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Matting and Floating Artwork

Preparing your work can be fun and affordable if you know the tricks and techniques. This one-day workshop covers mat-cutting and inexpensive framing options. Start with an overview of equipment, materials and measuring. Learn to float your artwork for an inexpensive alternative to matting. Demonstrations and handouts show you how to measure and cut your own single, double, and multi-opening mats. You’ll go home with two matted pieces ready to be framed. Fee: $55 member, $85 non-member. Open to everybody with no prerequisites.

• Wed, Aug. 12, 1-4 p.m.

Instructor: Susan Rubin

 

 

Member-Only Morning

Members can visit the Gardens at 8 a.m. before public hours. Grab a spot on a favorite bench, sip a cup of tea by the Monet pond, or enjoy a morning walk on quiet paths.

Deborah Butterfield: The Nature of Horses

 

 

 

Mindfulness Saturdays - Appreciating Self and Other in Relationship

2015 Mindfulness Saturdays at Denver Botanic Gardens

 

Mindfulness Saturdays is a series of afternoon retreats that focus on themes related to mindful living and are led by an experienced mindfulness-based stress reduction teacher. While open to the public, this series is especially geared toward graduates of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program or people with prior meditation experience.

 

Appreciating Self & Other in Relationship: a Mindfulness Workshop

Although we may think of meditation as a solitary practice, its fruits often include a growing sense of interconnectedness with others. This workshop offers mindfulness exercises designed to cultivate a deep appreciation of ourselves and others. Participants may practice deep listening and experience being fully heard.

 

Cost: $50, $45 member

Dr. John Steele, Ph.D., licensed psychologist and registered yoga teacher, has been practicing yoga and meditation most of his life. In 1999, he participated in a professional training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction with Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn. In 2003, John completed a Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) training. He is a Naropa Certified Meditation Instructor and has served as adjunct professor in the graduate psychology program at Naropa University. He teaches MBSR at Kaiser Permanente and yoga at the Boulder Recreation Center and at Yoga

 

What to bring: Feel free to bring your own props including cushions, a blanket and a yoga mat. Chairs are provided.

 

Mindfulness Saturdays - Taking in the Good

Mindfulness Saturdays is a series of afternoon retreats that focus on themes related to mindful living and are led by an experienced mindfulness-based stress reduction teacher. While open to the public, this series is especially geared toward graduates of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program or people with prior meditation experience.

 

Taking in the Good: Opening Our Hearts for the Holidays

Explore practices to welcome the beauty and chaos of the holidays with an open heart through practices that help cultivate kindness, gratitude, joy and equanimity.

 

Dr. Jean Leonard, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist and a registered yoga teacher in full-time private practice in Boulder, Colorado. She studied with the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program at the Duke University Center for Integrative Medicine, completed the Mindfulness Yoga and Meditation Training Program and the Dedicated Practitioner Program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. She has practiced yoga for over 20 years, studied vipassana meditation since 2003 and has taught MBSR and yoga for seven years.

 

Cost: $50, $45 member

 

What to bring: Feel free to bring your own props including cushions, a blanket and a yoga mat. Chairs are provided.

 

Mindfulness Saturdays - Unconditional Confidence

Mindfulness Saturdays is a series of afternoon retreats that focus on themes related to mindful living and are led by an experienced mindfulness-based stress reduction teacher. While open to the public, this series is especially geared toward graduates of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program or people with prior meditation experience.

 

Unconditional Confidence

The root of true confidence grows from unconditional friendship with our self. By accepting who you are beyond the limitations of judgment and bias, a spacious knowing is revealed. This class can help you learn to trust your natural intelligence to navigate life.

 

Cost: $50, $45 member

 

Janet Solyntjes, M.A. is a senior teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition, an adjunct professor at Naropa University and a certified yoga teacher. A practitioner of mind-body disciplines since 1977, she completed a professional training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction with Jon Kabat-Zinn and the Teacher Development Intensive at the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Janet teaches mindfulness meditation in the U.S. and internationally since 1993 and is co-founder of the Boulder-based Center for Courageous Living, committed to promoting the inherent goodness of individuals and groups through a variety of supportive services, programs, and retreats.

 

What to bring: Feel free to bring your own props including cushions, a blanket and a yoga mat. Chairs are provided.

 

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 theongoing 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.

 

 

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.

 

Member and Non Member price includes $25 for materials.

 

Morning Photography

 

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

 

$12 members, $18 non members. Includes admission.

 

 

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

 

 

Ooh La Lavender

 

Enjoy a Saturday at Chatfield learning all about lavender - how to grow it, how to cook with it, and how to use it for health and wellbeing. It's like three classes in one!

 

Spend the morning learning from Chatfield staff Angie Jewett about the horticultural side of lavender. She will discuss over a dozen varieties of lavender, primarily those that are hardy for growing in Colorado, including the 14 varieties on site, as well as "exotic" and container varieties. Also to be covered are growing conditions, maintenance, morphology, and anatomy. Angie will demonstrate how to grow lavender for commercial and landscape applications and lead a tour of the new ¾ acre lavender garden that was installed in the Spring of 2015. Our hope is to inspire homeowners and members of the agricultural community alike to consider growing lavender as a low water, disease and pest resistant option with a wide variety of uses.

 

Then enjoy a lavender themed lunch with popular cooking instructor and herbalist Susan Evans at the beautiful outdoor kitchen. Following lunch, Susan will teach an afternoon class on all the ways to use lavender and discuss the many health and wellness properties of this easy to grow plant. You’ll make and take home Herbes de Provence seasoning blend, soothing lavender/calendula lip balm, conditioning herbal hair rinse, fragrant lavender sachets to scent drawers or to use in the dryer, and a refreshing facial toner. Recipes, refreshments and take home samples included.

 

Please bring waterbottle and whatever you need to be comfortable outside all day, such as suncreen, hat, and layers. Lunch will be provided.

 

$67, $62 members

 

Open Studio

 

Open Studio is for everyone 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, 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.), 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: $20/session member, $25/session non-member. Pre-registration required.

 

• Mon, July 27, 6-9 p.m.

• Mon, Aug. 3, 6-9 p.m.

• Mon, Aug. 10, 6-9 p.m.

• Mon, Aug. 17, 9 a.m. – noon

• Mon, Aug. 24, 9 a.m. – noon

• Mon, Sep. 28, 1-4 p.m.

• Mon, Oct. 5, 1-4 p.m.

• Mon, Oct. 12, 1-4 p.m.

 

 

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 all of your drawings from this class forward. Fee: $230 member, $285 non-member. Prerequisite: Botanical Illustration in Pencil I.

 

• Fri-Sun, Oct. 30-31, Nov. 1, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt

 

• Wed, Nov. 4, 11, 18, Dec. 2, 9, 1-4 p.m.

Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt

 

 

Photoshop Elements for Beginners

 

 

When someone asks you to send a JPEG image at 300 dpi, do you think, “WHAT?” Unravel the lingo and learn the basics of versatile and necessary Photoshop software. Start at the very beginning and learn to navigate the toolbars, size artwork and files, apply filters, adjust color, crop and more! Use simple skills to manipulate photo references. Learn the process for producing a digital file to meet specifications for exhibit entries. Bring your computer, Adobe Photoshop and an open mind. Leave with the confidence to handle images on your own. Fee: $90 member, $125 non-member. Open to everybody, however you must have Adobe Photoshop Elements installed on your computer.

 

• Sun, Oct. 18, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Debra Dailey-Fisher

 

 

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 about the important role essential oils played in the lives of Biblical people and explore the twelve most significant oils of ancient scripture.

 

Instructor: Judy Jehn, RMT

 

$35 members, $39 non-members

 

 

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

Plant to Plate Family Workshop: Pizza Plants

You can put almost anything on a pizza! Discover this favorite Italian dish and design your own pie with various plant toppings from fruits to roots.

 

 

 

The Plant to Plate Family Workshop programs are designed to help kids and families learn where their food comes from. Each week we'll focus on a different seasonal vegetable, harvest it from the Home Harvest Garden and prepare kid-friendly recipes in the kitchen. Learn basic cooking skills and kitchen safety while learning how to make garden-fresh snacks and meals. Family workshops are designed for families with children ages 4 - 10.

 

Plant to Plate Family Workshop: Super Salsa

Learn about the importance of eating local and then whip up some tasty new salsa recipes.

 

The Plant to Plate Family Workshop programs are designed to help kids and families learn where their food comes from. Each week we'll focus on a different seasonal vegetable, harvest it from the Home Harvest Garden and prepare kid-friendly recipes in the kitchen. Learn basic cooking skills and kitchen safety while learning how to make garden-fresh snacks and meals. Family workshops are designed for families with children ages 4 - 10.

 

 

Pollinators & Plants Tour

Plants have amazing ways of attracting their pollinators to get pollinated. Some methods are outright deceptive. Enjoy a stroll in the gardens as a docent points out some of the fascinating ways (landing pads, nectar, fragrances) that plants use to beckon pollinators to obtain pollen.

 

Price: $14, $9 student, $7 member

 

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.

 

Note: Tours with low registration are subject to cancellation.

 

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

 

 

 

Science, Art and Communication – Master Class

Creating a scientific illustration combines your knowledge of art, science and your personal human touch, translating a subject into an accurate image on a surface. Add another layer of communication and transform your botanical illustration into a teaching tool. This three-day workshop will explore how to create an educational image using various visual communication techniques and tools. When illustrations are paired with visual storytelling techniques such as labels, diagrams, maps, arrows and words, they become something more than a beautiful rendering; they become a powerful and viable communication tool. Ikumi has created numerous plates for textbooks, field guides, journals and interpretive signs and will share her tips and tricks to creating a visual communication image from your finished botanical illustration plate.

Fee: $100 member. Prerequisites: Certificate in Botanical Illustration.

 

•Fri-Sun, July 24-26, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Ikumi Kayama, College Park, MD

 

Ikumi Kayama is a medical and scientific illustrator at Studio Kayama. She has been creating illustration, animation, graphics and Web design since 2008. Ikumi holds a master’s degree in medical and biological illustration from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and a BFA in scientific illustration from the University of Georgia. Her work has appeared internationally in juried shows, exhibits, textbooks, scientific journals, presentations and websites. She is also the recipient of numerous awards from a variety of organizations, including the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators, Association of Medical Illustrators and the Illustrators Club.

 

 

Scripture Gardens

Scripture Gardens are quiet and serene places that feature plants referenced in ancient religious texts. Many of these plants have symbolic meaning, and by the Hellenistic period about 70 herbs and other plants were already identified as having medicinal properties. The list includes olives, dates, pomegranates, garlic, hyssop, cumin and other plants. You’ll visit the Gardens’ Scripture Garden, learn from a specialist about the different plants there and select your own to illustrate. Composing in watercolor and graphite, you’ll work toward possible inclusion for the 2016 exhibit in the Fulginiti Pavilion at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and design a plate in the traditional scientific style. Fee: $230 member, $285 non-member. Prerequisites: Botanical Illustration in Pencil I, Botanical Illustration in Watercolor I, Light on Form, Composition for Botanical Illustration or Certificate in Botanical Art and Illustration.

 

• Tue, Sep. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 1-4 p.m.

Instructor: Laurence Pierson

 

Seasonal Discoveries Tour

No matter the time of year, botanical treasures await your discovery with these guided tours of gardens at their seasonal peaks. Experience the Gardens’ landscape at its best, whether through the colorful bounty of summer, the crackling beauty of fall or the marvelous contrasts of winter.

 

Price: $14, $9 student, $7 member

 

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.

 

Note: Tours with low registration are subject to cancellation.

 

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