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Homeschool Day: Plants that Changed the World

Plants have played an important role throughout history. Join us as we learn how early explorers and imaginative inventors spread the flavors of the world, discovered new plants and found their unique uses. Plant an herb used around the world to take home.

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: Starting a Garden

Learn the basics of garden design as you explore the many different gardening styles used at Denver Botanic Gardens. Discover the ins and outs of gardening as you investigate the science of soil, compost and companion planting. Plant a variety of seeds to start your own home garden.

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 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 and has just returned from a five-month round-the-world sabbatical. She earned her culinary degree from Le Cordon Bleu Paris and has cooked aboard dive boats and private yachts worldwide. In 2009, Elizabeth returned to Colorado with her husband, Nicholas, and started her own private chef venture, Moveable Feast Colorado. Elizabeth teaches public and private cooking classes in the Denver area and is a certified Master Gardener; she runs a small urban homestead complete with bees, chickens and a large vegetable garden. She is an avid canner and preserver, a passionate advocate of local food, and she thinks everyone should know how to cook at least a little bit.

Price: $49, $44 members

Introduction to Water-Bath Canning

In this class we will be introducing and discussing the basic techniques of water bath canning. We will make at least one pickled product and one fruit in syrup product. 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: $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: 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

 

Jam Making

This class is ideal for students who have had some experience canning using a boiling water bath canner. 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. Recipes and ideas on how to use our creations will also be discussed. We will discuss canning basics and food safety.We will discuss pectin, fruit quality, and different types of jams that one can make.  Each student will leave with at least one jar of jam, recipes, and ideas for how the preserves can be used.Fruit variety will depend on seasonal availability.

Price: $56, $51 member price

Instructor: Kathy Lee

 

 

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

 

Lavender Festival - Botanical Lavender Soap Making

 

*This class takes place at Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms located at C-470 & Wadsworth*

 

*This class takes place during Lavender Festival*

 

Interested in learning how to make your own natural hand-poured soap with gentle natural ingredients like coconut oil, honey, fresh citrus, lavender, olive oil, and shea butter? Herbalist Kim Cherie will walk you through it step by step as she demonstrates a fresh lavender batch of cold processed soap. Each student will take home a bar of soap and their own bag of lavender from K. CHERIE- Kim Cherie's herb farm.

 

Price: $53, $48 member

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

 

 

Lavender Festival - Cutting Gardens Demo

*This class takes place at Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms located at C-470 & Wadsworth*

 

*This class takes place during Lavender Festival*

 

Join Chatfield Farms longtime volunteer, Peg Motagne, for a morning amongst the flowers! Explore our small but mighty cutting garden and take away tips to start your own cutting garden at home. Learn about what varieties work well for regenerative cutting, stem length and other growing tips. Students will also learn about best gardener’s tools and sustainable methods for harvesting blooms all season long.

This class is an hour long demo only, and will not include a bouquet to take home as the cutting garden produces for the CSA flower share.

 

Price: $15, $12 member

Instructor: Peg Montagne

 

Lavender Festival - DIY Lavender Skincare

 

*This class takes place at Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms located at C-470 & Wadsworth*

 

*This class takes place during Lavender Festival*

 

Herbalist Kim Cherie will inspire you with glorious fresh lavender infused oils and butters to create your own homemade lavender creations. Class participants will learn to make your own luscious lavender body products, and lavender-infused toner. Students will take home a jar of fresh made lavender body butter, lavender toner, bag of lavender from Kim Cherie's herb farm, and some great ideas for making your own lavender products at home.

 

Price: $53, $48 member

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

 

 

Lavender Festival - Everyday Uses for Essential Oils

 

*This class takes place at Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms located at C-470 & Wadsworth*

 

*This class takes place during Lavender Festival*

 

Have you ever wondered about essential oils? All your friends are excited about them, so what’s the big deal? This class will answer all of these questions! Essential oils offer support for every system of your body, including your immune and respiratory systems. Toss those toxic cleaning supplies you’ve felt guilty about and start using a natural healthy alternative that smells amazing – and for pennies on the dollar! Diffuse essential oils for emotional support, and apply them topically for hundreds of different benefits. Some oils can even be used in cooking. Join us for two hours of education, fun, contest prizes, and gifts. Each attendee will receive a free bottle of lavender essential oil, as well as a surprise gift!

 

Price: $49, $44 member

Instructor: Tonya Chapa is a wife, mother of 6, and grandmother of 2. She loves to travel the world and educate others about the wonderful blessings and amazing power of essential oils.

 

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