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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


Lecture - The Summer-Dry Garden

Successful and sustainable gardens must conform to natural precipitation cycles and the plants we use should not be drought tolerant, but climate tolerant. In a summer-dry climate, long summers with no rain is not drought, it is normal. This photo-driven lecture illustrates gardens in dry climate can be beautiful when good plant choices are combined with simple design techniques.


Saxon Holt

Saxon Holt is a professional garden photographer and has photographed for 25 books including “Hardy Succulents” by Gwen Kelaidis and “The American Meadow Garden” by John Greenlee. His website, PhotoBotanic.com, is dedicated to his garden photography and self-publishing projects. He is a Fellow of the Garden Writers Association who awarded his e-book, “Good Garden Photography” the best overall garden book of the year in 2015.


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

6:30 p.m. Program and lecture

8:00 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.


“Water, water, water...There is no shortage of water in the desert but exactly the right amount, a perfect ratio of water to rock, water to sand, insuring that wide free open, generous spacing among plants and animals, homes and towns and cities, which makes the arid West so different from any other part of the nation. There is no lack of water here unless you try to establish a city where no city should be.” ? Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness

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 series designed to explore water as it relates to our ability to thrive in Colorado’s dry environment.

Throughout the 2017 series, we explore the importance of water through the lens of art, home gardening, conservation and home ownership. The lecture series includes topics such as enhancing the abundance of water throughout the world, rock gardening and water quality of the Colorado River through underwater photography.

A parallel series of intimate workshops, tours and trips further the exploration. Workshops include water-harvesting, aquaponics, photogram water camera-less photography, insect home building and many other hands-on opportunities. The Gardens offers day-long tours of Habitat Hero Gardens, gardens that provides resources and habitat for insects. A self-guided water wise home garden tour allows participants to explore ways in which their fellow Denverites use low water plants and water conservation techniques. Further your water experience by joining the Gardens on multi-day trips, including a canoe trip down the Gunnison River alongside a wetland ecologist and a photography trip to view the stunning water features around Vail.



Life on the Farm at Chatfield Farms

June 26-30, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. • July 24-28, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Care for farm animals, learn what it takes to make vegetables grow and explore the Hildebrand Ranch. Prepare snacks and discover how every ingredient is connected to the farm.

Price: $250 members, $270 non-members.


Light on Form

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

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.


Prerequisite: Botanical Illustration in Pencil I.

Fee: $245 member, $295

• Fri-Sun, Sept. 1-3, 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Constance Sayas


• Wed, Oct. 11, 18, 25, Nov. 1, 8, 1-4 p.m.

Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt


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

Instructor: Susan Rubin


Matting and Floating Artwork

Preparing your work can be fun and affordable if you know the tricks and techniques. This one-day workshop covers mat-cutting and inexpensive framing options. Start with an overview of equipment, materials and measuring. Learn to float your artwork for an inexpensive alternative to matting. Demonstrations and handouts show you how to measure and cut your own single, double, and multi-opening mats. You’ll go home with two matted pieces ready to be framed. Fee: $55 member, $85 non-member. Open to everybody with no prerequisites.

• Tue, Aug. 15, 1-4 p.m.

Instructor: Susan Rubin



Member Guest Pass

Members - redeem your guest passes online and don't wait in line!

Valid for regular daytime admission only. Not valid for specially ticketed events including Blossoms Of Light

After redeeming your guest passes online, they will arrive as an attachment in an email. Print and bring those with you to the Gardens.

The passes are not date specific. Use them whenever you would like.

Member Morning

Skip the lines and get your free tickets in advance online!

Member Mornings will be held every Friday morning from June 3 - September 2 at 8 a.m. at York Street. Grab a spot on a favorite bench, sip a cup of tea by Monet Pool or enjoy a morning walk on quiet paths.




Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

The foundation of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is the cultivation of mindfulness – clear, non-judgmental attention to the present moment – with regard to the ongoing experience of body, feelings, emotions, and mind. MBSR studies reveal its power to reduce medical symptoms and psychological stress while enhancing the health and well-being of program participants.

Designed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., MBSR consists of 8 weekly sessions and a one-day silent retreat. Various mindfulness tools are learned and practiced in a group context and continued between class sessions.


Instructor: Janet Solyntjes, MA, has taught meditation and body awareness disciplines since 1984. She teaches Mindfulness -Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) in both non-profit and corporate settings internationally and is the co-founder of The Center for Courageous Living. Janet is an Adjunct Professor at Naropa University, a senior teacher for Shambhala International, and leads residential meditation programs at retreat centers in the US and Canada.

Price: $350, $300 members, includes $25 for materials.

Miniature Garden Family Workshop: Journey to Japan

Journey to the land of the rising sun and discover the unique features of Denver Botanic Gardens' Japanese Garden. Each child will design and create a miniature Japanese garden to take home.

Family Workshops are a great way for families to spend time together while discovering the beauty, diversity and importance of plants. Classes are designed for families with children ages 5-10.

Price: $12 non-member adult, $10 member adult; $17 non-member child, $15 member child. Pre-registration is required and class size is limited.


Miniature Garden Family Workshop: Summertime Fairies

Join us as we create miniature lands for mystical garden friends. Discover what plants fairies prefer as you design, plant and landscape a tiny oasis for a fairy. Each child will create a container garden to take home.

Family Workshops are a great way for families to spend time together while discovering the beauty, diversity and importance of plants. Classes are designed for families with children ages 5-10.

Price: $12 non-member adult, $10 member adult; $17 non-member child, $15 member child. Pre-registration is required and class size is limited.

New Member Tour

We would like to invite you to an EXCLUSIVE tour of Denver Botanic Gardens. Find out more about your many membership benefits, get behind the scenes information, have a peek at the historic Waring House and more!


Nighttime Timelapse Photography at PCC

*This program takes place at our satellite location, Plains Conservation Center located at E-470 & East Hampden Ave. in Aurora*


Join DBG Official photographer Scott Dressel-Martin to photograph the sunset and onset of dusk on the Plains. Then, as the night sky darkens, we will set up to shoot stars-scapes and time-lapse sequences as the stars move across the sky. Bring your tripod and dress for the evening chill. This event is weather-permitting.


Instructor: Scott Dressel-Martin


Price: $42, $38


Special Instructions: This class takes place exclusively outdoors, please dress appropriately. Class is weather-permitting.


Open Studio

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

Open Studio is for anyone who wants to experience a creative and supportive environment without attending a structured workshop. You can work on your own projects during open hours, at your own pace. A tutor is available for help and advice (10 a.m. – noon) but there will be no formal teaching. The tutor will help you get started on a project or advise how to add the finishing touches. Attending the Open Studio is ideal for anyone who wants to advance his/her personal projects (or ideas) or needs to refresh his/her knowledge of any media.


No prerequisites.

Pre-registration is required.

Fee: $25/session member, $30/session non-member

• Mon, May 22, 9 a.m. – Noon

Tutor: Randy Raak


• Mon, June 12, 9 a.m. – Noon

Tutor: Charlotte Ricker


Summer/Fall Dates

• Mon, July 24, 9 a.m. - Noon

Tutor: Charlotte Ricker


• Mon, July 31, 9 a.m. - Noon

Tutor: Marjorie Leggit


• Mon, Aug. 7, 9 a.m. - Noon

Tutor: Susan DiMarchi


• Mon, Aug. 21, 9 a.m. - Noon

Tutor: Renee Jorgensen


• Mon, Oct. 9, 9 a.m. - Noon

Tutor: Susan DiMarchi


• Mon, Oct. 23, 9 a.m. - Noon

Tutor: Susan Rubin


• Mon, Nov. 6, 9 a.m. - Noon

Tutor: Constance Sayas




Perfecting Perspective

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

Do you shy away from complicated plants? Even experienced illustrators sometimes struggle with foreshortening and simplify their subjects to eliminate difficult elements. Work with botanical subjects that demonstrate each aspect of .perspective and learn techniques for seeing and depicting perspective accurately. The class will work entirely in graphite pencil, but the principles apply to all art media. Gain confidence in your drafting skills and improve all of your drawings from this class forward.


Prerequisite: Botanical Illustration in Pencil I.

Fee: $245 member, $295 non-member

• Tue, July 25, Aug. 1, 8, 22, 29, 1-4 p.m.

Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt


• Fri-Sun, Sept. 22-24, 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt


Photographing Sculpture

Calling all amateur photographers! Find the best vantage points and opportunities to photograph the Gardens’ Calder: Monumental exhibition. This class begins with classroom instruction and moves outside so students can practice new techniques.

Price: $44, $36 members

Instructor: Scott Dressel-Martin, official photographer of the Denver Botanic Gardens

Special Instructions: This class will begin inside and then move out into the Gardens.

Pickles and Chutney

In this class we will be making pickled vegetables and discussing chutney. This is a class for students who have had some experience preserving using a boiling water bath. We will be brining vegetables for pickles, including beets, green beans, tomatoes, apples, plums, peppers, and onions. Vegetables will vary based on seasonal availability. We will discuss basic pickling techniques, recipe sources, and each student will leave with at least one jar of pickled goodness. Chutney will be discussed during class, and a recipe will be made if time allows due to the time-intensive nature of this technique.

Price: $56, $51 member

Instructor: Kathy Lee


Practical Botanicals: Indian Textile Patterns and the Arts and Crafts Movement

The turn of the 20th century saw a revival of interest in nature and a focus on handmade objects. Alongside the Arts and Crafts movements in Britain and the United States, artists and designers in India took a similar path. John Lockwood Kipling (father of famous Rudyard) was a luminary in the arts in British India. Learn about his illustrations and designs and how the movement evolved in India, then create your own floral design with an Indian flair. Begin with small botanical motifs from your own drawings, and learn traditional and contemporary techniques for creating a repeating pattern. Apply color to your design, and learn how to have it printed as fabric, wallpaper or wrapping paper you can use again and again! Fee: $245 member, $295 non-member. Prerequisite: Botanical Illustration in Colored Pencil II.


• Thu, Oct. 19, 26, Nov. 2, 9, 16, 1-4 p.m.

Instructor: Susan Rubin


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