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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: Magical Monarchs

Explore the life cycle of a butterfly and discover the magnificent monarch!

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

• Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, September 5, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

• Ages 18-24 months: Friday, September 6, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

 

Seedlings: Magical Woods

Explore the world of special trees that stay green all year long.

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

• Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, December 5, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

• Ages 18-24 months: Friday, December 6, 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: Owls!

Discover whooooooo flies around Mordecai Children’s Garden at night.

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

• Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, November 7, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

• Ages 18-24 months: Friday, November 8, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Seedlings: Pine Cones Galore!

Explore the garden and discover the importance of the pine cone.

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

• Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, December 12, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

• Ages 18-24 months: Friday, December 13, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Seedlings: Prairie Plants

Explore the many different colors, textures and sizes of Colorado grasses!

• Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, October 2, 9:30 or 11 a.m.

• Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, October 3, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

• Ages 18-24 months: Friday, October 4, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Seedlings: Pumpkin Arts!

Let’s get creative and make a masterpiece with the plant of the season!

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

• Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, October 31, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

• Ages 18-24 months: Friday, November 1, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Seedlings: Pumpkin Parts

What does a pumpkin look like inside and out?

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

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

• Ages 18-24 months: Friday, October 25, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Seedlings: Three Sisters Garden

Join us as we explore this famous vegetable trio of corn, squash and beans.

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

• Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, October 17, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

• Ages 18-24 months: Friday, October 18, 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.

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.

 

Smartphone Photography: Photo Editing for the iPhone

Would you like to take your iPhone photos to a new level? Go beyond the basic editing tools on the iPhone and explore various IOS editing apps available for your iPhone from the App Store. Learning to use these apps and their tools will fine tune your photography and editing skills, creating a stronger visual impact for all your photos.

 

Price: $29, $24 member

Instructor: Jeanette Burkle

 

Jeanette Burkle is a commercial and editorial photographer with extensive experience in teaching, lecturing, and consulting. Since 2003, Jeanette has successfully owned and managed Galie Photography, while designing and delivering seminars on a wide range of photography topics. An award winning-photographer, Jeanette combines an engineering background with a strong artistic sense. With the belief that photography is part art and part science, she strives to use her unique background to produce art that is infused with a creative vision and improved by knowledge of the underlying scientific principles of photography. She has worked with many corporate clients including ExxonMobil, George Mason University, American Red Cross, John Marshall Bank, AmeriChoice, Medtronic, Harris Corporation, and Long & Foster Realty. Jeanette’s work has been honored through the Virginia Professional Photographers Association with such recognition as the highly distinguished Fuji Masterpiece Award and the Kodak Gallery Award.

Jeanette has been teaching photography since 2005. Her students respond well to her fun, upbeat classes, and Jeanette loves to see this passion be reflected in her students’ increased confidence as photographers.

Strolling Stories Along Deer Creek

Storytime and nature hikes unite in this new program at Chatfield Farms. Each week we venture out along Deer Creek and investigate nature as it changes with the seasons. Along the trail we stop to read a seasonally themed story and then continue our adventure with an exploration based on the day’s book. Recommended for ages 3-6 years.

Special Instructions: This program takes place at Denver Botanic Gardens' Chatfield Farms located at 8500 W Deer Creek Canyon Road, Littleton, CO 80128.

Succulent Centerpiece

Learn how to design and plant your own living succulent centerpiece using gorgeous fresh succulents. Hardy and water-wise, succulents are perfect for our wild Colorado climate. The diversity of shapes and textures will set your imagination on fire! We will discuss succulent care, propagation techniques, varieties of succulents, and principles of design. We will also take time to awaken our creative soul with fun, reflective wordplay. Push pause on the hustle and take a few hours to play with succulents. You will rediscover your creative spirit (it’s in there, I promise!) and take home your own living succulent centerpiece to enjoy. Note: Instructor will provide 5 specialty succulents, a 6-inch container, soil, and tools. Please bring a journal and pen. If you would like to personalize your creation, please bring seedpods, shells, dried flowers, sea glass, additional succulents, or other special small objects of your choice.

 

Price:$69, $64 member

Instructor: Christine Bayles Kortsch, PhD, is the writer, designer, and photographer behind Tiny Dino Worlds: Create Your Own Prehistoric Habitats (forthcoming with Roost Books, spring 2020). She has published essays on family and gardening in Taproot and 5280 Magazine. You may have read her interview in VoyageDenver or seen her succulent designs in The Denver Post. Christine holds a PhD in English Literature, and she teaches writing at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design. Her Ink & Stem Workshops (combining creative writing with succulent and terrarium design) have been named one of the “top 38 cool classes for adults” by 5280 Magazine. Christine is a gentle and enthusiastic teacher with a deep passion for inspiring people to fight for beauty in their everyday lives.

Summer Low Sensory Mornings and Evenings

Experience Denver Botanic Gardens without the crowds.

The Gardens will open early on select mornings and will stay open later on select evenings for those who wish to connect with plants in a safe, restful location.

This therapeutic horticulture program is intended to give individuals and families who prefer a quiet, less crowded environment a chance to experience the Gardens with limited attendance. During sensory mornings/evenings you are invited to explore on your own or participate in various hands-on activities at the Gardens that will inspire curiosity and awaken your senses.

 

2019 Schedule

 

Saturday, May 18, 8 a.m.
York Street Main Gardens


Saturday, June 15, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Mordecai Children's Garden at York Street

 

Saturday, July 27, 8 a.m.
York Street Main Gardens

 

Saturday, August 10, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Mordecai Children's Garden at York Street

 

Saturday, September 14, 8 a.m.
York Street Main Gardens

 

Please sign up online or call 720-865-3500 with any questions.

 

Summertime Tea in the Gardens

Denver Botanic Gardens and Denver Tea Room present a beautiful morning of tea tasting and education.

Margo Seymour, tea sommelier, pastry chef, and owner of The Denver Tea Room, will present an example of a traditional afternoon tea service, with a nod to the various cultures that also enjoy the practice of taking tea. Guests will taste several teas, traditional sandwiches, and desserts. Join us in the Solarium or the Annuals Pavilion, with fine china and linens, to learn about the tea process, the difference between "high tea" and "low tea", and how to steep the perfect cup of tea.

 

Price: $42, $38 members, includes $10 for food and tea tastings

Instructor: Margo Seymour

 

Jun 8, Jul 13, and Aug 24 - Annuals Garden and Pavilion

All other dates will be held in the Solarium.

 

 

Sunrise Vinyasa Yoga at the Gardens

Looking for an amazing place to practice your yoga skills, how about the beautiful Denver Botanic Gardens?

Vinyasa yoga weaves beautiful movement with challenging postures, and cultivates a sense of peace and calm by the end of each yoga class. Practicing vinyasa yoga on a daily basis can improve posture, flexibility, and endurance. Beyond the physical benefits, yoga helps to bring a sense of clarity to challenging situations in life, reminds us to stay present and focused in an ever-changing environment, and can help us find happiness and contentment in our surroundings.

The postures practiced in this challenging class will promote alignment, flexibility, focus, endurance and help detoxify the body.

 

Instructor: Blake Burger

Skill level: All levels welcome

Price: $12, $10 members

Special Instructions: Please bring a mat, a towel and water. Walk-ins are welcome for members or non-members! Please bring cash if possible but credit cards are also accepted. Location will vary depending on temperature and time of year.

 

SCHEDULE DETAILS:

October 1, 2018- May 14, 2019 (7:30 - 8:30am): Enter through the gate on the east side of York St and yoga will be in the Morrison Center.

May 15, 2019 - September 30, 2019 (8-9am): Enter through the Pinon Gate on the west side of York Street. In the late summer and fall, class will meet in the UMB Bank Amphitheater. When it is chilly, we will meet in the Orangery (front of the greenhouse complex). There will be signs starting from the after-hours entrance on the north side of the main entry that will direct participants.

October 1, 2019 - Dec 31, 2019 (7:30 - 8:30am): Enter through the gate on the east side of York St and yoga will be in the Morrison Center.

 

 

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