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Bonfils Stanton Lecture Series - 2016

Heirloom-inaries: Rooting Contemporary Gardens in Tradition


A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” – Marcus Garvey





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 lecture and workshop series designed to take us back to our roots, exploring the history, traditions and culture of gardening. You can gain wisdom from gardeners before us, integrating traditional knowledge into the contemporary garden. Botanist, farmer and author Augustus Jenkins Farmer shares stories of traditional gardening techniques; from the charm of sharing plant cuttings with neighbors to intercropping plants to protect integrity of the soil. Bill Laws shares fascinating examples from his book Fifty Plants that Changed the Course of History, and Lauren Springer Ogden s garden tour demonstrates a living laboratory for plants and plant matrices, emphasizing prairie, meadow and chaparral-inspired spaces that are a hallmark of Lauren s regional design work.



A parallel series of intimate workshops and tours brings to life the traditions that have painted a romantic picture of gardening. Workshops include growing blue ribbon vegetables with Jodi Torpey; keeping a garden journal with Bill Laws; and a big bulbs workshop with Augustus Jenkins Farmer. We are excited to offer tours at the Gardens and throughout the region. Explore the splendor and abundance of Le Potager garden at the season s peak and tour historically significant plants throughout the Gardens. For the first time, Lauren Springer Ogden opens her garden and welcomes participants to enjoy the beauty.




Lecture Series, which also includes all pre lecture tastings. (does not include tours or workshop)

$52 member, $70 non-member


Lectures include:

Deep-Rooted Wisdom: Skills and Stories from Generations of Gardeners

Augustus Jenkins Farmer

Wednesday, April 27, 7 p.m.


Blue Ribbon Vegetable Gardening

Jodi Torpey

Saturday, May 14, 10-11:30 a.m.


Our Glorious Gardens: How Did They Get Here?

Bill Laws

Thursday, May 19, 7 p.m


Denver Botanic Gardens: History in the Heart of the City

Thomas Noel

Thursday, September 15, 7-8:30 p.m.


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