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Girl Scout Exploration Day - Gardener

Juniors discover the basics of garden design as they learn how to plan for a successful garden! Each scout will design a miniature indoor garden oasis to plant and take home with them.

 

Scout Exploration Days offer scout troops the opportunity to explore plant-based themes through a variety of hands-on activities and take-home projects. Each exploration day offers several activity stations set up throughout the Gardens for groups to explore at their own pace. Pack a picnic lunch and make a day of it!

 

Denver Botanic Gardens does not supply activity badges or patches.

 

Price: $12 per scout (includes admission to the Gardens), One adult (troop leader or parent) for every five scouts is admitted free of charge. Additional adults and non-participating siblings (over the age of 2) pay $7.

Gluten-Free Baking with Alternative Flours

 

Are you gluten-free or cooking for someone who is? Or maybe you're just interested in expanding your kitchen repertoire to include non-wheat flours? Teff, buckwheat, sorghum, coconut, nut flours or other options…the array of non-wheat flours now available is extensive. Join Chef Elizabeth Buckingham for this fun and informative class, based on Alice Medrich’s Flavor Flours, to learn all about different non-wheat flours and how best to use these in cooking and baking. Make and taste waffles, brownies, pancakes, chocolate chip cookies, plated desserts and much more - all wheat-free! (Generous food samples served; please note that DBG’s kitchen is NOT a certified gluten-free environment and samples cannot be guaranteed free of potential gluten.)

 

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 member

 

GROWTH - Warriors (or Veterans) Growing Together

Growth requires partnership – soil, water and sun; family & friends; awareness and action. Join Tricia and the DBG staff as we use the practices of yoga & gardening to explore grief, resiliency & recovery, overcoming obstacles, warrior wellness, truth and hope. Our time will be spent getting into the root of our existence and understanding what is needed to live healthy lives where growth produces a bountiful harvest.

 

Instructor: Tricia Mooney

Price: $43, $38 members

Special Instruction: This class will be held at our Chatfield location:

 

8500 W Deer Creek Canyon Road

Littleton, CO 80128

Herbal Pantry

Wondering what to do with all those fragrant herbs languishing in your garden?

Learn how to preserve your herbal harvest in elegant vinegars, herb butters, herb seasoning blends, marinated cheeses, robust pestos and spicy salsas. Turn your daily fare into something special. Go home inspired with new ways to implement the healthy and delicious flavors of your herb garden or farmers market bounty. Generous sample tastings, recipes, and growing and harvesting tips included. Get that winter pantry started! Demonstration class.

 

Instructor: Susan Evans

Price: $44, $39 members

 

Home Cheesemaking

Learn the basic ins and outs of traditional cheesemaking and the animal husbandry, botany, and microbiology behind it, as well as the different types of cheese and how to make fresh cheeses at home! In this workshop, explore how to turn milk into curds and whey, go over fresh cheese recipes, and each participant will stretch their own fresh mozzarella to take home!

 

Instructor: Meg Caley is the Director of Farming Operations and Education (or "Founder and Farmer-in-Chief") for local urban agriculture non-profit Sprout City Farms. Before moving to Denver in 2008, she was the head cheesemaker on a 400-acre grassfed meat and dairy farm in central New Jersey where she made 7 different kinds of farmstead raw milk cheeses from their pastured Jersey cows. Meg has been a cheese nerd since learning the craft in Italy in 2006, and is ever eager to share her love of cheese with the world!

Price: $44, $39 members

Homemade Pasta and Fresh Sauces


Pasta has gotten a bad rap recently, but it can absolutely be part of a healthy, plant-based diet – and it’s easy and fun to make at home! Join Chef Elizabeth Buckingham for this introduction to homemade pasta; we’ll make and taste both simple cut pastas like fettuccine as well as stuffed pastas such as ravioli. Plus, you’ll learn easy, seasonal sauces, accompaniments and garnishes for your homemade pasta, too! This class will teach you everything you need to know about making fresh pasta at home. 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

 

Homeschool Day: Amazing Adaptations

Discover amazing ways plants adapt to stay alive. Investigate leaf structure, meet a variety of carnivorous plants, and use your imagination to invent a plant with its own unique adaptations. Take home your very own carnivorous plant.

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 non-participating 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: Art Exploration

Journey through art and nature while engaging in a garden-wide exploration of the Calder: Monumental exhibition. Explore how art and science work together and make a work of art inspired by the exhibition.

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 non-participating 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: Ecosystems Near and Far

Explore the ecological diversity of Colorado and discover how native plants and animals compare to those found in the tropical rainforest. Investigate food chains, discover unique plant and animal relationships and plant seeds of a native plant.

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 non-participating 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: Mysteries of Mycology

While often thought of as plants, fungi such as mold, yeast and mushrooms make up their very own kingdom! Join us as we explore the similarities and differences between plants and fungi, investigate specimens from the Sam Mitchel Herbarium of Fungi and explore the active life of yeast.

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 non-participating 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 that Changed the World

Plants have played an important role throughout history. Join us as we learn how early explorers and imaginative inventors spread the flavors of the world, discovered new plants and found their unique uses. Plant an herb used around the world to take home.

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 non-participating 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: Starting a Garden

Learn the basics of garden design as you explore the many different gardening styles used at Denver Botanic Gardens. Discover the ins and outs of gardening as you investigate the science of soil, compost and companion planting. Plant a variety of seeds to start your own home garden.

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 non-participating 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.

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

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 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

 

Introduction to Botanical Illustration

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

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.

 

No prerequisites.

Note: If you have had some drawing experience, please go directly to Botanical Illustration in Pencil I.

Fee: $245 member, $295 non-member

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

Instructor: Renee Jorgensen

 

 

 

Introduction to Water-Bath Canning

In this class we will be introducing and discussing the basic techniques of water bath canning. We will make at least one pickled product and one fruit in syrup product. This is an introductory class to those who have little to no experience in preserving the harvest. We will discuss food safety, processing times, and where to find safe recipes. Students will leave with at least one jar of preserved goods.

Price: $56, $51 member

Instructor: Kathy Lee

 

 

Photo: Courtesy of cjmartin (Flickr)

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.

Shoka (or Seika, depending on each Ikebana school) is today's name for original "Ikebana" style which started in Japan in the early 17th century. Shoka expresses the life and the beauty of plants in nature.

In June, students will make a Shoka arrangement which brings coolness of water on a hot summer day in the form of pond scenery. Please bring two kenzans and deep dish style container with a wide opening to class.

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

 

 

 

Jam Making

This class is ideal for students who have had some experience canning using a boiling water bath canner. 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. Recipes and ideas on how to use our creations will also be discussed. We will discuss canning basics and food safety.We will discuss pectin, fruit quality, and different types of jams that one can make.  Each student will leave with at least one jar of jam, recipes, and ideas for how the preserves can be used.Fruit variety will depend on seasonal availability.

Price: $56, $51 member price

Instructor: Kathy Lee

 

 

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.

 

 

Juno: Queen of Irises, with Tony Hall

“Juno: queen of irises” by Tony Hall, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

 

Juno Iris are a section of the iris genus with nearly 100 species and countless hybrids. They are distinguished by the corn-plant like foliage and their dahlia like roots—and have a spectacular range of flower color. The very first plate in the first issue of Curtis Botanical Magazine published in 1787 was of Iris persica, a Juno Iris! This amazing group of irises that grow from the Mediterranean to Mongolia: the only one commonly seen in the Denver area is Iris bucharica--but almost all them should prove to be outstanding garden plants in our climate, since they are mostly found in high steppe in Asia.

 

Speaker: Tony Hall was Horticulturist in the Alpine Section of RBG Kew since the 1970’s (focusing on the Alpine House and the famous collection of potted alpines at that garden), and continues his research there in his retirement. He is completing a monograph on the Juno Irises which is sure to be a classic!

Price: $29, $24 member

Image: Signa.org

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