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Human | Nature: Figures from the Craig Ponzio Sculpture Collection Tour

Human | Nature: Figures from the Craig Ponzio Sculpture Collection presents sculptures that explore the human form in both classical and abstract styles, from the early 20th century to today. Featured artists hail from around the world and include Eric Fischl, Jacques Lipchitz, Sassona Norton, Beverly Pepper, Auguste Rodin, and Manolo Valdés.

From sculpture to selfies to dance, the power of the human figure conveys and conjures a range of emotions. Human | Nature shares the expressive capacity of the human form against the backdrop of the Gardens’ diverse botanical environments.

Explore the sculptures with a docent who can share information about the artists and their styles as well as stories behind the sculptures.

 

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

 

Special instructions: Tours are 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.

 

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

Ikebana International - Denver Chapter Show

View about 30 arrangements made by the Ikebana Society, as well as a large group display. Ikebana is the art of arranging flower stems, seed stalks, branches, grasses and leaves in harmony with each other. Included with admission.

 

Improve Your Handwriting Skills

Handwriting is becoming a lost art since email and text messaging have become our primary written communication methods. Researchers suggest that developing writing skills will aid the visual identification of graphic shapes. This workshop will teach you how to develop and improve your handwriting skills while exploring simple methods to improve your penmanship. With practice, you will be able to make neater writing a habit.

No prerequisites.

Fee: Member $260, Non-Member $310

Date(s):

Tue, May 7, 14, 21, 28, June 4, 6-9 p.m.

Instructor: Renee Jorgensen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Individual

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

 

Infusions and Nutritive Herbs Part One and Two

Learning the basics of infusing herbs is an important stepping stone on the path to becoming a great herbalist. The valuable information provided in this class creates a foundation for making herbal remedies at home. Learn about water, vinegar, oil, honey and witch hazel infusions and which herbs are best for infusing. We also discuss the benefits of nutritive herbs. Nutritive herbs are high in vitamins and minerals, feed gut flora and provide deep nourishment for the body, mind and soul.

 

Price: $94, public

Instructor: Blake Burger

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

 

Internal Skin Remedies Using Herbs

These days we are bombarded with ads for lotions, creams and washes that claim to promote skin health. The truth is that the health of the skin is more often a reflection of what’s going on inside of the body. We look at the skin, liver and power foods and balancers of the herbal kind that bring health and clarity to the surface!

 

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.

 

Intro to Beekeeping

 

If you’re thinking about starting a beehive or are just curious about what’s involved with keeping bees, then this is a great introductory class for you. Tracy will teach you how honeybees live, discuss different hive designs, tell you how to get started as a beekeeper, and give you an idea of the beekeepers year. A handout will be provided with a list of suggested reading, supportive resources, including local beekeeping groups.

 

Instructor: Tracy Bellehumeur has been raising bees for 9 years using natural methods in Langstroth and top bar hives in the mountains west of Boulder. She is an advocate and educator for helping all bees, native and honey bees, and works with the City of Boulder to help organize Pollinator Appreciation Month. She is also the beekeeping instructor for Growing Gardens in Boulder and teaches for the Boulder County Beekeepers Association, specializing in honeybee pests and diseases. More information can be found at BeeChicas.com.

Price: $41, $36 member

Introduction to Botanical Illustration

Start at the beginning. Whether you’ve had no experience with drawing or have forgotten what you learned way back when, this is the class for you. Learn drawing basics step by step in this gently paced course. Carefully explained demonstrations, simple exercises and helpful critiques will show you how to draw what you see. Build your drawing skills to enter the School of Botanical Art and Illustration with confidence.

No prerequisites. Note: If you have had some drawing experience, please go directly to Botanical Illustration in Pencil I.

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

Date(s):

Thu, Feb. 21, 28, March 7, 14, 21, 9a.m.- noon

Instructor: Renee Jorgensen

 

Date(s):

Fri-Sun, May 17-19, 9a.m.- 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Renee Jorgensen

 

Introduction to the Herbalism Certificate Program

A welcoming class that reviews what the program consists of, expectations for students, attendance, schedule and materials.

 

Price: $10, Public

Instructors: Blake Burger, Monticue Connally, Cat Pantaleo, Raven Rose, Amberle Suski, Kimberly Thompson

 

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

 

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.

 

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.

 

Raven is a menstrual health herbalist who intertwines Western herbalism with traditional healing practices. At her practice, Moon Medicine, she addresses menstrual and hormonal issues, from fibroids to hot flashes. Raven has studied herbalism, nutrition and spiritual healing in the United States, Mexico and Peru. Her teachings are focused on natural healing through the integration of herbalism with emotional and spiritual healing. Catch her in a class on herbs for hormonal balance or connecting with plant spirits.

 

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.

 

Kimberly

 

has spent the last 19 years cultivating her love and passion for the natural world and sharing it with others. In addition to being a clinical herbalist, Kim is also a certified massage therapist, aromatherapist and licensed esthetician. She practices many different modalities including Mayan abdominal massage, Mayan tradition spiritual healing, Swedish, deep tissue, hot stone, lymph drainage massage, neuromuscular massage, cupping, Gua sha, cranial sacral therapy, Thai massage for the table, Ashi-atsu barefoot massage, and Ashi Thai are among the many bodywork methods that she practices. Kimberly adds a spiritual healing style to each of her treatments.  She uses an intuitive approach to help gently unwind the tissue and bring the body into balance. She loves beauty and skincare and offers facials, dermaplane, microdermabrasion and waxing. She also offers herbal consultations to assist clients in their herbal healing journey. Kimberly has worked for 18 years teaching classes in herbal medicine and aromatherapy and working in the clinic. Her practice at Apothecary Tinctura and her own private practice has an emphasis on womens holistic health. She has been teaching classes for the last four years for The Denver Integrative Massage School and Herbalism Roots. She loves time in nature teaching people about wildcrafting, medicine making and plant identification. She also loves teaching and sharing her love of body work.

Introduction to Xeriscape

Xeriscape is not only a concept, it should be a way of life in Colorado.

Gardening in a way that conserves water and enhances our lives seems like a no-brainer. But, breaking the paradigm of landscapes dominated by Kentucky bluegrass has been slow in coming. However, since the early '90s, we've been making progress and people have been implementing beautiful, low water consuming, low maintenance, wildlife attracting, jaw dropping beautiful gardens.

In this course I will de-mystify low water landscapes by explaining the seven principles of xeriscape and answering every question you can throw my way. Oh, and we'll look at some beautiful Denver area xeriscape gardens while we're at it!

 

Price: $29, $24 members

Instructor: Curtis Manning

 

Invitation to Ikebana: Contemporary

 

Ikebana is an expression of our respect and appreciation towards nature. We observe life through the arrangement of plants. During each class, participants receive hands-on instruction to put together an arrangement to take home.

This class is an introduction to the Sogetsu School of Ikebana. This will be a hands-on workshop open to all skill levels. The instructor will demonstrate the art form and then the students will proceed to make an arrangement. After creating an arrangement the instructor will do a critique.

 

Price: $44, $39 member price

 

Instructor: Midori Allmeyer

 

Special Instructions: Students are encouraged to bring their own Ikebana container (vase) and a large Kenzan (= Pin-frog, 3.5" diameter or larger) as well as garden clippers (or Ikebana scissors) so that they can take home their finished arrangement. The Kenzan and Ikebana vase can be reused for future arrangements again and again for years. Container, Kenzan, and scissors will be lent during the class for those who don't bring their own, but then they will only bring home their flowers.

Large Pin-frogs (Kenzans) and Ikebana scissors are available to purchase at the Gift Shop of DBG.

With proof of Ikebana class registration, you can get 10% discount on Ikebana tools.

 

Invitation to Ikebana: Modern

 

Ikebana is an expression of respect and appreciation towards nature. We observe life through the arrangement of plants. During each class, participants get hands-on instruction to put together an arrangement to take home.

Moribana-style Ikebana was developed in the late 19th century in Japan and became very popular because of its flexibility without losing natural atmosphere. During each class, participants will get hands-on instruction to put together an arrangement to take home.

If a participant has enough experience on Moribana, she /he could go forward to Nageire arrangement during class.

 

Instructor: Akiko Buckmaster, born in Japan, is a master teacher of Ohara Ikebana School. She has been teaching Ikebana in the Denver area for forty years.

 

Price: $44, $39 member

 

Special Instructions: Students are encouraged to bring their own Ikebana container (vase) and a large Kenzan (Pin-frog, 3.5" diameter or larger) as well as garden clippers (or Ikebana scissors) so that they can take home their finished arrangement. The Kenzan and Ikebana vase can be reused for future arrangements again and again for years. Container, Kenzan, and scissors will be lent during the class for those who don't bring their own, but then they will only bring home their flowers.

Large Pin-frogs (Kenzans) and Ikebana scissors are available to purchase at the Gift Shop of DBG.

With proof of Ikebana class registration, you can get 10% discount on Ikebana tools.

 

Invitation to Ikebana: Traditional

 

Ikebana is an expression of our respect and appreciation towards nature. We observe life through the arrangement of plants. During each class, participants receive hands-on instruction to put together an arrangement to take home.

Shoka (or Seika, depending on each Ikebana school) is today's name for original "Ikebana" style which started in Japan in the early 17th century. Shoka expresses the life and the beauty of plants in nature.

 

Price: $44, $39 member

Instructor: Kazuko Kozai is a Senior Professor of Ikenobo Ikebana School, which is the largest Ikebana school begun in Japan in 1462. She has studied Ikebana for more than 40 years and teaches enthusiastically in the Denver and Boulder area.

 

Special Instructions: Students are encouraged to bring their own Ikebana container (vase) and a large Kenzan (= Pin-frog, 3.5" diameter or larger) as well as garden clippers (or Ikebana scissors) so that they can take home their finished arrangement. The Kenzan and Ikebana vase can be reused for future arrangements again and again for years. Container, Kenzan, and scissors will be lent during the class for those who don't bring their own, but then they will only bring home their flowers.

Large Pin-frogs (Kenzans) and Ikebana scissors are available to purchase at the Gift Shop of DBG.

With proof of Ikebana class registration, you can get 10% discount on Ikebana tools.

 

Japanese Garden - History in the Details

Denver Botanic Gardens is home to the beautiful Shofu-en, or the Garden of Pine and Wind, a traditional Japanese stroll garden. Shofu-en draws inspiration from the climate and plants of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains and features 130 character pines transplanted from the foothill region. It was designed by Koichi Kawana and built in 1979. This class explores the symbolism and culture that shapes Shofu-en’s design. Participants also explore the Ella Mullen Weckbaugh Tea House and the Roji, or tea ceremony garden, that surrounds it. Learn about the development of the tea ceremony, how its principles support and inform traditional Japanese arts and shape Japanese aesthetic and cultural values in the modern world. Tea and sweets are served as part of the gathering.

 

Price: $35, $30 member

Japanese Tea Ceremony

 

For centuries, the tea ceremony has been considered the epitome of Japanese life, based on harmony, respect, purity, tranquility and elegant simplicity. Come experience the real thing - a traditional ceremony inside our authentic Japanese Tea House in the Japanese Garden.

Each ceremony is held in the Ella Mullen Weckbaugh Tea House in Shofu-En, the Japanese Garden, at Denver Botanic Gardens.

 

Price: $35, $30 members

Special Instructions: Meet at the tea house at 10 a.m, with a pair of white socks. Jeans, shorts or short skirts are not permitted. Please turn off all cell phones during the ceremony.

 

 

Kundalini Yoga - Single Session

Kundalini yoga focuses on awakening energy and unlocking our inner potential through breathing techniques, movements, stretching, meditation and mantra. This ancient and sacred practice is the oldest form of yoga and is an effective way to recharge and heal the body.

The class, taught by Yogi Bhajan, Ph.D., Master of Kundalini yoga, starts and ends with beautiful and ancient chants which open and calm the heart. A carefully planned sequence of postures, movements and breathing exercises, called a kriya, follows. The techniques stimulate the nervous and immune systems, while improving strength and flexibility. Participants may find a peace of mind and experience benefits including relief from back pain, stress, addiction, depression, insomnia and weight control.

For more information on Instructor Chris Anne Coviello please visit www.chrisannecoviello.com

Price: $10, $8 members

Instructor: Chris Anne Coviello

Skill level: All levels welcome, no experience required.

Special Instructions: Each session is unique; we recommend that you try at least two or three sessions. Please bring water and a yoga mat. If you have trouble sitting on the floor for extended periods of time, please bring a blanket and pillows to provide comfort. Please bring cash if possible but credit cards are also accepted.

Class is located in Morrison Center which is on the North side of Children’s Garden. The gate for entry is near the corner of 11th and York Street. This location is across the street from the main garden entry.

Large- Scale Plant Life in Charcoal

Drawing at a large scale can be daunting, but with charcoal it is surprisingly quick! Charcoal is easier to control than most media, and in this class you will get your hands dirty while we complete four large, loose drawings. Modeled after a classic figure drawing class, we will work at standing easels (perhaps working up to 22” x 30”) and focus on single central subjects on an outdoor terrace at the Gardens. Note: We will be standing for the entirety of each three-hour class (no drawing “horses” are available for seated drawing).

 

Prerequisite: Botanical illustration in Pencil I.

 

Fee: $275 member, $325 non-member.

 

Date(s):

Thu, April 4, 11, 18, 25, May 2, 1-4 p.m.

Instructor: Meredith Feniak

 

Lavender Festival

More than 2,000 lavender plants set the scene for this family-friendly celebration of Chatfield Farms' Lavender Garden.

 

Lavender products made by local growers and artisans are available for purchase.

Enjoy free demonstrations and live music.

Enjoy a variety of food, dessert and drink vendors.

Educational programs on lavender and related topics are available for an additional charge. Seats are limited and advance registration is highly recommended.

Walk-ups for classes are welcome if the class is not sold out.

Tour Chatfield Farms--tours are free, however capped at 25 participants per tour.

Artists are present during the festival, creating and selling paintings and pottery.

 

 

Lecture - Gardenlust – A Botanical Tour of the World's Best New Gardens

 

For three years, Chris Woods traveled the world seeking out contemporary gardens and found 50 of the best. With wit and humor, he describes the most arresting features in public parks in exotic locations like New Delhi and Dubai, mission-redefining botanic gardens in Chile and Australia, and the most enviable details of lavish private estates and gemlike city yards. Throughout, he reveals the fascinating people, plants and stories that make these gardens so lust-worthy.

 

All lecture programs: $15 member, $20 non-member. Space is limited so register early!

6:00 p.m. Social hour and tasting hosted by Slow Food Denver (included in price)

6:30 p.m. Program and lecture

 

Chris Woods was born in London, England but has lived in the United States since 1981. He has worked in the garden world as gardener, director and designer for 45 years. He is best-known for his work at Chanticleer, a “pleasure garden” in Wayne, PA, where he worked for 20 years.

After Chanticleer, he became vice president for horticulture at the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden. He was director of the VanDusen Botanical Garden in Vancouver, Canada, and executive director of the Mendocino Coast Botanical Garden. In 2012, he was lured back east by The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and appointed director of its private estate and garden, Meadowbrook Farm. He has been a consultant for Botanic Gardens Conservation International, the Garden Conservancy, and the Chicago Parks Department. He has served on a number of boards, notably the American Public Gardens Association and the Fairmount Park Conservancy. Being somewhat restless and increasingly unemployable, he decided to stop managing gardens and decided to travel the world looking at both constructed and wild landscapes.

He currently lives in California and one or two other places.

 

 

Lecture - Maya Medicine: Traditional Healing in Yucatan, Mexico

 

 

In Mexican villages it’s common to hear the only remaining herbalist or midwife state that they are the last one in their village still practicing their art and working with plants. Most don’t have apprentices and almost never does the younger generation choose to carry on their ancestral healing traditions. It is the elders who are sought to share their medicine knowledge. José Feliciano Ake Kinil is an exception. He is 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. José shares specific information on the ethnobotanical uses of plants of the Yucatan peninsula, stories of growing up in a Maya family that never lost these traditions and what it has been like to follow the life path that he has chosen—or as the elders say, the life path that has chosen him. This is a unique perspective that has not been shared before.

 

José Feliciano Ake Kinil started collecting medicinal plants in the jungle with his grandfather and mother when he was eight years old, preparing traditional remedies and assisting them in their healing work. His first language is Maya and his second language is Spanish.

 

Shelley Torgove (facilitator and translator) 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 José’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.

 

All lecture programs: $15 member, $20 non-member. Space is limited so register early!

 

6:30 p.m. Program and lecture

 

Slow Food Members are welcome to register for the discounted member price of $15, please click on reciprocal member price, no identification required.

 

With the support of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation and in line with the Gardens mission, of connecting people with plants, we are excited to bring you a series designed to push the boundaries of horticulture practices and redefine your understanding of art and gardens. We hope to spark your creativity, and broaden your scope in the understanding of gardens as art.

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