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Homeschool Day: Journey to Japan

Journey to the land of the rising sun and discover the unique features of Denver Botanic Gardens' Japanese Garden. Investigate bonsai, discover the art of Ikebana and create a miniature Japanese garden 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.

Homeschool Day: Paleobotany

Become a paleobotanist for a day. Explore the plants of Colorado's past climates and discover the plants that the dinosaurs ate. Plant a relative of a prehistoric plant 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.

Homeschool Day: Plant Detectives

Join us as we thank plants for all they do for us. Discover how plant fibers become fabrics, investigate different types of wood and explore the journey of several plants as they become useful products we use every day.

 

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.

Homeschool Day: Plants and People of the Southwest

Discover how native peoples of the southwest use plants in their everyday lives as you explore the plants of the Sacred Earth and Dryland Mesa gardens. Investigate the many uses of the yucca plant and learn about different traditional cooking tools used in the southwest region.

 

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.

Homeschool Day: Pollinators

Pollination is essential to the lifecycle of many plants. Learn how the Gardens depends on pollinators to help it grow as you discover the relationships between plants and pollinators. Learn how to protect pollinators and create an insect hotel 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.

Homeschool Excursion: Life on the High Plains

Spend a day with your family growing their knowledge of prairie living and appreciation for the natural world. Discover what life was like for the Cheyenne Indians and the homesteaders on the high plains in the 1800s. Explore how the Cheyenne adopted a lifestyle of semi-nomadic hunter/gatherers to thrive on the prairie. Learn about roles within the homesteading communities of 1887 and how they supported each other. The Homeschool Excursion program is 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 are $7.

 

Special Instructions: The program runs 10 a.m.  2 p.m. This is not a drop-in program. Check-in will begin at 9:45 a.m. with programming beginning at 10 a.m. Please plan to arrive before 10 a.m. There will be a half hour lunch break in the middle, please bring a sack lunch to enjoy in our picnic area. Programs may be modified in the event of inclement weather.

 

Location: Plains Conservation Center, 21901 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80013

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

In the Footsteps of Stephen H. Long with Watercolor

 

Focus on Colorado's Plant Explorers: Stephen H. Long's Expedition of 1820

 

These are the first classes in our new series focusing on scientific expeditions to Colorado, which in the early 1800s belonged partly to the Louisiana Territory and partly remained a part of the Viceroyality of New Spain. President Monroe directed Major Stephen H. Long to find the source of the Platte and Red rivers, and this expedition was the first staffed with scientists assigned to document plant and animal life, and geology between the Missouri River and Rocky Mountains. The expedition was short, taking place over 100 days during the summer of 1820. A young botanist, Dr. Edwin James, naturalist Titian Peale and zoologist Thomas Say were included in the expedition staff, along with a landscape painter and a journalist. About 700 plant species were collected 140 of which were unknown at the time. The expedition ran through present day Jefferson County (Clear Creek, Sheep Mountain), Douglas County, El Paso County (Palmer Lake, Monument Creek and on July 14th Pikes Peak). Dr. James kept an exceptional diary and the locations can be estimated for many of his collections. With very few exceptions, Dr. James  extant collections are housed in the herbarium of New York Botanical Garden. Let's start preparing to celebrate the 200-year anniversary of Long's expedition!

 

In the Footsteps of Stephen H. Long with Watercolor

It's Colorado wildflower season. Choose a favorite Rocky Mountain wildflower from Long's expedition to explore, study and paint. Rendering wildflowers requires careful observation and planning. Learn to use perspective, overlap and value contrast to create a painting with depth and spatial clarity. Then plan your approach to painting. A transparent and fluid medium, watercolor is ideal for blending color to create luminous flowers and facilitates drybrush techniques to produce fine detail as well. Demonstrations and individual guidance will show you strategies for combining the right watercolor techniques for your subject. In the spirit of exploration and discovery, create a painting of your chosen Rocky Mountain wildflower.

 

Prerequisites: Watercolor I

 

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

 

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

Instructor: Constance Sayas

 

Individual

1 membership card (Only valid for named card holder)

1 person admitted per visit (card holder)

Advance ticketing for Summer Concert Series (Day 5)

2 complimentary tickets to Blossoms of Light at York Street

3 one-time use guest passes

Entry to our Member Mornings where the Gardens are open just to members

Subscription to the Gardens' quarterly printed magazine

Receipt of our monthly Botanic Buzz e-newsletter

 

Infused Botanical Body Butters at Chatfield Farms

 

Join Kim Cherie as she teaches you how to take fresh and dried plant material, flowers and herbs and extract their amazing properties then turn them into healing and soothing body butters! Body butters infused with plants are nourishing and feed our dry Colorado skin! Learn about the different plants to heal the skin and the various butters and oils that can help your skin type! Each student will take home two tins of fresh infused body butter, one of which will be made in class.

Instructor: Kim Cherie, clinical Herbalist & owner of K. CHERIE Botanical Spa Retreat

Price: $48, $43 member, includes $25 for materials

 

Introduction to Food Systems and Sustainable Agriculture

 

This course is meant to introduce the dual concepts of the global food system and some of the emerging trends in sustainable agriculture. Participants will examine the social, economic, environmental and political dimensions of agriculture at multiple scales. Learn how our food system, from growing and processing to transportation and disposal, is linked to global threats such as climate change, childhood obesity and malnutrition. This course is part of a series with Global Food Security and Scientific Writing Workshop. Appropriate for K-12 teachers and general audiences.

 

Price: $55 member, $65 nonmember

 

Instructor: Brien Darby

 

Special Instructions: Graduate level teacher relicensure credit from Colorado School of Mines in available for an additional fee. There is a $40.00 tuition fee for .5 CSM teacher relicensure credit.

 

Introduction to Water-Bath Canning

 

In this class we will be introducing the participants to water bath canning. We will make at least one pickled product and one fruit in syrup product. Basic techniques will be discussed. This is an introductory class to those who have little to no experience in preserving the harvest. We will discuss food safety, processing times, and where to find safe recipes. Students will leave with at least one jar of preserved goods.

 

Price: $56, $51 member

 

Instructor: Kathy Lee

 

 

Photo: Courtesy of cjmartin (Flickr)

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: $29, $24 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.

 

Price: $44, $39 member price

 

Instructor: Midori Allmeyer

 

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.

Large Pin-frogs (Kenzans) and Ikebana scissors are available to purchase at the Gift Shop of DBG.

With proof of Ikebana class registration, you can get 10% discount on Ikebana tools.

 

Invitation to Ikebana: Modern

 

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.

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 member

 

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.

Large Pin-frogs (Kenzans) and Ikebana scissors are available to purchase at the Gift Shop of DBG.

With proof of Ikebana class registration, you can get 10% discount on Ikebana tools.

 

Invitation to Ikebana: Shoka

 

Ikebana is an expression of our respect and appreciation towards nature. We observe life through the arrangement of plants. During each class, participants will get 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 July, we would like to make a Shoka arrangement which could bring coolness of water on a hot summer day. (Pond Scenery-2. Land-and-Water form) Please bring two kenzans and a deep dish-style container with wide opening, if you have.

 

Price: $44, $39 members

 

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.

 

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.

 

Large Pin-frogs (Kenzans) and Ikebana scissors are available to purchase at the Gift Shop of DBG. With proof of Ikebana class registration, you can get 10% discount on Ikebana tools.

 

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.

 

Price: $44, $39 member

 

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.

 

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.

Large Pin-frogs (Kenzans) and Ikebana scissors are available to purchase at the Gift Shop of DBG.

With proof of Ikebana class registration, you can get 10% discount on Ikebana tools.

 

Iris in Watercolor – Chatfield Farms Historic Collection

 

The historical 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 at Chatfield Farms for a presentation of the collection and to select and document your specimen. You'll get a cutting to take with you to the classroom to finish your piece in watercolor during the following five weeks.

 

Prerequisites: Botanical Illustration in Watercolor I, Botany for the Botanical Illustrator, Perfecting Perspective.

 

 Fee: $330 member, $395 non-member.

 

Thu, May 31, 9 a .m.   2:30 p.m. (Chatfield Farms), Thu, June 7, 14, 21, 28, July 5, 1-4 p.m.

Instructor: Constance Sayas.

 

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.

 

Price: $56, $51 member price

 

Instructor: Kathy Lee

 

 

Japanese Practice of Self Reflection

This class will explore Naikan, the Japanese practice of ‘looking inside.’ Experience this self-reflection practice as we sit in the Japanese Garden and learn to deepen our connection with the world. Explore practical ways to become more aware of blessings that often go unseen even when in plain view. There will be home exercises to help open heart and mind to the peace available in our worlds.

Carol O'Dowd, Registered Psychotherapist and Certified Mindfulness Instructor, has taught mindfulness for groups, schools and organizations for the past 12 years. Carol is certified in Japanese Psychology, trained in Ikebana (Japanese flower arranging) and has completed Naikan retreats. She is currently studying Horticultural Therapy and enjoys working part-time at Fresh Aire Enterprises, Inc., a landscape company with a mission of building beauty and bettering lives.

 

Price: $18, $15 member

Instructor: Carol O'Dowd, MPA, M.Div., RP

Special Instructions: Bring with you a journal or notepad and writing utensil.

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