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Perfecting Perspective

Do you shy away from complicated plants? Even experienced illustrators sometimes struggle with foreshortening and simplify their subjects to eliminate difficult elements. Work with botanical subjects that demonstrate each aspect of perspective and learn techniques for seeing and depicting perspective accurately. The class will work entirely in graphite pencil, but the principles apply to all art media. Gain confidence in your drafting skills and improve all of your drawings from this class forward. Fee: $230 member, $285 non-member. Prerequisite: Botanical Illustration in Pencil I.

 

• Thu, Aug. 14, 21, 28, Sept. 4, 18, 9 a.m. – noon

Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt

 

• Fri - Sun, Nov. 14-23, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt

 

Photographing Blossoms of Light

 

Enjoy special early evening access to the Blossoms of Light event and learn how to capture stunning images of holiday displays.

 

The skills we will learn also translate wonderfully to making great images of lighted landmarks and architecture.

 

This is a Shooting Class! Bring your Tripod and Gear and Dress Warm!

 

$42 member, $47 non-member

 

Instructor: Scott Dressel-Martin, Denver Botanic Gardens' official photographer

 

 

 

 

 

Photographing Chihuly at Night

 

Enjoy special early evening access to the Chihuly at Night display and learn how to capture stunning images of the lighted sculpture.

 

The skills we will learn also translate wonderfully to making great images of lighted landmarks and architecture.

 

This is a Shooting Class! Bring your Tripod and Gear and Dress Warm!

 

$42 member, $47 non-member

 

Instructor: Scott Dressel-Martin, Denver Botanic Gardens' official photographer

 

Plant Based Remedies - The Healing Oils of the Bible

 

Extensive medical studies over the centuries have found that essential oils can support the human body physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.

 

Learn the important role that essential oils played in the lives of Biblical people. We will explore the twelve most significant oils of ancient scripture.

 

Instructor: Judy Jehn, RMT

 

$35 members, $39 non-members includes $8 materials fee.

 

 

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

Pop-Up the Vegetables and Critters!

 

 

Explore the exciting structure of a cauliflower. See the drama in a potato. Discover a lively way to give wing to a dragonfly. Vegetable gardens invite us to focus on all parts of edible plants, and also the various bugs that help or hinder the gardener's efforts. In this workshop you will build a series of increasingly-complex pop-ups in greeting card form, handy for display or gifts. Fee: $300 member, $350 non-member. Beginners are welcome; experienced participants will explore new ways of applying fundamental mechanics to plant (and bug) forms.

 

No refunds for registration cancellations after October 5, 2014, unless your seat can be filled.

 

• Fri -– Sun, Nov. 7-9, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Shawn Sheehy, Chicago, IL

 

Shawn Sheehy's interest in paper engineering is a result of study in sculpture, graphic design and book arts. His interest in the natural world stems from his years living in rural Indiana and teaching environmental studies. Shawn creates limited-edition pop-up books, contributes on the occasional commercial pop-up project and teaches paper engineering workshops. If he's not in the studio, you can find him in the garden.

 

Saving and Adapting Seed to High Altitudes (5,000-10,000 feet)

Rocky Mountain Gardening Elective

Historically amateur gardeners and farmers have been responsible for the vast bio-diversity we’ve enjoyed over the decades by saving and developing their own food seed.

As that bio-diversity is being lost, the time has come for us to learn how to save our own seed again. This is not only economical but since seed has a built in self-replicating program and an ability to adapt to the surrounding environment, saving seed is crucial to the movement toward self-sufficiency and sustainability. Colorado is particularly full of microclimates, so adapting seed to your unique climate is especially helpful for the wild and varied extremes we all endure.

We will cover vegetables, herbs and flowers and take a look at the world seed situation and what you can do about it in your own backyard. This class is intended to inspire you to make full use of the abundance given to you from your own garden.

We will discuss Seed Lending Libraries, Seed Banks, Living Seed Banks, Seed Swaps and how to take care of the seed you save. We will demonstrate seed saving techniques in both wet and dry methods.

Rejoin an ancient ritual that is still in our DNA and our memories – our grandparents saved seeds and theirs before them. Re-connecting to this most important part of gardening is an incredibly rewarding experience – especially when you are helping to develop stronger, more vibrant seed. This class applies to all elevations.

 

$26 member, $31 non-member

 

Instructors: Penn and Cord Parmenter

 

 

Seed, Soil, Sun and Water

 

Seed, soil, sun and water are all you need to grow food in the Wild-West! Great news - it still works! In fact, the earth and all its systems already work perfectly and just by combining seed, soil, sun and water you can witness miracles.

If the Rockies can grow a giant Ponderosa out of a rock at 10,000 ft., we can certainly grow food in soil. This class focuses on what already works, how to work with what you have and to inspire you again in nature’s ability to feed you.

 

We’ve been told for years that we cannot grow food in the Rockies but we know that’s not true! Let’s get back to basics and garden the way our grandparents did – using Earth’s amazing resources to produce clean, vibrant, mountain-grown food!

This class will cover each topic in depth with Colorado’s challenges in mind. Saving seed, building soil, managing intense sun and conserving water all can give you remarkable results here in the west.

Penn and Cord Parmenter bring 21 years of experience to this approach and are passionate about emulating nature and chemical-free growing. Everyone can grow clean food and we intend to inspire you to look again, at what is all of ours to enjoy – the abundance and sustenance of nature!

 

$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.

 

 

Seedlings: Fall 2014 Series

Register for all 7 classes offered September thru October, and receive a $14 savings over the individual price.

Seedlings classes offer a fun, hands-on way for young children, ages 18 months to six years, to explore the plant world while developing an understanding and appreciation for plants and their importance. Classes include interactive explorations, nature walks, and stories for children and their caregivers.

You will need to choose a date and time for each of the 7 classes. Please keep in mind that classes are offered for three different age groups and are modified to fit the developmental needs of each group. Please select the session appropriate for your child's age.

No refunds or partial registrations.

 

Seedlings: Harvest Treasures

Discover the garden with your five senses as we take an autumn walk.

Ages 18-36 mos: Tuesday, November 4, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Ages 3-6 yrs: Wednesday, November 5, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Seedlings: Jumping Gingerbread

Discover the tasty plant that makes gingerbread a special treat.

Ages 18-36 mos: Tuesday, December 16, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Ages 3-6 yrs: Wednesday, December 17, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

 

Seedlings: Plentiful Potatoes

Who knew potatoes could be so much fun? Join us as we discover the potato plant with our five senses.

Ages 18-36 mos: Tuesday, November 18, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Ages 3-6 yrs: Wednesday, November 19, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Seedlings: Tropical Fruit Salad

Discover the delicious treats that come to us from the rainforest as we journey deep into the jungle.

Ages 18-36 mos: Tuesday, December 2, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Ages 3-6 yrs: Wednesday, December 3, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Seven Principles of Water-Smart Gardening

Rocky Mountain Gardening Required Course Group I

Gardening remains high and dry in the Rocky Mountain region! Water-Smart Gardening is an environmentally friendly way to create a beautiful home landscape that will thrive under low water conditions. Join this class to learn the principles of Water-Smart Gardening and some of the many plants that you can incorporate into your yard.

 

$55 member, $62 non-member.

 

Instructor: David Winger

Spring Break Camp at Chatfield: Signs of Spring

Grow your mind, plant a new friend and explore life on the farm with our week-long day camp. Each camp contains a variety of activities that allow you to discover the world of plants and animals through art, science, cooking, gardening and caring for farm animals.

Discover how you can read the signs of spring in nature. Find out what farmers must do to prepare the ground for the next growing season as you care for farm animals and work in the gardens and fields. Homemade snacks and take-home projects will enrich the days.

This camp is designed for ages 6-12.

No After-Care is available.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email that contains a set of forms. For the safety and security of our campers, we ask that you return these forms to us no later than Monday March 9, 2015.

 

Spring Break Camp: Garden Explorers

Get ready for a fun week of exploration, crafts and culinary arts as you spend your spring break taking advantage of all the Gardens has to offer. We’ll explore gardens around the globe, create our own container garden and use fresh ingredients to hone our culinary skills.

This camp is designed for ages 6-12.

 

No After-Care is available this week.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email that contains a set of forms. For the safety and security of our campers, we ask that you return these forms to us no later than Monday March 16, 2015.

 

Price: $239 member, $259 non-member

Sustainable Greenhouse Design

Rocky Mountain Gardening Elective

Have you ever wondered if it could be done? Can you create a greenhouse that needs NO SUPPLEMENTAL HEATING OR COOLING YEAR ROUND? The answer is yes!!

No more over-heating and freezing as is common in all-glazed greenhouses – this design balances the use of thermal mass, glazing, insulation and sun angles to achieve the stabilization needed in our extreme climate without the use of fossil fuels.

You will learn how to design a sustainable greenhouse from the ground up using salvaged or new materials, or in combination to achieve the look and performance you want. You can also use these techniques to improve an existing greenhouse.

This class is a comprehensive look at how passive solar greenhouses work, it includes how to orient the building, basic principles of passive solar design including the use of stored water as thermal mass, simple math formulas to help guide you with your design, a materials list and drawings and calculations for a 13’X15’ greenhouse.

In 2000, the Parmenter’s built their first greenhouse out of 90% recycled materials on top of an 8,120 ft. decomposed granite mountain. Since then, they have designed and built many more and are ready to share what they’ve learned about state-of-the-art materials and cost-saving strategies.

C’mon, walk through the snow into your warm, inviting greenhouse and lose yourself in a year round garden sanctuary.

 

$150 member, $160 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.

 

 

Texture on Mylar with Colored Pencil

Beauty is in the details. Fuzzy, thorny, rough, smooth: it’s all form on a small scale. Learn to see textures in a new way that allows you to re-create realistically using a variety of colored pencil techniques specific to Mylar film. We’ll explore pencil application and layering techniques using the back of the surface to enhance the front and erasing colored pencil from Mylar. Through guided exercise and practice, you will assemble a collection of texture technique studies that can be referenced for all future work. Fee: $230 member, $285 non-member. Prerequisites: Botanical Illustration in Pencil I, Color Layering for Colored Pencil, Light on Form, Botanical Illustration in Colored Pencil I, Botanical Illustration in Colored Pencil II or Certificate in Botanical Art and Illustration.

 

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

Instructor: Susan Rubin

 

 

 

 

Tibetan Singing Bowls Concert

 

 

The Denver Botanic Gardens will be hosting its annual Tibetan Singing Bowls Concert to help you relax and get away from all of the holiday stress. Tibetan singing bowls are musical instruments that have been used for thousands of years to promote healing. Bring your yoga mat, a blanket, and your cluttered mind for a relaxing night of sound healing.

 

Denver yoga instructor and sound healer Chris Anne Coviello and her husband Jason Coviello will be performing together in this warming winter concert. The concert will begin with Jason playing his Hang Drum, which is a very rare steel drum that some say sounds like a stringed instrument. Jason’s Hang Drum is tuned to notes that vibrationally correspond to the heart chakra. When you hear this drum, you will be taken on a heart-opening journey.

 

Jason and Chris Anne will then begin playing the Tibetan singing bowls, which are tuned to musical notes that correspond to the different chakras of the body – restoring your balance of energy. Since the body is made up of mostly water, the vibrational effect of the Tibetan singing bowls feels like a full body cellular massage.

 

So come, relax, close your eyes, and drift into a state of calm. Make sure to wear comfortable clothes and bring a yoga mat or blanket so that you may lie down. As your chakras re-align, breathe peace and enter the profound state of physical, mental, and emotional well-being.

 

Member $12, Non Member $15

 

** No children under twelve years of age are permitted in this program. Talking, cell phones, and other distractions are not permitted.

 

 

Mitchell Hall

Warming Winter Soups & Chowders

 

It's time to feast on economical, delicious soup - a nutritious, one pot meal rich in vitamins and fiber. Discover how to make Spicy Chicken Corn Chowder with Poblanos, savory Italian Wedding Soup with Orzo and Meatballs, and exotic Thai Curry Chicken Soup with Vegetables.

 

Dinner will include soups, a seasonal salad, and fruit crisp.

 

 

Instructor: Susan Evans

 

$42 member, $47 non-member

 

 

 

 

Online Admission

FOR EXPEDITED ENTRY, PLEASE PRINT AND BRING YOUR TICKETS TO THE GARDENS.

*Tickets will arrive by email as an attachment.

-Tickets are valid any day June 14 - November 30 during regular admission hours

-Tickets are not valid for Chihuly Nights or other specially ticketed events.

-Tickets are non-refundable.

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Summer Hours

Jun. 14 - Sept. 28:

Weekdays: 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Sat. - Sun.: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Last admission is at 8 p.m.

Winter Hours

Sept. 30 - Dec. 31: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

 

Denver Botanic Gardens occasionally closes early at 3 p.m. for special events. A list of early closures is posted below. Online admission will not be made available for all early closure dates.

 

November

Saturday, November 1, close at 3 p.m. for Calavera Ball

Thursday, November 13, close at 3 p.m. for Holiday Sale Preview Party

Thursday, November 27, closed all day for Thanksgiving

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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