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2014 Horticulture Home Garden Tour

Have you ever attended a class or lecture, or read an article or blog post from one of our top Horticulturists and wondered what their home garden looks like? Well now is your chance to find out with a behind-the-scenes tour! Three of our most experienced and popular members of our Horticulture staff, Panayoti Kelaidis, Mike Kintgen, and Dan Johnson, will open up their gardens for this special opportunity.


Home Garden of Panayoti Kelaidis

Many thousands of plants are combined for four season interest in this Plant Collector’s garden. The Western half of the property is planted with native trees, shrubs and many cacti and western Wildflowers - almost eliminating watering needs. The Eastern half includes a large vegetable garden, perennial borders with many unusual perennials and bulbs, and a woodland garden that encircles the alpine garden on the east side of the house. Late May is when many of the Daphnes and Rhododendrons bloom, along with a host of classic alpine plants like saxifrages, dianthus and penstemons. There are several hundred containers located everywhere in this garden, many filled with annuals that are beginning their show as well…

By matching plants to microclimate, and combining plants of similar growth rate, we are able to create plantings that persist over time and need less maintenance than one might suspect with such biodiversity!


Home Garden of Mike Kintgen

Mike Kintgen’s garden started in 2009 with a bare canvas of dead bluegrass and a few overgrown junipers in the front yard. The dandelions, bluegrass, and junipers were removed to create a series of short berms in front of the house that made way for a Legacy buffalo grass lawn planted with spring and autumn flowering bulbs. The berms showcase a wide array of steppe and rock garden plants from around the world that are tolerant to Colorado’s hot dry summers and cold winters. The back yard is a mix of more traditional garden elements, a large propagation area, a small vegetable garden, and various rocks gardens.. There is also a large collection of alpine plants in troughs and containers filled with annuals for season long interest.

The overarching mission of the garden is to showcase how xeriscapes and rock gardens can be interesting, beautiful and more sustainable than traditional landscapes.


Home Garden of Dan Johnson

This average city lot supports an eclectic garden that is anything but average, the result of a driven collector with a creative proclivity. Uncommon plants greet the visitor even at the street, where a warm terracotta wall frames the stucco home and small front gardens. The gardens slope downwards behind the home, with red flagstone paths and boulders creating distinct spaces. The theme throughout is one of pushing the envelope for Colorado gardening. Deliberate use of microclimates and selective irrigation seem to make anything possible. Magnolias, wisteria, sheltered fuchsias and palms, Japanese maples and bamboo seem unlikely in their proximity to cacti, penstemon, agaves and yuccas. Collections made in Spain, South Africa and Pakistan mingle with more traditional fare. Sculptural elements and found objects enhance the sense of surprise. A small stream leads through the contours of the gardens to a koi pond with lotus and waterlilies. Photographers delight in the detail and unusual vignettes. Recovering from a brutal winter, a few specimens may be less than prime, but nevertheless, this garden still surprises.


This Tour will meet at Denver Botanic Gardens at York Street at 8:30 a.m. and return to Denver Botanic Gardens at York Streeet at 12:30 p.m. A chartered bus will escort all participants, the cost of the bus is included in the price of the tour. No self guided tours available.


$46 members, $51 non-members, includes bus transportation


Bonfils Stanton Lecture Series - 2014


Celebration of the Seasons: An Unexpected Performance


“Nature gives to every time and season some beauties of its own.”

— Charles Dickens


With the support of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation and in line with the Gardens' mission of connecting people with plants, this year's series is designed to take you along with us through nature’s seasons as we observe and appreciate the aesthetic and edible bounties that nature is able to provide for us within a year’s time.


Join us for interactive and interesting lectures that feature a variety of speakers sure to open your eyes and your hearts to the rich variety of each season’s unique offerings. Starting with spring and moving through winter, topics will include the allure and application of plant foliage varieties to spice up your landscape, using your garden’s bounty to fill your pantry with culinary delights sure to impress everyone at your table, and successfully extending your growing season with tips from one of gardening’s beloved experts.


This Series includes all 4 lectures in the 2014 Bonfils Stanton Lecture Series, which also includes all pre lecture tastings. (does not include tours or workshop)


$50 member, $70 non-member


Colorado Foodways: A Celebration of our Food History


Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield provides the perfect setting to celebrate our state’s foodways – the intersection of food in culture, traditions, and history.


Sample traditional Coloradan food and recipes through interactive demonstrations, take tours of the Hildebrand Ranch (which is on the Register of Historic Places) and sip on some locally crafted drinks while listening to a live band.


Light dinner included with registration.


$39 members, $42 non members




Tour - Edibles in the Gardens


Join Ebi Kondo, curator of the Japanese Garden at Denver Botanic Gardens, for a pre-lecture tour of the popular Le Potager Garden – touring this collection of edibles will be sure to be inspiring both admiration and envy. This European inspired formal kitchen garden is a wonderful example of balancing aesthetics and functionality.


$12, $10 members


Tour - Fine Foliage at the Gardens


Join staff horticulturist John Murgel for a pre-lecture tour that will lead you around the Gardens to see our finest displays of foliage and container arrangements in various collections.


$12, $10 members


Tour - Succulents, Natives, and Water-Wise Plants in the Gardens


Join Associate Director of Horticulture and Curator of Native Plants, Dan Johnson, on a pre-lecture tour through some of the Gardens' most popular collections featuring plants that thrive in our Colorado climate including succulents, natives and rock garden varieties.


$12, $10 member


Tour - Winter Harvests and Gardens



Senior Horticulturist Angie Andrade Foster will lead a pre-lecture tour around the Gardens to see how we creatively provide interest in our collections through the slower and colder months.


$12, $10 members



Workshop - Building your own Greenhouse

With Eliot Coleman


Coleman will detail the best ways he has found to build a greenhouse. This workshop will be a virtual tour of Coleman’s techniques and will give the basics on how to build a 14’ x 16’ greenhouse system from scratch.


$39, $34 members

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