass hosts moss campion, phlox, alpine forget-me-nots along with dozens of others. Afterwards, we will drive a few hundred yards down the road to Loveland Lake where riparian alpine wildflowers like Parry's primrose, gentians, and roseroot are plentiful. This hike will be moderate at 4 miles or fewer (in total).

 

This hike will take place at very high elevation, from 12,000 to 12,500 ft so be aware you may be short of breath and experience altitude-related fatigue at this elevation!

 

Price: $25, $20 member

Instructor: Michael Guidi

 

Michael Guidi joined Denver Botanic Gardens in 2017 as a horticulturist where he manages the native plant themed Mordecai Childre's Garden. Rock gardening and native plants are his main areas of horticultural interest, but he is broadly interested in alpine and aridland flora and ecology. Michael holds a B.S. in biology with a focus on plant physiology and ecology and currently sits on the board of directors of the North American Rock Garden Society.

Wild Wednesday Hikes Through Colorado's Life Zones - Foothills

Foothills Native Plants Hike

Spend the morning with a guide learning about the foothills life zone and searching for foothills wildflowers. This hike will occur at the JeffCo Open Space Park, Deer Creek Canyon, which is approximately a 27-mile drive from Denver. Deer Creek Canyon Park boasts diverse plant communities including Gambel oak groves, ponderosa pine forests, Douglas-fir forests, grasslands, and riparian. The park is one of the choicest locations to see wildflowers in late spring, including larkspur, Yucca, locoweed, several species of Penstemon and Astragalus. The participants will be provided with a plant list which includes scientific and common names of some of the plants that may be encountered on the hike. The hike itself is approximately 2.5 miles and is rated as moderate, due to a few steep, rocky sections.

 

Price: $25, $20 member

Instructor: Jen Toews

 

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 is an author of the recently published field guide Wildflowers of the Rocky Mountain Region (2018) and has developed content for and taught native plants classes at the Gardens. She holds a BA in Biology from Metropolitan State University of Denver, an MA in English from CU Denver, and is a Native Plant Master®. Outside of work Jen enjoys hiking and photographing Colorado's diverse plants and their habitats and writing about nature-themed adventures in her blog, Telesonix Times.

Wild Wednesday Hikes Through Colorado's Life Zones - Montane

Montane Native Plants Hike - Staunton State Park

Spend the morning with a guide learning about the montane life zone and searching for montane wildflowers. This hike will occur at Colorado's newest state park, Staunton State Park, which is approximately a 40-mile drive from Denver. This park showcases pine forests and mountain meadows and an array of wildflowers including several species of penstemon, wild currant, raspberry, and rose, wild geranium and iris. There is also an abundance of wildlife, several streams, unique geology, and one waterfall. The participants will be provided with a plant list which includes scientific and common names of some of the plants that may be encountered. This hike will be moderate and 4 miles or less.

 

Price: $25, $20 member

Instructor: Jen Toews

 

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 is an author of the recently published field guide Wildflowers of the Rocky Mountain Region (2018) and has developed content for and taught native plants classes at the Gardens. She holds a BA in Biology from Metropolitan State University of Denver, an MA in English from CU Denver, and is a Native Plant Master®. Outside of work Jen enjoys hiking and photographing Colorado's diverse plants and their habitats and writing about nature-themed adventures in her blog, Telesonix Times.

Wild Wednesday Hikes Through Colorado's Life Zones - Plains/Steppe

Green Mountain - William Frederick Hayden Park

Spend the morning with a guide learning about the plains life zone and the flora of Colorado's prairie wildflowers. This hike will take place at William Frederick Hayden Park which encompasses Green Mountain, a 6,800 foot mesa on the west side of Denver. Expect to see beautiful wildflowers including Oenothera, Astragalus, and Lupine as well as learn to identify some of the major grasses and shrubs of the plains life zone. This hike will take us to the summit of Green Mountain and along the way we will see different exposures and microclimates in which dramatically different plant communities exist; these ecotones (transitional biological communities) will represent a transition between plains and foothills flora. The participants will be provided with a plant list which includes scientific and common names of some of the plants that may be encountered on the hike. This hike is 6 miles in length with 500 feet of elevation gain.

 

Price: $25, $20 member

Instructor: Michael Guidi

 

Michael Guidi joined Denver Botanic Gardens in 2017 as a horticulturist where he manages the native plant themed Mordecai Children's Garden. Rock gardening and native plants are his main areas of horticultural interest but he is broadly interested in alpine and aridland flora and ecology. Michael holds a B.S. in biology with a focus on plant physiology and ecology and currently sits on the board of directors of the North American Rock Garden Society.

Wild Wednesday Hikes Through Colorado's Life Zones - Subalpine

 

Lake Isabelle

Spend the morning with a guide learning about Colorado's subalpine life zone and searching for wildflowers. Lake Isabelle is situated at 11,000 feet in the heart of the Indian Peaks Wilderness. Framed by Navajo, Apache, and Shoshoni peaks, this beautiful lake offers some of the most spectacular mountain scenery close to the front range. Just as spectacular are the abundant wildflowers along the trail and surrounding the lake. Along the way, the trail moves through subalpine forest of spruce and fir, crosses several wildflower-bordered streams, and eventually opens up to wide subalpine meadows surrounding the lake. Stands of bluebells, Penstemon, Erigeron, Paintbrush and Pedicularis will keep us busy on the 4.1 mile hike up to the lake.

 

This hike will take place at moderately high elevation, from 10,500 to 11,000 feet so be aware you may be short of breath and experience altitude-related fatigue at this elevation!

 

Price: $25, $20 member

Instructor: Michael Guidi

 

Michael Guidi joined Denver Botanic Gardens in 2017 as a horticulturist where he manages the native plant themed Mordecai Children's Garden. Rock gardening and native plants are his main areas of horticultural interest, but he is broadly interested in alpine and aridland flora and ecology. Michael holds a B.S. in biology with a focus on plant physiology and ecology and currently sits on the board of directors of the North American Rock Garden Society.

Workshop - Botanical Jewelry: Wearable Succulents

Spend the evening creating botanical jewelry with Cindy Anderson. Learn construction methods used by floral professionals and create jewelry and accessories with fresh products.

 

May - Succulent necklace & ring

July - Succulent headband & bracelet

 

Price: $60, $55 member

Instructor: Cindy Anderson

 

Cindy Anderson AIFD, CFD, PFCI is currently living in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  She started her floral training during her junior year of high school in San Antonio, Texas and continues to work in the floral business today as a Freelance Designer and Educator. Though not formally trained, she places a high value on the mentorship she received from florists in Texas, New York, Colorado, and Nevada while working in this industry.  She has also trained with floral designers in Europe.

Cindy traveled with her spouse who served in the Armed Forces and they spent seven years abroad.  That travel allowed her to work overseas and exposed her to floral design techniques used in Europe and Asia.  She has worked in many flower shops across the nation and has over 40 years of retail and event floral experience.

Cindy was inducted into American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD) in 2004, and Professional Floral Communicators International, (PFCI) in Sept 2011. She is currently a member of Floral Association of the Rockies, Society of American Florists.

Cindy most recently was Symposium Coordinator for the AIFD National Symposium X in Seattle 2017. She presented Tool Belt Diva at AIFD National Symposium in Las Vegas in 2013, co-presented California Natural at AIFD's 2011 Symposium, and co-presented a wedding luncheon at AIFD's 2009 Symposium. She has presented programs for wholesale houses, garden clubs, and floral associations. She has been sought out to design for many high-profile events and has been published in national magazines. She is currently working as a freelance designer and remains active presenting design programs and teaching design workshops.

Cindy has competed in several national and local competitions. She placed first in Society of American Florists Sylvia Cup in 2009, second in 2011 and 2005, first in Floral Association of the Rockies' Bridal Bouquet Competition in 2009, 2010 and 2011, and first in Colorado Retail Florists Association's Colorado Cup Competition in 2008 and Floral Association of the Rockies' Rocky Mountain Cup in 2012.

Workshop - Create a Foodie Container Garden

 

If you love to cook (or just eat!), then this workshop is for you. Join Matt Mattus, author of “Mastering the Art of Vegetable Gardening,” as he demonstrates how to create a customized container garden fit for a foodie. Participants customize their own mini food garden in a container guided by Matt’s expertise and leave with a beautiful and useful container of garden edibles planted with your favorite herbs, veggies and flowers.

 

Price: $37, $34 member

 

 

 

Matt Mattus is an American plantsman , author and plant collector. While most know Matt as the author of the award-winning gardening blog Growing with Plants (which has been featured in the pages of Martha Stewart Living, Better Homes and Gardens and House Beautiful). Matt is also the past president of the North American Rock Garden Society (NARGS) and a member of many plant societies.

His latest book, Mastering the Art of Vegetable Gardening (2019) examines both common and uncommon vegetables worthy for the home gardener. Rich with cultural tips, and professional advice for all levels of gardeners, the book is also a visual gem with hundreds of photos all taken by Matt.

Matt lives in Worcester, Massachusetts with his partner Joseph Philip, three Irish Terriers, rare poultry, fancy canaries and homing pigeons.

 

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