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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.

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


Photo Critique

Let's take a close look at your images!


In this class Denver Botanic Gardens photographer Scott Dressel-Martin will offer a detailed critique of up to five images from each student. We begin with an overview of the critique process and the importance of critiquing your own work to refine your creative and technical vision. We will follow this with an extensive critique where class participation is greatly encouraged! Bring up to five images as jpg files on a disk to participate.


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

Price: $29 member, $34 non-member.

Special Instructions: This is classroom only, no shooting. Come and go as you please, or stay for the whole deal!


Photographing Blossoms of Light

Enjoy special early evening access to the Blossoms of Light event and learn how to capture stunning images of holiday displays.

The skills we will learn also translate wonderfully to making great images of lighted landmarks and architecture.


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

Price: $47, $42 members

Special Instructions: This is a Shooting Class! Bring your Tripod and Gear and Dress Warm!

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


Principles of Pruning

Rocky Mountain Gardening Required Course Group I

Pruning practices have evolved with advances in science, technology and tools. Improper trimming and cutting can damage your trees and shrubs, and make them more susceptible to damage from our unpredictable fall and spring snows. Enhance the beauty and strength of your trees by learning when, why and how to prune. You will be introduced to the theory of pruning and the tools you need.


Instructor: Tim Buchanan

Price: $105, $95 members

Special Instructions: There will be a 1-hour break for lunch. The last hour and a half of the class will feature a hands-on demonstration of proper pruning practices.  

Dress for an outdoor class. Bring water, a bag lunch and sunscreen.

Pumpkin Festival

Celebrate fall at Pumpkin Festival. This three-day event is a great tradition for the entire family. Select from a wide variety of pumpkins in the massive pumpkin patch. Pumpkin prices vary by size. Entry includes pumpkin carving demonstrations; hay, pony and barrel train rides; mini maze; jumping pillow; five carnival game tickets; face painting and live music.





Family and children’s activities:

-Live music

-Local craft and artisan booths

-Food trucks and food vendors

-Beer and wine vendors on Saturday and Sunday


Admission includes these activities:

-Entry to the pumpkin patch

-Antique tractor exhibit by Front Range Antique Power Association

-Tractor-pulled parking shuttles

-Pony rides and horse-drawn hayrides

-Photo booths

-Five carnival game tickets per child's paid admission

-Barrel train rides for children 12 and younger

-Mini-maze for kids 10 and younger

-Giant jumping pillow, bouncers, slides and obstacle courses

-Express face painting and kid’s crafts

-Corn hole and giant Jenga games





Putting Your Rose Garden to Bed

Rocky Mountain Gardening Elective

Just about everyone grows a rose bush or two.Congress designated the rose as America s national floral emblem in 1986.The popularity of growing roses began thousands of years ago and continues today.The rose growing series offered by American Rose Society Consulting Rosarians and experts from the Denver Rose Society will cover how to grow healthy, easy care beautiful roses for years to come. The series covers secrets to successful rose growing, no pain pruning, versatile shrub roses, fragrant roses, and winter care. Choose one class or take them all and come away with confident rose growing skills and greater appreciation for the  Queen of Flowers. 

Preparing your roses for winter is the key to growing those fabulous flowers in the spring. Learn why fall and winter care keeps your roses healthy from year to year and how to prepare new rose beds for spring planting. Get tips on early transplanting or rearranging the rose bed. A recommended list of roses that do well along the Front Range and higher altitudes will be included to take home.


Instructor: Peggy Williams, Consulting Rosarian

Price: $32, $27 members

Sacred Doorways – Byzantine Iconography

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

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.


Pre-registration is required.

No prerequisites.

Open to both experienced and amateur students. No artistic experience is required from the beginning student.

Fee: $55/session member, $70/session non-member

• Mon, June 5, 9 a.m. – noon


• Mon, June 19, 9 a.m. – noon


• Mon, June 26, 9 a.m. - noon


• Mon, July 3, 9 a.m. - noon


Summer/Fall Dates

• Mon, Aug. 14, 9 a.m. - Noon


• Mon, Aug. 28, 9 a.m. - Noon

Note: Advanced students only, no beginners for this date.


• Mon, Sept. 11, 9 a.m. - Noon


• Mon, Sept. 18, 9 a.m. - Noon

Note: Advanced students only, no beginners for this date.


• Mon, Oct. 2, 9 a.m. - Noon


• Mon, Oct. 16, 9 a.m. - Noon


• Mon, Oct. 30, 9 a.m. - Noon

Note: Advanced students only, no beginners for this date.


• Mon, Nov. 13, 9 a.m. - Noon

Note: Advanced students only, no beginners for this date.


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.



Salsas, Chutneys, and Relishes


There are few things that elevate a basic sandwich or cheese plate more than bright, flavorful chutneys and relishes, and this is the perfect time of year to learn new recipes. Chef Elizabeth Buckingham will introduce you to simple, fresh recipes featuring international flavors, as well as easy preservation techniques (including an introduction to water-bath canning). Whether you’re hoping to use up an abundance of garden produce or you’re thinking ahead to holiday gift-giving, this class is for you! Generous food 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


Santa's Village at Chatfield Farms

Santa and his friends are moving to Chatfield Farms in November! Chatfield Farms will be transformed into a magical village. Join us for a new and exciting holiday experience for all ages. Hop on the hayride to catch a short movie at Santa’s cinema and find unique holiday gifts in his workshop.

Tickets are limited each night. Purchase in advance to ensure admittance on your desired date.

Admission includes:

-Meet Santa’s live reindeer

-Kids get pictures with Santa, Snow Man and the reindeer

-Craft with Mrs. Claus

-Holiday lights

-One hayride

-Santa’s Cinema on Elf Boulevard

-Santa's Workshop will include craft vendors

Seasonal Discoveries Tour

No matter the time of year, botanical treasures await your discovery with these guided tours of gardens at their seasonal peaks. Experience the Gardens’ landscape at its best, whether through the early bulbs of spring, the colorful bounty of summer or the crackling beauty of fall.


Price: $14, $12 member, $10 student


Special instructions: Tours are outdoors; dress accordingly for the weather. Water, sunscreen and sunglasses are recommended. Please bring booking confirmation. Meet guide in the lobby of the Boettcher Memorial Center after entering through the Gardens main entrance.


Notes: Prices include admission to the Gardens. Tours with low registration are subject to cancellation.


Seedlings: 2017 Fall Series Package

Register for all 15 classes offered September thru December, and receive a $30 savings over the individual price.


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 15 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.

Seedlings: Acorns to Oaks

Discover the mighty acorn and meet its beautiful tree.

• Ages 3-6 years: Tuesday, October 10, 9:30 or 11 a.m.

• Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, October 11, 9:30 or 11 a.m.

• Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, October 12, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

• Ages 18-24 months: Friday, October 13, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

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