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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

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Linear Perspective

Do you avoid including architecture, furniture or other man-made objects in your drawings because it never looks quite right? Perhaps you have scenes in your head that you would like to share with the world, but you can’t seem to translate your ideas onto paper. Never fear! Understanding linear perspective will expand your perception of the world and allow you to approach any subject with confidence. We will use a systematic approach to learning basic perspective techniques that will help you develop methods for selecting and analyzing your subject and allow you to check your drawings for accuracy. You will also learn to integrate architectural elements into your field sketches with accuracy and create believable scenes from your imagination. In the classroom, we will construct a pastoral scene using rules of linear perspective and reference imagery to bring your drawing to life. Then we will take these skills out into the Gardens to engage in field sketching that includes architectural elements. Get ready to expand your perspective!

 

Prerequisite: Botanical Illustration in Pencil I

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

Date(s): Thu, Feb. 21, 28, March 7, 14, 21, 6-9 p.m.

Instructor: Charlotte Ricker

 

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.

 

 

Love Potions from the Vine Tour

Celebrate the month of love with an enticing tour of exotic plants to tease the senses and spark the imagination.

February brings Valentines, sweets and roses to entice our loved ones. Roses aren’t the only plants of love and romance. The steamy jungle has no shortage of plants thought to have powers to inspire or sustain desire. Escape the winter chill in the Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory with this tour of purported aphrodisiacs and learn about the secret romantic lives of tropical plants.

Tour participants will receive a romantic souvenir to take home.

 

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

 

Special instructions: Parental guidance advised; some tour content might not be appropriate for young children. Tours take place indoors in the Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory. 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.

 

Macramé Air Plant Hanger Workshop

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 for an airplant! 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 and an air plant 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."

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 a finished macramé 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."

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.

 

Mexican Fiesta Cooking Class & Meal

Discover the ease of preparing delicious dishes from south of the border! Learn how to master the classics: salsa, guacamole and chipotle crema and use them for garnishes for a Mexican meatball soup, creamy chicken with pumpkin seed sauce and zesty fish tacos. Wash it all down with hibiscus/lime tea and chili chocolate cupcakes. Recipes and meal included.

 

Instructor: Susan Evans

Price: $57, $52 members

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.

 

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) - Relaxing In the Moment (Short Course)

This program offers an in-depth look at mindfulness tools for engaging the demands of our lives and for deepening our inquiry into fundamental health and wholeness. Through exploring the teachings and practices of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)—including sitting and walking meditation, body scan, and mindful yoga—you will become better equipped to manage stress and to confidently integrate mindfulness into daily life. This course is based on the 8-week MBSR program developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn.

 

** This course is offered at a discounted rate as most other MBSR classes are 8 sessions long, while this course is only 6 weeks long, due to the decrease in class time the price has been adjusted. All topics will still be covered in this series but less time will be spent on a few things.

 

Price: $400, $350 members

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.

 

Mountain Tomatoes

Rocky Mountain Gardening Elective

We all know the tomato is the gate-way drug to gardening, the Holy Grail of the mountains is to grow a red tomato. Technically, the mountains and tomatoes don’t get along and this class explains why.

In 1991, Penn Parmenter was told she could not grow tomatoes in the mountains. Today, she is working with around 200 varieties of tomatoes at 8,120 ft. elevation in the Wet Mountains. Learn about tomato varieties from around the world, especially those grown in high, cold places. Learn how to find and adapt seed, create night-time protection, prepare soil, fight disease and enjoy the fruits of your labor. The world of tomato seed swapping is also explored.

Penn comes armed with high-altitude tomato seeds, plants, demos and tips for reaching success with the tomato. Join the addiction! No more green tomatoes! (Unless it's Green Zebra, or Green Doctors or Evergreen).

 

Price: $32, $28 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.

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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