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Photographing Chihuly at Night


Enjoy special early evening access to the Chihuly at Night display and learn how to capture stunning images of the lighted sculpture.


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


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


$42 member, $47 non-member


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


Plant Based Remedies - The Healing Oils of the Bible


Extensive medical studies over the centuries have found that essential oils can 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.


Instructor: Judy Jehn, RMT


$35 members, $39 non-members includes $8 materials fee.



Image: Frankincense in resin form; Courtesy of Xix Feng.

Pop-Up the Vegetables and Critters!

Registration begins June 10, 2014 at 9am. Classes appear sold out until then.


Explore the exciting structure of a cauliflower. See the drama in a potato. Discover a lively way to give wing to a dragonfly. Vegetable gardens invite us to focus on all parts of edible plants, and also the various bugs that help or hinder the gardener's efforts. In this workshop you will build a series of increasingly-complex pop-ups in greeting card form, handy for display or gifts. Fee: $300 member, $350 non-member. Beginners are welcome; experienced participants will explore new ways of applying fundamental mechanics to plant (and bug) forms.


No refunds for registration cancellations after October 5, 2014, unless your seat can be filled.


• Fri -– Sun, Nov. 7-9, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Shawn Sheehy, Chicago, IL


Shawn Sheehy's interest in paper engineering is a result of study in sculpture, graphic design and book arts. His interest in the natural world stems from his years living in rural Indiana and teaching environmental studies. Shawn creates limited-edition pop-up books, contributes on the occasional commercial pop-up project and teaches paper engineering workshops. If he's not in the studio, you can find him in the garden.


Pumpkin Carving for Dia De los Muertos


Create memories with your kids that will last a life-time - getting the whole family involved - honoring loved ones who have passed from this life!


Barry Brown - Master Pumpkin Carver, guides each family through tips and techniques of pumpkin carving, including custom Dia De Los Muertos patterns. The heart of each family member will glow as they assist in every stage. The Grand Lighting Ceremony completes the event, when the amazing pumpkin carvings are lit up on an altar-type display. Bring your camera! In the end, it's all about having a good time, bonding families and building memories.


Each family will receive a pumpkin, a pattern, and a mini-kit of Barry’s favorite carving tools.


Barry Brown - Master Pumpkin Carver, is excited to show you how to carve pumpkins like the ones he carved for TV shows including the Today Show, The Tonight Show, the David Letterman Show, Good Morning America, Monday Night Football, and movies including Hocus Pocus. He has carved pumpkins on every local TV news station and the Colorado & Company show. Several stations have even come out to interview him AND film special stories about his National Grand Prize Award-Winning pumpkin carving skills.


Instructor Barry Brown


Pricing is per family, max of 5 family members:

Members $42, Non-Members $47, includes $15 for a professional carving kit, design and one pumpkin per family

Putting Your Rose Garden to Bed


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. 



Putting your Rose Garden to Bed

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.



$27 member, $32 non-member.


Instructor: Peggy Williams




Saving and Adapting Seed to High Altitudes (5,000-10,000 feet)

Rocky Mountain Gardening Elective

Historically amateur gardeners and farmers have been responsible for the vast bio-diversity we’ve enjoyed over the decades by saving and developing their own food seed.

As that bio-diversity is being lost, the time has come for us to learn how to save our own seed again. This is not only economical but since seed has a built in self-replicating program and an ability to adapt to the surrounding environment, saving seed is crucial to the movement toward self-sufficiency and sustainability. Colorado is particularly full of microclimates, so adapting seed to your unique climate is especially helpful for the wild and varied extremes we all endure.

We will cover vegetables, herbs and flowers and take a look at the world seed situation and what you can do about it in your own backyard. This class is intended to inspire you to make full use of the abundance given to you from your own garden.

We will discuss Seed Lending Libraries, Seed Banks, Living Seed Banks, Seed Swaps and how to take care of the seed you save. We will demonstrate seed saving techniques in both wet and dry methods.

Rejoin an ancient ritual that is still in our DNA and our memories – our grandparents saved seeds and theirs before them. Re-connecting to this most important part of gardening is an incredibly rewarding experience – especially when you are helping to develop stronger, more vibrant seed. This class applies to all elevations.


$26 member, $31 non-member


Instructors: Penn and Cord Parmenter



Seed, Soil, Sun and Water


Seed, soil, sun and water are all you need to grow food in the Wild-West! Great news - it still works! In fact, the earth and all its systems already work perfectly and just by combining seed, soil, sun and water you can witness miracles.

If the Rockies can grow a giant Ponderosa out of a rock at 10,000 ft., we can certainly grow food in soil. This class focuses on what already works, how to work with what you have and to inspire you again in nature’s ability to feed you.


We’ve been told for years that we cannot grow food in the Rockies but we know that’s not true! Let’s get back to basics and garden the way our grandparents did – using Earth’s amazing resources to produce clean, vibrant, mountain-grown food!

This class will cover each topic in depth with Colorado’s challenges in mind. Saving seed, building soil, managing intense sun and conserving water all can give you remarkable results here in the west.

Penn and Cord Parmenter bring 21 years of experience to this approach and are passionate about emulating nature and chemical-free growing. Everyone can grow clean food and we intend to inspire you to look again, at what is all of ours to enjoy – the abundance and sustenance of nature!


$28 member, $32 non-member



Instructors: Penn and Cord Parmenter.

Penn and Cord Parmenter are high altitude food growers. They live in the Wet Mountains in South Central Colorado and they apply a multitude of techniques to overcome the challenges of the high country. Their totally sustainable greenhouse provides food year round for them and their three boys.



Seedlings: Acorns to Oaks

Discover the mighty acorn and meet its beautiful tree.

Ages 18-24 mos: Tuesday, September 30, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Ages 24-36 mos: Thursday, October 2, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Ages 3-6 yrs: Wednesday, October 1, 9:30 or 11 a.m.

Seedlings: Apples and Cinnamon

Discover an apple's favorite spices as we make some fun treats from the fabulous spices in our lives.

Ages 18-24 mos: Tuesday, September 23, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Ages 24-36 mos: Thursday, September 25, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Ages 3-6 yrs: Wednesday, September 24, 9:30 or 11 a.m.

Seedlings: Fall 2014 Series

Register for all 7 classes offered September thru October, and receive a $14 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 7 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: Glorious Grasses

Explore the many different colors, textures and sizes of Colorado grasses.

Ages 18-24 mos: Tuesday, October 7, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

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

Ages 3-6 yrs: Wednesday, October 8, 9:30 or 11 a.m.

Seedlings: Harvest Treasures

Discover the garden with your five senses as we take an autumn walk.

Ages 18-36 mos: Tuesday, November 4, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Ages 3-6 yrs: Wednesday, November 5, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Seedlings: Jumping Gingerbread

Discover the tasty plant that makes gingerbread a special treat.

Ages 18-36 mos: Tuesday, December 16, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Ages 3-6 yrs: Wednesday, December 17, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.


Seedlings: Plentiful Potatoes

Who knew potatoes could be so much fun? Join us as we discover the potato plant with our five senses.

Ages 18-36 mos: Tuesday, November 18, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Ages 3-6 yrs: Wednesday, November 19, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Seedlings: Pumpkins, Gourds and More!

Join us as we meet some members of the pumpkin family.

Ages 18-24 mos: Tuesday, October 14, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Ages 24-36 mos: Thursday, October 16, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Ages 3-6 yrs: Wednesday, October 15, 9:30 or 11 a.m.

Seedlings: Tropical Fruit Salad

Discover the delicious treats that come to us from the rainforest as we journey deep into the jungle.

Ages 18-36 mos: Tuesday, December 2, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Ages 3-6 yrs: Wednesday, December 3, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Seven Principles of Water-Smart Gardening

Rocky Mountain Gardening Required Course Group I

Gardening remains high and dry in the Rocky Mountain region! Water-Smart Gardening is an environmentally friendly way to create a beautiful home landscape that will thrive under low water conditions. Join this class to learn the principles of Water-Smart Gardening and some of the many plants that you can incorporate into your yard.


$55 member, $62 non-member.


Instructor: David Winger

Summertime Tea in the Gardens

Denver Botanic Gardens and Denver Tea Room present a beautiful morning of tea tasting and education in the serene Woodland Mosaic Gardens in the brand new glass enclosed Solarium.


Margo Seymour, pastry chef, tea sommelier, and owner of The Denver Tea Room, will present a traditional British afternoon tea service with a nod to the various cultures that also enjoy the practice of taking tea. Guests will sample sandwiches from England, desserts from France and Scotland, and teas from Sri Lanka. Join us in the solarium, with fine china and linens, to learn about the difference between “high tea” and “low tea”, as well as the many ways tea is served around the world.



Herb Cucumber Sandwich

Egg Salad Tea Sandwich

Lemon Madeleine

Lavender Short Bread Cookie

Cream Scone

Lemon Curd, Jam & Chantilly Cream


Tea Selections: High Forest Black Ceylon Tea & Mother’s Bouquet Herbal Tea


$38 member, $42 non-member includes $10 for food and tea tastings


Sunrise Vinyasa Yoga in the Gardens

Looking for an amazing place to practice your yoga skills, how about the beautiful Denver Botanic Gardens?

Vinyasa yoga weaves beautiful movement with challenging postures, and cultivates a sense of peace and calm by the end of each yoga class. Practicing vinyasa yoga on a daily basis can improve posture, flexibility, and endurance. Beyond the physical benefits, yoga helps to bring a sense of clarity to challenging situations in life, reminds us to stay present and focused in an ever-changing environment, and can help us find happiness and contentment in our surroundings.

Focusing on an open heart and mind, yoga has the ability to positively affect all aspects of life. Vinyasa yoga is a style of yoga where asanas (postures) are linked with breath, creating beautiful movement and flow from one posture to the next. This is a great practice for anyone looking to connect the mind with the body.

The postures practiced in this challenging class will promote alignment, flexibility, focus, endurance and help detoxify the body.

All levels welcome. Please bring a mat, a towel and water.

Walk-ins are welcome for members or non-members! Please bring cash if possible but credit cards are also accepted.

Location may vary depending on temperature. In the late summer and fall class will meet in the South African Plaza or when things get chilly we will meet in the Orangery (front of the greenhouse complex). There will be signs starting from the after-hours entrance on the north side of the main entry that will direct participants.


$10 members, $12 non-members

Instructor: Blake Burger

Photo: Perfecto Insecto (Flickr)


Sustainable Greenhouse Design

Rocky Mountain Gardening Elective

Have you ever wondered if it could be done? Can you create a greenhouse that needs NO SUPPLEMENTAL HEATING OR COOLING YEAR ROUND? The answer is yes!!

No more over-heating and freezing as is common in all-glazed greenhouses – this design balances the use of thermal mass, glazing, insulation and sun angles to achieve the stabilization needed in our extreme climate without the use of fossil fuels.

You will learn how to design a sustainable greenhouse from the ground up using salvaged or new materials, or in combination to achieve the look and performance you want. You can also use these techniques to improve an existing greenhouse.

This class is a comprehensive look at how passive solar greenhouses work, it includes how to orient the building, basic principles of passive solar design including the use of stored water as thermal mass, simple math formulas to help guide you with your design, a materials list and drawings and calculations for a 13’X15’ greenhouse.

In 2000, the Parmenter’s built their first greenhouse out of 90% recycled materials on top of an 8,120 ft. decomposed granite mountain. Since then, they have designed and built many more and are ready to share what they’ve learned about state-of-the-art materials and cost-saving strategies.

C’mon, walk through the snow into your warm, inviting greenhouse and lose yourself in a year round garden sanctuary.


$150 member, $160 non-member


Instructors: Penn and Cord Parmenter.

Penn and Cord Parmenter are high altitude food growers. They live in the Wet Mountains in South Central Colorado and they apply a multitude of techniques to overcome the challenges of the high country. Their totally sustainable greenhouse provides food year round for them and their three boys.



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