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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: 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.

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.

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.

 

 

Photo: Perfecto Insecto (Flickr)

Superstition and Mythology of Aurora Owls

Presented and Managed by the City of Aurora

The Greek goddess Athena associates owls as protectors and the Hopi tribe see the burrowing owl as the god of death. Come learn about the owls native to Aurora and some of the mythology historically associated with them. We will be dissecting an owl pellet followed by a wagon ride to find owls!

The City of Aurora's Parks, Recreation & Open Space department's mission is to encourage active lifestyles and create healthy environments for people, nature and community.

Date: August 19, 2019

Time: 10 a.m.

Price: $8

Location: Plains Conservation Center, 21901 E. Hampden Avenue, Aurora, CO 80013 Phone 303-326-8380

 

Sustainable Greenhouse Design

Rocky Mountain Gardening Elective

Have you ever wondered if a greenhouse that needs NO supplemental heating or cooling could be made? The answer is yes!

No more over-heating and freezing in all-glazed greenhouses. The sustainable design balances the use of thermal mass, glazing, insulation and sun angles to achieve the stabilization needed in our extreme climate without the use of fossil fuels. Learn how to design a sustainable greenhouse from the ground up, using salvaged or new materials to achieve the look and performance you want. You can also use these techniques to improve an existing greenhouse.

This class is a comprehensive look at how passive solar greenhouses work and covers topics such as how to orient the building, basic principles of passive solar design including the use of stored water as thermal mass, simple math formulas to help guide your design, a materials list and drawings and calculations for a 13’ x 15’ greenhouse.

In 2000, the Parmenters built their first greenhouse out of 90% recycled materials on top of an 8,120 ft. elevation decomposed granite mountain. Since then, they have designed and built many more and are ready to share what they have learned about state-of-the-art materials and cost-saving strategies. Lose yourself in a year round garden sanctuary.

 

Price: $160, $150 members

Instructors: Penn and Cord Parmenter are high altitude food growers. They live in the Wet Mountains in South Central Colorado and they apply a multitude of techniques to overcome the challenges of the high country. Their totally sustainable greenhouse provides food year round for them and their three boys.

 

Textures in Watercolor Pencil

Explore the versatility of watercolor pencils. Begin with color studies to explore the qualities of watercolor pencils as they translate from pencil into liquid color. Experiment with graphite, ink and colored pencil as complementary media. These new skills are used to create a finished botanical plate in this fresh and fluid medium.

 

Prerequisites: Light on Form, Color Mixing, Color Layering for Colored Pencil.

 

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

 

Date(s): Mon, Oct. 28, Nov. 4, 11, 18, 25, 9 a.m. – noon

 

Instructor: Renee Jorgensen

The Ins, Outs, Ups & Downs of Prairie Dogs

Presented and Managed by the City of Aurora

Have you ever been curious about those mound-building rodents you sometimes see around Aurora? Whether you think they are cute or a nuisance, there is no denying that they play a big role in shaping the prairie. Participate in an informative presentation on prairie dogs followed by a wagon tour of the Plains Conservation Center. Appropriate for ages 12 and up.

The City of Aurora's Parks, Recreation & Open Space department's mission is to encourage active lifestyles and create healthy environments for people, nature and community.

Date: September 22, 2019

Time: 2 p.m.

Price: $10

Location: Plains Conservation Center, 21901 E. Hampden Avenue, Aurora, CO 80013 Phone 303-326-8380

 

The Tropical Nature of Terrariums

Discover a unique way to grow tropical plants. Nicholas Giaquinto, conservatory horticulturist, discusses how to brighten the home with tropical plants on a tour through the Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory. Participants then design and plant a terrarium to take home.

 

Price: $69, $64 member, includes all material

Nicholas Giaquinto graduated from SUNY Farmingdale with a degree in ornamental horticulture. With a strong interest in public horticulture, he completed internships at Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania, Hidcote Manor Gardens in England and Kiseki no Hoshi in Japan. He joined Denver Botanic Gardens in 2015.

 

 

 

Tibetan Singing Bowls Concert

Denver yoga instructor and sound healer Chris Anne Coviello and her husband Jason Coviello will be performing together to bring you this spring treat. The concert will begin with Jason playing his Hang Drum which is a very rare steel drum that is made by only two people in the world. Some say it sounds like a stringed instrument. Jason's Hang Drum is tuned to the note that vibrationally corresponds to the heart chakra and when he plays the drum, he takes you on a heart-opening journey.

Jason and Chris Anne will then begin playing the singing bowls which are tuned to all the different musical notes that correspond to the different chakras, so they will balance the energy in the body. And since we are made up of mostly water, the vibrational effect will be a full body cellular massage.

Tibetan Singing bowls have been used for thousands of years as instruments of healing.

So come and relax and close your eyes and drift into an altered state which facilitates the body to heal. Make sure you wear comfy clothes and bring a yoga mat or blanket so that you may lie down and let the bells carry away with them all that no longer serves you. As your chakra's re-align, breathe peace and enter the profound state of physical-mental and emotional well-being. Leave as if you were 10 lbs. lighter, because that is exactly what will happen as the pounds of stress, anxiety and fear melt from your system.

 

Price: $18, $15 members

Special Instructions: No children under twelve years of age are permitted in this program. Talking, cell phones, and other distractions are not permitted.

Tibetan Singing Bowls Spring Concert

The Denver Botanic Gardens will be hosting its semi-annual Tibetan Bowls Concert to celebrate Spring!!!

Denver yoga instructor and sound healer Chris Anne Coviello and her husband Jason Coviello will be performing together to bring you this spring treat. The concert will begin with Jason playing his Hang Drum which is a very rare steel drum that is made by only two people in the world. Some say it sounds like a stringed instrument. Jason's Hang Drum is tuned to the note that vibrationally corresponds to the heart chakra and when he plays the drum, he takes you on a heart-opening journey.

Jason and Chris Anne will then begin playing the singing bowls which are tuned to all the different musical notes that correspond to the different chakras, so they will balance the energy in the body. And since we are made up of mostly water, the vibrational effect will be a full body cellular massage.

Tibetan Singing owls which have been used for thousands of years as instruments of healing.

So come and Relax and close your eyes and drift into an altered state which facilitates the body to heal. Make sure you wear comfy clothes and bring a yoga mat or blanket so that you may lie down and let the bells carry away with them all that no longer serves you. As your chakra's re-align, breathe peace and enter the profound state of physical-mental and emotional well-being. Leave as if you were 10lbs lighter, because that is exactly what will happen as the pounds of stress, anxiety and fear melt from your system.

 

Price: $18, $15 members

Special Instruction: No children permitted in this program as it is a very quiet concert and any noise is distracting to other participants

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