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Rocky Mountain Horticulture I: Gardening Principles

Rocky Mountain Gardening Required Course Group I

This class details all the specifics necessary to grow plants successfully in the Rocky Mountain region. Soil preparation, plant choice and location, planting techniques and year-round maintenance specific to Colorado will be covered. We'll review plant growth, fertilizers, microclimates and more.

 

Instructor: Thaddeus Gourd attended New Mexico State University where he graduated with a B.S. degree in Pest Management and Horticulture. He earned a Master’s Degree with thesis study in Entomology at New Mexico State University and a Ph.D. in Plant Pathology with emphasis on plant parasitic nematodes at North Carolina State University. Thaddeus has worked over 19 years in the private sector of the plant science business and since 2000, has worked at Colorado State University Extension as an Agriculture Agent and Director for Adams County. He has extensive experience of gardening and greenhouse management and has been involved in the practice of Integrated Pest Management for over 30 years.

Price: $161, $135 members

Special Instructions: All students are requested to bring graph paper and pencils to the first class

Photo courtesy of: Soil Science (flickr)

Rocky Mountain Horticulture II

Rocky Mountain Gardening Required Course Group I

Rocky Mountain Horticulture II is an introduction to general information on plant management. Each of these four classes will present an overview by an expert from the Colorado State University Cooperative Extension Service. Topics include the identification and control of lawn and garden weeds, diseases and insects, and integrated pest management.

 

Instructor: Thaddeus Gourd attended New Mexico State University where he graduated with a B.S. degree in Pest Management and Horticulture. He earned a Master³ Degree with thesis study in Entomology at New Mexico State University and a Ph.D. in Plant Pathology with emphasis on plant parasitic nematodes at North Carolina State University. Thaddeus has worked over 19 years in the private sector of the plant science business and since 2000, has worked at Colorado State University Extension as an Agriculture Agent and Director for Adams County. He has extensive experience of gardening and greenhouse management and has been involved in the practice of Integrated Pest Management for over 30 years.

Price: $161, $135 members

Special instructions: Instructor will provide material and specimens for the participants to examine during this 4 session course.  The class is also encouraged to bring in specimens that can be used for class diagnostics. 

Sacred Doorways – Byzantine Iconography

 

More than decorative elements, color plays a very important role in Byzantine iconography, which is one of the oldest art forms to survive unchanged for the past 2,000 years. Students are introduced to both the practical and the theoretical part of the iconographic tradition (iconology). You’ll use natural materials: wood panels gessoed with naturally ground, genuine gold leaf and egg tempera made from natural pigments. You’ll learn the language of light, color, image and symbol, with the iconic symbolism explained alongside the technical instruction. Fee: $55/session member, $70/session non-member. Pre-registration required. Open to both experienced and amateur students. No artistic experience is required from the beginning student.

 

Mon, Nov. 7, 9 a.m. – noon

Mon, Nov. 21, 9 a.m. – noon

Registration begins December 13, 2016 at 9am. Classes go on sale then.

Mon, Jan. 16, 9 a.m. – noon

Mon, Jan. 30, 9 a.m. – noon

Mon, Feb. 20, 9 a.m. – noon

Mon, March 6, 9 a.m. – noon

Mon, March 20, 9 a.m. – noon

Mon, April 3, 9 a.m. – noon

Mon, April 17, 9 a.m. – noon

Mon, May 15, 9 a.m. – noon

Mon, June 5, 9 a.m. – noon

Mon, June 19, 9 a.m. – noon

 

Instructor: Laurence Pierson

 

Laurence Pierson has over 20 years of experience in icon painting. She studied iconography at the Louvre, Paris, under a Lebanese master. Later, she studied with a Greek and a Chilean iconographer, and thus was exposed to different schools and different techniques while refining her own approach. Laurence has taught in France and Ireland, and since 2010, in Denver.

 

 

Scientific Illustration for Teens

Teen Workshop

Sharpen your pencils and sharpen your vision and learn the skills of careful observation and realistic drawing in graphite pencil.

 

Fee: $245 member, $295 non-member.

 

Mon-Fri, July 10-14, 9 a.m. - noon

 

Instructor: Meredith Feniak

Seed School

Seed School is a groundbreaking six-day educational course that trains people from all walks of life to build local seed systems rooted in the ancient tradition of seed saving. Students walk away from this innovative learning experience with the knowledge and inspiration to start their own independent seed initiatives, such as community seed libraries and exchanges, growing for seed, cooperatives, heirloom seed businesses, and participatory plant breeding projects.

Seed School is designed to offer a comprehensive yet accessible overview of the history, science, business, and craft of seeds. Appropriate for adults and teens at all skill levels, this course is for gardeners, farmers, chefs, entrepreneurs, NGOs, activists, policymakers and anyone interested in turning the tide on the industrialization of our food system.

 

Instructors: Bill McDorman, Penn Parmenter, Lee-Ann Hill, Panayoti Kelaidis and others

Price: $750, $650 members

Special Instructions: Six-day residential course at Denver Botanic Gardens (York St) and Chatfield Farms starting on a Sunday eve for orientation and housekeeping from 4 – 8pm and then daily generally from 9am to 5pm depending on activities, field trips, etc. Participants will be emailed specific schedules and times prior to the course.

 

Tentative Schedule:

Sunday, April 2nd, 4-8pm, York St.

Monday, April 3rd, 9am-5pm, York St.

Tuesday, April 4th, 9am-5pm, York St.

Wednesday, April 5th, 9am-5pm, York St.

Thursday, April 6th, 9am-5pm, Chatfield Farms

Friday, April 7th, 9am-5pm, Chatfield Farms

 

Locations:

Denver Botanic Gardens, York St.

1007 York St.

Denver, CO 80206

 

Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms

8500 W Deer Creek Canyon Rd,

Littleton, CO 80128

Seedlings: 2017 Winter Series Package

Register for all 16 classes offered January thru April, and receive a $32 savings over the individual price.

 

The Thursday Winter Series Package at 9:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. is sold out. Some individual classes are still available for purchase. A listing of individual classes is listed here.

 

Seedlings classes offer a fun, hands-on way for young children, ages 18 months to six years, to explore the plant world while developing an understanding and appreciation for plants and their importance. Classes include interactive explorations, nature walks, and stories for children and their caregivers.

You will need to choose a date and time for each of the 16 classes. Please keep in mind that classes are offered for three different age groups and are modified to fit the developmental needs of each group. Please select the session appropriate for your child's age.

No refunds or partial registrations.

 

Special Instructions: This program is located in the Morrison Discovery Center located on the north end of the Mordecai Children's Garden.

Access to the Morrison Discovery Center November 1st - February 28th is through the York Stree Gate, located at the southeast corner of York Street and 11th Avenue. After parking in the garage, exit at Level 2, turn right and walk down the sidewalk to the gate. The Gate is open 30 minutes prior to the start of the program.

Access to the Morrison Discovery center March 1st through October 31st is through the Welcome Pavilion located on the third floor of parking garage.

 

Seedlings: A Log's Life

Look closely as we examine what happens to a tree when it becomes a log on the forest floor.

Ages 18-24 months: Friday, February 17, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, February 16, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, February 15, 9:30 or 11 a.m.

 

Special Instructions: This program is located in the Morrison Discovery Center located on the north end of the Mordecai Children's Garden. Access to the Morrison Discovery Center November 1st - February 28th is through the gate located at the southeast corner of York Street and 11th Avenue. After parking in the garage, exit at Level 2, turn right and walk down the sidewalk to the gate. The gate is open 30 minutes prior to the start of the program.

 

Seedlings: April Showers Bring May Flowers

Discover the spring weather that a garden loves!

Ages 18-24 months: Friday, April 28, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, April 27, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, April 26, 9:30 or 11 a.m.

 

Special Instructions: This program is located in the Morrison Discovery Center located on the north end of the Mordecai Children's Garden. Access to the Morrison Discovery center March 1st through October 31st is through the Welcome Pavilion located on the third floor of parking garage.

 

Seedlings: Carnivorous Plants Up Close

Take a close up look at some of our carnivorous plant friends, and learn how these special plants grow.

Ages 18-24 months: Friday, April 14, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, April 13, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, April 12, 9:30 or 11 a.m.

Seedlings: Cool Season Veggies

Investigate the tasty vegetables you can grow in April.

Ages 18-24 months: Friday, April 7, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, April 6, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, April 5, 9:30 or 11 a.m.

 

Special Instructions: This program is located in the Morrison Discovery Center located on the north end of the Mordecai Children's Garden. Access to the Morrison Discovery center March 1st through October 31st is through the Welcome Pavilion located on the third floor of parking garage.

 

Seedlings: Curious Clover

Join us as we take a close look at these three-leafed wonders and discover what makes this plant so special.

Ages 18-24 months: Friday, March 17, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, March 16, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, March 15, 9:30 or 11 a.m.

 

Special Instructions: This program is located in the Morrison Discovery Center located on the north end of the Mordecai Children's Garden. Access to the Morrison Discovery center March 1st through October 31st is through the Welcome Pavilion located on the third floor of parking garage.

Seedlings: Earth Day

Celebrate Earth Day as we help prepare our garden beds for planting.

Ages 18-24 months: Friday, April 21, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, April 20, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, April 19, 9:30 or 11 a.m.

Seedlings: Fabulous Fungi

Take a closer look at some unique fungi specimens and learn what makes them grow.

Ages 18-24 months: Friday, January 27, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, January 26, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, January 25, 9:30 or 11 a.m.

 

Special Instructions: This program is located in the Morrison Discovery Center located on the north end of the Mordecai Children's Garden. Access to the Morrison Discovery Center November 1st - February 28th is through the gate located at the southeast corner of York Street and 11th Avenue. After parking in the garage, exit at Level 2, turn right and walk down the sidewalk to the gate. The gate is open 30 minutes prior to the start of the program.

 

 

Seedlings: Garden Tools and Trucks

Discover the tools gardeners use as we dig, dump, pick and pull in the soil.

Ages 18-24 months: Friday, March 31, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

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

Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, March 29, 9:30 or 11 a.m.

Seedlings: Rockhounds

Investigate rocks of many shapes and sizes and discover a variety of plants that live among rocks in the garden.

Ages 18-24 months: Friday, March 3, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, March 2, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, March 1, 9:30 or 11 a.m.

 

Special Instructions: This program is located in the Morrison Discovery Center located on the north end of the Mordecai Children's Garden. Access to the Morrison Discovery center March 1st through October 31st is through the Welcome Pavilion located on the third floor of parking garage.

Seedlings: Roses are Red, Violets are Blue

Discover the sweet scent and beautiful colors of these famous February flowers.

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

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

Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, February 8, 9:30 or 11 a.m.

 

Special Instructions: This program is located in the Morrison Discovery Center located on the north end of the Mordecai Children's Garden. Access to the Morrison Discovery Center November 1st - February 28th is through the gate located at the southeast corner of York Street and 11th Avenue. After parking in the garage, exit at Level 2, turn right and walk down the sidewalk to the gate. The gate is open 30 minutes prior to the start of the program.

 

Seedlings: Signs of Spring

Get close to the ground to find bright green shoots, spring crocus and other new discoveries that signal the start of spring.

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

Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, March 23, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, March 22, 9:30 or 11 a.m.

 

Special Instructions: This program is located in the Morrison Discovery Center located on the north end of the Mordecai Children's Garden. Access to the Morrison Discovery center March 1st through October 31st is through the Welcome Pavilion located on the third floor of parking garage.

Seedlings: Super Succulents

Take a closer look at what makes succulents so special.

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

Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, February 23, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, February 22, 9:30 or 11 a.m.

 

Special Instructions: This program is located in the Morrison Discovery Center located on the north end of the Mordecai Children's Garden. Access to the Morrison Discovery Center November 1st - February 28th is through the gate located at the southeast corner of York Street and 11th Avenue. After parking in the garage, exit at Level 2, turn right and walk down the sidewalk to the gate. The gate is open 30 minutes prior to the start of the program.

 

Seedlings: The Dinosaur Garden

Take a journey back in time and discover the plants that dinosaurs liked to eat.

Ages 18-24 months: Friday, February 3, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, February 2, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, February 1, 9:30 or 11 a.m.

 

Special Instructions: This program is located in the Morrison Discovery Center located on the north end of the Mordecai Children's Garden. Access to the Morrison Discovery Center November 1st - February 28th is through the gate located at the southeast corner of York Street and 11th Avenue. After parking in the garage, exit at Level 2, turn right and walk down the sidewalk to the gate. The gate is open 30 minutes prior to the start of the program.

 

Seedlings: Very Hungry Caterpillars

Read this classic children’s story and crawl like a caterpillar through Mordecai Children’s Garden.

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

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

Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, March 8, 9:30 or 11 a.m.

 

Special Instructions: This program is located in the Morrison Discovery Center located on the north end of the Mordecai Children's Garden. Access to the Morrison Discovery center March 1st through October 31st is through the Welcome Pavilion located on the third floor of parking garage.

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