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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 encomapasses 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 - Edible Wild Foods Gourmet: Identification, Harvesting and Use of Wild Plants

Explore the fascinating world of wild edibles. We'll begin with with an herb walk, identifying local wild edibles. Discover the optimum nutrition and delicious tastes provided by plants usually weeded and tossed in the compost pile.

Back in the kitchen, participants prepare a delicious four course meal using common, nutritious wild plants, including nettle, chickweed, dandelion, lambs quarters and more. Enjoy an appetizer, wild salad buffet with chicken and veggie options, a savory soup, and a delicious wild foods pesto with pasta. Explore all the ways you can add wild edibles to your current recipes to boost nutrition and flavor. Recipes, lunch, and drink included. Discover the fun and benefits of eating on the wild side!

 

Instructor: Susan Evans

Price: $55, $50 members, $28 materials fee included

Special Instructions: Part of the class will be held outdoors; please dress accordingly for weather and bring water and sunscreen.

Workshop - Ethnobotanical Gems of Maya Wisdom from the Yucatan

 

In this hands-on workshop, learn some of the most important skills used by traditional Maya healers to bring about change and balance. We focus on medicinal plant  bundles  used for prayers for performing a cleansing, or  limpia,  and talk about traditional belief systems as they relate to the powers of plants to heal. Jose demonstrates and explains the ancient art of an  egg limpia  and how it can be used as a home remedy for those suffering from the effects of modern-day stress.

 

Price: $42, $37 member

Instructors: José Feliciano Ake Kinil and Shelley Torgove (as facilitator and translator)

JoséFeliciano Ake Kinilis a third generation, young but practiced, Maya healer and student who has made it his life s work to follow the rich traditions of the medicine people, herbalists and healers of the Yucatan. At eight years old, he started collecting medicinal plants in the jungle with his grandfather and mother, preparing traditional remedies and assisting them in their healing work. His first language is Maya and his second language is Spanish.

Shelley Torgove has been practicing and teaching both western herbal medicine and traditional healing practices in Denver for 25 years. She spent 10 years as the only apprentice and close friend of Jose s father, Daniel Pool Pech, who passed in 2016. Shelley has been a bridge both between father and son and between cultures. She currently teaches a women s herbal and ethnobotanical medicine program in Denver through Artemisia & Rue and leads herbal adventures to the Yucatan.

 

Workshop - Flower Crowns with a Bloom Ring

Be a queen for the day after designing a floral crown to be worn by YOU. Join Lisa Weddel and Laura Tonner, co-owners of Designs Inspired by You, for this fun floral design class. Leave with a crown and a ring made from floral blooms.

 

Price: $55, $50 member

Instructors: Lisa Weddel and Laura Tonner

 

Lisa Weddel AIFD PFCI has been in the floral industry for over 30 years. She has been active in all areas of the industry from designer, teacher to owner of several businesses. Lisa has a floriculture degree, is an Iowa Master florist, as well as being an accredited member of the American Institute of Floral Designers organization where she currently holds the position of President of the South-Central Chapter. In addition, Lisa has served on the Board of Trustees of the Professional Floral Communicators International as Chairman. This is an organization under the umbrella of the Society of American Florists.

Past floral accomplishments include designing at the prestigious Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, CA for over 16 parades as a designer as well as a team leader. She designed on the floral team for President George W. Bush's 2005 Presidential Inauguration and will have the honor to design at the Kentucky Derby this coming May.

 

Laura Tonner has enjoyed working in the floral industry for 5 years. Her favorite part has been designing for weddings and events, but she has done just about everything. She has experience is retail, deliveries and the day to day operations of a small flower shop. All of this has led to her latest endeavor as the co-owner of Designs Inspired by You, the first of its kind floral experience studio.

Laura has a floral certificate from a local design school, won an academic scholarship from FAR (Floral Association of the Rockies) and has attended the Rose Parade as a designer two years.

Workshop - Grab & Go Flower Arrangements

After buying flowers at the Farmers Market or your local grocer, what do you do with them? We will teach a few tricks of the trade to make yours look professional!

Leave with your very own vase arrangement.

 

Price: $60, $55 member

Instructors: Lisa Weddel and Laura Tonner

 

Lisa Weddel AIFD PFCI has been in the floral industry for over 30 years.  She has been active in all areas of the industry from designer, teacher to owner of several businesses. Lisa has a floriculture degree, is an Iowa Master florist, as well as being an accredited member of the American Institute of Floral Designers organization where she currently holds the position of President of the South-Central Chapter.  In addition, Lisa has served on the Board of Trustees of the Professional Floral Communicators International as Chairman.This is an organization under the umbrella of the Society of American Florists.

Past floral accomplishments include designing at the prestigious Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, CA for over 16 parades as a designer as well as a team leader.  She designed on the floral team for President George W. Bush's 2005 Presidential Inauguration and will have the honor to design at the Kentucky Derby this coming May.

 

Laura Tonner has enjoyed working in the floral industry for 5 years. Her favorite part has been designing for weddings and events, but she has done just about everything. She has experience is retail, deliveries and the day to day operations of a small flower shop. All of this has led to her latest endeavor as the co-owner of Designs Inspired by You, the first of its kind floral experience studio.

Laura has a floral certificate from a local design school, won an academic scholarship from FAR (Floral Association of the Rockies) and has attended the Rose Parade as a designer two years.

 

 

Workshop - Hand Tied Bouquets

Join Lisa Weddel and Laura Tonner, co-owners of Designs Inspired by You, to learn how to use flowers from your garden to design a beautiful bouquet. We will begin by designing an all-natural armature and then tying it into a bouquet using locally sourced blooms and our hands! This bouquet is very popular on the streets of Europe.

 

Price: $60, $55 member

Instructors: Lisa Weddel and Laura Tonner

 

Lisa Weddel AIFD PFCI has been in the floral industry for over 30 years.  She has been active in all areas of the industry from designer, teacher to owner of several businesses. Lisa has a floriculture degree, is an Iowa Master florist, as well as being an accredited member of the American Institute of Floral Designers organization where she currently holds the position of President of the South-Central Chapter.  In addition, Lisa has served on the Board of Trustees of the Professional Floral Communicators International as Chairman.This is an organization under the umbrella of the Society of American Florists.

Past floral accomplishments include designing at the prestigious Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, CA for over 16 parades as a designer as well as a team leader.  She designed on the floral team for President George W. Bush's 2005 Presidential Inauguration and will have the honor to design at the Kentucky Derby this coming May.

 

Laura Tonner has enjoyed working in the floral industry for 5 years. Her favorite part has been designing for weddings and events, but she has done just about everything. She has experience is retail, deliveries and the day to day operations of a small flower shop. All of this has led to her latest endeavor as the co-owner of Designs Inspired by You, the first of its kind floral experience studio.

Laura has a floral certificate from a local design school, won an academic scholarship from FAR (Floral Association of the Rockies) and has attended the Rose Parade as a designer two years.

Workshop - Home Mushroom Cultivation

 

This lecture and hands-on demonstration provides an understanding of the basic functional knowledge of a mushroom and its life cycle in the environment. Learn how fungi interact in the forest ecosystem, the categories of mushrooms and the range of suitable species for home cultivation. Each participant will receive a mushroom starter kit.

 

Price: $90, $85 member

Instructor: Michael Heim

Based in Boulder, Colorado, Michael 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.

 

Workshop - Modern European Constructed Centerpiece

Learn from Arthur Williams, owner of Babylon Floral Design, Inc., and create a re-useable sculptural base to showcase your blooms. Leave with a centerpiece perfect to display your garden and foraged flowers as a work of art.

 

Price: $65, $60 member

Instructor: Arthur Williams

 

Arthur Williams AIFD EMC CFD CPF is known for his floral headdresses and the use of natural tension in his work. With a background in gardening, sculpture, and photography, he entered the floral industry in 1996, and opened his own business, Babylon Floral Design, Inc., in 2004. One of the first seven people in Colorado to become a Certified Professional Florist, he is also a Certified Floral Designer at the national level. Arthur was inducted into the American Institute of Floral Designers in 2015 and just completed EMC in 2016. Active with the Floral Association of the Rockies and Ikebana International, Chapter 66, Arthur won the 2010 and 2015 Rocky Mountain Cup, making him Colorado Florist of the Year. The Fashion Group International of Denver gave him top honors in the Floral/Fragrance category of their Rising Star competition in 2013. Arthur has been featured in the 2012/13, 2014/15, 2016/17, and 2018/19 editions of International Floral Art, made the Spring 2013 cover of the French floral art magazine Nacre and is featured in the winter 2016 edition, has been in many Colorado publications, was profiled in the book 50-Mile Bouquet and is currently a contributor for Florist Review Magazine. The Human Flower Project requested his work for its presentation at the Denver Botanic Gardens in 2011, where he transformed live models into human flowers. In 2012, downtown Vancouver was home to the NEOflora pop-up boutique, where Arthur joined Hitomi Gilliam AIFD and other floral artists to create a floral art space for one week -- a studio during the day, and a runway at night. Arthur was featured by the Denver Art Museum through it's Creative in Residence program in 2015 where he had a month long rotating gallery installation program complete with pop up workshop, interactive performance art and tag along public tours. Most recently Arthur placed Bronze at the World Flower Garden Show at Huis Ten Bosch, Sasebo Japan.

Workshop - Modern European Floral Armatures

When it comes to floral design, some vases seem more challenging than others. Learn from Arthur Williams, owner of Babylon Floral Design, Inc., how to create and utilize handcrafted structures to make arrangements in those difficult  vases works of art. Using natural materials, you will create a stunning modern armature to showcase your arrangement.

Special Instructions: Students will need to bring a 'difficult' vase from home (i.e. clear glass, black, gray, or white palette)

 

Price: $60, $55 member

Instructor: Arthur Williams

 

Arthur Williams AIFD EMC CFD CPF is known for his floral headdresses and the use of natural tension in his work. With a background in gardening, sculpture, and photography, he entered the floral industry in 1996, and opened his own business, Babylon Floral Design, Inc., in 2004. One of the first seven people in Colorado to become a Certified Professional Florist, he is also a Certified Floral Designer at the national level. Arthur was inducted into the American Institute of Floral Designers in 2015 and just completed EMC in 2016. Active with the Floral Association of the Rockies and Ikebana International, Chapter 66, Arthur won the 2010 and 2015 Rocky Mountain Cup, making him Colorado Florist of the Year. The Fashion Group International of Denver gave him top honors in the Floral/Fragrance category of their Rising Star competition in 2013. Arthur has been featured in the 2012/13, 2014/15, 2016/17, and 2018/19 editions of International Floral Art, made the Spring 2013 cover of the French floral art magazine Nacre and is featured in the winter 2016 edition, has been in many Colorado publications, was profiled in the book 50-Mile Bouquet and is currently a contributor for Florist Review Magazine. The Human Flower Project requested his work for its presentation at the Denver Botanic Gardens in 2011, where he transformed live models into human flowers. In 2012, downtown Vancouver was home to the NEOflora pop-up boutique, where Arthur joined Hitomi Gilliam AIFD and other floral artists to create a floral art space for one week - a studio during the day, and a runway at night. Arthur was featured by the Denver Art Museum through it's Creative in Residence program in 2015 where he had a month long rotating gallery installation program complete with pop up workshop, interactive performance art and tag along public tours. Most recently Arthur placed Bronze at the World Flower Garden Show at Huis Ten Bosch, Sasebo Japan.

Workshop - Seasonably Chic Floral Design

Arthur Williams, owner of Babylon Floral Design, Inc., will teach you how to create natural flower support structures to design stunning arrangements. As autumn approaches, this class will combine fresh and dried materials in unexpected ways.

 

Price: $60, $55 member

Instuctor: Arthur Williams

 

Arthur Williams AIFD EMC CFD CPF is known for his floral headdresses and the use of natural tension in his work. With a background in gardening, sculpture, and photography, he entered the floral industry in 1996, and opened his own business, Babylon Floral Design, Inc., in 2004. One of the first seven people in Colorado to become a Certified Professional Florist, he is also a Certified Floral Designer at the national level. Arthur was inducted into the American Institute of Floral Designers in 2015 and just completed EMC in 2016. Active with the Floral Association of the Rockies and Ikebana International, Chapter 66, Arthur won the 2010 and 2015 Rocky Mountain Cup, making him Colorado Florist of the Year. The Fashion Group International of Denver gave him top honors in the Floral/Fragrance category of their Rising Star competition in 2013. Arthur has been featured in the 2012/13, 2014/15, 2016/17, and 2018/19 editions of International Floral Art, made the Spring 2013 cover of the French floral art magazine Nacre and is featured in the winter 2016 edition, has been in many Colorado publications, was profiled in the book 50-Mile Bouquet and is currently a contributor for Florist Review Magazine. The Human Flower Project requested his work for its presentation at the Denver Botanic Gardens in 2011, where he transformed live models into human flowers. In 2012, downtown Vancouver was home to the NEOflora pop-up boutique, where Arthur joined Hitomi Gilliam AIFD and other floral artists to create a floral art space for one week -- a studio during the day, and a runway at night. Arthur was featured by the Denver Art Museum through it's Creative in Residence program in 2015 where he had a month long rotating gallery installation program complete with pop up workshop, interactive performance art and tag along public tours. Most recently Arthur placed Bronze at the World Flower Garden Show at Huis Ten Bosch, Sasebo Japan.

Yoga with Crystal Singing Bowls

Join yoga instructor Blake Burger as he leads a concise and therapeutic yoga class to promote strength and flexibility. After toning and stretching the body with Asana, rest in savasana and enjoy the therapeutic vibrations of crystalline singing bowls. These singing bowls are believed to create a harmonization between their vibration and that of the person, promoting balance, calming energy, and relaxation.

 

Price: $18, $15 member

 

Your Constitution and Why It Matters

Many of us have been taught to look at plants from the typical “this for that” approach. In this class we look at the underlying nature of various plant remedies and how they affect three primary constitutional types found in people around the world.

 

Price: $52, public

Instructor: Monticue Connally

Monticue Connally is an African American plant healer, herbalist, music artist and certified reiki master. He is also the co-owner of Jiridon Apothecary, a pop-up herbal entity offering great teas and other natural products to aid in the healing of body, mind and spirit. He teaches classes and leads local herb walks. His enthusiasm and charismatic demeanor make him pure fun to learn from. Intuitive wisdom combined with a deep working knowledge of plants makes him a practitioner skilled in meeting people where they are.

 

Gift of Individual Plus

**Gift memberships take up to 72 hours to be activated. Please allow 7-10 business days for the gift packet to be mailed to your gift recipient. Only memberships purchased on or before December 12th are guaranteed delivery prior to December 25th.**

If you are renewing a gift membership click here

 

 

1 membership card (Only valid for named card holder)

2 people admitted per visit (Card holder + 1 guest)

Advance ticketing for Summer Concert Series (Day 5)

2 complimentary tickets to Blossoms of Light at York Street

3 one-time use guest passes

Entry to our Member Mornings where the Gardens are open just to members

Subscription to the Gardens' quarterly printed magazine

Receipt of our monthly Botanic Buzz e-newsletter

 

Individual Plus

1 membership card (Only valid for named card holder)

2 people admitted per visit (Card holder + 1 guest)

Advance ticketing for Summer Concert Series (Day 5)

2 complimentary tickets to Blossoms of Light at York Street

3 one-time use guest passes

Entry to our Member Mornings where the Gardens are open just to members

Subscription to the Gardens' quarterly printed magazine

Receipt of our monthly Botanic Buzz e-newsletter

 

Friends & Family

2 membership cards

6 people admitted per visit (Including card holders)

Advance ticketing for Summer Concert Series (Day 4)

2 complimentary tickets to Blossoms of Light at York Street

3 one-time use guest passes

Entry to our Member Mornings where the Gardens are open just to members

Subscription to the Gardens' quarterly printed magazine

Receipt of our monthly Botanic Buzz e-newsletter

 

 

 

Gift of Friends & Family

**Gift memberships take up to 72 hours to be activated. Please allow 7-10 business days for the gift packet to be mailed to your gift recipient. Only memberships purchased on or before December 12th are guaranteed delivery prior to December 25th.**

 

 

 

If you are renewing a gift membership click here

 

 

2 membership cards

6 people admitted per visit (Including card holders)

Advance ticketing for Summer Concert Series (Day 4)

2 complimentary tickets to Blossoms of Light at York Street

3 one-time use guest passes

Entry to our Member Mornings where the Gardens are open just to members

Subscription to the Gardens' quarterly printed magazine

Receipt of our monthly Botanic Buzz e-newsletter

 

Member Guest Pass

Members - redeem your guest passes online and don't wait in line!

Valid for regular daytime admission only. Not valid for specially ticketed events including Blossoms Of Light

After redeeming your guest passes online, they will arrive as an attachment in an email. Print and bring those with you to the Gardens.

The passes are not date specific. Use them whenever you would like.

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