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Family Workshop: Plants in Your Pizza

You can put almost anything on a pizza! Discover this favorite Italian dish and the plants that make it possible. Make a mini pizza to taste in class and plant a pizza herb garden to take home.

Family Workshops at Denver Botanic Gardens are a great way for families to spend time together while discovering the 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

Family Workshop: Winter Fairies

Join us as we create miniature lands for mystical garden friends. Discover which plants fairies prefer as you design, plant and landscape a tiny oasis for a fairy. Each child can 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 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

 

Fearless Shrub Pruning

Rocky Mountain Gardening Elective

Learn how to prune both deciduous and evergreen shrubs for long term plant health and appearance in this class. Various types of pruning and the situations where they are appropriate will be illustrated. An emphasis will be placed on flowering shrubs and how to prune them for best bloom. For people with overgrown shrubs, rejuvenation pruning to reduce size and reinvigorate growth will be of interest.

Instructor: Carl Wilson, Denver horticulturist, speaker and retired CSU Extension Agent.

Price: $33, $28 members

 

 

 

Feeding Communities, An Introduction to Urban Farming

The Feeding Communities course provides an overview of all the skills necessary to plan and manage an urban agriculture project ranging in size from a backyard garden to a multi-acre city lot. Included in this course are lessons on design, soil prep, tool usage, seed starting, pest and diseases, harvesting, and next steps. All lessons are taught by professionals in the urban agriculture field.

Instructor: Brien Darby has worked for the Denver Botanic Gardens for over five years both in the greenhouses and as the urban agriculture specialist. She is passionate about vegetable growing, composting, and sustainability. In addition to serving on the board of directors for the American Community Gardening Association, Brien serves locally on the Colorado Food Guild and the Denver Local Food Shift committee. Before working for the Botanic Gardens, Brien worked as the farm manager for 63rd Street Farms in Boulder, CO and attended college at Naropa University, also in Boulder, CO.

Price: $95, $85 members

Special Instructions: 1.5 semester hour of graduate level relicensure credit from the Colorado School of Mines is available on the day of the class for an additional $85.

 

 

 

Figure Drawing

With a live model in class, learn a structural approach to drawing the figure: how to capture gesture, understand human proportions and model the form.

 

Price: $52, $44 member

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.

Food: Recipes for Healing and Healthy Living

One of the most potent, practical and preventative forms of plant remedies is thoughtfully grown and prepared food. Join us as we harvest and dry herbs from the garden that we also use to make delicious foods like pesto, pickles and krauts! We discuss microbiomes, vital vitamins, minerals and probiotics to be aware of, as well as nutrient-dense herbs that are sure to supply them plentifully while providing other benefits. We explore the culinary world and incorporate herbs in every bite and sip of smoothie, juice, broth, soup, seasoning, marinade, sauce, ferment, dessert, salad, baked good and beyond!

 

Price: $145, public

Instructor: Amberle Suski and Cynthia Farris

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.

 

Cynthia Farris designs personalized nutrition and lifestyle programs for nature lovers wanting to heal digestive and immune issues naturally. Many of these approaches honor the simple, close-to-the-earth approaches of our ancestors. She believes that good health begins with a joyful gut, which is created through gentle and easy-to-incorporate daily practices. Trained as a functional nutritionist, she focuses on root cause-resolution of symptoms resulting in happy bellies, vibrant energy, uplifted mood and sustainable wellness. She holds certifications in functional nutrition and lifestyle practices, fermentation and transformational coaching, is a board certified holistic health coach and certified gluten practitioner. For more on Cynthia and her services, please see www.TheGutCoach.com.  

 

Formulating with Herbs

This class is a culmination whereby students put into practice what they have learned. We explore the art of combining herbs to make effective and good tasting formulas, both in tincture and tea form. Pertinent to the conversation is botanical safety and dosage strategies, and students learn basic interview and assessment skills and apply them to mock case studies.

 

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.

 

Garden Guru Tour

Immerse yourself in the Gardens with a horticulturist as your guide. Gain insight into living museum collections and walk away with gardening tips from an expert. Please note that every tour has its own emphasis and is led by a different horticulturist.

 

February 7, 2 p.m.: Orchids with Nick Snakenberg, Curator of Orchids/Greenhouse

March 28, 10 a.m.: Spring Garden Preparation with Dan Johnson, Associate Director of Horticulture and Curator of Native Plants

 

Price: $17, $15 member

 

Special instructions: Tours can be both indoors and outdoors; dress accordingly for the weather. Water, sunscreen and sunglasses are recommended. Please bring booking confirmation. Meet guide in the lobby of the Boettcher Memorial Center after entering through the Gardens main entrance. Tours are one hour long.

 

Notes: Prices include admission to the Gardens. Tours with low registration are subject to cancellation. These tours are not available for private parties.

Garden Harvest and Roots

Fall is the perfect season for connecting with roots. We spend time grounding and digging medicinal roots in the garden, discussing seasonal energy patterns, preventative care, digging tools & good practices regarding harvesting roots. Fall can also be chaotic and stressful, so we will make immune-boosting, sickness-fighting, stress-combatting remedies like cough syrup, adaptogenic root beer and kombucha. Many of the roots we learn about contain inulin, so a discussion of prebiotics, digestive health, fermentation and immunity is explored as well.

 

Price: $52 public

Instructor: Amberle Suski and Cynthia Farris

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.

Cynthia Farris designs personalized nutrition and lifestyle programs for nature lovers wanting to heal digestive and immune issues naturally. Many of these approaches honor the simple, close-to-the-earth approaches of our ancestors. She believes that good health begins with a joyful gut, which is created through gentle and easy-to-incorporate daily practices. Trained as a functional nutritionist, she focuses on root cause-resolution of symptoms resulting in happy bellies, vibrant energy, uplifted mood and sustainable wellness. She holds certifications in functional nutrition and lifestyle practices, fermentation and transformational coaching, is a board

 

Garden to Glass, Summer Drinks and Tapas Workshop

Learn how to make the most of your summertime libations. Participants learn to make refreshing aqua frescas, extraordinary elixirs, and sensational syrups made from fruits and herbs from the garden and summer markets. Become your own mixologist and dazzle your family and guests with custom crafted cocktails and delicious thirst quenchers. Create delecious tapas to go along with drinks. Add some sparkle to those summer gatherings! Handout with recipes, drink samples, and tapas included.

 

Instructor: Susan Evans

Price: $65, $60 members, $28 included for materials

Special Instructions: Cooking class, plant list with growing hints, beverage and tapas tasting and take home fruity shrub concentrate and bitters. No alcohol will be served.

Image: Courtesy of Amy Stewart

 

Gift of Individual

**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)

1 person admitted per visit (card holder)

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

 

Girl Scout Exploration Day - Household Elf

Be a green Girl Scout! Learn about ways to save energy, explore water-smart garden plants, create reusable items, and plant an air-purifying house plant to take home with you. This program is designed for Brownie level Girl Scouts.

 

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: To accommodate a larger number of scouts and improve your group’s experience we are offering 2 admission times. Activity stations will be available to your group from the admission time you choose until 2:00pm.

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.

Glorious Poppy Portraits in Transparent Acrylics

Poppies are some of the most loved and cherished plants in our gardens: delicate, intricate and perfect for capturing in a transparent medium. Although transparent acrylic looks like watercolor, the damp-on-damp technique offers a more controlled and methodical application process. After a guided field trip to see the blooming poppy varieties at the Gardens, select a specimen of your choice. Back in the classroom, step-by-step instructions, demonstrations and exercises provide the necessary skills for you to build washes, colors, textures and details for a final poppy portrait.

 

Prerequisite: Botanical Illustration in Watercolor I.

 

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

 

Date(s):

Tue, June 11, 18, 25, July 2, 9, 9 a.m. - noon

Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt

 

Gouache

Expand your water media repertoire! Gouache (pronounced “gwash”) is similar to watercolor. Composed of opaque pigments thickened with gum arabic, gouache differs from watercolor in its higher pigment content, more brilliant light-reflecting quality and opacity, which allow you to paint over mistakes. By varying its application, gouache can be transparent or opaque, and you’ll learn to choose the best approach for your subject. Through demonstration and practice, discover the methods for applying gouache to create a finished botanical plate from a live specimen.

 

Prerequisite: Botanical Illustration in Watercolor I.

 

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

 

Date(s):

Thu, Feb. 21, 28, March 7, 14, 21, 1-4 p.m.

Instructor: Charlotte Ricker

 

Graphite Techniques for Scientific Illustration with Rogerio Lupo

Graphite Techniques for Scientific Illustration with Rogério Lupo

Beautiful artwork is created with value—the degree of light and dark in a specific subject. Working in pencil, you'll develop values and master seamless gradations from the lightest lights to the darkest darks without the usual graphite sheen. A simple exercise will train each student to draw incredible detail using practical rendering of textures and different colors of objects represented as shades of gray; to recognize luminosities, reflections and contrasts; and to execute useful and fast forms to render hairs and thorns. Each participant will design a composition and begin an original work using tricks to draw viewers’ eyes to the focal point. Value training will improve artwork in any medium, but drawing in graphite is so much fun!

Fee: $360 member, $410 non-member.

Prerequisites: Botanical illustration in Light on Form or intermediate skills in graphite.

Date(s): Fri-Sun, April 5-7, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Instructor: Rogério Lupo

Rogério Lupo is one of the finest contemporary scientific illustrators in the world, with many top awards from prestigious institutions. He was born in São Paulo, Brazil, and has been teaching biological illustration since 1998. He earned a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from the University of São Paulo and has studied art at Escola Clássica de Arte (Classical School of Art), São Paulo. He works in a variety of media, always aiming to share his experience with didactical material available for free on the Internet. He was awarded the first prize in the Margaret Mee National Contest (Brazil) in 2002 and 2003, black-and-white category, and the first prize in the 2010 and 2013 Margaret Flockton Award for Excellence in Scientific Botanical Illustration (Australia).

 

Great Perennial Grasses

Rocky Mountain Gardening Elective

 

No other group of plants responds to the strong light and wind of the west like ornamental grasses. Harking to our natural prairie and chaparral communities, grasses create a sense of place and are also important in the lifecycles of native creatures. Many grasses are highly sustainable, requiring little input of water, fertilizer, and care. Lauren will discuss both adapted exotic and native North American grasses and show inspirational examples of their incorporation in garden settings, including her passion, steppe- and prairie-style plantings.

 

Instructor: Lauren Springer Ogden is a long-time instructor at DBG and internationally known garden designer, author, and speaker. She designed several gardens at DBG, including the popular WaterSmart Garden, and most recently the new native Visitors Center gardens at Chatfield Farms.

 

Price: $31, $26 members

Image: Courtesy of col&tasha (flickr)

 

 

Growing Food in Raised Vegetable Garden Beds

It has never been easier to grow your own food and there is no easier way than in a raised vegetable garden bed!

Join me to learn about how to build your raised bed and look at raised beds we've built in the Denver metro area. We will also discuss soils to fill the beds and methods of irrigating your vegetables. Finally, top that off with real tried and true tips on which vegetables to grow and how to grow them! Seriously, you couldn't find a more comprehensive course on raised vegetable gardening . . .

 

Price: $29, $24 members

Instructor: Curtis Manning

 

Growing Food in the High Mountains

Rocky Mountain Gardening Elective

You can grow food in the mountains! Cord and Penn Parmenter are determined to say ‘yes’ to mountain gardeners. Wind, hail, deer, bears, extreme temperatures -- they’ve heard it all. The Parmenters have been growing organic food at 8,120 ft. elevation since 1992 and their techniques and experiences apply to all of Colorado’s elevations and hardships. The mountains have a long history of providing a large amount of food for the state. This class covers many great foods that thrive in the mountains’ cool weather, wind proof season extenders, hail covers, raised bed preparation, compost options against bears, crop rotation, companion planting, succession planting, vegetables for the shade, mulching, seed saving and more. Altitude doesn’t matter; this class is designed to help all gardeners overcome the wild, wild, west. The Parmenters also touch on their successful, totally sustainable water-storage solar greenhouses and vegetable seed starting using recycled materials.

Can’t you just taste those fresh, mountain grown succulent greens, beans, squash, bok choi, and yes, even tomatoes, sweet corn and pumpkins!

 

Price: $59, $52 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.

 

Growing Roses in Colorado - Planning a Rose Garden

Rocky Mountain Gardening Elective

Just about everyone grows a rose bush or two. Congress designated the rose as America’s national floral emblem in 1986. The popularity of growing roses began thousands of years ago and continues today. The rose growing series offered by American Rose Society Consulting Rosarians and experts from the Denver Rose Society will cover how to grow healthy, easy care beautiful roses for years to come. The series covers secrets to successful rose growing, no pain pruning, versatile shrub roses, fragrant roses, and winter care. Choose one class or take them all and come away with confident rose growing skills and greater appreciation for the “Queen of Flowers.”

Roses grow great in Colorado! Many rose varieties thrive in our region, and can fill your garden with beautiful blooms, color and fragrance. Let one of our experienced rosarians with the Denver Rose Society lead you through the basics of growing roses, how to plant, fertilize and water. We’ll cover healthy practices for growing happy and vigorous roses through the season. You’ll leave the class with the know-how to make roses the Queen of Flowers in your garden!

Instructor: Denver Rose Society

Price: $32, $27 members

Growing With Gratitude

This class is an exploration of Naikan, or "looking inside." Explore practical ways to become more aware of blessings that often go unseen even when in plain view. Take home exercises to help open heart and mind to the peace available in our worlds.

 

 

Price: $18, $15 member

Instructor: Carol O'Dowd, MPA, M.Div., RP

Carol O'Dowd is a Certified Mindfulness Instructor and Registered Psychotherapist, certified in Japanese Methods of Psychology. She is trained in Ikebana (Japanese flower arranging) and has completed Naikan retreats. She is currently studying Horticultural Therapy uses therapeutic horticulture techniques in her Psychotherapy practice.

Special Instructions: Bring with you a journal or notepad and writing utensil.

 

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