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Tour and Talk - Mary and Larry Scripter's Wildlife-Friendly Niwot Garden


Tour one of the Front Range s most unique gardens, planted and tended by owners Mary and Larry Scripter and designed by Lauren Springer. This large, naturalistic, four-season garden features a flower-rich stylized meadow and a tree and shrub screening planted with bird-, pollinator- and other wildlife-friendly water-wise plants. The Scripter garden has been featured in Martha Stewart Living and Sunset magazines and photographed by nationally prominent photographers. It is also a designated Audubon Habitat Hero garden. Planting and management of this stunning garden, created by Mary and Lauren over seven years ago, will be discussed in Lauren's talk on site. All participants will leave with a plant list of their "star players".


Price $41, 38 member


Lauren Springer has designed plantings at Denver Botanic Gardens, Chatfield Farms, and the Gardens on Spring Creek in Fort Collins where she is on staff. Her books include the award-winning titles The Undaunted Garden, and Plant-Driven Design (coauthored with husband Scott Ogden). Also a propagator, she has introduced numerous plants to the trade and to Plant Select. A pioneer in waterwise landscapes, in creating gardens that evoke natural spaces, and in merging beauty with wildlife function, she has received Audubon Society Habitat Hero designations for four of her design projects.


Event Details

Address will be sent via email one week prior to event

Carpooling strongly encouraged

No bathroom facilites available on site

Feel free to bring lawn chairs for seating during the talk



Tour to The International Folk Art Market in Santa Fe

Tour includes travel, accommodation, entrance fee to the International Crafts Museum and ticket to the Saturday Art Market.

For more information or to register, call Mervi (720-865-3653)

Fee: $510

Date(s): July 11-14



Trip - Natures' Adaptations: River to Desert with Denver Botanic Gardens

Experience the ecological beauty of one of the West's most beautiful classrooms. Join Denver Botanic Gardens and Centennial Canoe Outfitters, Inc., for a leisurely, guided and outfitted 31-mile canoe trip through the Escalante and Dominguez Canyons Wilderness Area on the Gunnison River. Paddle beside high walls of red sandstone and shale deposited during the age of the dinosaurs and take interesting side trips into deep box canyons that leave you awed by the immense geological time record and relaxed by the silence of the wilderness. Observe the massive cottonwood trees along the river bends that support huge nests of blue herons, hawks and eagles. As you canoe, camp and hike along the scenic Gunnison River, learn how human, plant and animal life have adapted to this unique river and desert environment and how local, native cultures used plants. Explore the river's vegetation, including some rare plant populations found only in this region and use these plants as inspiration in arts and crafts.


Price: $450, $420 member

Instructor: Centennial Canoe Outfitters Inc. will provide the guides, gear, and expertise. Our wetland ecologist facilitator will be TBD.

Trip Level: No previous canoeing experience is necessary to join the trip. Minimum age 18.

Special Instructions: Participants will meet at the Gunnison River Escalante Bridge on August 16th at 6:30 a.m. Participants will receive directions and additional information at least one week prior to the trip. Registration deadline is July 24.

Centennial Canoe Outfitters (CCO) will provide guides and all gear including food.

Personal camping equipment, personal clothes, and toiletries will need to be provided by the participant. Camping equipment, including a tent, sleeping bag, chair and pad can be rented from CCO. Please contact CCO at 720-283-0553 and mention that you are registered for the Denver Botanic Gardens Trip.



Trip - Wildflowers of the Rocky Mountain Region - RMBL


The small town of Gothic is an historic site for many reasons. An old mining town, a point of access to incredible displays of the Southern Rockies wildflowers, and the world famous RMBL (Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratories). Join two of the authors of  Wildflowers of the Rocky Mountain Region  as we get an insider's look at this beautiful location and have a couple of days to explore the surrounding areas on guided hikes. You will learn about the high elevation pollinators and their importance to the alpine ecosystems. On hikes you will get to experience a variety of the areas interesting hikes and use that Wildflowers of the Rocky Mountain Region book you have been studying. High sagebrush steppe, Montane forest, Wildflower meadows, and right at hand is the quaint and quirky town of Crested Butte. We will be staying in the cabins on the RMBL site and living like and amongst the scientist whom hone their craft in this one of a kind living laboratory.


Price: $1050, $890 member, $500 deposit due by June 28 to reserve spot. Deadline extended*

Guides: Sonya Anderson

Additional Details:

All rooms are double or triple occupancy.
Room assignments will be made based on gender.
All meals are included in the dining hall.
Participants should bring a warm sleeping bag, RMBL does not provide blankets or sheets.
Participants are responsible for cleaning their cabin during their stay, there is no maid or cleaning service.
Check-in is at strictly 2 pm on the day of arrival.


See RMBL website for more details. www.rmbl.org


Tropical Trails Tour

Denver may be blanketed with snow, but the plants in the Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory enjoy a warm climate year-round. Enjoy the lush vegetation, vibrant flowers and warmth of the tropics as you stroll through the Gardens’ tropical collections. This is a one-hour tour led by experienced docents.


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


Special instructions: Tours are indoors. 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.



Two-Day Seed School with Penn & Cord

Penn and Cord Parmenter and Denver Botanic Gardens team up to offer a two-day Seed School. Delve into the wonderful world of seed saving and all the magic and abundance it provides. Learn how to re-incorporate the ancient practice of seed saving, which is the road to food security and true sustainability. Your garden or farm is already hanging with seed; now let s learn how to bank it.

Extreme climates like Colorado's especially benefit from seed adaptation. Seed remembers, seed learns, and by saving it, you adapt it to your environment.

Course includes: Seed collecting, methods of cleaning, storing, processing wet saves, seed resources, companies, books; seed history, the world seed situation, seed banks, seed libraries, seed vaults, seed catalogs; squash sex, hand pollinating, plant families, selfers and crossers. Learn about seed as easy, intermediate and difficult-to-save. Planning a seed garden and harvesting methods are also covered.

Students handle seed in both wet and dry saves. Handouts and seed samples come with the course.


Price: $145, $125 member

Instructors: Penn and Cord Parmenter

Understanding Essential Oils

Essential oils have been around since the Ancient Egyptians, but in the last 20 years, they have become nearly a billion dollar industry. Learn why some plants produce essential oils and how the oils are sourced and produced. Scientifically, the compounds found in essential oils have importance in many areas. Discover some essential oil personal care uses.


Instructor: Judy Jehn, RMT

Price: $34, $29 members, includes $5 materials fee

Urban Advantage Teacher Professional Development

Kick off Professional Development for Urban Advantage teachers.


Using Photos Wisely

You need to draw a daffodil, but it’s June and you forgot to take photos earlier in the spring. What do you do? Learn how to locate other photographic resources, create your own composite from multiple images, and alter visual information creatively to come up with a fresh illustration that retains accuracy without infringing copyrights. Produce a plate of your own in your choice of media using the techniques and information you learn.


Prerequisite: Entry-level color media.


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


Date(s): Mon, July 15, 22, Aug. 5, 12, 19, 6-9 p.m.

Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt

Vegetable Gardening on the High Plains: Heirloom and Beyond

*all sessions are individual registrations, students can take the full series or individual classes based on your interest

$34, $29 member for each session

Session 1: Saturday April 6- Learn how to start your veggie garden entirely from seeds! This class covers seed-starting basics and home propagation techniques. Learn how to maximize garden space at home through efficient garden planning and how many of each variety to start based on your needs as well as the best ways to organize vegetable beds.

Session 2: Saturday June 8 – Learn the best way to plant your veggie garden and the basics of garden maintenance, including soils and fertilization, watering and pest management. Learn about crop selection and vegetable varieties that are well suited to the climate of Colorado’s front-range. Get your hands dirty practicing the basics of planting and garden soil prep in the garden.

Session 3: Saturday August 3 – Get the basics of harvesting from your veggie garden. Proper harvest techniques and ongoing plant maintenance (including trellising, pruning, etc.) are covered. Look ahead at how to extend the growing season and transition a vegetable garden into the autumn with hardy leafy greens and other fall crops.


Instructor: Michael Guidi

Michael is a horticulturist at Denver Botanic Gardens and oversees Mordecai Children’s Garden, a diverse garden showcasing Colorado life zones ranging from the plains to the alpine tundra; it also contains a demonstration vegetable garden. Rock gardening and native plants are his main area of interest, but he is passionate about growing food and urban agriculture. In the past, he has worked in hydroponic food production, greenhouse production and organic farming. Michael holds a B.S. in biology with a focus on plant physiology and ecology. He currently sits on the board of directors of the North American Rock Garden Society.


Location: Plains Conservation Center, 21901 E. Hampden Avenue, Aurora, CO 80013


Vinyasa, Violins and Vino

Yoga with a twist. Enjoy vinyasa yoga, live violin music and a picnic! Relax in nature as Blake Burger, certified instructor and Gardens’ horticulturist, leads an hour-long class in the Gardens. Conclude the evening with a bring your own picnic and music performance. BYOB wine and beer is permitted.


Instructor: DBG's own horticulturalist and yoga instructor Blake Burger

Musician: Brittany Erickson is a classical violinist living in Denver, Colorado. She has performed chamber music and orchestral works across the country including with the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, The Curtis Institute, and the Harvard University Orchestra. By day, Brittany is an educator who supports school districts to design innovative new schools, and in her spare time, she can be found enjoying the Colorado mountains or tending her vegetable garden with her partner, John.

Price: $18 general public

Special Instructions: Please bring your own yoga mat, water, picnic and a beverage or adult beverage of your choosing. Please be sure to bring valid ID if consuming alcohol.

This is a rain or shine event, both the yoga class and picnic will be held under the clear tent and lights of the amphitheater. Class will begin promptly at 6:30pm, so please arrive early enough to get settled in.

Virginia Woolf and Flowers

“Our Orchard is the very place to sit and talk for hours.” —Virginia Woolf about the Monk’s House garden and orchard


Adeline Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) often reflected on plants and flowers in her writings and was greatly inspired by the beautiful garden, with flowers and fruit trees, of the Monk’s House, managed by her husband. Learn about the symbolism in Woolf’s writings and how she used flowers to express her emotions. Demonstrations and individual help guide you toward a finished plate that tells your own story using flowers to express ideas, feelings and emotions.


Prerequisite: Botanical Illustration in Watercolor I.


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


Date(s): Thu, Oct. 17, 24, 31, Nov. 7, 14, 6-9 p.m.


Instructor: Laurence Pierson

Wall as Canvas: The Basics of Painting Murals

Learn how to paint interior and exterior walls with your own designs in this introduction to mural painting. The process, tools and techniques (as well as a few trade secrets) are discussed, but this is also a hands-on course. Experience going large by painting our classroom wall, which will be removed for repairs. Have a go!

No prerequisites


Fee: $275 member, $325 non-member. Includes fee for supplies provided (specified in the materials list). .


Date(s): Fri-Sun, July 26-28, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Meredith Feniak


Water Garden Society Water Blossom Celebration

This annual event features docent led tours of the water gardens, expert advice on all aspects of water gardening, and the chance to see the underside of a Victoria waterlily leaf up close. An assortment of carnivorous plants will also be on display. Included with admission.


Water-Smart Gardens: Beautiful and Bountiful Tour

Do you want a garden that is beautiful and requires little water? Or, are you new to the Denver area and want some ideas of plants in our climate and soil? Come join a docent-led tour that explores gardens full of texture and color made up of plants that can thrive in semi-arid climates.


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.

What Made My Good Plant Go Bad?

Rocky Mountain Gardening Elective

Did the glorious beauty promised by the garden catalog, nursery salesperson or garden designer fall flat? You may be surprised that insects and diseases are NOT the main cause of problems in the garden. Gardeners have more control than they may think over many plant problems. As much as we do not like to think it, humans cause most of the issues in the garden; many of which result in an insect or disease problem as a secondary issue   NOT the first.  This provides an overview of the most common plant challenges and what you can do to prevent their annual recurrence. The course focuses on the root causes that eventually attracts pests and disease to your garden and what to do about it.


Price: $44, $39 members

Instructor: Patti O'Neal


Special Instructions: This class is a lecture and hands on lab. You may bring a sample of a plant or turf you want diagnosed to class. Registration confirmation includes info on how to collect a good sample.

Wild Foraging Mushroom Basics

Head to a secret location with wild mushroom enthusiast Michael Heim for a day trip/mushroom foray and a walk in nature. Gain a firm handle on the foundations of mushroom identification as you locate a variety of medicinal and edible fungi growing in the wild. Discuss mushroom anatomy and learn the skills for contrasting mushrooms that may be poisonous with those that may inspire a dinner party. Bring your field guides to unlock some nature! Return with a better understanding of what it means to hunt for mushrooms and maybe some fungi for tasting.


Price: $40, $35 member

Instructor: Michael Heim

Based in Boulder, Colorado, Michael Heim has led forays for Denver Botanic Gardens, the Center for Integrative Botanical Studies and the Boulder Living Arts School. In 2014 chefs from all over the U.S. joined Michael on a wild mushroom foray sponsored by the Chef's Collaborative Summit. That same year he presented at the annual Bioneers Conference, held at Colorado University, exploring the exciting topic of myco-remediation. He produced and facilitated a two-day medicinal mushroom workshop with revered herbalist Robert Rogers, author of  The Fungal Pharmacy.  In 2015 Michael studied lab technique and mushroom cultivation under Dr. Daniel Tura of Aloha Medicinals. He has taught mushroom cultivation classes for Boulder High Country Mushrooms, Cow Town Grangers, Botanica: A Festival of Plants and The Growhaus in Denver.


Special instructions: Please note, Mother Nature is a wild beast and we cannot guarantee the number or variety of the mushrooms we will find. Bring a positive attitude and your hiking apparel (i.e., long pants, hat, good footwear), as well as water, snacks and lunch. It may be possible that we will be walking at elevation and on varying groundcover for several hours. All participants should come prepared for weather in the high country.

- Capacity is strictly limited.

- We will meet promptly at the (TBD) meeting spot in order to arrange carpooling and to have a brief discussion on what to expect for the day. Location details will be emailed about a week prior to the program date.

- The class will be emailed should weather be an issue or be cause for cancellation; all students will be refunded should the weather not cooperate.



Wild Wednesday Hikes Through Colorado's Life Zones - Alpine

Loveland Pass

Spend the morning with a guide learning about Colorado's alpine life zone and searching for wildflowers. This hike will start off at Loveland Pass, a high alpine pass about 60 miles west of Denver. Here we will see several different alpine plant communities, including fell fields, dry and wet alpine meadows, and snow fields. Dozens of species of wildflowers will carpet the tundra in a short but magnificent display of color. The pass hosts moss campion, phlox, alpine forget-me-nots along with dozens of others. Afterwards, we will drive a few hundred yards down the road to Loveland Lake where riparian alpine wildflowers like Parry's primrose, gentians, and roseroot are plentiful. This hike will be moderate at 4 miles or fewer (in total).


This hike will take place at very high elevation, from 12,000 to 12,500 ft so be aware you may be short of breath and experience altitude-related fatigue at this elevation!


Price: $25, $20 member

Instructor: Michael Guidi


Michael Guidi joined Denver Botanic Gardens in 2017 as a horticulturist where he manages the native plant themed Mordecai Children's Garden. Rock gardening and native plants are his main areas of horticultural interest, but he is broadly interested in alpine and aridland flora and ecology. Michael holds a B.S. in biology with a focus on plant physiology and ecology and currently sits on the board of directors of the North American Rock Garden Society.

Wild Wednesday Hikes Through Colorado's Life Zones - Subalpine


Lake Isabelle

Spend the morning with a guide learning about Colorado's subalpine life zone and searching for wildflowers. Lake Isabelle is situated at 11,000 feet in the heart of the Indian Peaks Wilderness. Framed by Navajo, Apache, and Shoshoni peaks, this beautiful lake offers some of the most spectacular mountain scenery close to the front range. Just as spectacular are the abundant wildflowers along the trail and surrounding the lake. Along the way, the trail moves through subalpine forest of spruce and fir, crosses several wildflower-bordered streams, and eventually opens up to wide subalpine meadows surrounding the lake. Stands of bluebells, Penstemon, Erigeron, Paintbrush and Pedicularis will keep us busy on the 4.1 mile hike up to the lake.


This hike will take place at moderately high elevation, from 10,500 to 11,000 feet so be aware you may be short of breath and experience altitude-related fatigue at this elevation!


Price: $25, $20 member

Instructor: Michael Guidi


Michael Guidi joined Denver Botanic Gardens in 2017 as a horticulturist where he manages the native plant themed Mordecai Children's Garden. Rock gardening and native plants are his main areas of horticultural interest, but he is broadly interested in alpine and aridland flora and ecology. Michael holds a B.S. in biology with a focus on plant physiology and ecology and currently sits on the board of directors of the North American Rock Garden Society.

Winged Victory: Insects and Plants in Watercolor

Pollination is the preeminent association between flowering plants and insects. There is, however, many other important plant-insect interactions, both beneficial and harmful. Knowledge of these relationships can help us better comprehend the forces of ecological balance. During this workshop, learn more about both beneficial and harmful relationships between local insects and plants. Learn about insect anatomy and use this knowledge to create an illustration of a combination of a host plant and the insect. Work with watercolor and develop the fine details and texture using a nib with the water media. Your plate will tell an interpretative story from your neighborhood.

Prerequisite: Botanical Illustration in Watercolor I.

Fee: $260 member, $310 non-member

Date(s): Fri, Sep 20, 27, Oct. 4, 18, 25, 3-6 p.m.

Instructor: Alifie Rojas, Mexico

Alifie Rojas is a Mexican illustrator visiting Denver Botanic Gardens to study and illustrate Colorado’s regional insects. She began practicing watercolor techniques in the early 1990s and by 1999, began specializing in scientific illustration. Her work has been presented in individual and collective exhibitions, and has been published in Mexico and the U.S. She also illustrated the book “Medicinal Plants” by Rosita Arvigo.


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