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Mindfulness Saturdays - Taking in the Good

Mindfulness Saturdays is a series of afternoon retreats that focus on themes related to mindful living and are led by an experienced mindfulness-based stress reduction teacher. While open to the public, this series is especially geared toward graduates of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program or people with prior meditation experience.

 

Taking in the Good: Opening Our Hearts for the Holidays

Explore practices to welcome the beauty and chaos of the holidays with an open heart through practices that help cultivate kindness, gratitude, joy and equanimity.

 

Dr. Jean Leonard, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist and a registered yoga teacher in full-time private practice in Boulder, Colorado. She studied with the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program at the Duke University Center for Integrative Medicine, completed the Mindfulness Yoga and Meditation Training Program and the Dedicated Practitioner Program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. She has practiced yoga for over 20 years, studied vipassana meditation since 2003 and has taught MBSR and yoga for seven years.

 

Cost: $50, $45 member

 

What to bring: Feel free to bring your own props including cushions, a blanket and a yoga mat. Chairs are provided.

 

Mindfulness Saturdays - Unconditional Confidence

Mindfulness Saturdays is a series of afternoon retreats that focus on themes related to mindful living and are led by an experienced mindfulness-based stress reduction teacher. While open to the public, this series is especially geared toward graduates of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program or people with prior meditation experience.

 

Unconditional Confidence

The root of true confidence grows from unconditional friendship with our self. By accepting who you are beyond the limitations of judgment and bias, a spacious knowing is revealed. This class can help you learn to trust your natural intelligence to navigate life.

 

Cost: $50, $45 member

 

Janet Solyntjes, M.A. is a senior teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition, an adjunct professor at Naropa University and a certified yoga teacher. A practitioner of mind-body disciplines since 1977, she completed a professional training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction with Jon Kabat-Zinn and the Teacher Development Intensive at the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Janet teaches mindfulness meditation in the U.S. and internationally since 1993 and is co-founder of the Boulder-based Center for Courageous Living, committed to promoting the inherent goodness of individuals and groups through a variety of supportive services, programs, and retreats.

 

What to bring: Feel free to bring your own props including cushions, a blanket and a yoga mat. Chairs are provided.

 

Mount Goliath Guided Wildflower Hike

Discover the life cycles and lore of the alpine tundra and the intense beauty of a natural garden that lasts only 40 frost-free days.

This is a trail of contrasts--awesome Rocky Mountain vistas of the Continental Divide peaks, delicate floral treasures, wind-sculpted, ancient bristlecone pines, cold summit winds and gentle summer breezes. The path winds through the exquisite blooms of the alpine tundra, talus slopes and subalpine meadows providing a delightful and educational tour in one of Colorado's most beautiful natural areas.

Mount Goliath docents lead the slow-paced hike down the stunning M. Walter Pesman Trail, a moderately difficult 1.5 mile downhill trek from 12,153 ft. to 11,540 ft.

Important Remarks:

- Limited to 24 participants

- Tours are free of charge. However, YOU MUST PAY the amenity fee to the U.S. Forest Services at the Mount Evans Fee Station

- A Denver Botanic Gardens membership does not allow free access to the Mount Evans Recreation Area. Visitors to Mount Goliath and Mount Evans need to pay the amenity fee.

- Donations to the Gardens for Mount Goliath tours are accepted and you can do so by choosing to register with the $10 option below.

- Be aware: this is a downhill trek on a moderately difficult trail that starts at 12,100 ft. Before registering, please ensure that you are physically fit and medically able to participate in vigorous physical activity at high altitude conditions.

- Please come prepared for mountain weather and trail terrain (shoes for hiking, coats, hats, sunscreen, etc.).

- Tours are open to adults and children 10 years old and up.

- Tours with less than 10 participants are subject to cancellation.

- Mount Goliath tours are not available as private tours.

- For more information contact us at tours@botanicgardens.org

Please note - the Gardens does not manage the Mount Goliath recreational area, and questions not directly related to tours should be directed to the Clear Creek Ranger District in Idaho Springs.

 

Nature Observed: Sketching in the Gardens

Nature Observed is a series of workshops that covers the basics of field sketching and documentation. It introduces the process of quickly capturing accurate renderings of any object. Individual help and group critique guide you to see and record correctly while simplifying complex subject matter. You will most likely work with graphite and/or water-soluble pencils and water brush. No matter what media you use, your personal sketchbook will be filled with pages of valuable information for future remembrance and record. Fee: $230 member, $285 non-member. Open to everybody, with no prerequisites.

 

• Thu, June 18, 25, July 2, 9, 16, 9 a.m. – noon

Instructor: Randy Raak

 

 

Never-Fail Perennials

Rocky Mountain Gardening Required Course Group II

Learn to choose and plant a wide variety of easy-to-grow plants for years of low-maintenance enjoyment.

Shalene will demonstrate how to plan your perennial garden for a continuous succession of bloom. The final class will be a walk in the Gardens to view examples of perennials discussed in class, as well as a time for additional questions and discussion.

 

$122 member, $145 non-member.

 

Instructor: Shalene Hiller

 

 

 

 

 

Open Studio

Open Studio is for everyone 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, 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.), 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. Fee: $20/session member, $25/session non-member. Pre-registration required.

• Thu, Jan. 15, 5-8 p.m.

• Thu, Jan. 22, 5-8 p.m.

• Thu, Jan. 29, 5-8 p.m.

• Thu, Feb. 5, 5-8 p.m.

• Thu, Feb. 12, 5-8 p.m.

• Mon, May 18, 9 a.m. – noon

• Mon, June 1, 9 a.m. – noon

• Mon, June 8, 9 a.m. – noon

• Mon, June 15, 9 a.m. – noon

• Mon, June 22, 9 a.m. – noon

 

Passive Solar Greenhouse Growing

Rocky Mountain Gardening Elective

Penn and Cord Parmenter have been growing food in their passive solar sustainable greenhouse for 12 years. Their expertise is shared in this class to help take some of the mystery out of something that should be easy and yet can seem so hard. Matching appropriate plants to the microclimates within the greenhouse is crucial. Often the plants are the best teachers in the greenhouse and together participants learn how to work within the unique greenhouse eco-system.

Favorite foods, herbs and flowers are discussed as well as forcing plants for seed production, over wintering potted plants and succession planting for a year round harvest.

The Parmenters share tips for keeping the greenhouse organically under control from bugs and disease. Preventative methods and what to do when an outbreak strikes are discussed.

Penn and Cord lead busy lives with three kids and a business and yet they manage to grow food year round in their greenhouses. When life gets in the way and you’re thinking of turning your greenhouse into a shed, don’t despair because there are answers for successful greenhouse growing.

 

$26 member, $31 non-member

 

Instructors: Penn and Cord Parmenter

 

 

See also "Sustainable Greenhouse Design" - offered on the same weekend!

 

 

Perfecting Perspective

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. Fee: $230 member, $285 non-member. Prerequisite: Botanical Illustration in Pencil I.

 

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

Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt

 

• Fri-Sun, June 12-14, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt

 

Permaculture and Your Home Garden

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

 

Permaculture (permanent agriculture, permanent culture) is an ecological design system that combines the best of natural landscaping and edible landscaping. It aims to build a site that sustains itself and the gardener. This class will provide an overview of the principles and techniques of Permaculture and how they can be implemented to create a home landscape that nourishes the body, spirit and the earth. The afternoon session will include a hands-on experience using Permaculture techniques. Bring gloves and be prepared to get your hands in the dirt!

 

Class time will include a lunch break. Please bring lunch and water (refrigerator available), as there will not be enough time to leave the site.

 

$55, $52 members

 

Instructor: Mary O'Brien

 

 

 

Phenology - Nature’s Calendar

Come and learn more about what phenology is, how it’s used, and why it is important. We will begin in the classroom, then move outside to practice collecting phenological data on the lilacs in the Gardens.

 

Mary Goshorn works in our research department and set up DBG’s Phenology Trail. She will share her knowledge of phenology and show you how you can be involved, and help scientific study in the process.

 

$10 member, $12 non-member

Plant to Plate Family Workshop Series

Ever wonder where your food comes from? Discover the many plants you eat while learning basic cooking skills and trying out a variety of kitchen tools to create delicious snacks. Each week we’ll explore the Chipotle Home Harvest Garden and harvest fresh herbs and veggies to prepare one or two recipes that are easy to repeat at home. The Plant to Plate Family Workshop programs are designed to help kids and families learn where their food comes from. Each week we'll focus on a different seasonal vegetable, harvest it from the Home Harvest Garden and prepare kid-friendly recipes in the kitchen. Learn basic cooking skills and kitchen safety while learning how to make garden-fresh snacks and meals. Family workshops are designed for families with children ages 4 - 10.

 

 

Workshop Series (all 8 weeks): $182 member, $203 non-member per adult/child combo. Additional adults or children can attend for $91 member, $105 non-member.

 

Workshop Series Schedule:

 

Gorgeous Greens: Friday, June 19, 10 a.m. – noon or 2-4 p.m.

 

Edible Petals: Friday, June 26, 10 a.m. – noon or 2-4 p.m.

 

Chips and Dips: Friday, July 10, 10 a.m. – noon or 2-4 p.m.

 

A Taste of the Mediterranean: Friday, July 17, 10 a.m. – noon or 2-4 p.m.

 

Scrumptious Smoothies: Friday, July 24, 10 a.m. – noon and 2-4 p.m.

 

Sweet Treats: Friday, July 31, 10 a.m. – noon and 2-4 p.m.

 

Pizza Plants: Friday, August 7, 10 a.m. – noon and 2-4 p.m.

 

Super Salsa: Friday, August 14, 10 a.m. – noon and 2-4 p.m.

 

Registration for single workshops is available.

 

Plant to Plate Family Workshop: A Taste of the Mediterranean

Learn about the region in which agriculture began and use some traditional ingredients to create a tasty dish.

 

The Plant to Plate Family Workshop programs are designed to help kids and families learn where their food comes from. Each week we'll focus on a different seasonal vegetable, harvest it from the Home Harvest Garden and prepare kid-friendly recipes in the kitchen. Learn basic cooking skills and kitchen safety while learning how to make garden-fresh snacks and meals. Family workshops are designed for families with children ages 4 – 10.

Plant to Plate Family Workshop: Chips and Dips

Not all snack foods have to be bad for you. Discover how to make fresh healthy snack foods using fresh produce.

 

The Plant to Plate Family Workshop programs are designed to help kids and families learn where their food comes from. Each week we'll focus on a different seasonal vegetable, harvest it from the Home Harvest Garden and prepare kid-friendly recipes in the kitchen. Learn basic cooking skills and kitchen safety while learning how to make garden-fresh snacks and meals. Family workshops are designed for families with children ages 4 - 10.

 

 

Plant to Plate Family Workshop: Edible Petals

Learn about the functions of flowers as we use pretty petals to add flavor and color to our favorite culinary creations.

 

The Plant to Plate Family Workshop programs are designed to help kids and families learn where their food comes from. Each week we'll focus on a different seasonal vegetable, harvest it from the Home Harvest Garden and prepare kid-friendly recipes in the kitchen. Learn basic cooking skills and kitchen safety while learning how to make garden-fresh snacks and meals. Family workshops are designed for families with children ages 4 - 10.

 

Plant to Plate Family Workshop: Gorgeous Greens

Explore the many edible leaves growing in the Chipotle Home Harvest Garden and discover how they can be used to make delicious dishes.

 

The Plant to Plate Family Workshop programs are designed to help kids and families learn where their food comes from. Each week we'll focus on a different seasonal vegetable, harvest it from the Home Harvest Garden and prepare kid-friendly recipes in the kitchen. Learn basic cooking skills and kitchen safety while learning how to make garden-fresh snacks and meals. Family workshops are designed for families with children ages 4 - 10.

 

Plant to Plate Family Workshop: Pizza Plants

You can put almost anything on a pizza! Discover this favorite Italian dish and design your own pie with various plant toppings from fruits to roots.

 

 

 

The Plant to Plate Family Workshop programs are designed to help kids and families learn where their food comes from. Each week we'll focus on a different seasonal vegetable, harvest it from the Home Harvest Garden and prepare kid-friendly recipes in the kitchen. Learn basic cooking skills and kitchen safety while learning how to make garden-fresh snacks and meals. Family workshops are designed for families with children ages 4 - 10.

 

Plant to Plate Family Workshop: Scrumptious Smoothies

Taste a colorful array of refreshing smoothies as we experiment with fruits and vegetables to create a variety of flavors.

 

The Plant to Plate Family Workshop programs are designed to help kids and families learn where their food comes from. Each week we'll focus on a different seasonal vegetable, harvest it from the Home Harvest Garden and prepare kid-friendly recipes in the kitchen. Learn basic cooking skills and kitchen safety while learning how to make garden-fresh snacks and meals. Family workshops are designed for families with children ages 4 - 10.

 

Plant to Plate Family Workshop: Super Salsa

Learn about the importance of eating local and then whip up some tasty new salsa recipes.

 

The Plant to Plate Family Workshop programs are designed to help kids and families learn where their food comes from. Each week we'll focus on a different seasonal vegetable, harvest it from the Home Harvest Garden and prepare kid-friendly recipes in the kitchen. Learn basic cooking skills and kitchen safety while learning how to make garden-fresh snacks and meals. Family workshops are designed for families with children ages 4 - 10.

 

 

Plant to Plate Family Workshop: Sweet Treats

Learn how to add fresh produce to some of our favorite baked goods to give them a nutritious boost.

 

 

The Plant to Plate Family Workshop programs are designed to help kids and families learn where their food comes from. Each week we'll focus on a different seasonal vegetable, harvest it from the Home Harvest Garden and prepare kid-friendly recipes in the kitchen. Learn basic cooking skills and kitchen safety while learning how to make garden-fresh snacks and meals. Family workshops are designed for families with children ages 4 - 10.

 

Pollinators & Plants Tour

Plants have amazing ways of attracting their pollinators to get pollinated. Some methods are outright deceptive. Enjoy a stroll in the gardens as a docent points out some of the fascinating ways (landing pads, nectar, fragrances) that plants use to beckon pollinators to obtain pollen.

 

Pricing:

Member: $7

Non-Member: $14

Student: $9

 

Remarks:

- The purchase of tour tickets includes admission to the Gardens.

- Tours are outdoors; dress accordingly for the weather.

- We recommend that you bring a bottle of water, sunglasses and sunscreen.

- Please bring your booking confirmation to expedite check-in.

- Access to the Gardens on the day of your tour will be through the Bonfils-Stanton Visitor Center (Gardens main entrance).

- You will then meet your guide in the lobby of Boettcher Memorial Center.

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