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Members - redeem your guest passes online and don't wait in line!

Valid for regular daytime admission only. Not valid for specially ticketed events including Blossoms Of Light

After redeeming your guest passes online, they will arrive as an attachment in an email. Print and bring those with you to the Gardens.

The passes are not date specific. Use them whenever you would like.

Mexican Fiesta Cooking Class & Dinner

Discover the ease of preparing delicious dishes from south of the border! Learn how to master the classics: salsa, guacamole and chipotle crema and use them for garnishes for a Mexican meatball soup, creamy chicken with pumpkin seed sauce and zesty fish tacos. Wash it all down with hibiscus/lime tea and chili chocolate cupcakes. Recipes and dinner included.

 

Instructor: Susan Evans

Price: $57, $52 members

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

The foundation of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is the cultivation of mindfulness – clear, non-judgmental attention to the present moment – with regard to the ongoing experience of body, feelings, emotions, and mind. MBSR studies reveal its power to reduce medical symptoms and psychological stress while enhancing the health and well-being of program participants.

Designed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., MBSR consists of 8 weekly sessions and a one-day silent retreat. Various mindfulness tools are learned and practiced in a group context and continued between class sessions.

 

Instructor: Janet Solyntjes, MA, has taught meditation and body awareness disciplines since 1984. She teaches Mindfulness -Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) in both non-profit and corporate settings internationally and is the co-founder of The Center for Courageous Living. Janet is an Adjunct Professor at Naropa University, a senior teacher for Shambhala International, and leads residential meditation programs at retreat centers in the US and Canada.

Price: $350, $300 members, includes $25 for materials.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) - Relaxing In the Moment (Short Course)

This five week joint program offers an in-depth look at mindfulness tools for engaging the demands of our lives and for deepening our inquiry into fundamental health and wholeness. Through exploring the teachings and practices of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)—including sitting and walking meditation, body scan, and mindful yoga—you will become better equipped to manage stress and to confidently integrate mindfulness into daily life. This course is based on the 8-week MBSR program developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn.

 

** This course is offered at a discounted rate as most other MBSR classes are 8 sessions long, while this course is only 6 weeks long, due to the decrease in class time the price has been adjusted. All topics will still be covered in this series but less time will be spent on a few things.

 

Instructor: Janet Solyntjes, MA, has taught meditation and body awareness disciplines since 1984. She teaches Mindfulness -Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) in both non-profit and corporate settings internationally and is the co-founder of The Center for Courageous Living. Janet is an Adjunct Professor at Naropa University, a senior teacher for Shambhala International, and leads residential meditation programs at retreat centers in the US and Canada.

Price: $275, $250 members

Mountain Tomatoes

Rocky Mountain Gardening Elective

We all know the tomato is the gate-way drug to gardening, the Holy Grail of the mountains is to grow a red tomato. Technically, the mountains and tomatoes don’t get along and this class explains why.

In 1991, Penn Parmenter was told she could not grow tomatoes in the mountains. Today, she is working with around 200 varieties of tomatoes at 8,120 ft. elevation in the Wet Mountains. Learn about tomato varieties from around the world, especially those grown in high, cold places. Learn how to find and adapt seed, create night-time protection, prepare soil, fight disease and enjoy the fruits of your labor. The world of tomato seed swapping is also explored.

Penn comes armed with high-altitude tomato seeds, plants, demos and tips for reaching success with the tomato. Join the addiction! No more green tomatoes! (Unless it's Green Zebra, or Green Doctors or Evergreen).

 

Instructors: 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.

Price: $32, $28 members

Off The Clock Admission

 

 

 

 

Open Studio

 

Open Studio is for anyone 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), 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: $30/session member, $40/session non-member.

 

Pre-registration required.

 

Mon, Jan. 22, 9 a.m.-noon (Constance Sayas)

Mon, Feb. 5, 9 a.m.-noon (Susan Rubin)

Mon, Feb. 26, 9 a.m.-noon (Renee Jorgensen)

Mon, March 12, 9 a.m.- noon (Susan DiMarchi)

Mon, April 9, 9 a.m.-noon (Randy Raak)

Mon, April 23, 9 a.m.-noon (Renee Jorgensen)

Mon, May 21, 9 a.m.- noon (Randy Raak)

Mon, June 4, 9 a.m.-noon (Marjorie Leggitt)

Mon, July 9, 9 A.m.-noon (Susan DiMarchi)

 

Orchids 101

The class Orchids 101 will cover basic orchid biology, ecology, cultivation, and propagation, with demonstrations of proper watering, repotting, and mounting techniques. Topics covered will include:

- Basic information about where orchids are found and how they grow in the wild

- Some interesting facts about the history of orchid cultivation

- Detailed explanation of how to care for orchids in your home

- Discussion of popular cultivated orchid genera and their care, including what grows well in Colorado

- Discussion of repotting, mounting, and dividing with demonstrations of each

- Discussion of common orchid pests and diseases, and how to control them

- Basic orchid nutrition and how/when to apply fertilizer

- Question and answer/orchid ailment diagnosis portion

 

Instructor: Andrew Hatch is current president of the Denver Orchid Society, and has been growing orchids for fifteen years. He attended Colorado State University, where he earned a degree in Soil and Crop Science in the Plant Biotechnology, Genetics and Breeding concentration. He and his wife own Rikki’s Tropicals, a specialty orchid and bromeliad nursery in Fort Collins, where they live with their two children, Rikki and Franklin.

Price: $44, $39 members

Special Instructions: Attendees are encouraged to bring plants that have problems that need diagnosing, and will each receive an orchid to take home. This will be a hands-on class, and active participation and questions are encouraged!

 

 

 

 

Orchids in Watercolor

 

Orchids, one of the oldest families of flowering plants, dating to about 80 million years ago, are also one of the largest plant families with nearly 800 genera and more than 25,000 species. Take a break from the cold get inside the Gardens  orchid collection to learn more about this plant family. See how other artists have approached this traditional subject and addressed the compositional challenges of these mostly epiphytic plants. Demonstration and exercises emphasize strategies and techniques to paint orchid leaves, roots, flowers and patterns. Equipped with a range of relevant watercolor skills, complete a botanical portrait of an elegant orchid.

 

Prerequisite: Botanical Illustration in Watercolor I.

 

 Fee: $250 member, $300 non-member.

 

 

Mon, Feb. 19, 26, March 5, 12, 19, 1-4 p.m.

Instructor: Constance Sayas

 

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.

 

Instructors: Penn and Cord Parmenter

Price: $31, $26 members

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

Pen and Ink Brush-Up

 

Was your last pen and ink class years ago? Time to brush up! We've presented many different pens and surfaces over the years - technical pens, sketching pens, quills, bristol, mylar, plastic and paper. Each has its benefits. But, at this same time, all this information can be confusing. It s time to clear the air. Test some different tools, sample various surfaces and refresh you techniques. These three hours are just what you need to refresh your knowledge, update your techniques, explore some new tools and reinvigorate your passion for pen and ink.

 

Prerequisites: Botanical Illustration in Pen and Ink I

 

Fee: $55 member, $70 non-member.

 

 

Mon, March 26, 9 a.m.   noon

Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt

 

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 your drawings from this class forward.

 

Prerequisite: Botanical Illustration in Pencil I.

 

Fee: $250 member, $300 non-member.

 

Thu, Feb. 22, March 1, 8, 22, 29, 1-4 p.m.

Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt

 

Fri-Sun, May 25-27, 9 a.m.   2:30 p.m.
Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt

 

 

 

Photographing Blossoms of Light

Enjoy special early evening access to the Blossoms of Light event and learn how to capture stunning images of holiday displays.

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

 

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

Price: $47, $42 members

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

Photography Expeditions at Plains Conservation Center

 

Photography expeditions to the Plains Conservation Center offer opportunities to capture the life and the seasonal characteristics of the prairie in the best light possible. Dates and times are set to coordinate with sunsets, sunrises, moonsets and moonrises with one exception in May to focus on spring flowers. Each expedition is led by David Winger, a renowned garden and nature photographer.

 

Open to all skill levels. Participants are encourage to bring a tripod and a telephoto lens and dress appropriately for the weather as the class takes place outdoors.

 

 

Price: $36, $34 member

 

 

Pixelated: Sculpture by Mike Whiting Tour

Pixelated: Sculpture by Mike Whiting features brightly-colored metal sculptures created within the pixelated aesthetic of Pac-Man and other 8-bit vintage video games. Stroll the gardens with a knowledgeable docent and learn about the surprising intersections between 8-bit pixel graphics and minimalist sculpture. Explore the relationship between the natural world and the artificial world of digital media, and see several new works created to complement and contrast the Gardens’ landscapes.

 

Price: $14, $12 member, $10 student

 

Special instructions: Tours are outdoors; dress accordingly for the weather. Water, sunscreen and sunglasses are recommended. Please bring booking confirmation. Meet guide in the lobby of the Boettcher Memorial Center after entering through the Gardens main entrance.

 

Notes: Prices include admission to the Gardens. Tours with low registration are subject to cancellation.

Planning A Medicinal Plant Garden

A home garden can both beautiful and useful. This class offers advice on growing medicinal plants and culinary herbs in the garden. Learn about a variety of herbs that thrive in the unpredictable Colorado climate. Learn how to grow these plants and receive tips on harvesting and uses in cooking, cleaning and medicinal remedies.

Instructor: Blake Burger

Price: $29, $34 member

Plants for the Plains

Colorado urban landscapes need to reflect responsible plant choices which represent the climate and environment surrounding our cities. Plant Select® promotes many native plants that can be used to offer the impression of a native prairie landscape. This course will discuss those native plants and how to use them effectively at home or in an HOA situation.

 

Ross Shrigley is a longtime Colorado Horticulturist, and now Executive Director of Plant Select®. Plant Select® is the country’s leading brand of plants designed to thrive in high plains and intermountain regions.

 

$14, $12 member

 

Plants in Tolkien's Middle-Earth

 

 J. R. R. Tolkien, who wrote the Lord of The Rings  trilogy and  The Hobbit, created a fantasy world that has captured our imaginations about life in his Middle-Earth. As in all of Tolkien's works, the natural landscape plays a major role in the Legendarium, for Tolkien paid special attention describing plant life as he wrote his intriguing novels. Over 140 plants are explicitly mentioned and described as a part of Middle-Earth. Almost all these plants are real species and even the fictional ones were created according to botanic principles. The recently published book by W. Judd & G. Judd, "Flora of Middle-Earth: Plants of J.R.R. Tolkien's Legendarium" (included in the course fee), guides you through Middle-Earth's flora selections. After choosing your favorite plant from the book and researching its relationship to the story and location, learn techniques in mixed media, combining the botany into a dynamic Middle-Earth illustration that will feel otherworldly!

 

 

Prerequisites: Expressive Ink or Pen and Ink II, Color media of your choice, Perfecting perspective, Composition.

 

Fee: $290 member, $340 non-member (fee includes Flora of Middle-Earth by W.S. Judd & G. Judd).

 

Thu, June 21, 28, July 5, 12, 19, 9 a.m. - noon

Instructor: Susan DiMarchi

 

Portfolio Preparation Course

 

Upon completion of all course work (all required courses and minimum of 100 elective hours), students may express their interest in applying for portfolio review and certification by requesting a transcript from the program manager and registering for the Portfolio Preparation Course by January 16, 2018.

 

Fee: $250 (includes the course, individual consultation with the instructors and external portfolio review). The Portfolio Preparation Course is mandatory for graduation. In spring 2018 the Portfolio Preparation Course is offered at two different times. Candidates must choose one:

 

1.Fri, Feb. 9, 9 a.m. -4 p.m.

2.Sat, Feb. 10, 9 a.m. -4 p.m.

Instructor: Mervi Hjelmroos-Koski

 

Prairie Wildlife Adventure

Explore prairie plants and wildlife at Plains Conservation Center with Denver Botanic Gardens instructors. Don’t forget your cameras as photo opportunities abound on the Center’s 1,100 acres of natural prairie. In dry weather, participants ride in wagons onto the prairie. If that is not possible, the group hikes on the prairie. Feel free to bring snowshoes on snowy days. We finish the expedition with tea, hot chocolate and winter snacks.

 

Price: $27, $25 member

 

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