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Light on Form

Take your drawings from flat to fabulous. The secret to portraying light and shadow on your subjects lies in understanding the scientific method of lighting as it applies to different forms. Beginning with basic geometric shapes, refine your skills in showing light and volume on any subject. The class will work entirely in graphite pencil, but the principles apply to all other media. As you progress to fruits and vegetables, to leaves and flowers, and to entire plants with complex shapes, you will overcome the obstacles in creating three-dimensional drawings.

Prerequisite: Pencil I.

$225 member, $280 non-member.

• Mon., Jan. 6, 13, 20, 27, Feb. 3, 9 a.m. – Noon

Instructor: Constance Sayas


$225 member, $280 non-member.


• Fri. - Sun., Feb. 28 – March 2, 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt


$225 member, $280 non-member.

• Wed., Mar. 19, 26, April 2, 9, 23 1 - 4 p.m.

Instructor: Susan Rubin


$225 member, $280 non-member.

• Tue., Apr. 29, May 6, 13, 20, 27, 6 - 9 p.m.

Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt


Fee: $230 member, $285 non-member

• Fri. -Sun., June 27 - 29, 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Susan Rubin


Literature of the Land: Spring 2014 Book Club


Join us for the spring 2014 session of Literature of the Land, a book club series hosted by the Helen Fowler Library. We'll read 3 books over 3 months, focusing on a specific topic of interest.


We delve into literature related to the land and to nature, discussing topics that may range from environmental issues to the culture of food and drink, from the American dust bowl to the cinnamon trees of Southeast Asia. This spring we'll examine plant exploration - in history, fiction, and the modern era – and how it relates to topics ranging from botanical illustration to current gastronomic trends.


In March, we’ll start with Marianne North’s Abundant Beauty: The Adventurous Travels of Marianne North – Botanical Artist, an engaging collection of journal excerpts from North’s travels. Her travels, which circled the globe twice, produced a valuable collection of more than 800 paintings and rich descriptions of botanical treasures.


In April, we’ll change gears and read Elizabeth Gilbert’s The Signature of All Things. From London to Peru to Tahiti to Amsterdam, the novel explores a female botanist’s research during the Age of Enlightenment and the Industrial Revolution.


In May, we’ll move on to The Mushroom Hunters: On the Trail of an Underground America by Langdon Cook, which follows a renowned culinary adventurer as he seeks one of nature’s last truly wild foods – the uncultivated mushroom.


Registration is mandatory as attendance will be limited in number to allow for interactive discussion in a friendly group setting. The cost is $5 per session, $15 for all three sessions.


Making and Using Flower Essences

Flower essences are a form of vibrational healing similar to homeopathy and acupuncture.


They are incredibly simple to make and wondrously effective for emotional, psychological, behavioral problems or traits such as procrastination, hyperactivity, jealousy, fear, lack of focused creativity, depression etc. They are practical and effective for our pets and children as well.There are no contraindications for flower essences; they can be used with any other form of treatment.


Everyone takes home an extensive handout and an all purpose Trauma Remedy and the very popular Fear Remedy.


Please bring to class:

A pair of small scissors, a bottle of spring water and a clear glass bowl or ramekin capacity 3-8 ounce. Instructor will provide all other materials.


$53 member, $58 non-member, includes $26 for materials.


Instructor: Christina Blume


Photo: Courtesy of Dan Zen (Flickr)

Making Goat's Milk Soap

Nothing is more luxurious than hand-crafted goat's milk soap, and it's even better when you can make it yourself for your home and for gift-giving! The class will include:

- Step-by-step instruction/demonstration in the cold-process technique for goat's milk soap

- Overview of the oils that can be used in soapmaking

- The properties of essential oils and creating fragrance combinations

- How to use additives, including herbs, flowers, oats, and honey

- Molds and cutting

- Lye safety

Participants will receive a bar of goat's milk soap, plus a basic soap recipe with suggested variations.



Sundari Kraft. Sundari is the author of "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Urban Homesteading" and the proud owner of two backyard dwarf dairy goats. She has written about goat's milk soapmaking for MaryJanesFarm magazine, and happily makes all of the soap used by her family.


$40 member and non-member, includes $5 for materials


Image: Courtesy of Gurney5 (Flickr)

Meet Rhubarb: sweet and savory


Curious about rhubarb? This perennial plant emerges in spring, growing long stocks of tart delight. Come meet rhubard and learn how to transform these stalks into dishes both sweet and savory.


Join Chef DeJa Walker in exploring rhubarb's qualities, complimentary flavors, history, nutritional attributes, and taste all of the sweet and savory treats you will create.


$36 members, $39 non members, includes $15 for all materials.

Instructor: Chef DeJa Walker


Minding your Vegetable Garden


You’ve come this far, your tomatoes, peppers and pumpkins are planted and growing. Now what? Proper care and maintenance of your vegetables through the summer months are key to a healthy harvest. Betty will take you through the steps of cultural care of your vegetables including watering, fertilizing and trouble shooting. She’ll cover knowing when and how to harvest and what to do with your bounty of home grown vegetables. Take home tips will include easy and delicious homegrown vegetable recipes and a list of cool season vegetables that can be planted in late summer for a fall harvest.


Instructor: Betty Cahill


$26 members, $31 non-members


Image: Courtesy of Randy Larson (Flickr)

Morning Photography


This is self-guided, no instructor event allows participants to photograph the sculptures in beautiful morning light, before the Gardens opens.

This self-guided, no instructor event allows participants to photograph the sculptures in beautiful morning light, before the Gardens opens.


To be held once a month.


$26 members, $28 non members.


Image Credit: Dale Chihuly, Blue Fiddleheads (detail), 2012. Dallas Arboretum, Dallas.



Mount Goliath Tour


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 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 tour 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

- 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.

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

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

- 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.

- 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.


Mount Zirkel Backpacking and Wildflower Viewing


Join members of the Horticulture staff to spend two nights and three days hiking, camping, and viewing wildflowers in the Mount Zirkel Wilderness area outside of Steamboat Springs. Enjoy this picturesque area during prime wildflower time while learning about the native flora from our horticulture experts.


Hiking distances and terrain will be moderate to difficult and this trip is not recommended for beginning hikers and backpackers.


Transportation will be provided. The group will leave from the Denver Botanic Gardens the morning of Friday, July 18 and return early evening on Sunday, July 20.


Meals will be provided but participants must have their own personal gear. Planning and logistical details will be gone over in a pre-trip group meeting in June.


$218 members, $228 nonmembers

Instructors: Brien Darby



Nature Play and Exploration for Early Childhood Classrooms with Project Learning Tree

Learn how to integrate environmental education into your early childhood classroom on a daily basis using Project Learning Tree’s early childhood curriculum; Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood Education. Take an in-depth, hands-on look at the Project Learning Tree curriculum and discover how to provide environmental experiences for young children through literature, music, art, and movement. Take a tour of the Mordecai Children’s Garden at Denver Botanic Gardens and learn how to create natural play and exploration spaces in your schoolyard and classroom.


The activities covered in this class are appropriate for PreK-K teachers


A 30 minute lunch break will be provided. You may either bring your own lunch or purchase a lunch from Offshoots Cafe. Participants should be prepared to spend time outdoors.


One-half semester hour of graduate level relicensure credit from the Colorado School of Mines is available on the day of the class for an additional $35.


Non-Native Noxious Beauties

• Mon., June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 1 -4 p.m.

Instructor: Constance Sayas

Through watercolor painting and practice in a variety of watercolor skills, this class will explore ways to present wildflower subjects, specifically noxious weeds. Students will be challenged by overlapping leaves, flowers and stems and will learn to portray a variety of textures and plant details. Individual guidance will help students select the appropriate techniques for washes, softening edges and painting details while producing a final plate for possible publication. This class might involve research in the library and in the herbarium. Fee: $230 member, $285 non-member. Prerequisites: Pencil I, Watercolor II or Certificate in Botanical Illustration.



One Man Bonsai Show - Artist Talk



The Denver Botanic gardens is pleased to feature Allan Hills presenting his work in the second, spring one man bonsai show to be held in the Bill Hosokawa Bonsai Pavilion.


Please join us for an artist talk and tour where Mr. Hills will present his ideas about his bonsai including how bonsai, as an art form, is evolving in North America and specific information about each bonsai on display.

Members $15, Non-members $20

Allen Hills:

Allan Hills was born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina and did his undergraduate work at the University of North Carolina. He completed his PhD in Geology at Yale University.

While living in Buffalo, New York, Allan came across bonsai books published by the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens and began experimenting by making bonsai from plants he found in local greenhouses. Allan admits to killing many plants as he learned about root pruning and the wiring of bonsai to style.

A move to Denver in 1975 brought Allan in contact with the Rocky Mountain Bonsai Society (RMBS.) Since this introduction, Allan has given many programs and demonstrations at the local level and at national conventions held in Denver. Additionally, Allan has twice served as president of RMBS.

Allan is much respected for his artistic talent, finding and discussing the best attributes of trees being designed as bonsai. This artistic talent extends into oil painting and the creation of viewing stones (suiseki) which he displays in his home and at the RMBS Annual Show.


One Square Foot of Colorado

• Wed., June 4, 11, 18, 25, July 2, 1 - 4 p.m.

Instructor: Susan Rubin

The Rock Alpine Garden is brimming with blooms and students will be able to select a square foot of ground and explore the diversity of plant life. Working outdoors and also in the classroom, the class will capture a moment in the life of a garden. Students will learn how to fill a square foot, edge-to-edge, and depict everything from plants in all stages to insects, stones and earth. Working in colored pencil and mixed media, the focus will be on composition, accuracy, lighting and textures with plenty of guidance and support to complete a finished plate. Fee: $230 member, $285 non-member. Prerequisites: Pencil I, Colored pencil I or Certificate in Botanical Illustration.


Open Studio

Open Studio is for students who want to experience a creative and supportive environment without attending a structured workshop. Students can work on their own projects during open hours, at their own pace. A tutor is available for help and advice (10 a.m. – Noon and 2 - 4 p.m.), but there will be no formal teaching. The tutor will help students get started on a project or advise how to add the finishing touches. Attending the Open Studio will be ideal for students who want to advance their personal projects (or ideas) or need to refresh their knowledge of any media. Fee: $15 member, $20 non-member. Pre-registration required.


May 12, 9 a.m. – noon

May 13, 9 a.m. – noon

May 14, 9 a.m. – noon

May 19, 9 a.m. – noon

May 20, 9 a.m. – noon

May 21, 9 a.m. – noon

May 28, 9 a.m. – noon



Perfect Picnics





Perfecting Perspective

Registration begins December 10, 2013 at 9am. Class will appear sold out until then.

Even experienced illustrators sometimes struggle with foreshortening and simplify their subjects to eliminate difficult elements. Students will work with botanical subjects that demonstrate each aspect of perspective and learn techniques for seeing and depicting it accurately. The class will work entirely in graphite pencil, but the principles apply to all art media. Gain confidence in drafting skills and improve all drawings from this class, forward. Fee: $225 member, $280 non-member. Prerequisite: Pencil I.



• Fri.- Sun., Jan. 17 - 19, 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. (classroom B)

Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt


• Wed., Mar. 19, 26, April 2, 9, 23, 9 a.m. - Noon

Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt



• Fri. -Sun., May 9 - 11, 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt


Permaculture Design Introduction


When people, plants, animals, water, air, buildings, energy, communications, etc., interact beneficially with each other through good design and placement, the area becomes more resilient, more of a Permanent Agriculture.


Permaculture is a Design system based on the joining of indigenous wisdom practices with current ecological activism, guided by Ethics and Principles. Permaculture reminds us that "everything gardens" and teaches a sustainable worldview that brings together many disciplines into a systematic approach for gardening, lifestyle and being. Based on deep Observation, Pattern Recognition and Working with Energetic flows (wind, water, people, sound, animals, community, etc.) we engage in the organization of our endeavors to eliminate waste and support natural processes for enhancing our gardening. Permaculture is actively taught and practiced by thousands of people all over the planet we call home. There are many classic Permaculture techniques that have been developed and we will explore some of them in this class, including sheetmulching, herb spirals, guild planting, alternative economics, stacking functions. season extension and natural building.


Participants in this class will gain a basic understanding of the Ethics and Principles of Permaculture, along with having a specific set of practical gardening and lifestyle ideas that they can put into action immediately. We will have 'hands on' time during the morning class to practice Observation, a foundational Permaculture skill. We will examine some examples of Permaculture style gardening at Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield. The class will also include an additional "hands on" exercise in the afternoon to enhance the lecture information. The participants will have practical information and experience to use for their personal situation at home, work or both.


Instructor: Jim Gibson and Mary O'Brien


$52 member, $55 non-member, $47 CSA shareholders (reciprocal member).






Photographing Sculpture


Find the best vantage points and opportunities to photograph this season’s Chihuly art exhibition at Denver Botanic Gardens.


When photographing artwork we photographers are torn between faithfully rendering the work or re-interpreting the work to our own creative ends. In this class will try both approaches to see how our personal vision can visually redefine someone else’s original work of art.


$36 member, $44 non-member

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


This class will begin inside and then move out into the Gardens.


Credit: Dale Chihuly, Blue Fiddleheads (detail), 2012. Dallas Arboretum, Dallas.


Plant to Plate Cooking Class - Single class

Discover the many plants you eat as we explore the Chipotle Home Harvest Garden and harvest fresh herbs and veggies. Learn basic cooking skills and try out a variety of kitchen tools to create delicious snacks.

$26 members; $29 non-members per child or child/adult combo. Additional adults or children can attend the afternoon class for $13 members, $15 non-member.



Plant to Plate Cooking Series

How many plants have you eaten today? 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.



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