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Guided Sitting Meditation - The Cycle of Life

As the year ends, we reflect on all that has been and all that will be. Please join us as we reflect on the beauty of life and the power of possibilities. 

 

Price: $18, $15 member

Instructor: Denise Bickel, PhD, MSW, LCSW

 

 

 

Healing Oils of the Bible

Extensive scientific studies over the centuries have found that essential oils have the ability to support the human body physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Learn the important role that essential oils played in the lives of Biblical people. We will explore the twelve most significant oils of ancient scripture.

 

Instructors: Judy Jehn

Price: $41, $36 members

 

Herbal Pantry

Wondering what to do with all those fragrant herbs languishing in your garden? Learn how to preserve your herbal harvest in elegant vinegars, herb butters, herb salts, sugars and seasoning blends, marinated cheeses, robust pestos and spicy salsas. Turn your daily fare into something special. Go home inspired with new ways to implement the healthy and delicious flavors of your garden bounty. Generous sample tastings, recipes, and growing and harvesting tips included. Get that winter pantry started! Demonstration class.

Price: $44, $39 members

Instructor: Susan Evans

 

 

Himmeli- Geometric Straw Craft

Himmeli – Geometric Straw Craft

Himmeli originated in western parts of Europe. The name means “heaven” or “sky” in Swedish and German. Himmeli are mobiles you hang from the ceiling. They slowly move in the air and have been known for generations as the traditional Finnish ornament. Though simple, Himmeli structure is impressive and mystical, and it’s admired around the world. These extremely ornate mobiles are composed of geometric polygons. Typically, they are suspended above the dinner table during the holiday season in Finland. You’ll learn the structures and make your own himmeli using the original material for the purpose: rye straw, which is very glossy and yellow—peasant’s gold.

Open to everybody with no prerequisites.

Fee: $125 member, $175 non-member (including all supplies).

 

Date(s): Fri, Oct. 12, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Instructor: Mervi Hjelmroos-Koski

 

Date(s):Tue, Dec. 11, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Instructor: Mervi Hjelmroos-Koski

 

Home Cheesemaking

Learn the basic ins and outs of traditional cheesemaking and the animal husbandry, botany, and microbiology behind it, as well as the different types of cheese and how to make fresh cheeses at home! In this hands-on workshop we ll explore how to turn milk into curds and whey and stretch your own fresh mozzarella for you to take home!

Price: $44, $39 members

Instructor: Meg Caley is the Executive Director (or  Founder and Farmer-in-Chief ) for local urban agriculture non-profit Sprout City Farms. Before moving to Denver in 2008, she was the head cheesemaker on a 400-acre grassfed meat and dairy farm in central New Jersey where she made 7 different kinds of farmstead raw milk cheeses from their pastured Jersey cows. Meg has been a cheese nerd since learning the craft in Italy in 2006, and is ever eager to share her love of cheese with the world!

 

 

Homeschool Day: Journey to Japan

Journey to the land of the rising sun and discover the unique features of Denver Botanic Gardens' Japanese Garden. Investigate bonsai, discover the art of Ikebana and create a miniature Japanese garden to take home with you.

 

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: Paleobotany

Become a paleobotanist for a day. Explore the plants of Colorado's past climates and discover the plants that the dinosaurs ate. Plant a relative of a prehistoric plant to take home with you.

 

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: Plant Detectives

Join us as we thank plants for all they do for us. Discover how plant fibers become fabrics, investigate different types of wood and explore the journey of several plants as they become useful products we use every day.

 

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 and People of the Southwest

Discover how native peoples of the southwest use plants in their everyday lives as you explore the plants of the Sacred Earth and Dryland Mesa gardens. Investigate the many uses of the yucca plant and learn about different traditional cooking tools used in the southwest region.

 

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: Pollinators

Pollination is essential to the lifecycle of many plants. Learn how the Gardens depends on pollinators to help it grow as you discover the relationships between plants and pollinators. Learn how to protect pollinators and create an insect hotel to take home with you.

 

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 Excursion: Life on the High Plains

Spend a day with your family growing their knowledge of prairie living and appreciation for the natural world. Discover what life was like for the Cheyenne Indians and the homesteaders on the high plains in the 1800s. Explore how the Cheyenne adopted a lifestyle of semi-nomadic hunter/gatherers to thrive on the prairie. Learn about roles within the homesteading communities of 1887 and how they supported each other. The Homeschool Excursion program is 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 are $7.

 

Special Instructions: The program runs 10 a.m.  2 p.m. This is not a drop-in program. Check-in will begin at 9:45 a.m. with programming beginning at 10 a.m. Please plan to arrive before 10 a.m. There will be a half hour lunch break in the middle, please bring a sack lunch to enjoy in our picnic area. Programs may be modified in the event of inclement weather.

 

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

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

Improve Your Handwriting Skills

 

 

Handwriting is becoming a lost art since email and text messaging have become our primary written communication methods. Researchers suggest that developing writing skills will aid the visual identification of graphic shapes. This workshop will teach you how to develop and improve your handwriting skills while exploring simple methods to improve your penmanship. With practice, you will be able to make neater writing a habit.

Open to everybody with no prerequisites.

Fee: $Member $200, Non-Member $250

Date(s): Tue, Jan. 17, 24, 31, 1-4 p.m.

Instructor: Renee Jorgensen

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the Footsteps of Stephen H. Long with Watercolor

 

Focus on Colorado's Plant Explorers: Stephen H. Long's Expedition of 1820

 

These are the first classes in our new series focusing on scientific expeditions to Colorado, which in the early 1800s belonged partly to the Louisiana Territory and partly remained a part of the Viceroyality of New Spain. President Monroe directed Major Stephen H. Long to find the source of the Platte and Red rivers, and this expedition was the first staffed with scientists assigned to document plant and animal life, and geology between the Missouri River and Rocky Mountains. The expedition was short, taking place over 100 days during the summer of 1820. A young botanist, Dr. Edwin James, naturalist Titian Peale and zoologist Thomas Say were included in the expedition staff, along with a landscape painter and a journalist. About 700 plant species were collected 140 of which were unknown at the time. The expedition ran through present day Jefferson County (Clear Creek, Sheep Mountain), Douglas County, El Paso County (Palmer Lake, Monument Creek and on July 14th Pikes Peak). Dr. James kept an exceptional diary and the locations can be estimated for many of his collections. With very few exceptions, Dr. James  extant collections are housed in the herbarium of New York Botanical Garden. Let's start preparing to celebrate the 200-year anniversary of Long's expedition!

 

In the Footsteps of Stephen H. Long with Watercolor

It's Colorado wildflower season. Choose a favorite Rocky Mountain wildflower from Long's expedition to explore, study and paint. Rendering wildflowers requires careful observation and planning. Learn to use perspective, overlap and value contrast to create a painting with depth and spatial clarity. Then plan your approach to painting. A transparent and fluid medium, watercolor is ideal for blending color to create luminous flowers and facilitates drybrush techniques to produce fine detail as well. Demonstrations and individual guidance will show you strategies for combining the right watercolor techniques for your subject. In the spirit of exploration and discovery, create a painting of your chosen Rocky Mountain wildflower.

 

Prerequisites: Watercolor I

 

Fee: $250 member, $300 non-member.

 

Mon, June 4, 11, 18, 25, July 2, 1-4 p.m.

Instructor: Constance Sayas

 

Individual

1 membership card (Only valid for named card holder)

1 person admitted per visit (card holder)

Advance ticketing for Summer Concert Series (Day 5)

2 complimentary tickets to Blossoms of Light at York Street

3 one-time use guest passes

Entry to our Member Mornings where the Gardens are open just to members

Subscription to the Gardens' quarterly printed magazine

Receipt of our monthly Botanic Buzz e-newsletter

 

Infused Botanical Body Butters at Chatfield Farms

 

Join Kim Cherie as she teaches you how to take fresh and dried plant material, flowers and herbs and extract their amazing properties then turn them into healing and soothing body butters! Body butters infused with plants are nourishing and feed our dry Colorado skin! Learn about the different plants to heal the skin and the various butters and oils that can help your skin type! Each student will take home two tins of fresh infused body butter, one of which will be made in class.

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

Price: $48, $43 member, includes $25 for materials

 

Introduction to Botanical Illustration

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: $250 member, $300 non-member.

Date(s): Mon, Sept.10, 17, 24, 1-5 p.m., Oct. 1, 1-4 p.m.

Instructor: Renee Jorgensen

 

Introduction to Food Systems and Sustainable Agriculture

 

This course is meant to introduce the dual concepts of the global food system and some of the emerging trends in sustainable agriculture. Participants will examine the social, economic, environmental and political dimensions of agriculture at multiple scales. Learn how our food system, from growing and processing to transportation and disposal, is linked to global threats such as climate change, childhood obesity and malnutrition. This course is part of a series with Global Food Security and Scientific Writing Workshop. Appropriate for K-12 teachers and general audiences.

 

Price: $55 member, $65 nonmember

 

Instructor: Brien Darby

 

Special Instructions: Graduate level teacher relicensure credit from Colorado School of Mines in available for an additional fee. There is a $40.00 tuition fee for .5 CSM teacher relicensure credit.

 

Introduction to Water-Bath Canning

 

In this class we will be introducing the participants to water bath canning. We will make at least one pickled product and one fruit in syrup product. Basic techniques will be discussed. 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: Contemporary

 

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.

This class is an introduction to the Sogetsu School of Ikebana. This will be a hands-on workshop open to all skill levels. The instructor will demonstrate the art form and then the students will proceed to make an arrangement. After creating an arrangement the instructor will do a critique.

 

Price: $44, $39 member price

 

Instructor: Midori Allmeyer

 

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.

Large Pin-frogs (Kenzans) and Ikebana scissors are available to purchase at the Gift Shop of DBG.

With proof of Ikebana class registration, you can get 10% discount on Ikebana tools.

 

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