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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 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

Ink & Stem

Come savor a spring morning in the gardens and learn how to design and plant your own living succulent centerpiece using gorgeous fresh succulents. We will discuss succulent care, propagation techniques, and principles of design. We will also take time to awaken our creative soul with fun writing activities, coloring, and wordplay. This mini-retreat will help you push pause on your inner critic so that you can truly cherish a workshop dedicated to beauty and nature. Attendees will experience the calming, restorative benefits of succulent design and take home their own succulent centerpiece to enjoy. This is a great opportunity to make a personal handmade gift for a loved one, to enjoy the retreat with a loved one (think Mothers Day!), or to just take time and do something special for yourself! Participants are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy in the beautiful spring gardens after the workshop ends.

 

Instructor Bio: Christine Bayles Kortsch, Ph.D. is a homebody with a gypsy soul. She is the author of Dress Culture in Late Victorian Womens Fiction, as well as essays on urban homesteading and wilderness camping. You may have read her essay on backyard chickens in 5280 Magazine last summer! Christine teaches literature and writing at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design and the University of Baltimore. She is a gentle and enthusiastic teacher with a deep passion for gathering people together and inspiring them to chase the beauty and goodness in their everyday lives. Read more about Christine and her Ink & Stem Workshops at cbkortsch.com.

Price: $69, $64, $40 materials fee included

Special Instructions: Students are asked to bring the following

-A pot of your choice (no larger than 8 inches in diameter at the opening). A drainage hole is optional. The instructor will also have a variety of pots available for purchase in class.

-A journal and pen

-A small object; you will use this object to introduce yourself by answering the question How does this object illustrate something you love to do?

-Optional items: Any small objects you want to incorporate in your succulent design including small shells, sticks, figurines, or stones. Any special succulents you want to use; the instructor will provide a wide variety; an overgrown succulent you might have lying around the house; gardening gloves and apron or smock.

-An open heart

 

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: $41, $36 member

Introduction into Herbalism

Learn how beautiful plants and herbs can brought into your daily life for health, wellness, beauty, medicine and so much more! Discuss teas, tinctures, salves, oxymels, hydrotherapy, aromatherapy and herbal energetics. Each student will take a nutritive tea blend and a medicinal salve. There will be a demonstration on tinctures and salves.

Instructor: Kim Cherie, 25 year clinical herbalist & aromatherapist

Price: $68, $63 member, $35 materials fee included

Introduction to Botanical Illustration

 

 

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: $245 member, $295 non-member. No prerequisites. Note: If you have had some drawing experience, please go directly to Botanical Illustration in Pencil I.

• Fri-Sun, Jan. 13-15, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Renee Jorgensen

 

• Fri-Sun, April 21-23, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Renee Jorgensen

 

 

Introduction to Xeriscape

Xeriscape is not only a concept, it should be a way of life in Colorado.

Gardening in a way that conserves water and enhances our lives seems like a no-brainer. But, breaking the paradigm of landscapes dominated by Kentucky bluegrass has been slow in coming. However, since the early '90s, we've been making progress and people have been implementing beautiful, low water consuming, low maintenance, wildlife attracting, jaw dropping beautiful gardens.

In this course I will de-mystify low water landscapes by explaining the seven principles of xeriscape and answering every question you can throw my way. Oh, and we'll look at some beautiful Denver area xeriscape gardens while we're at it!

 

Instructor: Curtis Manning

Price: $24, $20 members

Invitation to Ikebana: Contemporary

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.

This class is an 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.

Instructor: Midori Allmeyer

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: Modern

Denver Botanic Gardens hosts regular Ikebana classes with a different instructor and theme each month. The classes are small in size, so if a class is full, please check back again, as the class will repeat in the coming months.

Ikebana is an expression of respect and appreciation towards nature. We observe life through the arrangement of plants. During each class, participants get hands-on instruction to put together an arrangement to take home.

Moribana-style Ikebana was developed in the late 19th century in Japan and became very popular because of its flexibility without losing natural atmosphere. During each class, participants will get hands-on instruction to put together an arrangement to take home. In April, we will make a naturalistic Moribana arrangement with a spring theme.

If a participant has enough experience on Moribana, she /he could go forward to Nageire arrangement during class.

Instructor: Akiko Buckmaster, born in Japan, is a master teacher of Ohara Ikebana School. She has been teaching Ikebana in the Denver area for forty years.

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

 

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

 

 

 

Iris in Watercolor – Chatfield Farms Historic Collection

The historic iris collection at Chatfield Farms contains more than 400 varieties of iris. The entire collection was donated in 2014 by the Lankow family from Washington State and was installed in fall 2015. The known varieties are planted in chronological order based on the year they were introduced into the nursery trade. The oldest variety dates back to 1597! Many are award-winning varieties that are held in high esteem among iris enthusiasts for their significance in the long history of iris breeding. You’ll start with a full-day field trip to Chatfield Farms to get a presentation of the collection, select your specimen and document it. You’ll get a cutting to take with you to the classroom to finish your piece in watercolor during the following five weeks. Fee: $295 member, $345 non-member. Prerequisites: Botanical Illustration in Watercolor I, Light on Form, Botany for the Botanical Illustrator, Perfecting Perspective.

• Tue, May 30, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (Chatfield), June 6, 13, 20, 27, July 11, 1-4 p.m.

Instructor: Constance Sayas

 

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

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Keynote Talk & Panel - Where Does Your Water Come From?

Have you ever wondered where your water comes from? Living in Denver can pose many questions about the source of drinking water, the quality, the rules and the stakeholders. For example, did you know that 50% of the water used in Denver comes from the Colorado River on the Western Slope? A presentation by Tom Cech from the One World One Water Center at MSU Denver is followed by a panel discussion with water experts from the Denver area. A Q&A session concludes the event.

Price: $20, $15 member

Keynote Speaker:Tom Cech was born and raised on a farm near Clarkson, Nebraska, graduated from Kearney State College with a bachelor of science in math education and received a master’s degree in community and regional planning from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. He was executive director of the Central Colorado Water Conservancy District in Greeley, taught undergraduate and graduate level water resources courses at the University of Northern Colorado and Colorado State University, and is now the director of the One World One Water (OWOW) Center for Urban Water Education and Stewardship at Metropolitan State University of Denver. Cech wrote “Principles of Water Resources: History, Development, Management and Policy,” “Introduction to Water Resources and Environmental Issues,” (co-author Dr. Karrie Pennington) and “Colorado Water Law for Non-Lawyers,” (co-author P. Andrew Jones). He has also completed histories of the Colorado Water Conservation Board and the Colorado State Engineer’s Office with Bill McDonald and Dick Stenzel.

Kundalini Yoga - Single Session

Kundalini yoga focuses on awakening energy and unlocking our inner potential through breathing techniques, movements, stretching, meditation and mantra. This ancient and sacred practice is the oldest form of yoga and is an effective way to recharge and heal the body.

The class, taught by Yogi Bhajan, Ph.D., Master of Kundalini yoga, starts and ends with beautiful and ancient chants which open and calm the heart. A carefully planned sequence of postures, movements and breathing exercises, called a kriya, follows. The techniques stimulate the nervous and immune systems, while improving strength and flexibility. Participants may find a peace of mind and experience benefits including relief from back pain, stress, addiction, depression, insomnia and weight control.

 

Instructor: Chris Anne Coviello

For more information on Instructor Chris Anne Coviello please visit www.chrisannecoviello.com

Price: $10, $8 members

Skill level: All levels welcome, no experience required.

Special Instructions: Each session is unique; we recommend that you try at least two or three sessions. Please bring water and a yoga mat. If you have trouble sitting on the floor for extended periods of time, please bring a blanket and pillows to provide comfort. Please bring cash if possible but credit cards are also accepted.

Class is located in Morrison Center which is on the North side of Children’s Garden. The gate for entry is near the corner of 11th and York Street. This location is across the street from the main garden entry.

Late Pick-Up for Camp

  

Need a few extra hours added to the camp day? Let your child spend a few more hours at the Gardens from 4:00-5:30 p.m. We'll have a variety of games and activities your child can participate in with other children. Late Pick-Up is available for all Summer Camp Sessions at York Street. Late Pick-Up is not available for Farm Camp at Chatfield or Garden Explorers during Spring Break.

 

Please note that Late Pick-Up has a minimum enrollment of five children. Late Pick-Up may be cancelled if this minimum is not met.

 

Price: $50 per child

 

Lecture - Reimagining a Classic Style

Inspired by the tiny plants and dramatic, rocky landscapes found on mountain tops, rock gardening uses a range of unusual plants in combination with beautiful stones to create miniaturized landscapes. This approach to gardening is water-wise, perfect for containers, small gardens and for gardeners interested in exploring a whole new group of beautiful plants. In this talk Joseph Tychonievich shares beautiful images of rock gardens to get you inspired, the basic principles of creating rock gardens and an introduction to some of the most beautiful and easy to grow rock garden plants to get you started.

 

Joseph Tychonievich

A lifelong gardener and lover of plants, southeast Michigan resident Joseph Tychonievich earned his bachelor of science in horticulture from Ohio State University, worked at specialty rare plants nurseries in Michigan and Japan, and was named by Organic Gardening Magazine as one of “...six young horticulturists who are helping to shape how America gardens.” He is the author of “Plant Breeding for the Home Gardener” and “Rock Gardening: Reimagining a Classic Style.”

 

6 p.m. Social hour and tasting hosted by Slow Food Denver (included in price)

6:30 p.m. Program and lecture

8:00 p.m. Book signing by author

All lecture programs: $15 member, $20 non-member. Space is limited so register early!

Slow Food Members are welcome to register for the discounted member price of $15, please click on reciprocal member price, no identification required.

 

“Water, water, water...There is no shortage of water in the desert but exactly the right amount, a perfect ratio of water to rock, water to sand, insuring that wide free open, generous spacing among plants and animals, homes and towns and cities, which makes the arid West so different from any other part of the nation. There is no lack of water here unless you try to establish a city where no city should be.” ? Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness

With the support of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation and in line with the Gardens’ mission of connecting people with plants, we are excited to bring you a series designed to explore water as it relates to our ability to thrive in Colorado’s dry environment.

Throughout the 2017 series, we explore the importance of water through the lens of art, home gardening, conservation and home ownership. The lecture series includes topics such as enhancing the abundance of water throughout the world, rock gardening and water quality of the Colorado River through underwater photography.

A parallel series of intimate workshops, tours and trips further the exploration. Workshops include water-harvesting, aquaponics, photogram water camera-less photography, insect home building and many other hands-on opportunities. The Gardens offers day-long tours of Habitat Hero Gardens, gardens that provides resources and habitat for insects. A self-guided water wise home garden tour allows participants to explore ways in which their fellow Denverites use low water plants and water conservation techniques. Further your water experience by joining the Gardens on multi-day trips, including a canoe trip down the Gunnison River alongside a wetland ecologist and a photography trip to view the stunning water features around Vail.

 

 

Lecture - Resource Harvesting for Dynamic Gardens and Neighborhoods: Simple and Effective Ways to En

This dynamic presentation shares strategies to harvest, integrate and enliven free local resources such as rain-, grey- and storm waters; sun, wind and shade; along with soil fertility, wild foods and community fun. This talk is both an invitation to engage and partner with natural surroundings and the community, and a treasure map showing the way by planting the rain, dancing with the sun, growing fertile shade and more.

 

Brad Lancaster

Brad Lancaster is the author of the award-winning “Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond” and co-founder of DesertHarvesters.org. Since 1993, Lancaster has run a successful permaculture education, design and consultation business focused on integrated regenerative approaches to landscape design, planning and living. In the Sonoran Desert, with just 11 inches of annual rainfall, he and his brother harvest about 100,000 gallons of rainwater a year on an eighth-acre urban lot and adjoining right-of-way. This harvested water is turned into living air conditioners of food-bearing shade trees, abundant gardens and a thriving landscape incorporating wildlife habitat, beauty, medicinal plants and more. The goal of his books and work is to empower clients and the community to make positive change in their own lives and neighborhoods by harvesting and enhancing free on-site resources such as water, sun, wind, shade, and more. It’s catching on, as evidenced by tens of thousands of practitioners and the demand for Lancaster’s work around the world.

 

 

6 p.m. Social hour and tasting hosted by Slow Food Denver (included in price)

6:30 p.m. Program and lecture

8:00 p.m. Book signing by author

All lecture programs: $15 member, $20 non-member. Space is limited so register early!

Slow Food Members are welcome to register for the discounted member price of $15, please click on reciprocal member price, no identification required.

 

Water, water, water...There is no shortage of water in the desert but exactly the right amount, a perfect ratio of water to rock, water to sand, insuring that wide free open, generous spacing among plants and animals, homes and towns and cities, which makes the arid West so different from any other part of the nation. There is no lack of water here unless you try to establish a city where no city should be.    Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness

With the support of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation and in line with the Gardens  mission of connecting people with plants, we are excited to bring you a series designed to explore water as it relates to our ability to thrive in Colorado s dry environment.

Throughout the 2017 series, we explore the importance of water through the lens of art, home gardening, conservation and home ownership. The lecture series includes topics such as enhancing the abundance of water throughout the world, rock gardening and water quality of the Colorado River through underwater photography.

A parallel series of intimate workshops, tours and trips further the exploration. Workshops include water-harvesting, aquaponics, photogram water camera-less photography, insect home building and many other hands-on opportunities. The Gardens offers day-long tours of Habitat Hero Gardens, gardens that provides resources and habitat for insects. A self-guided water wise home garden tour allows participants to explore ways in which their fellow Denverites use low water plants and water conservation techniques. Further your water experience by joining the Gardens on multi-day trips, including a canoe trip down the Gunnison River alongside a wetland ecologist and a photography trip to view the stunning water features around Vail.

 

 

Lecture - Restoring Nature’s Relationships

Specialized relationships between animals and plants are the norm in nature rather than the exception. These relationships provide birds with insects and berries that disperse bloodroot seeds and pollinate goldenrod and so on. Plants that evolved in concert with local animals provide for their needs better than plants that evolved elsewhere. Tallamy explains how specialized food relationships determine the stability and complexity of local food webs and how we can us residential landscapes to connect isolated habitat fragments and produce valuable ecosystem services

 

Doug Tallamy

Doug Tallamy is a professor in the department of entomology and wildlife ecology at the University of Delaware, where he has authored 85 research publications and has taught insect taxonomy, behavioral ecology, humans and nature, insect ecology and other courses for 35 years. His research goal is to better understand how insects interact with plants and how such interactions determine the diversity of animal communities. His book “Bringing Nature Home: How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens” was awarded the 2008 Silver Medal by the Garden Writers' Association. “The Living Landscape,” co-authored with Rick Darke, was published in 2014. He is also a regular columnist for Garden Design magazine.

 

6 p.m. Social hour and tasting hosted by Slow Food Denver (included in price)

6:30 p.m. Program and lecture

8:00 p.m. Book signing by author

All lecture programs: $15 member, $20 non-member. Space is limited so register early!

Slow Food Members are welcome to register for the discounted member price of $15, please click on reciprocal member price, no identification required.

 

“Water, water, water...There is no shortage of water in the desert but exactly the right amount, a perfect ratio of water to rock, water to sand, insuring that wide free open, generous spacing among plants and animals, homes and towns and cities, which makes the arid West so different from any other part of the nation. There is no lack of water here unless you try to establish a city where no city should be.” ? Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness

With the support of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation and in line with the Gardens’ mission of connecting people with plants, we are excited to bring you a series designed to explore water as it relates to our ability to thrive in Colorado’s dry environment.

Throughout the 2017 series, we explore the importance of water through the lens of art, home gardening, conservation and home ownership. The lecture series includes topics such as enhancing the abundance of water throughout the world, rock gardening and water quality of the Colorado River through underwater photography.

A parallel series of intimate workshops, tours and trips further the exploration. Workshops include water-harvesting, aquaponics, photogram water camera-less photography, insect home building and many other hands-on opportunities. The Gardens offers day-long tours of Habitat Hero Gardens, gardens that provides resources and habitat for insects. A self-guided water wise home garden tour allows participants to explore ways in which their fellow Denverites use low water plants and water conservation techniques. Further your water experience by joining the Gardens on multi-day trips, including a canoe trip down the Gunnison River alongside a wetland ecologist and a photography trip to view the stunning water features around Vail.

 

 

Lecture - The Summer-Dry Garden

Successful and sustainable gardens must conform to natural precipitation cycles and the plants we use should not be drought tolerant, but climate tolerant. In a summer-dry climate, long summers with no rain is not drought, it is normal. This photo-driven lecture illustrates gardens in dry climate can be beautiful when good plant choices are combined with simple design techniques.

 

Saxon Holt

Saxon Holt is a professional garden photographer and has photographed for 25 books including “Hardy Succulents” by Gwen Kelaidis and “The American Meadow Garden” by John Greenlee. His website, PhotoBotanic.com, is dedicated to his garden photography and self-publishing projects. He is a Fellow of the Garden Writers Association who awarded his e-book, “Good Garden Photography” the best overall garden book of the year in 2015.

 

6 p.m. Social hour and tasting hosted by Slow Food Denver (included in price)

6:30 p.m. Program and lecture

8:00 p.m. Book signing by author

All lecture programs: $15 member, $20 non-member. Space is limited so register early!

Slow Food Members are welcome to register for the discounted member price of $15, please click on reciprocal member price, no identification required.

 

“Water, water, water...There is no shortage of water in the desert but exactly the right amount, a perfect ratio of water to rock, water to sand, insuring that wide free open, generous spacing among plants and animals, homes and towns and cities, which makes the arid West so different from any other part of the nation. There is no lack of water here unless you try to establish a city where no city should be.” ? Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness

With the support of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation and in line with the Gardens’ mission of connecting people with plants, we are excited to bring you a series designed to explore water as it relates to our ability to thrive in Colorado’s dry environment.

Throughout the 2017 series, we explore the importance of water through the lens of art, home gardening, conservation and home ownership. The lecture series includes topics such as enhancing the abundance of water throughout the world, rock gardening and water quality of the Colorado River through underwater photography.

A parallel series of intimate workshops, tours and trips further the exploration. Workshops include water-harvesting, aquaponics, photogram water camera-less photography, insect home building and many other hands-on opportunities. The Gardens offers day-long tours of Habitat Hero Gardens, gardens that provides resources and habitat for insects. A self-guided water wise home garden tour allows participants to explore ways in which their fellow Denverites use low water plants and water conservation techniques. Further your water experience by joining the Gardens on multi-day trips, including a canoe trip down the Gunnison River alongside a wetland ecologist and a photography trip to view the stunning water features around Vail.

 

 

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