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Lecture - Shady Characters: Ferns, Flowers and Fun for Colorado Shade Gardens

 

Having a shady garden doesn’t mean you’re limited to growing impatiens and periwinkle. Discover 50 die-hard perennials that thrive in Denver shade gardens. We start with an hour-long walk to key shady spots at Denver Botanic Gardens to see how the plants look in the ground. Next, we divide and pot a few choice plants to take home. Finally, we look at images of gardens that have achieved the impossible: year-round beauty in the shade!

 

Tour and Talk led by Panayoti Kelaidis

 

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

 

Lecture - The Artisan Vegetable Garden for the Home Chef

 

If the heirloom tomato movement has taught us anything it's that variety matters, and the answer isn’t always to choose the heirloom variety over a newer hybrid. The new home chef appreciates education, varieties and methods. Matt introduces us to brand new cultural methods, as well as new tips and tricks on how to outsmart pests and master challenging crops. Best of all, participants leave with a long list of new and old varieties to try that will elevate the garden and delight the home chef.

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Light on Form

 

Take your drawings from flat to fabulous. The secret to portraying light and shadow on your subjects lies in understanding the scientific method of lighting as it applies to different forms. Beginning with basic geometric shapes, refine your skills in showing light and volume on any subject. The class will work entirely in graphite pencil, but the principles apply to all other media. As you progress from fruits and vegetables to leaves and flowers to entire plants with complex shapes, you will overcome the obstacles in creating three-dimensional drawings.

Prerequisite: Botanical Illustration in Pencil I

Fee: Member $260 Non-Member $310

Date(s):

Mon, Jan. 14, 21, 28, Feb. 4, 11, 1-4 p.m.

Instructor: Constance Sayas

 

Tue, March 26, April 2, 16, 23, 30, 6-9 p.m.

Instructor: Charlotte Ricker

 

Fri-Sun, March 29-31, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Randy Raak

 

Fri-Sun, May 10-12, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt

 

Thu, June 13, 20, 27, July 11, 18, 1-4 p.m.

Instructor: Randy Raak

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Literature of the Land: Spring Book Club

Join us for the spring 2019 session of Literature of the Land, a book club series hosted by the Helen Fowler Library.

 

We'll read 3 books over 3 months, focusing on a specific topic of interest. This spring we'll be discussing the role of botanic gardens and gardens in general on how they have shaped nations, inspired literature and art, and are on the front lines of saving rare and exotic species while simultaneously educating us on the usefulness and beauty of our natural world.

 

Starting in March, we'll begin with American Eden by Victoria Johnson.

In April, we'll discuss Life in the Garden by Penelope Lively.

In May, we’ll wrap up with The Plant Messiah by Carlos Magdalena.

Registration is mandatory as attendance will be limited in number to allow for interactive discussion in a friendly group setting. The cost is $5 per session, $15 for all three sessions.

 

Each session has individual registration, please select all three date options with separate registration if you would like to attend the entire series.

 

Dates:

March 20

April 24

May 22

Price: $5 per session.

Lotion Making and Spirit Herbal Remedies

The first portion of this class focuses on making your own hydrating herb-infused lotion. Incorporate infused herbal oils for an added skin replenishing boost. The second portion of class focusses on learning to work with flower essences and herbs for the dream-space. Tying together the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of working with plants we can see a broader view their impact in our lives. We explore the ways plants have been traditionally used to connect us to spiritual guidance through dreams.

 

Price: $94, public

Instructors: Raven Rose and Blake Burger

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.

 

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.

 

 

Macramé Garden Swing Workshop

 

In this introductory workshop with Amie Phillips of Boriya + Co, learn the basic macramé knots and use them to craft a swing for your home or garden. Learn the history of macramé and the steps necessary to create more macramé pieces, including: planning a pattern and measuring and sourcing rope. All materials are provided and each attendee will leave with a swing to take home!

 

Price: $65, $60 member

Instructor: Amie Phillips is a fiber artist currently living and working in Denver. She received her BFA in art from Palm Beach Atlantic University, and developed a love for textile design during her years spent in Rajasthan, India. After spending three summers as a river guide on the Arkansas, she repurposed her knotting skills to create artistic and utilitarian pieces. Amie has taught macramé workshops since 2015, and recently had her first solo exhibition in Buena Vista entitled "Rivers Edge."

 

Macramé Market Bag Workshop

Learn to make your own beautiful natural macramé bag in this class - no prior experience is needed! In this three-hour workshop you will learn how to work a few different macramé knots, including casting on, the square knot, and the half hitch. We will also cover how to create designs, texture, and pattern within your piece by varying the knots as you work.

Leave with your own market bag, and the know-how to design and create more pieces on your own. Class fee includes instruction and necessary supplies and materials to craft your bag!

 

Price: $65, $60 member

Instructor: Amie Phillips is a fiber artist currently living and working in Denver. She received her BFA in art from Palm Beach Atlantic University, and developed a love for textile design during her years spent in Rajasthan, India. After spending three summers as a river guide on the Arkansas, she repurposed her knotting skills to create artistic and utilitarian pieces. Amie has taught macramé workshops since 2015, and recently had her first solo exhibition in Buena Vista entitled "Rivers Edge."

Macramé Plant Hanger

In this introductory workshop with Amie Phillips of Boriya + Co, we will learn four basic knots of macramé. We will then use these knots to craft a plant hanger! Also covered will be the history of macramé and the steps necessary to create macramé pieces including: planning a pattern, measuring and sourcing rope.

All materials to fashion your plant hanger will be provided.

 

Price: $65, $60 member

Instructor: Amie Phillips is a fiber artist currently living and working in Denver. She received her BFA in art from Palm Beach Atlantic University, and developed a love for textile design during her years spent in Rajasthan, India. After spending three summers as a river guide on the Arkansas, she repurposed her knotting skills to create artistic and utilitarian pieces. Amie has taught macramé workshops since 2015, and recently had her first solo exhibition in Buena Vista entitled "Rivers Edge."

 

 

 

Make an Art Portfolio Case

This workshop is geared toward graduate candidates but is open to everyone. Students will produce an attractive archival case for portfolio pieces or other art, papers or ephemera. It will be bound in quarter cloth with paper covers and ribbon ties. Tree flaps inside the case protect the contents.

 

No prerequisites.

 

Fee: $155 member, $190 non-member. Fee includes supply kit for the 12” x 16” portfolio case produced during the class. Additional fee if a larger portfolio case is made.

 

Date(s):

Wed, April 3, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Instructor: Mervi Hjelmroos-Koski

 

Making Great Compost: Hot, Cold and More

While our ancestors realized that compost was helpful for growing plants and improving soil health, they did not know how or why it works. They inherently knew that the single best thing you can do for your soil is to create your own plant based compost. This class will teach you the science of composting based on 50 years of research – relatively recent compared to the 2000 plus years that humans have been composting.

Come learn about the various microorganisms that do the bulk of the work making good compost, the materials and proportions you need to make it the best possible, and the three main ways to create great compost; cold compost, hot compost and vermicompost.

 

Instructor: Patti O'Neal

Price: $41, $36 members

Making Infusions and Gardening in Colorado

Gardening in Colorado is extremely rewarding, but often a challenge. Patience, adaptability and skill are all necessary virtues to be successful and fruitful as a gardener in Colorado. This class talks about soil and compost, seed starting, climate, propagation techniques, transplanting and more. Learn techniques to not only help your plants survive but thrive. We also discuss the best herbs and medicinal plants to grow in Colorado’s dynamic climate.

The first portion of this class focuses on demonstration and hands-on making of herbal infused oil, nutritive vinegar and witch hazel with commercially available medicinal plants. The second half of the class is an introduction to plant identification, including basic botanical terminology, plant families and flower structure. We finish with a leisurely stroll in the gardens to reinforce the concepts and terms covered in class.

 

Price: $240, public

Instructors: Saturday, Cat Pantaleo and Raven Rose. Sunday, Blake Burger and Cynthia Farris

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.  

 

 

Mead-Making and Herbal Brews

The combination of water and honey fermented is the oldest form of fermentation. Add any of your favorite herbs to this fermentation and you get a wonderful tasting, healing beverage that was considered the ancient liquor of gods and men. We learn the history of mead-making and try several homemade meads. Make a motherwort tincture, a favorite among many. Each student brings the pre-fermented mead home.

 

Price: $52, public

Instructor: Kimberly Thompson

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 at Apothecary Tinctura 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 women s 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.

 

Member Fob- New

A member fob allows you to gain access through the Cheesman Gate. Fobs may only be purchased and used by active members of the Gardens. This is an added benefit of membership for all levels. Non­-members or lapsed members may not purchase or renew fobs unless a membership is also processed at the time of the transaction. By purchasing a fob, you agree to take responsibility for any misuse. A membership fob fee is $25. Entry is limited to the number of people you are normally allowed with your membership. Fobs must be renewed annually.

 

Member Fob- Renew

 

A member fob allows you to gain access through the Cheesman Gate. Fobs may only be purchased and used by active members of the Gardens. This is an added benefit of membership for all levels. Non­-members or lapsed members may not purchase or renew fobs unless a membership is also processed at the time of the transaction. By purchasing a fob, you agree to take responsibility for any misuse. Entry is limited to the number of people you are normally allowed with your membership. Fobs must be renewed annually for a fee of $10.00.

 

Midsummer Nights Tour

In Elizabethan times in England, midsummer’s eve (also known as the summer solstice) was a night to revel. This tour celebrates the long days of summer by focusing on the edible, medicinal and mischievous properties of the plants that played important roles in Shakespeare's works. Guided by quotes from his plays, expect to hear about the life and times of Elizabethan England and of plants such as love-in-idleness, tickle my fancy, gillyvor and heartsease. This is a 75-minute docent-led tour.

 

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.

Midsummer's Analogous Arrangements

Neighbors on the color wheel, analogous colors provide a pleasing palette for botanical illustrations. Learn about the various effects of layered and adjacent analogous colors and how to create interest with harmonious blends. Create a collection of small works in colored pencil illustrating how to make analogous color combinations enhance your color work.

 

Prerequisite: Botanical Illustration in Colored Pencil I.

 

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

 

Date(s):

Fri-Sun, July 12-14, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Susan Rubin

 

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

The foundation of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is the cultivation of mindfulness – clear, non-judgmental attention to the present moment – with regard to the ongoing experience of body, feelings, emotions, and mind. MBSR studies reveal its power to reduce medical symptoms and psychological stress while enhancing the health and well-being of program participants.

Designed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., MBSR consists of 8 weekly sessions and a one-day silent retreat. Various mindfulness tools are learned and practiced in a group context and continued between class sessions.

 

Price: $400, $350 members, includes $25 for materials.

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.

 

Morning Hatha Yoga

Morning Hatha Yoga is an all-levels practice, open to everyone! Come unwind through gentle movement, stretching, pranayama and guided meditation. This class holds space to allow the student to gain strength and flexibility at their own pace with an emphasis on safety and alignment.

 

Instructor: Meredith Saver. What began as a physical journey for Meredith quickly grew into a mental and emotional one, too. Her yoga mat has always held space for her to “come home” in her body and in her heart. In this this often-challenging and ever-changing life, yoga serves as her “drishti”- her external point of focus that draws awareness inward. In 2015 Meredith completed 500 hours of yoga teacher training at the Nosara Yoga Institute in Costa Rica with Don and Amba Stapleton. While she is drawn to many forms of yoga, Meredith’s Hatha vinyasa classes are a well-rounded, playful and intelligent blend of movement and meditation. As a teacher it is always her aim to create a safe learning environment so that anyone can show up to step on their mat and find their slice of “coming home.”

Price: $12, $10 members

Special Instructions: Please bring a mat and/or towel and a water bottle. Walk-ins are welcome for members or non-members! Please bring cash if possible but credit cards and checks are also acceptable.

 

Mushroom Fair

Annual Mushroom Fair

 

Mysterious Mushrooms

Mushrooms have intrigued and bewildered outdoor enthusiasts for centuries. They were likely first cultivated around AD 600 in Asia, and their cultivation in Europe started in the 17th century. Whether you’re an amateur forager or a professional mycologist, mushroom varieties are notoriously difficult to distinguish! Starting with a tour of the Sam Mitchel Herbarium of Fungi, see how fungi specimens are categorized and stored. Learn fascinating mushroom facts and begin training your eyes to distinguish hidden details. In the classroom, discover how to work with dried specimens. Through discussion and demonstrations, learn techniques and tricks used to portray textures, colors and body forms. Working with technical pens and quills, apply your new skills to create a mushroom masterpiece!

 

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

 

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

 

Date(s):

Thu, May 9, 16, 23, 30, June 6, 1-4 p.m.

Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt

 

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