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Mastering Quill

“Drawing is the mirror through which I can understand my place in the world; it shows me how I think and makes me feel excited to be alive.” —Sarah Simblet

This course offers three intensive days of experimental drawing with artist Sarah Simblet. Through practical sessions using pencils, dip pens, ink and paper, and daily illustrated talks looking at great contemporary and historical works of art, you will explore the power and importance of drawing as an expressive medium through which we can learn to see, understand and record the world of plants. Fee: $400 member, $460 non-member (fee includes ink, nibs, and Copic sketching pens). Prerequisites: Botanical Illustration in Pen and Ink II or intermediate to advanced skills in ink, or Certificate in Botanical Art and Illustration.

• Fri-Sun, March 4-6, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Sarah Simblet, Oxford, U.K.

No refunds for registration cancellations after February 1, 2016, unless your seat can be filled.

 

Dr. Sarah Simblet is a fine artist, broadcaster, lecturer and anatomist whose works explores the relationship between science, history and art. She has published three major art reference books with DK: Anatomy for the Artist, The Drawing Book and Botany for the Artist and exhibits her drawings through her books. She also recently co-authored The New Sylva, a breathtaking contemporary version of John Evelyn’s Sylva from 1664. Sarah is dedicated to sharing and encouraging visual intelligence in others through her drawings, teaching and broadcasting worldwide. Sarah contributes to contemporary art shows, festivals and live events, and her work is held in national and private collections. She contributes regularly to British, American and international television and radio programs about science and art, and consults on national exhibitions. She is a tutor in anatomy at the Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford, a lecturer at the National Gallery, London.

 

Mastering Watercolor – Explore Your Favorite Plant in Season

We supply a variety of plants, and you bring your enthusiasm to this class with a true master. You will be astonished at Christabel King’s passion for depicting plants. The wide variety of spring plants in season offers drawing and painting subjects to suit all tastes, from wild species through garden hybrids to the highly bred perfection of florists’ selection. This is a start-to-finish course that provides participants with an opportunity to explore the multiple skills of botanical illustration. Christabel will guide you through a magical, stress-free experience you will never forget. Fee: $320 member, $390 non-member. Prerequisites: Botanical Illustration in Watercolor II or intermediate to advanced skills in watercolor.

• Fri-Sun, May 6-8, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Christabel King, Kew, U.K.

No refunds for registration cancellations after April 4, 2016, unless your seat can be filled.

 

Christabel King has been working as an illustrator at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew for 40 years and is one of their foremost illustrators. After having graduated with a degree in botany and studying scientific illustration, she began painting for their prestigious Curtis’s Botanical Magazine in 1975. Christabel King’s work is an outstanding combination of beauty and scientific accuracy. She runs successful workshops and courses at Kew and is highly skilled and acclaimed for her work.

 

Member Guest Pass

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

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

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

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

Member Only Mornings

Member-Only Mornings will be held ever Friday morning starting June 3 - September 2 at 8 a.m. at York Street. Grab a spot on a favorite bench, sip a cup of tea by the Monet pond, or enjoy a morning walk on quiet paths.

 

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.

 

Mexican Fiesta Cooking Class & Dinner

 

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

 

$42 member, $47 non-member

 

Instructor: Susan Evans

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

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

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

 

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.

 

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

 

A joint program with the Epilepsy Foundation of Colorado.

 

Mini Camp at Chatfield Farm: Diary of a Worm

Spend the day discovering what happens in a day of the

life of a worm. Discover how worms and other insects are

beneficial on the farm and in the garden. Make a tasty

treat and build a worm bin complete with red wrigglers to

take home.

Mini Camp: Trash or Treasure

Discover how to re-purpose household trash into games, art

and a planter for your very own air cleaning plant.

Miniatures in Ink

Bring your big ideas and learn to scale them to a small format. Learn about the place of miniatures in the history of art. Discover the delights and challenges of working in diminutive dimensions. See how composition, line, form and precision are crucial to conveying the message in miniature. Each week, learn a different ink technique that will inspire you to complete several focused, fabulous botanical works in miniature. Fee: $240 member, $290 non-member. Prerequisites: Botanical Illustration in Pen and Ink II or Certificate in Botanical Art and Illustration.

• Thu, Jan. 14, 21, 28, Feb. 4, 11, 9 a.m.-noon

Instructor: Susan DiMarchi

 

• Mon, May 16, 23, June 6, 13, 20, 6-9 p.m.

Instructor: Susan DiMarchi

 

Mountain Food Growing

Rocky Mountain Gardening Elective

 

You can grow food in the mountains! Cord and Penn Parmenter are determined to say ‘yes’ to mountain gardeners. Wind, hail, deer, bears, extreme temperatures -- they’ve heard it all. The Parmenters have been growing organic food at 8,120 ft. elevation since 1992 and their techniques and experiences apply to all of Colorado’s elevations and hardships. The mountains have a long history of providing a large amount of food for the state. This class covers many great foods that thrive in the mountains’ cool weather, wind proof season extenders, hail covers, raised bed preparation, compost options against bears, crop rotation, companion planting, succession planting, vegetables for the shade, mulching, seed saving and more. Altitude doesn’t matter; this class is designed to help all gardeners overcome the wild, wild, west. The Parmenters also touch on their successful, totally sustainable water-storage solar greenhouses and vegetable seed starting using recycled materials.

Can’t you just taste those fresh, mountain grown succulent greens, beans, squash, bok choi, and yes, even tomatoes, sweet corn and pumpkins!

 

 

$52 member, $59 non-member.

 

 

Instructors:

Penn and Cord Parmenter.

Penn and Cord Parmenter are high altitude food growers. They live in the Wet Mountains in South Central Colorado and they apply a multitude of techniques to overcome the challenges of the high country. Their totally sustainable greenhouse provides food year round for them and their three boys.

 

 

Mountain Tomatoes

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

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

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

 

 

$28 member, $32 non-member

Instructors: Penn and Cord Parmenter.

Penn and Cord Parmenter are high altitude food growers. They live in the Wet Mountains in South Central Colorado and they apply a multitude of techniques to overcome the challenges of the high country. Their totally sustainable greenhouse provides food year round for them and their three boys.

 

Mysterious Yellows

Explore and master the subtleties of painting yellow hues. See how other botanical artists have worked with this challenging color. Through demonstration and practice, learn to create the best color mixes to convey shading while keeping yellows bright and clean. Learn how to apply shadow colors using both glazing and feathering techniques. Practice the range of yellows from soft to striking. Work toward completing a plate of a beautiful yellow botanical. Fee: $240 member, $290 non-member. Prerequisites: Botanical Illustration in Watercolor I, Light on Form and Perfecting Perspective or Certificate in Botanical Art and Illustration.

• Tue, March 22, 29, April 5, 12, 19, 6-9 p.m.

Instructor: Constance Sayas

 

Native Bee Citizen Science Tour

With over 4000 species of native bees in the US, and over 1000 in Colorado, it is nearly impossible for scientists to have a large-scale understanding of the diversity and distribution of these important pollinators, especially on private land. Citizen Science projects have been around for centuries and are beginning to gain attention for their accuracy and importance. Today, many crowd sourcing projects exist that use volunteers to collect data about their surrounding environment in order to substantially increase the scientific knowledge base.

 

In this tour, we will learn how to identify native bees in the gardens based on the Denver Pollinator Project, a citizen science project that collected data on bee diversity in community gardens in Denver, and how to be a part of the many citizen science projects that exist today!

 

**This tour will meet in the lobby court.

 

$12, $7 members

 

Nature Observed: Field Sketching as a Reference for Studio Work in Crystal City (Arlington, VA)

Personal drawing books that belonged to the old masters, like Ehret and Bauer Brothers, are now preserved in the Natural History Museum in London. They are personal notebooks with a wealth of striking, well-preserved studies of the form and nature of plants. Journals with informative handwritten notes allow us experience the moment of making as if it was today.

Nature Observed combines field sketching and scientific documentation. Learn techniques to accurately portray both distant subjects and close-up botanicals within the scene. Different field sketching techniques will help you to see and simplify landscape elements and create compositions with dynamic depth. You will learn the process of quickly capturing accurate renderings of any object. Individual help and group critique guides you to see and record correctly while simplifying the complex subject matter. You will work with graphite and/or water-soluble pencils and water brush if outside the classroom. No matter what media you use, your personal sketchbook will be filled with pages of valuable information for future remembrance and record. Fee: $400 member and non-member. No prerequisites.

Gallery Underground, 2100 Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA

• Fri, May 13, 4-9:30 p.m., Sat-Sun, May 14-15, 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Instructor: Randy Raak

 

Never-Fail Perennials

Rocky Mountain Gardening Required Course Group II

Learn to choose and plant a wide variety of easy-to-grow plants for years of low-maintenance enjoyment.

Shalene will demonstrate how to plan your perennial garden for a continuous succession of bloom. The final class will be a walk in the Gardens to view examples of perennials discussed in class, as well as a time for additional questions and discussion.

 

$122 member, $145 non-member.

 

Instructor: Shalene Hiller

 

 

 

 

 

New Gardener Boot Camp

Are you a blank slate when it comes to starting your very own garden? Worried about ending the growing season with a pile of dead plants and sad vegetables? Join us at Denver Botanic Gardens for a full day event, packed with answers to all those looming and mysterious gardening questions. Get started on the right foot this year with all of our best beginner’s classes, carefully designed to equip you with all the tools you’ll need to master that garden once and for all!

 

Classes include:

 

Garden Planning 101… where do I start?

This beginner’s class will take you step by step through the process of laying out a plan of attack for your garden! Whether you are starting with a blank slate garden or working with an old outdated garden this class will give you the basics on where to start. It will discuss needs and planning tools for raised beds, container gardens and in-ground vegetable gardens. We will discuss the basics of garden locations, sun requirements, water needs, starting from seed, transplanting and the basics of planning the organization of perennials and annuals, trees and shrubs. This class is the perfect fit for anyone needing to understand how the garden works together as a whole.

Soils 101

Soils will always be the first place to start when building a beautiful garden. This class will cover the best management practices for building your soil for in-ground beds, containers and raised beds. It will discuss the basics of composting as well as demonstrate the value of soil testing.

 

Beginning Vegetable Gardening

If you have never planted edible plants or had little success at growing your own vegetables, Bryant will walk you through the ABCs from planning, soil preparation, crop selection, watering, fertilizing, pest protection, and harvesting your first vegetable garden. Bryant will cover tips on the most popular vegetables to grow, including leafy salad greens, tomatoes, squash, peppers, and more. You'll leave with a comprehensive understanding of how to successfully do each gardening task, and take home a planting guide that will help you through the entire growing season.

 

Annuals and Perennials for Color in the Garden

Plants provide the backbone of the garden with vibrant colors, textures, and forms that weave together to create your own personal oasis. Learn the basics of perennials, annuals and biennials, how to make the best selections for your garden and how to best maintain your plants throughout the season. From the traditional to the unusual we will explore the limitless varieties of plants and send you into the growing season prepared.

 

These classes combined usually cost more then $200 but with New Gardener Boot Camp event will be $60 members, $80 non-members. Register Early as space is limited.

New Member Tour

We would like to invite you to an EXCLUSIVE tour of Denver Botanic Gardens. Find out more about your many membership benefits, get behind the scenes information, have a peek at the historic Waring House and more!

 

Observe – Collect – Document

Have you ever had to draw a summer plant in the middle of January? Or how about a rare species that is only documented in a few snapshots? This is your chance to learn how to work from “roadkill”-flattened specimens! Discover the full process of documentation, from collecting and pressing to reconstruction and completing a final pen and ink plate. Beginning with an all-day field trip to Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms, you will have time to sketch, observe and make notes. You’ll learn how to select and collect a representative specimen for documentation. Using the 18”x 12” plant press included in your course fee, you’ll prepare and press your selections.

Back at the Gardens, learn how to mount the dried plant sample permanently on paper and work from those flat, dry specimens. It’s not as hard as it looks! Step-by-step instruction provides guidance using special techniques that will make your dried plant come to life on paper. Using existing and newly learned pen and ink skills, you’ll artistically create a beautiful botanical plate. Gain confidence with new illustration skills and expand your knowledge of the Gardens’ resources as you work with the library and herbarium. Fee: $350 member, $410 non-member. Prerequisite: Botanical Illustration in Pen and Ink II.

• Wed, May 25, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (off site), June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 9 a.m.-noon

Instructors: Marjorie Leggitt and Mervi Hjelmroos-Koski

 

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