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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

Improve Your Handwriting Skills

Handwriting is becoming a lost art since email and text messaging have become our primary written communication methods. Researchers suggest that developing writing skills will aid the visual identification of graphic shapes. This workshop will teach you how to develop and improve your handwriting skills while exploring simple methods to improve your penmanship. With practice, you will be able to make neater writing a habit. Fee: $240 member, $290 non-member. Open to everybody with no prerequisites.

• Thu, July 28, Aug. 4, 11, 18, 25, 6-9 p.m.

Instructor: Renee Jorgensen







Into the Dark - Cast Shadows

Why do cast shadows do what they do? This class offers advice, inspiration and permission to add cast shadows to your illustrations. Lecture, observation, demonstration and lots of hands-on exercises provide the knowledge required to create properly shaped and placed shadows. Starting with models and real objects, you will graduate to hypothetical situations in which shadows are created from intuition. Get ready to delve into the dark and gain insight and confidence to create more accurate shadows. Fee: $240 member, $290 non-member. Prerequisite: Botanical Illustration in Pencil I, Light on Form.


• Tue, Aug. 23, 30, Sep. 6, 13, 20, 6-9 p.m.

Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt



Intricacies of Fine Detail (Watercolor Master Class)

In this workshop, you will learn the intricacies of achieving fine detail with watercolor masking fluid and NEEF ¼ Comb, invaluable tools for contemporary botanical artists. As a result, your paintings will be brought to a new level of realism and detail. Students should have skills in drawing and watercolor. During these three days, John will assist you with painting the chosen class subject. Fee: $150 member, $190 non-member. Prerequisites: Intermediate to advanced skills in watercolor.


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

Instructor: John Pastoriza-Piñol, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


John Pastoriza-Piñol’s artistic practice operates somewhere between the centuries-old tradition of botanical illustration and contemporary art. He goes beyond the purely representational while remaining true to the fundamental principle of objective observation of the natural world, creating tension between the beauty of the specimen and the symbolism with which it is infused.

John studied botany at both Monash and Melbourne Universities, and completed a doctorate course at the Universidade de Vigo, in northwest Spain. Also, he studied illustration under Jenny Phillips. Among the numerous public and private collections around the world where John’s work is held are the Hunt Institute, Pittsburgh, PA; the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew; the Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne; RMIT University and the collection of Alisa and Isaac M. Sutton. John has been teaching intermediate and advanced classes at the Geelong Botanic Gardens since 2005 and has expanded his teaching circuit to include interstate and international master classes that share his unique approach to the art form.


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; she earned a Grande Diplôme from Le Cordon Bleu Paris. A spontaneous scuba diving trip to the Bahamas following her culinary school graduation led to a passion for the ocean and the next eight years of her career, first cooking aboard dive boats and later progressing to head chef aboard private yachts worldwide. In 2009, Elizabeth returned to Colorado and started her own private chef venture, Moveable Feast Colorado. Elizabeth teaches public and private cooking classes in the Denver area and offers recipe development and trade-show services to her corporate clients. Elizabeth is also a certified Master Gardener and runs a tiny urban homestead complete with chickens and a large vegetable garden. She is an avid home canner and preserver, a passionate advocate of local food, and thinks everyone should know how to cook at least a little bit.

Price: $49, $44 members, $20 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: $240 member, $290 non-member. No prerequisites. Note: If you have had some drawing experience, please go directly to Botanical Illustration in Pencil I.

• Fri - Sun, July 15-17, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Renee Jorgensen


• Fri-Sun, Nov. 11-13, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Renee Jorgensen






Invitation to Ikebana: Contemporary: Creative Ikebana - Sogetsu School Method

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. In September, lesson focuses on how to manipulate (semi-)tropical leaves to create contemporary/artistic Ikebana arrangements.


Instructor: Jan Cashman


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).

Jams and Jellies

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. We will make jam using fresh fruit, and we will make jelly using juice. If time allows we will also be making no cook freezer jam. Each student will be able to take home at least one jar of each fruit preserve we make. Recipes and ideas on how to use our creations will also be discussed. We will discuss canning basics and food safety, but this class is ideal for students who have had some experience canning using a boiling water bath canner.


Instructor: Kathy Lee, Modern Gingham Preserves

Price: $56, $51 member price, includes $15 materials fee for recipes and take home items


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.



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.

Landscape Design for Do-it-yourself Homeowners

1st Session: How to start, creating a base plan, and site analysis. This class will focus on understanding what is currently in your landscape, and how to start the design process. This is the most important class.

2nd Session: How to design hardscapes and planting beds. This class will focus on design of spaces including paths, patio, and planting beds.

3rd Session: Planting design and cost estimating. This class will focus and basic planting design for Colorado including xeriscape. We will also discuss how to create a materials list and budget for the project.


Instructor: Dan Lee started his landscape career in his teens mowing lawns and installing projects for neighbors. In high school and college, Dan worked on landscape installation crews. After graduating from Colorado State University with a degree in Landscape Horticulture he worked for a high end design build company until 2002 when he started Black Forest Landscape Design Studio LLC. Dan also teaches landscape design at Front Range Community College.

Price: $82, $72 members

Large and Intense in Colored Pencils

When and in what order do you use resist, emboss, under paint or blend? Ann will show you the importance of planning ahead by using easy-to-follow templates from her new “Creative Color Mixing Workbook.” She will demonstrate a variety of techniques, including under painting and layering into baby oil to help you create truly luscious, rich, clean colors and banish the grays. Learn how to use neon and fluorescent colors to create luminosity and added vibrancy.

Fee: $350 member, $410 non-member. Prerequisites: Intermediate to advanced skills in colored pencil.


• Mon-Wed, Sep. 26-28, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Ann Swan, U.K.

Ann Swan works primarily in graphite and colored pencil and is known for her exquisitely fine detail, vibrant colors and strong contemporary style. She champions the underdog in the plant world, drawing our attention to Brussels sprouts or beetroots, feeling they are just as beautiful as the iris or tulip. She is passionate about colored pencils, believing they are easy to master, forgiving and accessible so that even a complete beginner can quickly produce quality work. She began to exhibit in 1990 and now shows her work worldwide. Exhibitions include the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and the Hunt Institute in Pittsburgh. She has won four Gold Medals from the Royal Horticulture Society and several awards from UKCPS (UK Coloured Pencil Society). She is also a member of the RHS Picture Committee. Her work is represented in the prestigious Shirley Sherwood Collection and is featured in many private collections around the world. Ann’s book, “Botanical Painting with Coloured Pencils,” is already in its second print run and has been very well received both in the U.K. and USA, where it is published as “Botanical Portraits with Colored Pencils.”

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


Lavender as Medicine

*This class takes place at Denver Botanic Gardens’ Chatfield Farms located at C-470 & Wadsworth and is a seminar at the 2016 Lavender Festival*


Discover why lavender is such a powerful and special plant in any nature-path’s medicine cabinet. From sleeping aids, to pain relief to healing and calming effects, lavender does the trick! Learn how to use this plant for all of these benefits.


Price: $30, $25 early bird pricing before May 30th; materials and take home items included

Lavender Garden Tour


* This class takes place at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, C-470 and Wadsworth *

Take a stroll through the new Lavender Garden at Chatfield Farms and learn about the different species and varieties that grow well in the Rocky Mountain Region. You will be introduced to different growing methods including growing lavender as a garden perennial, container plant, and agricultural crop. Several other garden features within the Lavender Garden will also be explained, to include the Labyrinth, Rock Garden, Pollinator Perennial Beds and Herb Garden. The tour is led by Angie Jewett, Horticulturist and primary lavender grower on the farm.


Instructor: Angie Jewett, DBG Chatfield Farms Horticulturist


Price: $15, $12 member price


Special Instructions: The tour is all outdoors; please dress accordingly for weather and bring water and sunscreen!

Lecture - Denver Botanic Gardens: History in the Heart of the City

The true history of the Garden’s 23 acres has been long anticipated, and this is the opportunity to hear all about it. Only a few centuries ago, the land on which the Gardens sits was nothing but dust and the occasional prairie dog. Professor Tom “Dr. Colorado” Noel shares how the Denver Botanic Gardens evolved into an urban oasis, from a barren landscape, to contended cemetery, to one of America’s greatest botanical gardens.


Speaker bio:

Thomas Noel is a Professor of History and Director of Public History, Preservation & Colorado Studies at the University of Colorado Denver. He has written 47 books, many articles and a Sunday history column for The Denver Post. He appears regularly as "Dr. Colorado" on NBC 9 News "Colorado & Company."

Noel has a masters and Ph.D. from Colorado University Boulder and a B.A. from the University of Denver. His 2015 book “Colorado: A Historical Atlas” is a full-color coffee table treasure exploring 90 topics in the evolution of the highest state from Mesa Verde to marijuana.


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

7 p.m. Program and lecture


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.


A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” – Marcus Garvey



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 lecture and workshop series designed to take us back to our roots, exploring the history, traditions and culture of gardening. You can gain wisdom from gardeners before us, integrating traditional knowledge into the contemporary garden. Botanist, farmer and author Augustus Jenkins Farmer shares stories of traditional gardening techniques; from the charm of sharing plant cuttings with neighbors to intercropping plants to protect integrity of the soil. Bill Laws shares fascinating examples from his book Fifty Plants that Changed the Course of History, and Lauren Springer Ogden’s garden tour demonstrates a living laboratory for plants and plant matrices, emphasizing prairie, meadow and chaparral-inspired spaces that are a hallmark of Lauren’s regional design work.



A parallel series of intimate workshops and tours brings to life the traditions that have painted a romantic picture of gardening. Workshops include growing blue ribbon vegetables with Jodi Torpey; keeping a garden journal with Bill Laws; and a big bulbs workshop with Augustus Jenkins Farmer. We are excited to offer tours at the Gardens and throughout the region. Explore the splendor and abundance of Le Potager garden at the season’s peak and tour historically significant plants throughout the Gardens. For the first time, Lauren Springer Ogden opens her garden and welcomes participants to enjoy the beauty.



Liberate Your Inner Chef

* This class takes place at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, C-470 and Wadsworth *


Want to prepare great meals from fresh, seasonal, and intriguing ingredients without a recipe? Explore the fun and creative aspects of spontaneous cooking with super fresh ingredients from Chatfield Farms as we put together an amazing meal from scratch. Discover how easy it is to create delicious, nourishing meals from the garden. Lunch included.

Class will be held in the covered outdoor kitchen.


Instructor: Susan Evans


Price: $56, $51 member price


Special instructions: Class will be held outdoors with shade provided for cooking and dining; please dress appropriately.

Life on the Farm at Chatfield Farms

Care for farm animals and learn what it takes to make vegetables grow on a modern farm. Prepare snacks each day and learn how every ingredient is connected to the farm. You will immerse yourself in nature along the banks of Deer Creek while observing frogs, insects and birds of prey.

Price: $249 member, $269 non-member.


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 from fruits and vegetables to leaves and flowers to entire plants with complex shapes, you will overcome the obstacles in creating three-dimensional drawings. Fee: $230 member, $285


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

Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt


Schissler Academy of Fine Arts - Loveland

• Fri-Sun, May 20-22, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Susan Rubin


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

Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt

• Tue, Aug. 23, 30, Sep. 6, 13, 20, 9 a.m. – noon

Instructor: Susan Rubin


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

Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt


• Thu, Oct. 20, 27, Nov. 3, 10, 17, 6-9 p.m.

Instructor: Constance Sayas


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, and behavioral problems or traits. 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, plus a personal pendulum.


Instructor: Christina Blume

Price: $58, $53 members, includes $30 for materials

Photo: Courtesy of Dan Zen (Flickr)

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