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Homeschool Day: Be A Botanist

 

 

Homeschool Day: Nature's Art

Join us for a day of creating, designing and crafting. Learn how nature’s colors, shapes and patterns inspire works of art as you spend the day investigating natural dyes, discovering hidden mathematical patterns and creating one-of-a-kind works of art.

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 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 101 From Roots to Seeds

Journey from root to seed as you examine plants up-close. Discover the structure and function of the  five major plant parts as you dissect plants, explore plant diversity and unique adaptations. Plant a  house plant cutting 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 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: Renewable Energy

How much energy do you use in a day? Discover the many ways we use energy and simple ways you  can save energy around the house. Explore how some of earth’s natural resources are used as forms  of renewable energy through hands-on exploration.

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 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: Tree-mendous Trees

Explore the tree-mendous world of trees at Denver Botanic Gardens. Become a tree detective as you learn basic tree identification skills, discover the story told by a tree’s rings and investigate why leaves change color in the fall.

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 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.

Honeybee Health

Learn what a healthy beehive looks like, and how to recognize pests and diseases in a honeybee colony. At the end of the class, you will understand what a healthy brood pattern looks like, and how to assess queen vitality and brood development. We will cover current trends in the treatment of varroa mites and how to protect against pests and disease. A strong colony in the fall is key to surviving our Colorado winter.

 

Instructor: Tracy Bellehumeur

Price: $29, $24 members

Hooked on Hardscape: Patio Construction

Looking for a crash course on landscape construction? Whether you are looking to begin your own project or still in the planning phases looking for inspiration, this is the place for you. Hear tips and suggestions, things to look out for and all the nitty-gritty details to do things correctly the first time. So, join with your sketchbook in hand and questions in mind!

 

Patio Construction Class: This class on hardscape elements for the landscape will demonstrate the professional way to design and construct different facets of the built landscape. We will look at floor surfaces including patios constructed from a variety of materials. We will identify the features and limitations of each material as well as general cost information.

 

Instructor: Curtis Manning

Price: $29, $24 member

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

Registration begins June 7 at 9am.

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. Fee: $240 member, $290 non-member. Open to everybody with no prerequisites.

• Thu, July 28, Aug. 4, 11, 18, 25, 6-9 p.m.

Instructor: Renee Jorgensen

 

 

 

 

 

In the Field - Plant Conservation and Monitoring

 

 

 

Insects at York Street

Enjoy a tour of the gardens through the lens of entomology, focusing on the ecology and diversity of urban pollinators and other insects. Prepare to take part in games, story-telling, and possible butterfly chasing.

 

Instructor: Rick Levy manages the Gardens Research and Conservation Department’s databases, as well as the insect collection. He has a master’s degree in Museum Sciences from the University of Colorado where he spent summers catching grasshoppers in the mountains and winters dissecting their reproductive organs in the lab.

Ages: Geared toward adults 21 and older, interactive class

Price: $26, $22 members

Special Instructions: Meet in the Lobby Court

Into the Dark - Cast Shadows

Registration begins June 7 at 9am.

Why do cast shadows do what they do? This class offers advice, inspiration and permission to add cast shadows to your illustrations. Lecture, observation, demonstration and lots of hands-on exercises provide the knowledge required to create properly shaped and placed shadows. Starting with models and real objects, you will graduate to hypothetical situations in which shadows are created from intuition. Get ready to delve into the dark and gain insight and confidence to create more accurate shadows. Fee: $240 member, $290 non-member. Prerequisite: Botanical Illustration in Pencil I, Light on Form.

 

• Tue, Aug. 23, 30, Sep. 6, 13, 20, 6-9 p.m.

Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt

 

 

Intricacies of Fine Detail (Watercolor Master Class)

Registration begins June 7, 2016 at 9am.

In this workshop, you will learn the intricacies of achieving fine detail with watercolor masking fluid and NEEF ¼ Comb, invaluable tools for contemporary botanical artists. As a result, your paintings will be brought to a new level of realism and detail. Students should have skills in drawing and watercolor. During these three days, John will assist you with painting the chosen class subject. Fee: $150 member, $190 non-member. Prerequisites: Intermediate to advanced skills in watercolor.

 

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

Instructor: John Pastoriza-Piñol, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

 

John Pastoriza-Piñol’s artistic practice operates somewhere between the centuries-old tradition of botanical illustration and contemporary art. He goes beyond the purely representational while remaining true to the fundamental principle of objective observation of the natural world, creating tension between the beauty of the specimen and the symbolism with which it is infused.

John studied botany at both Monash and Melbourne Universities, and completed a doctorate course at the Universidade de Vigo, in northwest Spain. Also, he studied illustration under Jenny Phillips. Among the numerous public and private collections around the world where John’s work is held are the Hunt Institute, Pittsburgh, PA; the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew; the Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne; RMIT University and the collection of Alisa and Isaac M. Sutton. John has been teaching intermediate and advanced classes at the Geelong Botanic Gardens since 2005 and has expanded his teaching circuit to include interstate and international master classes that share his unique approach to the art form.

 

Intro to Beekeeping

‘Intro to Beekeeping’ is intended to be an introductory course targeting people who are interested in becoming a beekeeper but are not sure if they have the time, space and resources to move forward. The class offers an overview of backyard beekeeping, including:

• What equipment and supplies are required and what are their estimated cost?

• What daily, monthly and yearly tasks must be completed and how much time would be required?

• Where does one gain the knowledge necessary for beekeeping and what resources are available if one needs help?

• How to support and attract all bees, wild or honeybee, to forage and pollinate, or even nest in your yard! 

 

Instructor: Tracy Bellehumeur has been raising bees for over eight years using natural methods in Top Bar and Langstroth hives and helps maintain hives for community gardens in Boulder. She is the beekeeping instructor for Growing Gardens in Boulder and one of the teachers for the Boulder County Beekeepers Association, specializing in honeybee pests and diseases.

Price: $25, $20 member

Intro to Yogurt and Cheesemaking

Interested in making your own fresh cheeses and yogurts but not sure where to start? This class is for you! Join Chef Elizabeth Buckingham for this introduction to yogurt and fresh cheeses, made at home without a lot of complicated equipment or fancy ingredients. We ll make and taste yogurt, ricotta, mozzarella and queso fresco; once you ve mastered these basics you ll learn how to continue your cheesemaking experiments on your own. Find out just how easy it is to make your own fresh cheeses and yogurts! Generous samples served.

 

Instructor: Chef Elizabeth Buckingham is a Colorado native; she earned a Grande Diplôme from Le Cordon Bleu Paris. A spontaneous scuba diving trip to the Bahamas following her culinary school graduation led to a passion for the ocean and the next eight years of her career, first cooking aboard dive boats and later progressing to head chef aboard private yachts worldwide. In 2009, Elizabeth returned to Colorado and started her own private chef venture, Moveable Feast Colorado. Elizabeth teaches public and private cooking classes in the Denver area and offers recipe development and trade-show services to her corporate clients. Elizabeth is also a certified Master Gardener and runs a tiny urban homestead complete with chickens and a large vegetable garden. She is an avid home canner and preserver, a passionate advocate of local food, and thinks everyone should know how to cook at least a little bit.

Price: $49, $44 members, $20 materials fee included

Introduction to Botanical Illustration

Registration begins June 7 at 9am.

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. Fee: $240 member, $290 non-member. No prerequisites. Note: If you have had some drawing experience, please go directly to Botanical Illustration in Pencil I.

• Fri - Sun, July 15-17, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Renee Jorgensen

 

• Fri-Sun, Nov. 11-13, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Renee Jorgensen

 

 

 

 

 

Invitation to Ikebana: Contemporary: Creative Ikebana - Sogetsu School Method

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. In September, lesson focuses on how to manipulate (semi-)tropical leaves to create contemporary/artistic Ikebana arrangements.

 

Instructor: Jan Cashman

 

Price: $44, $39 member price

 

 

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.

 

If someone would like to purchase Kenzan or Ikebana scissors, please have them contact Ikebana International, Denver Chapter in advance, through www.Ikebanadenver.com (and click “Contact Us” tub).

Invitation to Ikebana: Traditional

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.

In this class, participants make a special "Shoka" arrangement with summer bog plants, expressing the beauty of waterfront scenery.

 

Instructor: Kazuko Kozai is a Senior Professor of Ikenobo Ikebana School, which is the largest Ikebana school begun in Japan in 1462. She has studied Ikebana for more than 40 years and teaches enthusiastically in the Denver and Boulder area.

Price: $44, $39 members, $15 materials fee included.

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.

To purchase Kenzan and Ikebana scissors in advance, one option is to contact the Denver Chapter of Ikebana International through their website at ikebanadenver.com

 

 

Jams and Jellies

In this class we will focus on making fruit preserves that we can use on our toast, ice cream, mixed in yogurt, and used to flavor cocktails. We will make jam using fresh fruit, and we will make jelly using juice. If time allows we will also be making no cook freezer jam. Each student will be able to take home at least one jar of each fruit preserve we make. Recipes and ideas on how to use our creations will also be discussed. We will discuss canning basics and food safety, but this class is ideal for students who have had some experience canning using a boiling water bath canner.

 

Instructor: Kathy Lee, Modern Gingham Preserves

Price: $56, $51 member price, includes $15 materials fee for recipes and take home items

 

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.

 

 

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