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Converting Lawn to Xeriscape

Rocky Mountain Gardening Elective

Do you want to beautify your landscape and save water at the same time?

Prepare to go into detail about how to replace some of your Kentucky bluegrass lawn with water-smart perennial and ornamental grasses, discuss soil types and irrigation adjustment requirements, and dream up some design ideas in this exciting class.

 

Instructor: Curtis Manning

Price: $29, $24 member

 

Photo: Winger Photography

Creating Flower Essence

Flower essences are a subtle yet powerful and versatile form of homeopathic herbal remedy. Learn to create two flower essences outside while discovering their unique energetic and therapeutic potential. Create a floral syrup and explore applications like sprays, libations, elixirs, baths and more! This class has us diving into fall gardening practices including sowing cool season crops, crop rotation, herbal fertilizing and extending the growing season.  

 

Price: $94 public

Instructor: Amberle Suski

Amberle is a Colorado native who has been working as a holistic healthcare practitioner in the Denver community for over seven years. She is trained and certified in community herbalism, permaculture design, reflexology, reiki and wellness coaching. Amberle aims to connect with people in need of support to enable them to mindfully, skillfully and confidently care for themselves, others and their environment. She believes that people flourish as they take ownership of their health and quality of life through tapping into education, intuition, empowerment, community, nature, spirit and sharing the highs and lows of life. She can be found farming, gardening, telling people way more than they wanted to know about plants and playing with plants in an unending variety of inspired ways! Her herbal products, integrative healing sessions, educational offerings and therapeutic gardening guidance and services are uniquely tailored by employing a variety of strategies such as bodywork, traditional spiritual healing, gems and essences, nature exploration, in-depth interactive research, DIY formulations, permaculture, regenerative growing, and plant-based foods and medicines.

 

Creative Basics of Photography-Classroom Session

 

 

 

 

Cub Scout Exploration Day

All levels of Cub Scouts are invited to spend a day at the Gardens exploring plants as they prepare for the changing seasons. Visit the Gardens with your pack or as a family and investigate the story a tree can tell, learn about soils, make a miniature worm compost bin and plant seeds to take home.

 

Scout Exploration Days offer scout troops the opportunity to explore plant-based themes through a variety of hands-on activities and take-home projects. Each Exploration Day offers several activity stations set up throughout the Gardens for groups to explore. Pack a picnic lunch and make a day of it!

 

Price: $12 per scout (includes admission to the Gardens). One adult (troop leader or parent) for every five scouts is admitted free of charge. Additional adults and non-participating siblings pay $7. Non participating siblings do not participate in the take home activities. If siblings want to participate please purchase a scout ticket.

 

Special Instructions: Activity stations will be located outdoors. On colder days or days with inclement weather programs will utilize the indoor spaces of the Gardens. We recommend the scouts dress in layers and bring a hat, water bottle and sunscreen with them. You will receive an email with check in information a few days before your scheduled visit.

 

Scout Exploration Day Refund Policy: Cancellations more than one week prior to the scheduled program are subject to a 15% cancellation fee. Cancellations with less than one week’s notice are non-refundable.

Day of Mindfulness

In this workshop you will learn or deepen your understanding of the practice of mindfulness through teachings and direct experience of sitting and walking meditation, mindful yoga, and body scan. Inspired by the secular teachings of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, this workshop is designed to offer an urban retreat day as a way to de-stress and re-capture the joy of living each moment fully.

 

Instructor: Janet Solyntjes, MA, has taught meditation and body awareness disciplines since 1984. She teaches Mindfulness -Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) in both non-profit and corporate settings internationally and is the co-founder of The Center for Courageous Living. Janet is an Adjunct Professor at Naropa University, a senior teacher for Shambhala International, and leads residential meditation programs at retreat centers in the US and Canada.

Price: $82, $72 members

 

Delicious Vegetarian

Discover the scrumptious side of international vegetarian cuisine! We’ll begin with a savory salad and continue with a delicious butternut squash curry, a spicy cashew veggie stir fry, a pesto and roasted veggie pizza and end with a sweet. Eat your veggies and love doing it! Recipes and full meal included.

Price: $60, $55 member

Instructor: Susan Evans

 

 

Photo Credit: WordRidden (Flickr)

Digestive System and Herb Allies

There is no denying the connection of optimal digestive function and overall health and vitality. This class covers the basic anatomy and physiology of the GI tract, common digestive complaints and their underlying etiology, and the proper and safe use of botanicals to address these issues. Also included are herbs, food and lifestyle practices to maintain optimal gut health. We sample a variety of delicious herbal preparations from the herbs discussed and each participant go home with a bottle of bitters.

 

Price: $52, public

Instructor: Cat Pantaleo

Cat is a holistic practitioner and wellness educator with 19 years of professional experience assisting people to achieve optimal physical and emotional health. Utilizing her skills as a certified herbalist, nutritionist, nature and forest therapy guide, and practitioner of nonviolent communication, she skillfully incorporates a combination of wellness practices into her work with the intention of empowering people to co-create optimal wellness for themselves and their communities. Currently, her focus is facilitating resilience, restoration and deep nourishment for body, mind and spirit through optimal nutrition, plant medicine and nature immersion. She offers a variety of community classes, plant walks and nature connection experiences, and is pursuing a master s degree in ecopsychology in alignment with her commitment to bridge the perceived gap between humans and the natural world for the benefit of both.

 

Digital Workflow for Photographers

Learn to create a solid digital photography workflow using Adobe LightRoom. This excellent program can help you organize your photo archives and process your images into exciting and personal images. Scott will take you from camera set-up through image output. All photography skill levels welcome. Some computer experience required.

 

Price: $47, $42 member

Instructor: Scott Dressel-Martin, official photographer for the Denver Botanic Gardens

Skill level: All photography skill levels are welcome. Some computer experience is required.

Drawing from Your Photos- Online with On-site Component

ONLINE WITH ON-SITE COMPONENT

There are times when a live specimen is simply not an option. Discover how to work from photographs to create a successful illustration long after the specimen is gone. Start with instruction on taking effective photos for reference and editing them for clarity. Learn techniques to interpret and alter composition, color and lighting that will avoid that literal “drawn from a photo” look. Create a lasting plant portrait in colored pencil from your photos.

 

Prerequisite: Botanical Illustration in Colored Pencil I.

Fee: $310 member, $405 non-member.

 

Date(s):

In-class sessions: Fri-Sat, June 21-22, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

**All assignments are to be completed no later than August 15, 2019**

Instructor: Susan Rubin

 

The Off-Site Learning Approach

Following the two-day concentrated classroom instruction, three internet sessions cover the remaining course elements. The successful completion of final artwork (a plate) one month (30 days) after the conclusion of the on-site session is the culmination of each of the distance learning courses.

 Students must use a scanner or digital camera to record their weekly achievements and email the high-resolution image to the instructor and the school manager. All student questions, as well as instructor answers, recommendations and suggestions are handled by email. The student must send a scan of the final plate to the instructor and the school manager in order to receive credit for the course.

 

Drawing on Tradition: Charles Rennie Mackintosh's Floral Designs

Artists should be true to themselves to cultivate an artistic expression born from within.”

Charles Rennie Macintosh (1868-1928), a well-known Irish architect, is best known for his exquisite architectural renderings and design work. However, throughout his life, especially after 1900, he concentrated on botanical subjects. Using a distinctive linear style, he focused on defining his floral subjects using simple contours and equally simple thin watercolor washes. In this class, break away from traditional botanical art formalities. Working from live cut specimens, practice the art of sketching and design. Inspired by the life and unique artistic approach of the artist, in-class demonstrations and exercises teach you how to turn form into pure and eloquent shape. Add simple watercolor washes to create a beautiful and distinctive graphite and watercolor flower plate.

 

 

Prerequisite: Botanical Illustration in Watercolor I.

 

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

 

Date(s):

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

Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt

 

Drawing on Tradition: Frida Kahlo's Botanicals

The femininity, grace and strength of Frida Kahlo resonate in her self-portraits. Whether it's because of the saturated colors or her pre-Columbian jewelry, outrageous pets or glorious tropical fruit, her work will endure.

Using mixed media to emulate her iconic style, we will surround portraits of ourselves (or a loved one) with the flora of Mexico using paint and embroidery. We will use a photo transfer method for the portrait component—no drawing or painting required.

 

Prerequisite: Entry-level color media in botanical illustration of your choice.

Fee: $270 member, $320 non-member.

 

Date(s):

Wed, Feb. 20, 27, March 6, 13, 20, 1-4 p.m.

Instructor: Meredith Feniak

 

Easy Drawing in the Gardens

Make drawing easier and more enjoyable by learning the basics of perspective, composition control and the use of reference points and lines. This approach can be sculptural in nature, starting with a large and basic composition and finishing with details. After classroom instruction, students move outdoors and practice the techniques by drawing and sketching in the Gardens.

Price: $44, $36 members

Instructor: Mitch Caster teaches drawing at the Art Students League of Denver, and before that, at Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design. He started his career as a news artist and courtroom illustrator. Mitch now works as a fine artist and shows his paintings in galleries in Colorado, New Mexico and Texas.

 

 

Enjoying Nature with Fountain Pens

Using fountain pens is a wonderfully different and relaxing way to write and draw, especially when combined with nature! This course will teach you the basics of using and maintaining a fountain pen. You will also have an opportunity to sample various types of pens, paper and ink to help you decide which you prefer. You’ll even receive a fountain pen and notebook that are yours to keep! Open to all skill levels. Lecture style class with a hands-on portion that allows students to try out different fountain pens, inks and papers.

 

Price: $49, $45 member

Instructor: John Bosley is a professional photographer in Denver, CO. He is also a long-time collector of fountain pens and is the creator of FountainPenLove.com, a site dedicated to people who love using, collecting and learning about fountain pens.

Evening 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. This class will be located in the Morrison Center (north end of the Children's Garden).

 

Photo: Perfecto Insecto (Flickr)

 

Exploits in Watercolor

Looking for an adventure with early summer flowers? Roll up your sleeves, put on your apron and load your brushes! Dab, charge, blend and bleed; explore the properties of watercolor while painting fruits and vegetables. Expand your watercolor skills as you learn the importance of water management in watercolor painting. Students will experiment by painting on heavyweight watercolor paper with large brushes. Maybe it’s time to step out of your comfort zone and advance your wet-on-wet painting skills. Then relax and drybrush your way to a refined-study painting.

 

Prerequisite: Botanical Illustration in Watercolor I.

 

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

 

Date(s):

Fri-Sun, June 14-16, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Constance Sayas

 

Exploratory Field Sketching

Calling all inquisitive minds! Do you enjoy wandering the Gardens and exploring fascinating plant species? Do you often wonder who pollinates certain plants? As a group, we’ll engage in discovery walks around the Gardens, observing the spring flowers that are just emerging. Each week, you’ll select one plant or flower that you find intriguing and you’ll create a series of field sketches to document every detail of your subject. Taking your findings into your studio, you’ll conduct research to identify the species, understand its taxonomy, and discover its scientific name and any information that you find interesting. Possible themes might include dissection studies, documenting unique anatomical features, describing the life cycle of the plant, exploring plant origin and ethnobotany, pollinator partnerships or any characteristic that captures your attention. Using this information, you’ll finish your page of field sketches at home to present in an informal storytelling session at the beginning of the next class. The class will include a tour of the Helen Fowler Library at the Gardens to explore resources for researching your subject.

Prerequisite: Botanical Illustration in Pen and Ink I or entry-level botanical illustration in color media.

 

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

 

Date(s):

Mon, March 25, April 1, 15, 22, 29, 1-4 p.m.

Instructor: Charlotte Ricker

 

Explore Mount Goliath's Weathered Beauty

We’ll continue documenting the wildflowers on Mount Goliath for future interpretational material. Mount Goliath is North America’s highest constructed rock alpine garden, with some 250 species of alpine and subalpine wildflowers and a grove of 1,600-year-old-plus bristlecone pines. You’ll start with a garden specialist, and you’ll have the opportunity to become familiar with the blooming wildflowers before selecting and sketching your specimen. The following week, we’ll return to the site and do some more documentation prior to our work in the classroom. You’ll choose your medium and work toward a future interpretational guide for the site.

 

Prerequisites: Botanical Illustration in Pen and Ink I, Botanical Illustration in Colored Pencil I or Botanical Illustration in Watercolor I.

Fee: $310 member, $370 non-member.

 

Date(s):

Wed, June 19, 9 a.m. – noon (Denver Botanic Gardens), June 26, July 3, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. (Mount Goliath Nature Center), July 10, 17, 24, 9 a.m. – noon (Denver Botanic Gardens)

Instructor: Randy Raak

 

Expressive Ink Essentials

Experience ink with a fresh flair. Step away from tradition to try new techniques. Trade your technical pen for a quill and brush and learn to express ink lines in a relaxed and painterly fashion. Demonstration and practice prepare you to start your own drawing. Build a progressive composition as you bring seasonal seedpods, barks and grasses to life, one at a time. Experiment with techniques for effectively depicting line, form and texture. Complete a dynamic botanical study and enjoy a fresh, fun way to approach this time-honored medium.

 

Prerequisite: Botanical Illustration in Pen and Ink I.

 

Fee: $250 member, $300 non-member.

 

Date(s):

Tue, May 7, 14, 21, 28, June 4, 1-4 p.m.

Instructor: Susan DiMarchi

 

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.

 

Instructor: Patti O'Neal

Price: $44, $39 members

 

Family Workshop: Leprechaun Gardens

Discover the legend of the leprechaun as you design and create a miniature garden to attract these  mischievous garden friends. Each child will create a container garden to take home.

Family Workshops at Denver Botanic Gardens are a great way for families to spend time together while discovering the beauty, diversity and importance of plants. Workshops offer families a hands-on opportunity to learn about the science and enchantment behind the plants in our everyday lives, create tasty treats from scratch and explore the natural world.

Classes are designed for families with children ages 5-10. Preregistration is required and class size is limited.

All adults attending the workshop must register for the program. Non-participating siblings do not participate in the activities.

Price: $12 non-member adult, $10 member adult; $17 non-member child, $15 member child

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