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Homeschool Day: Mysteries of Mycology

While often thought of as plants, fungi such as mold, yeast and mushrooms make up their very own kingdom! Join us as we explore the similarities and differences between plants and fungi, investigate specimens from the Sam Mitchel Herbarium of Fungi and explore the active life of yeast.

Homeschool Days offer families the opportunity to explore plant-based themes through a variety of hands-on activities, tours and take-home projects that families can do together. Activities are designed for children ages five and up, however all ages are welcome to attend.

Price: $12 per day per child; One adult per child is free of charge. Additional adults and non-participating siblings over the age of two will need to pay $7 each, payable on the day of the program. The program fee includes admission to the Gardens.

Homeschool Day: Plants that Changed the World

Plants have played an important role throughout history. Join us as we learn how early explorers and imaginative inventors spread the flavors of the world, discovered new plants and found their unique uses. Plant an herb used around the world to take home.

Homeschool Days offer families the opportunity to explore plant-based themes through a variety of hands-on activities, tours and take-home projects that families can do together. Activities are designed for children ages five and up, however all ages are welcome to attend.

Price: $12 per day per child; One adult per child is free of charge. Additional adults and non-participating siblings over the age of two will need to pay $7 each, payable on the day of the program. The program fee includes admission to the Gardens.

Homeschool Day: Starting a Garden

Learn the basics of garden design as you explore the many different gardening styles used at Denver Botanic Gardens. Discover the ins and outs of gardening as you investigate the science of soil, compost and companion planting. Plant a variety of seeds to start your own home garden.

Homeschool Days offer families the opportunity to explore plant-based themes through a variety of hands-on activities, tours and take-home projects that families can do together. Activities are designed for children ages five and up, however all ages are welcome to attend.

Price: $12 per day per child; One adult per child is free of charge. Additional adults and non-participating siblings over the age of two will need to pay $7 each, payable on the day of the program. The program fee includes admission to the Gardens.

How to Plant a Tree: Tree and Shrub Selection and Planting

Rocky Mountain Gardening Elective

Trees and shrubs are one of the greatest property investments and can greatly increase a home’s value. Trees are also expensive, so learn how to determine what species is best for your yard, where and when to plant it plant and how to care for it. Evergreens, deciduous trees and shrubs have varying preferred planting times and care strategies.

This class also shares tips on what to look for when you go to the nursery, how to dig a proper hole to insure the best root spread in the appropriate amount of time and when and how to prune. Also learn how to properly care for your tree to avoid transplant shock or winter desiccation injury. This class can make homeowners more confident when choosing or planting trees and shrubs or when supervising contractors.

 

Instructor: Patti O'Neal

Price: $44, $39 members

Intro to Yogurt and Cheesemaking

 

Interested in making your own fresh cheeses and yogurts but not sure where to start? This class is for you! Join Chef Elizabeth Buckingham for this introduction to yogurt and fresh cheeses, made at home without a lot of complicated equipment or fancy ingredients. We ll make and taste yogurt, ricotta, mozzarella and queso fresco; once you ve mastered these basics you ll learn how to continue your cheesemaking experiments on your own. Find out just how easy it is to make your own fresh cheeses and yogurts! Generous samples served.

 

Instructor: Chef Elizabeth Buckingham is a Colorado native and has just returned from a five-month round-the-world sabbatical. She earned her culinary degree from Le Cordon Bleu Paris and has cooked aboard dive boats and private yachts worldwide. In 2009, Elizabeth returned to Colorado with her husband, Nicholas, and started her own private chef venture, Moveable Feast Colorado. Elizabeth teaches public and private cooking classes in the Denver area and is a certified Master Gardener; she runs a small urban homestead complete with bees, chickens and a large vegetable garden. She is an avid canner and preserver, a passionate advocate of local food, and she thinks everyone should know how to cook at least a little bit.

 

Price: $49, $44 members

 

Introduction to Botanical Illustration

Tickets Available for Summer/Fall Classes - June 6, 2017

Start at the beginning. Whether you’ve had no experience with drawing or have forgotten what you learned way back when, this is the class for you. Learn drawing basics step by step in this gently paced course. Carefully explained demonstrations, simple exercises and helpful critiques will show you how to draw what you see. Build your drawing skills to enter the School of Botanical Art and Illustration with confidence.

 

No prerequisites.

Note: If you have had some drawing experience, please go directly to Botanical Illustration in Pencil I.

Fee: $245 member, $295 non-member

• Fri-Sun, Sept. 8-10, 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Renee Jorgensen

 

 

 

Introduction to Water-Bath Canning

In this class we will be introducing and discussing the basic techniques of water bath canning. We will make at least one pickled product and one fruit in syrup product. This is an introductory class to those who have little to no experience in preserving the harvest. We will discuss food safety, processing times, and where to find safe recipes. Students will leave with at least one jar of preserved goods.

Price: $56, $51 member

Instructor: Kathy Lee

 

 

Photo: Courtesy of cjmartin (Flickr)

Invitation to Ikebana: Traditional

Ikebana is an expression of our respect and appreciation towards nature. We observe life through the arrangement of plants. During each class, participants receive hands-on instruction to put together an arrangement to take home.

Shoka (or Seika, depending on each Ikebana school) is today's name for original "Ikebana" style which started in Japan in the early 17th century. Shoka expresses the life and the beauty of plants in nature.

In June, students will make a Shoka arrangement which brings coolness of water on a hot summer day in the form of pond scenery. Please bring two kenzans and deep dish style container with a wide opening to class.

Instructor: Kazuko Kozai is a Senior Professor of Ikenobo Ikebana School, which is the largest Ikebana school begun in Japan in 1462. She has studied Ikebana for more than 40 years and teaches enthusiastically in the Denver and Boulder area.

Price: $44, $39 members, $15 materials fee included.

Special Instructions: Students are encouraged to bring their own Ikebana container (vase) and a large Kenzan (= Pin-frog, 3.5" diameter or larger) as well as garden clippers (or Ikebana scissors) so that they can take home their finished arrangement. The Kenzan and Ikebana vase can be reused for future arrangements again and again for years. Container, Kenzan, and scissors will be lent during the class for those who don't bring their own, but then they will only bring home their flowers.

To purchase Kenzan and Ikebana scissors in advance, one option is to contact the Denver Chapter of Ikebana International through their website at ikebanadenver.com

 

 

 

Jam Making

This class is ideal for students who have had some experience canning using a boiling water bath canner. In this class we will focus on making fruit preserves that we can use on our toast, ice cream, mixed in yogurt, and used to flavor cocktails. Recipes and ideas on how to use our creations will also be discussed. We will discuss canning basics and food safety.We will discuss pectin, fruit quality, and different types of jams that one can make.  Each student will leave with at least one jar of jam, recipes, and ideas for how the preserves can be used.Fruit variety will depend on seasonal availability.

Price: $56, $51 member price

Instructor: Kathy Lee

 

 

Japanese Tea Ceremony

 

For centuries, the tea ceremony has been considered the epitome of Japanese life, based on harmony, respect, purity, tranquility and elegant simplicity. Come experience the real thing - a traditional ceremony inside our authentic Japanese Tea House in the Japanese Garden.

Each ceremony is held in the Ella Mullen Weckbaugh Tea House in Shofu-En, the Japanese Garden, at Denver Botanic Gardens.

 

Price: $32, $27 members

Special Instructions: Meet at the tea house at 10 a.m, with a pair of white socks. Jeans, shorts or short skirts are not permitted. Please turn off all cell phones during the ceremony.

 

 

Keynote Talk & Panel - Where Does Your Water Come From?

Have you ever wondered where your water comes from? Living in Denver can pose many questions about the source of drinking water, the quality, the rules and the stakeholders. For example, did you know that 50% of the water used in Denver comes from the Colorado River on the Western Slope? A presentation by Tom Cech from the One World One Water Center at MSU Denver is followed by a panel discussion with water experts from the Denver area. A Q&A session concludes the event.

Price: $20, $15 member

Keynote Speaker:Tom Cech was born and raised on a farm near Clarkson, Nebraska, graduated from Kearney State College with a bachelor of science in math education and received a master’s degree in community and regional planning from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. He was executive director of the Central Colorado Water Conservancy District in Greeley, taught undergraduate and graduate level water resources courses at the University of Northern Colorado and Colorado State University, and is now the director of the One World One Water (OWOW) Center for Urban Water Education and Stewardship at Metropolitan State University of Denver. Cech wrote “Principles of Water Resources: History, Development, Management and Policy,” “Introduction to Water Resources and Environmental Issues,” (co-author Dr. Karrie Pennington) and “Colorado Water Law for Non-Lawyers,” (co-author P. Andrew Jones). He has also completed histories of the Colorado Water Conservation Board and the Colorado State Engineer’s Office with Bill McDonald and Dick Stenzel.

Kundalini Yoga - Single Session

Kundalini yoga focuses on awakening energy and unlocking our inner potential through breathing techniques, movements, stretching, meditation and mantra. This ancient and sacred practice is the oldest form of yoga and is an effective way to recharge and heal the body.

The class, taught by Yogi Bhajan, Ph.D., Master of Kundalini yoga, starts and ends with beautiful and ancient chants which open and calm the heart. A carefully planned sequence of postures, movements and breathing exercises, called a kriya, follows. The techniques stimulate the nervous and immune systems, while improving strength and flexibility. Participants may find a peace of mind and experience benefits including relief from back pain, stress, addiction, depression, insomnia and weight control.

 

Instructor: Chris Anne Coviello

For more information on Instructor Chris Anne Coviello please visit www.chrisannecoviello.com

Price: $10, $8 members

Skill level: All levels welcome, no experience required.

Special Instructions: Each session is unique; we recommend that you try at least two or three sessions. Please bring water and a yoga mat. If you have trouble sitting on the floor for extended periods of time, please bring a blanket and pillows to provide comfort. Please bring cash if possible but credit cards are also accepted.

Class is located in Morrison Center which is on the North side of Children’s Garden. The gate for entry is near the corner of 11th and York Street. This location is across the street from the main garden entry.

Late Pick-Up for Camp

  

Need a few extra hours added to the camp day? Let your child spend a few more hours at the Gardens from 4:00-5:30 p.m. We'll have a variety of games and activities your child can participate in with other children. Late Pick-Up is available for all Summer Camp Sessions at York Street. Late Pick-Up is not available for Farm Camp at Chatfield or Garden Explorers during Spring Break.

 

Please note that Late Pick-Up has a minimum enrollment of five children. Late Pick-Up may be cancelled if this minimum is not met.

 

Price: $50 per child

 

Lavender Festival - Botanical Lavender Soap Making

*This class takes place at Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms located at C-470 & Wadsworth*

This class takes place during Lavender Festival

Classes sell out quickly. Walk-ins will be accepted only if class is not sold out.

Interested in learning how to make your own natural hand-poured soap with gentle natural ingredients like coconut oil, honey, fresh citrus, lavender, olive oil, and shea butter? Herbalist Kim Cherie will walk you through it step by step as she demonstrates a fresh lavender batch of cold processed soap. Each student will take home a bar of soap and their own bag of lavender from K. CHERIE- Kim Cherie's herb farm.

 

Price: $53, $48 member

Instructor: Kim Cherie, owner of K. CHERIE Botanical Spa Retreat

 

 

Lavender Festival - Cutting Gardens Demo

*This class takes place at Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms located at C-470 & Wadsworth*

This class takes place during Lavender Festival

Classes sell out quickly. Walk-ins will be accepted only if class is not sold out.

Join Chatfield Farms longtime volunteer, Peg Motagne, for a morning amongst the flowers! Explore our small but mighty cutting garden and take away tips to start your own cutting garden at home. Learn about what varieties work well for regenerative cutting, stem length and other growing tips. Students will also learn about best gardener’s tools and sustainable methods for harvesting blooms all season long.

This class is an hour long demo only, and will not include a bouquet to take home as the cutting garden produces for the CSA flower share.

 

Price: $15, $12 member

Instructor: Peg Montagne

 

Lavender Festival - DIY Lavender Skincare

*This class takes place at Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms located at C-470 & Wadsworth*

This class takes place during Lavender Festival

Classes sell out quickly. Walk-ins will be accepted only if class is not sold out.

Herbalist Kim Cherie will inspire you with glorious fresh lavender infused oils and butters to create your own homemade lavender creations. Class participants will learn to make your own luscious lavender body products, and lavender-infused toner. Students will take home a jar of fresh made lavender body butter, lavender toner, bag of lavender from Kim Cherie's herb farm, and some great ideas for making your own lavender products at home.

 

Price: $53, $48 member

Instructor: Kim Cherie, owner of K. CHERIE Botanical Spa Retreat

 

 

Lavender Festival - Everyday Uses for Essential Oils

*This class takes place at Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms located at C-470 & Wadsworth*

This class takes place during Lavender Festival

Classes sell out quickly. Walk-ins will be accepted only if class is not sold out.

Have you ever wondered about essential oils? All your friends are excited about them, so what’s the big deal? This class will answer all of these questions! Essential oils offer support for every system of your body, including your immune and respiratory systems. Toss those toxic cleaning supplies you’ve felt guilty about and start using a natural healthy alternative that smells amazing – and for pennies on the dollar! Diffuse essential oils for emotional support, and apply them topically for hundreds of different benefits. Some oils can even be used in cooking. Join us for two hours of education, fun, contest prizes, and gifts. Each attendee will receive a free bottle of lavender essential oil, as well as a surprise gift!

 

Price: $49, $44 member

Instructor: Tonya Chapa is a wife, mother of 6, and grandmother of 2. She loves to travel the world and educate others about the wonderful blessings and amazing power of essential oils.

 

Lavender Festival - Gentle Morning Yoga

*This class takes place at Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms located at C-470 & Wadsworth*

This class takes place during Lavender Festival.

Classes sell out quickly. Walk-ins will be accepted only if class is not sold out.

Come find your flow amongst the flowers! In this slower yoga practice, you will be encouraged to move mindfully on your mat. As an all-levels flow, you can expect appropriate opportunities to explore strength and balance while connecting to your breath.

Please arrive 15 minutes early to sign in and situate. You will want to bring a mat to practice on and any additional props that you might desire as we won’t have any to offer.

 

Price: $10, $8 member

Instructor: Meredith Saver

Lavender Festival - Growing Lavender in Your Landscape

*This class takes place at Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms located at C-470 & Wadsworth*

This class takes place during Lavender Festival

Classes sell out quickly. Walk-ins will be accepted only if class is not sold out.

In this class, students will learn all about growing lavender in your garden. This class will explore the different attributes of the different species and cultivars that we can grow in the Rocky Mountains and high desert. We will explore how to maintain your plant to encourage long life, review watering, and pruning and growing requirements. Learn how to incorporate lavender in a xeriscape garden and which plants compliment lavender. Each student will go home with their own lavender plant, hand sickle, and growing guide.

 

Price: $35, $30 member

Instructor: Paola Legarre

Owner of Sage Creations Organic Farm, Paola Legarre has worked in organic farming and marketing for the last 25 years. In looking to continue Paola’s commitment to organic farming and raising her family in Colorado’s clean air and wholesome way of life, her and her family moved to Palisade in 2005.

Paola’s first lavender planting was in 2006. As her lavender fields grew, she extended her product line to include certified organic essential oil, bath and body products, and lavender plant starts. Sage Creations currently has 5 acres in lavender production and grows 3 species and 50 different cultivars of lavender. Paola manages the farm and maintains lavender fields, medicinal herb crops, heirloom vegetables and a cherry orchard by using sustainable farming practices; nourishing soil life, not using herbicides or synthetic fertilizers and encouraging the beneficial insects through diversified plant hedge rows, companion planting and insect releases.

 

Lavender Festival - Lavender Spice Blends Cooking Demo

*This class takes place at Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms located at C-470 & Wadsworth*

This class takes place during Lavender Festival.

Classes sell out quickly. Walk-ins will be accepted only if class is not sold out.

Learn to liven up your spice game with lavender. We will be blending a savory rub to use for your dinners, lunches, or salad dressings, and sweet rub to use in or on cakes, cookies, and frostings. All registered participants will leave with their own blends and a coupon to shop at a local spice shop for all your lavender and spice needs.

 

Price: $18, $15 member

Instructor: Kathy Lee, Modern Gingham Preserves

 

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