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Salve and Hydrosol-Making

Denver is home to a wide variety of edible and healthy plants, both native and introduced. Learn to correctly identify these herbs, as well as how to forage and utilize these plants in your diet for many health benefits. This class walks through parts of Denver Botanic Gardens, Cheeseman Park and the Capitol Hill neighborhood in search of edible and useful weeds, flowers, shrubs and trees. After an informative walk, we return to the classroom and learn some techniques on making an herbal tonic.

 

Price: $145, public

Instructor: Saturday, Blake Burger and Raven Rose. Sunday, 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.

 

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.

 

Seasonal Discoveries Tour

No matter the time of year, botanical treasures await your discovery with these guided tours of gardens at their seasonal peaks. Experience the Gardens’ landscape at its best, whether through the early bulbs of spring or the crackling beauty of fall.

 

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.

 

Seedlings: Dig It!

Discover how the critters that have homes in our gardens help them stay healthy.

• Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, May 22, 9:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.

• Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, May 23, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

• Ages 18-24 months: Friday, May 24, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Seedlings: Edible Flowers

Some flowers are beautiful, some are useful, and some taste great! Come explore which flowers you can eat and even try a few for yourself.

• Ages 3-6 years: Tuesday, June 25, 9:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.

• Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, June 26, 9:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.

• Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, June 27, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

• Ages 18-24 months: June 28, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Seedlings: Fun in the Sun

Put on your sunglasses as we investigate the power of the sun!

• Ages 3-6 years: Tuesday, July 30, 9:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.

• Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, July 31, 9:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.

• Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, August 1, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

• Ages 18-24 months: Friday, August 2, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Seedlings: Garden Games

The Mordecai Children’s Garden is a perfect place to be active and have fun! Join us for some summertime fun in the Garden.

• Ages 3-6 years: Tuesday, August 20, 9:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.

• Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, August 21, 9:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.

• Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, August 22, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

• Ages 18-24 months: Friday, August 23, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Seedlings: Gnome Homes

Explore the mystical world of gnomes and search the grounds of the Mordecai Children’s Garden for secret gnome homes!

• Ages 3-6 years: Tuesday, August 27, 9:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.

• Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, August 28, 9:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.

• Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, August 29, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

• Ages 18-24 months: Friday, August 30, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Seedlings: Homemade Lemonade

Meet the lemon and explore citrus trees as you learn how to make their tart fruit into a sweet refreshing treat.

• Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, May 29, 9:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.

• Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, May 30, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

• Ages 18-24 months: Friday, May 31, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Seedlings: Life in the Pond

Peek into the depths of Pipsqueak Pond to discover the many plants and animals that call the pond home.

• Ages 3-6 years: Tuesday, July 23, 9:30 or 11 a.m.

• Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, July 24, 9:30 or 11 a.m.

• Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, July 25, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

• Ages 18-24 months: Friday, July 26, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Seedlings: Melon Madness

What makes a perfect treat on a hot summer’s day? Watermelon of course! Come with us as we explore watermelon and its related fruit family.

• Ages 3-6 years: Tuesday, July 16, 9:30 or 11 a.m.

• Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, July 17, 9:30 or 11 a.m.

• Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, July 18, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

• Ages 18-24 months: Friday, July 19, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Seedlings: Musical Garden

Join us as we explore the sounds of nature and the music of plants!

• Ages 3-6 years: Tuesday, August 6, 9:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.

• Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, August 7, 9:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.

• Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, August 8, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

• Ages 18-24 months: Friday, August 9, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Seedlings: Nature's Art

Roll up your sleeves for some garden art fun! We’ll explore the many ways plants inspire art.

• Ages 3-6 years: Tuesday, August 13, 9:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.

• Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, August 14, 9:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.

• Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, August 15, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

• Ages 18-24 months: Friday, August 16, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Seedlings: On the Vine

Melons, grapes and beans are a few of the tastes we can find on the vine.

• Ages 3-6 years: Tuesday, June 11, 9:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.

• Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, June 12, 9:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.

• Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, June 13, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

• Ages 18-24 months: Friday, June 14, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Seedlings: Piece by Piece

Can you build a plant? Learn what pieces a plant needs to grow in the Colorado climate.

• Ages 3-6 years: Tuesday, June 4, 9:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.

• Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, June 5, 9:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.

• Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, June 6, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

• Ages 18-24 months: Friday, June 7, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Seedlings: Pollination Exploration

Join us as we celebrate National Pollinators Week. Learn about the critters that help our gardens grow and create a pollinator friendly project to bring home with you.

• Ages 3-6 years: Tuesday, June 18, 9:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.

• Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, June 19, 9:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.

• Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, June 20, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

• Ages 18-24 months: June 21, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m..

Seedlings: Wonderful Water Gardens

How are plants that grow in water different from those that grow on land? Let’s explore the similarities and differences together!

• Ages 3-6 years: Tuesday, July 9, 9:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.

• Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, July 10, 9:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.

• Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, July 11, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

• Ages 18-24 months: July 12, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Seven Principles of Water-Smart Gardening

Rocky Mountain Gardening Required Course Group I

Gardening remains high and dry in the Rocky Mountain region! Water-Smart Gardening is an environmentally friendly way to create a beautiful home landscape that will thrive under low water conditions. Join this class to learn the principles of Water-Smart Gardening and some of the many plants that you can incorporate into your yard.

 

Instructor: David Winger

Price: $62, $55 members

Sip and Stroll

Join Horticulturalist and Herbalist Blake Burger on a walking tour of the gardens featuring medicinal plants. Pour a glass of your favorite summer drink and reconnect with nature as we take a beautiful summer stroll! This informative and practical tour will showcase a few of the many medicinal plants growing throughout the Denver Botanic Gardens. Learn about the healing connection between humans and plants, and how to turn garden grown plants into medicine right in your own home.

Price: $15, $10 members

Instructor: Blake Burger, Denver Botanic Gardens horticulturist, herbalist, and resident yogi.

 

Special Instructions: Please feel free to BYO picnic and drink to enjoy in the Gardens for the stroll.

Participants should meet in the Boettcher Lobby.

Sketching with Quill

In this guided workshop, reconnect with your love of sketching while falling in love with quill and ink! Discover the freedom of adding expressive lines and marks to quickly render the specimen. Gain confidence by drawing with diluted ink and quill, using combinations of lines and marks that suggest color, values and textures. Learn to “own your marks” and progress through the timed 30-minute sessions that will help build your drawing skills and increase your comfort level using quill and ink. All materials provided.

 

Prerequisite: Botanical Illustration in Pen and Ink I.

 

Fee: $300 member, $350 non-member.

Date(s):

Fri-Sun, May 31 – June 2, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Susan DiMarchi

 

Skin Spa

Learn to effectively make affordable skin care products that are all natural, garden fresh and excellent for your skin. There are many herbs growing here in Colorado that help clear, moisturize and revitalize your skin. There is plenty to take home after an afternoon in the kitchen. Make a rose skin serum. Learn the process of making a tulsi hydrosol. Finally, make a skin scrub with fresh lemon balm and a calendula honey mask made with bentonite clay.

 

Price: $82 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.

 

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