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Invitation to Ikebana: Creative

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.

Japanese Ikebana has expanded its horizon by absorbing different cultures. In this course participants make a free-style Ikebana arrangement to fit into today's modern lifestyle.

 

Instructor: Midori Allmeyer

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

Invitation to Ikebana: Modern

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

In this class, participants make a "Moribana" arrangement, expressing the beauty of nature in a modern living environment. Moribana-style Ikebana was developed in the late 19th century in Japan and became very popular because of its flexibility without losing natural atmosphere

 

Instructor: Akiko Buckmaster & assistant Lois Krause. Akiko Buckmaster, born in Japan, is a master teacher of Ohara Ikebana School. She has been teaching Ikebana in the Denver area for forty years.

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

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.

In this class, participants make a special "Shoka" arrangement with summer bog plants, expressing the beauty of waterfront scenery.

 

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

 

 

Jams and Jellies

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. We will make jam using fresh fruit, and we will make jelly using juice. If time allows we will also be making no cook freezer jam. Each student will be able to take home at least one jar of each fruit preserve we make. Recipes and ideas on how to use our creations will also be discussed. We will discuss canning basics and food safety, but this class is ideal for students who have had some experience canning using a boiling water bath canner.

 

Instructor: Kathy Lee, Modern Gingham Preserves

Price: $56, $51 member price, includes $15 materials fee for recipes and take home items

 

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.

 

 

Junior Farm Apprentice at Chatfield Farms

June 13-17, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

If you’re interested in farming, this is the ideal camp for you! Learn about farming the land, growing in your own fields or backyard and caring for farm animals. Discover secrets that the soil holds, how climate affects growing and what plants grow best in Colorado. Work with farmers to harvest, clean and prepare fresh produce.

Price: $249 member, $269 nonmember.

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.

Landscape Design for Do-it-yourself Homeowners

1st Session: How to start, creating a base plan, and site analysis. This class will focus on understanding what is currently in your landscape, and how to start the design process. This is the most important class.

2nd Session: How to design hardscapes and planting beds. This class will focus on design of spaces including paths, patio, and planting beds.

3rd Session: Planting design and cost estimating. This class will focus and basic planting design for Colorado including xeriscape. We will also discuss how to create a materials list and budget for the project.

 

Instructor: Dan Lee started his landscape career in his teens mowing lawns and installing projects for neighbors. In high school and college, Dan worked on landscape installation crews. After graduating from Colorado State University with a degree in Landscape Horticulture he worked for a high end design build company until 2002 when he started Black Forest Landscape Design Studio LLC. Dan also teaches landscape design at Front Range Community College.

Price: $82, $72 members

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 Garden Tour

 

* This class takes place at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, C-470 and Wadsworth *

Take a stroll through the new Lavender Garden at Chatfield Farms and learn about the different species and varieties that grow well in the Rocky Mountain Region. You will be introduced to different growing methods including growing lavender as a garden perennial, container plant, and agricultural crop. Several other garden features within the Lavender Garden will also be explained, to include the Labyrinth, Rock Garden, Pollinator Perennial Beds and Herb Garden. The tour is led by Angie Jewett, Horticulturist and primary lavender grower on the farm.

 

Instructor: Angie Jewett, DBG Chatfield Farms Horticulturist

 

Price: $15, $12 member price

 

Special Instructions: The tour is all outdoors; please dress accordingly for weather and bring water and sunscreen!

Lecture - Blue Ribbon Vegetable Gardening

Today’s gardeners would have a difficult time recognizing the vegetables our ancestors ate. Wild tomatoes looked like small yellow berries and carrots were nothing more than skinny roots. So how did these plants grow into the beautiful vegetables we enjoy today? Early seed savers, plant breeders and agricultural contests at American fairs all played an important role.

 

Celebrate the rich history of our favorite homegrown vegetables such as mammoth pumpkins and onions while discovering how to grow your own picture-perfect produce. This entertaining session shows how to choose the top vegetable varieties, schedule planting dates and prepare for the big show. Participants take home a vegetable transplant from Bonnie Plants.

 

Speaker Bio:

Jodi Torpey is an award-winning vegetable gardener, master gardener and founder/editor-in-chief of WesternGardeners.com. She is the author of “The Colorado Gardener’s Companion and Blue-Ribbon Vegetable Gardening.” Torpey speaks at gardening events around the country and digitally through her Craftsy.com class. Since 2010, she has organized Denver’s “Plant a Row for the Hungry” campaign as a volunteer for the Garden Writers Association.

 

9:30 a.m. Social hour and tasting hosted by Slow Food Denver (included in price)

10 a.m. Program and lecture

11:30 a.m. Book signing by author

 

All lecture programs: $15 member, $20 non-member. Space is limited so register early!

 

Slow Food Members are welcome to register for the discounted member price of $15, please click on reciprocal member price, no identification required.

 

A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” – Marcus Garvey

 

 

 

 

With the support of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation and in line with the Gardens mission of connecting people with plants, we are excited to bring you a lecture and workshop series designed to take us back to our roots, exploring the history, traditions and culture of gardening. You can gain wisdom from gardeners before us, integrating traditional knowledge into the contemporary garden. Botanist, farmer and author Augustus Jenkins Farmer shares stories of traditional gardening techniques; from the charm of sharing plant cuttings with neighbors to intercropping plants to protect integrity of the soil. Bill Laws shares fascinating examples from his book Fifty Plants that Changed the Course of History, and Lauren Springer Ogden’s garden tour demonstrates a living laboratory for plants and plant matrices, emphasizing prairie, meadow and chaparral-inspired spaces that are a hallmark of Lauren’s regional design work.

 

 

A parallel series of intimate workshops and tours brings to life the traditions that have painted a romantic picture of gardening. Workshops include growing blue ribbon vegetables with Jodi Torpey; keeping a garden journal with Bill Laws; and a big bulbs workshop with Augustus Jenkins Farmer. We are excited to offer tours at the Gardens and throughout the region. Explore the splendor and abundance of Le Potager garden at the season’s peak and tour historically significant plants throughout the Gardens. For the first time, Lauren Springer Ogden opens her garden and welcomes participants to enjoy the beauty.

 

 

Lecture - Denver Botanic Gardens: History in the Heart of the City

The true history of the Garden’s 23 acres has been long anticipated, and this is the opportunity to hear all about it. Only a few centuries ago, the land on which the Gardens sits was nothing but dust and the occasional prairie dog. Professor Tom “Dr. Colorado” Noel shares how the Denver Botanic Gardens evolved into an urban oasis, from a barren landscape, to contended cemetery, to one of America’s greatest botanical gardens.

 

Speaker bio:

Thomas Noel is a Professor of History and Director of Public History, Preservation & Colorado Studies at the University of Colorado Denver. He has written 47 books, many articles and a Sunday history column for The Denver Post. He appears regularly as "Dr. Colorado" on NBC 9 News "Colorado & Company."

Noel has a masters and Ph.D. from Colorado University Boulder and a B.A. from the University of Denver. His 2015 book “Colorado: A Historical Atlas” is a full-color coffee table treasure exploring 90 topics in the evolution of the highest state from Mesa Verde to marijuana.

 

6 p.m. Social hour and tasting hosted by Slow Food Denver (included in price)

7 p.m. Program and lecture

 

All lecture programs: $15 member, $20 non-member. Space is limited so register early!

 

Slow Food Members are welcome to register for the discounted member price of $15, please click on reciprocal member price, no identification required.

 

A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” – Marcus Garvey

 

 

With the support of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation and in line with the Gardens mission of connecting people with plants, we are excited to bring you a lecture and workshop series designed to take us back to our roots, exploring the history, traditions and culture of gardening. You can gain wisdom from gardeners before us, integrating traditional knowledge into the contemporary garden. Botanist, farmer and author Augustus Jenkins Farmer shares stories of traditional gardening techniques; from the charm of sharing plant cuttings with neighbors to intercropping plants to protect integrity of the soil. Bill Laws shares fascinating examples from his book Fifty Plants that Changed the Course of History, and Lauren Springer Ogden’s garden tour demonstrates a living laboratory for plants and plant matrices, emphasizing prairie, meadow and chaparral-inspired spaces that are a hallmark of Lauren’s regional design work.

 

 

A parallel series of intimate workshops and tours brings to life the traditions that have painted a romantic picture of gardening. Workshops include growing blue ribbon vegetables with Jodi Torpey; keeping a garden journal with Bill Laws; and a big bulbs workshop with Augustus Jenkins Farmer. We are excited to offer tours at the Gardens and throughout the region. Explore the splendor and abundance of Le Potager garden at the season’s peak and tour historically significant plants throughout the Gardens. For the first time, Lauren Springer Ogden opens her garden and welcomes participants to enjoy the beauty.

 

 

Lecture - Our Glorious Gardens: How Did They Get Here?

Share a journey through 2,000 years of horticultural history with English garden writer Bill Laws. His book, “50 Plants That Changed the Course of History,” looks at the evolution of the garden through everyday plants and hand tools.

 

Whether you are juggling priorities in a large garden, or nurturing a small collection of potted succulents, you are a gardener. And that makes you an active participant in over 20 centuries of gardening.

 

Gardens provide a mindful retreat for busy lives; it’s not a coincidence that most of the world’s religions portray paradise as a garden. What brought us to this point in horticultural history? Is the future of the garden bright or bleak?

 

Speaker Bio:

A seasoned garden speaker and writer, Bill Laws is a practical gardener. He runs an allotment and manages a former rectory garden, now part of a neighborhood day center.

 

6 p.m. Social hour and tasting hosted by Slow Food Denver (included in price)

7 p.m. Program and lecture

8:30 p.m. Book signing by author

 

All lecture programs: $15 member, $20 non-member. Space is limited so register early!

Slow Food Members are welcome to register for the discounted member price of $15, please click on reciprocal member price, no identification required.

 

A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” – Marcus Garvey

 

 

 

 

With the support of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation and in line with the Gardens mission of connecting people with plants, we are excited to bring you a lecture and workshop series designed to take us back to our roots, exploring the history, traditions and culture of gardening. You can gain wisdom from gardeners before us, integrating traditional knowledge into the contemporary garden. Botanist, farmer and author Augustus Jenkins Farmer shares stories of traditional gardening techniques; from the charm of sharing plant cuttings with neighbors to intercropping plants to protect integrity of the soil. Bill Laws shares fascinating examples from his book Fifty Plants that Changed the Course of History, and Lauren Springer Ogden’s garden tour demonstrates a living laboratory for plants and plant matrices, emphasizing prairie, meadow and chaparral-inspired spaces that are a hallmark of Lauren’s regional design work.

 

 

A parallel series of intimate workshops and tours brings to life the traditions that have painted a romantic picture of gardening. Workshops include growing blue ribbon vegetables with Jodi Torpey; keeping a garden journal with Bill Laws; and a big bulbs workshop with Augustus Jenkins Farmer. We are excited to offer tours at the Gardens and throughout the region. Explore the splendor and abundance of Le Potager garden at the season’s peak and tour historically significant plants throughout the Gardens. For the first time, Lauren Springer Ogden opens her garden and welcomes participants to enjoy the beauty.

 

Liberate Your Inner Chef

* This class takes place at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, C-470 and Wadsworth *

 

Want to prepare great meals from fresh, seasonal, and intriguing ingredients without a recipe? Explore the fun and creative aspects of spontaneous cooking with super fresh ingredients from Chatfield Farms as we put together an amazing meal from scratch. Discover how easy it is to create delicious, nourishing meals from the garden. Lunch included.

Class will be held in the covered outdoor kitchen.

 

Instructor: Susan Evans

 

Price: $56, $51 member price

 

Special instructions: Class will be held outdoors with shade provided for cooking and dining; please dress appropriately.

Life on the Farm at Chatfield Farms

Care for farm animals and learn what it takes to make vegetables grow on a modern farm. Prepare snacks each day and learn how every ingredient is connected to the farm. You will immerse yourself in nature along the banks of Deer Creek while observing frogs, insects and birds of prey.

Price: $249 member, $269 non-member.

 

Light on Form

Registration for summer classes begins June 7 at 9am.

Take your drawings from flat to fabulous. The secret to portraying light and shadow on your subjects lies in understanding the scientific method of lighting as it applies to different forms. Beginning with basic geometric shapes, refine your skills in showing light and volume on any subject. The class will work entirely in graphite pencil, but the principles apply to all other media. As you progress from fruits and vegetables to leaves and flowers to entire plants with complex shapes, you will overcome the obstacles in creating three-dimensional drawings. Fee: $230 member, $285

 

• Fri-Sun, May 13-15, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt

 

Schissler Academy of Fine Arts - Loveland

• Fri-Sun, May 20-22, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Susan Rubin

 

• Fri-Sun, June 24-26, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt

• Tue, Aug. 23, 30, Sep. 6, 13, 20, 9 a.m. – noon

Instructor: Susan Rubin

 

• Fri-Sun, Oct. 28-30, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt

 

• Thu, Oct. 20, 27, Nov. 3, 10, 17, 6-9 p.m.

Instructor: Constance Sayas

 

Literature of the Land: Spring 2016 Book Club

The book club is hosted by the Helen Fowler Library. This spring series examines birds in history, fiction and the modern era and how it relates to topics ranging from natural history to avian intelligence to the idea of home.

We’ll read 3 books over 3 months.

 

The March book is Noah Strycker’s "The Thing with Feathers: The Surprising Lives of Birds and What They Reveal About Being Human," an entertaining look at birds and the surprising world they inhabit.

 

In April, the book is "Snapper" by Brian Kimberling. This wry, witty set of interconnected short stories explores the Indiana backwater with young ornithologist Nathan, who makes a meager living observing the effect of climate change on the region’s songbirds.

 

In May, the book looks at birds in the broader context of migratory animals with "The Homing Instinct" by Bernd Heinrich.

 

Registration is mandatory as attendance will be limited in number to allow for interactive discussion in a friendly group setting. The cost is $5 per session, $15 for all three sessions.

 

Each session has individual registration, please select all three date options with seperate registration if you would like to attend the entire series.

 

Dates:

March 23 or 24

April 20 or 21

May 18 or 19

$5 per session.

 

Making and Using Flower Essences

Flower essences are a form of vibrational healing similar to homeopathy and acupuncture.

They are incredibly simple to make and wondrously effective for emotional, psychological, and behavioral problems or traits. They are practical and effective for our pets and children as well. There are no contraindications for flower essences; they can be used with any other form of treatment.

Everyone takes home an extensive handout and an all purpose Trauma Remedy and the very popular Fear Remedy, plus a personal pendulum.

 

Instructor: Christina Blume

Price: $63, $58 members, includes $30 for materials

Photo: Courtesy of Dan Zen (Flickr)

Making the Most Out of Your CSA

* This class takes place at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, C-470 and Wadsworth *

Are you excited about participating in a local CSA but a little unsure about what to do with all that kale and kohlrabi? Join Chef Elizabeth Buckingham for this delicious seasonally-focused class where we’ll discuss how to make the most of your CSA share. Chef Elizabeth will share fresh, healthy and tasty recipes that perfectly showcase that in-season produce and keep you from wasting anything, and youll taste some great fresh food. Whether its your first or your tenth CSA season, this class will teach you all sorts of great tips to use your fresh vegetables in the best possible ways!

Instructor: Elizabeth Buckingham

Price: $44 members, $49 non-members, includes $20 materials fee.

***Reciprocal member pricing availabe at registration

About the instructor: Chef Elizabeth Buckingham is a Colorado native; she earned a Grande Diplôme from Le Cordon Bleu Paris. A spontaneous scuba diving trip to the Bahamas following her culinary school graduation led to a passion for the ocean and the next eight years of her career, first cooking aboard dive boats and later progressing to head chef aboard private yachts worldwide. In 2009, Elizabeth returned to Colorado and started her own private chef venture, Moveable Feast Colorado. Elizabeth teaches public and private cooking classes in the Denver area and offers recipe development and trade-show services to her corporate clients. Elizabeth is also a certified Master Gardener and runs a tiny urban homestead complete with chickens and a large vegetable garden. She is an avid home canner and preserver, a passionate advocate of local food, and thinks everyone should know how to cook at least a little bit.

Masks and Bones

Registration begins June 7 at 9am.

In this workshop, you will make paper Halloween costumes while learning paper-cutting skills. Make your exoskeleton or create carnivorous plant extensions. We will experiment with cutting Tyvek to make fitted bones and masks. Express your wildest ideas! No experience necessary. Tips and tricks will be shared. Suggestion: Dress in plain black to try a white bones costume.

Fee: $50 member, $75 non-member. No prerequisites.

 

• Thu, Oct. 13, 6-8 p.m.

Instructor: Béatrice Coron, N.Y., NY

Born in France, Béatrice Coron lived in Egypt, Mexico and China before moving to New York. Coron tells stories in illustrations, book arts, fine arts and public art. She adapts her paper-cut designs to metal, stone and glass. You can see her work in major collections such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Walker Art Center, and she shared about her creative process in a TED Talk.

 

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