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Midsummer Nights Tour

In Elizabethan times in England, midsummer’s eve (also known as the summer solstice) was a night to revel. This tour celebrates the long days of summer by focusing on the edible, medicinal and mischievous properties of the plants that played important roles in Shakespeare's works. Guided by quotes from his plays, expect to hear about the life and times of Elizabethan England and of plants such as love-in-idleness, tickle my fancy, gillyvor and heartsease. This is a 75-minute docent-led tour.

 

Price: $14, $9 student, $7 member

 

Special instructions: Tours are outdoors; dress accordingly for the weather. Water, sunscreen and sunglasses are recommended. Please bring booking confirmation. Meet guide in the lobby of the Boettcher Memorial Center after entering through the Gardens main entrance.

 

Notes: Prices include admission to the Gardens. Tours with low registration are subject to cancellation.

Mindful Garden Walks

Our days are full of rushing from one place to another. We often don’t have time to stop, stay still and observe the natural world around us. Even when we visit the botanic gardens we miss so much just trying to see it all. Join us for a mindful based walk through the gardens with stops along the way to learn about, contemplate and observe the things that we may have otherwise missed. Leave your worries and to-do lists at the door and immerse yourself in every breath, step, and sight along the way.

 

Instructor: Angie Foster has a Bachelor of Science degree in Landscape Horticulture with a concentration of Nursery and Landscape Management from Colorado State University. In 2008 Angie graduated the Horticultural Therapy Institute in Denver, Colorado and in 2009 received her Horticultural Therapist registration from the American Horticultural Therapy Association.

She worked at Denver Botanic Gardens for over 11 years as a Horticulturist and Horticultural Therapist. Angie has built numerous horticultural therapy programs that have reached out to thousands of people that are often underserved in our community. Now she owns a small horticultural therapy consulting business in northern Colorado and is working hard to spread horticulture to everyone.

Price: $29, $24 members

Special Instructions: This class will meet in the lobby court and begin their walk from there.

Mindfulness Saturdays - Impermanence and Change

Mindfulness Saturdays is a series of afternoon retreats that focus on themes related to mindful living and are led by an experienced mindfulness-based stress reduction teacher. While open to the public, this series is especially geared toward graduates of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program or people with prior meditation experience.

 

Impermanence and Change:

The preciousness of impermanence: Learning to befriend change

We often live our lives with a focus on “arrival.” There is this idea that at some point we will have everything figured out and we can then simply relax into perfection – that if we have the right partner, job, home, weight, amount of money, then everything will be okay. We live our lives as if we are in a still photograph, when really we are in the middle of a movie that is changing, frame-by-frame, moment-by-moment. The only things that are for certain in this life are death, taxes and change. In this class we will explore the messy wonderful truth of change and how to perhaps meet it with more presence and peace.

 

Instructor: Jean Leonard, Ph.D., RYT is a licensed psychologist and a registered yoga teacher in private practice in Boulder, Colorado. She has completed the Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) Teacher Training with Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer, studied with the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program at the Duke University Center for Integrative Medicine, and is currently studying meditation related to aging, illness and dying through Spirit Rock Meditation Center. She has practiced yoga for over 25 years and vipassana meditation since 2003, and has taught MBSR and yoga for 8 years, and more recently began teaching MSC classes.

Price: $50, $45 members

Special Instructions: Feel free to bring your own props including cushions, a blanket and a yoga mat. Chairs are provided.

Mindfulness Saturdays - Mindful Society

Mindfulness Saturdays is a series of afternoon retreats that focus on themes related to mindful living and are led by an experienced mindfulness-based stress reduction teacher. While open to the public, this series is especially geared toward graduates of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program or people with prior meditation experience.

 

Mindful Society:

Generosity: The Gift of Fearlessness

Traditional teachings on generosity elucidate three types of giving: material possessions, fearlessness, and wisdom. What does it mean to give a gift of our fearlessness? Does fearlessness mean no fear or is it a way of being with fear that transforms the fear into courage? How does mediation practice reveal this gift, and how can we begin to share our fearless vulnerability with others? This season you might want to give the gift of fearlessness. This month’s session will include formal meditation practice, dialogue, and affirmations of generosity.

 

Instructor: Janet Solyntjes, M.A. is a senior teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition, an adjunct professor at Naropa University and a certified yoga teacher. A practitioner of mind-body disciplines since 1977, she completed a professional training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction with Jon Kabat-Zinn and the Teacher Development Intensive at the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Janet teaches mindfulness meditation in the U.S. and internationally since 1993 and is co-founder of the Boulder-based Center for Courageous Living, committed to promoting the inherent goodness of individuals and groups through a variety of supportive services, programs, and retreats.

Price: $50, $45 members

Special Instructions: Feel free to bring your own props including cushions, a blanket and a yoga mat. Chairs are provided.

Mindfulness Saturdays - Mindfulness in Daily Living

Mindfulness Saturdays is a series of afternoon retreats that focus on themes related to mindful living and are led by an experienced mindfulness-based stress reduction teacher. While open to the public, this series is especially geared toward graduates of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program or people with prior meditation experience.

 

Mindfulness in Daily Living:

Mindful Eating

Many of us have distorted relationships with eating, which become even more problematic at this time of year. Learn how to bring greater focus and some new practices to eating mindfully, based on the work of Jan Chozen Bays (“Mindful Eating”) and others. Explore the 7 hungers and investigate how food modifies emotional states. Re-establish awareness and gratitude as components of mindful eating.

 

Instructor: Karin Kempe MD MPH is a retired family physician with over forty years of experience in Buddhist meditation practice. She is one of three spiritual directors of the Zen Center of Denver where she teaches Zen Meditation. She participated in the teacher practicum at the Univ. of Mass. in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction in 2005 and since then has taught mindfulness practices to patients and a variety of professional groups.

Price: $50, $45 members

Special Instructions: Feel free to bring your own props including cushions, a blanket and a yoga mat. Chairs are provided.

 

Mindfulness Saturdays - Unconditional Confidence

Mindfulness Saturdays is a series of afternoon retreats that focus on themes related to mindful living and are led by an experienced mindfulness-based stress reduction teacher. While open to the public, this series is especially geared toward graduates of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program or people with prior meditation experience.

 

Unconditional Confidence

The root of true confidence grows from unconditional friendship with our self. By accepting who you are beyond the limitations of judgment and bias, a spacious knowing is revealed. This class can help you learn to trust your natural intelligence to navigate life.

 

Instructor: Janet Solyntjes, M.A. is a senior teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition, an adjunct professor at Naropa University and a certified yoga teacher. A practitioner of mind-body disciplines since 1977, she completed a professional training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction with Jon Kabat-Zinn and the Teacher Development Intensive at the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Janet teaches mindfulness meditation in the U.S. and internationally since 1993 and is co-founder of the Boulder-based Center for Courageous Living, committed to promoting the inherent goodness of individuals and groups through a variety of supportive services, programs, and retreats.

Price: $50, $45 members

Special Instructions: Feel free to bring your own props including cushions, a blanket and a yoga mat. Chairs are provided.

Mindfulness Saturdays - Unconditional Kindness

Mindfulness Saturdays is a series of afternoon retreats that focus on themes related to mindful living and are led by an experienced mindfulness-based stress reduction teacher. While open to the public, this series is especially geared toward graduates of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program or people with prior meditation experience.

 

Unconditional Kindness:

Mindfully meeting difficult moments with kindness

Often when things go wrong in life or we are suffering, we turn against ourselves with harsh judgment or self-criticism. How often do you find yourself feeling like your imperfections are a mistake? - Your difficult moments, a measure of your personal failing? What if you could view yourself and these moments as the foundation of your very belonging to the human race? This workshop will explore navigating the vulnerability of being human and how mindfulness and self-compassion practice offers the possibility of dancing with, rather than being defeated by, discomfort and difficult emotions.

 

Instructor: Dr. Jean Leonard, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist and a registered yoga teacher in full-time private practice in Boulder, Colorado. She studied with the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program at the Duke University Center for Integrative Medicine, completed the Mindfulness Yoga and Meditation Training Program and the Dedicated Practitioner Program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. She has practiced yoga for over 20 years, studied vipassana meditation since 2003 and has taught MBSR and yoga for eight years.

Price: $50, $45 member

Special Instructions: Feel free to bring your own props including cushions, a blanket and a yoga mat. Chairs are provided.

 

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 the ongoing 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.

 

Instructor: 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.

Price: $350, $300 members, includes $25 for materials.

Miniature Garden Family Workshop: Summertime Fairies

Join us as we create miniature lands for mystical garden friends. Discover what plants fairies prefer as you design, plant and landscape a tiny oasis for a fairy. Each child will create a container garden to take home.

Family Workshops at Denver Botanic Gardens are a great way for families to spend time together while discovering the beauty, diversity and importance of plants. Workshops offer families a hands-on opportunity to learn about the science and enchantment behind the plants in our everyday lives, create tasty treats from scratch and explore the natural world. Classes are designed for families with children ages 5-10. Preregistration is required and class size is limited.

Miniatures in Analogous Colors

Neighbors on the color wheel, analogous colors provide a pleasing palette for botanical illustrations. Learn about the various effects of layered and adjacent analogous colors and how to create interest with harmonious blends. Select a plant to tell a pictorial story of growth and change. Create a series of several miniatures in colored pencil that illustrates your understanding of how to make analogous color enhance all of your color work. Fee: $240 member, $290 non-member. Prerequisite: Botanical Illustration in Colored Pencil I or Foundational Certificate in Botanical Art and Illustration.

• Tue, Nov. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 6-9 p.m.

Instructor: Susan Rubin

 

Mount Goliath Guided Wildflower Hike

Discover the life cycles and lore of the alpine tundra and the intense beauty of a natural garden that lasts only 40 frost-free days. This is a trail of contrasts--awesome Rocky Mountain vistas of the Continental Divide peaks, delicate floral treasures, wind-sculpted, ancient bristlecone pines, cold summit winds and gentle summer breezes. The path winds through the exquisite blooms of the alpine tundra, talus slopes and subalpine meadows providing a delightful and educational tour in one of Colorado's most beautiful natural areas.

Mount Goliath docents lead the slow-paced hike down the stunning M. Walter Pesman Trail, a moderately difficult 1.5 mile downhill trek from 12,153 ft. to 11,540 ft.

 

Ages: 10 years old and up

 

Price: Free

Donations to the Gardens are accepted.

 

Special instructions:

Although guided hikes are free of charge, you must pay the recreation area fee to the U.S. Forest Service at the Mount Evans Fee Station. A Denver Botanic Gardens membership does not allow free access to the Mount Evans Recreation Area.

Please come prepared for mountain weather and trail terrain (shoes for hiking, coats, hats, sunscreen, etc.).

Transportation up to Mount Goliath is not provided.

 

Notes:

Tours with less than 10 participants are subject to cancellation.

For more information, contact us at tours@botanicgardens.org

The Gardens does not manage the Mount Goliath recreational area; questions not directly related to wildflower hikes should be directed to the Clear Creek Ranger District in Idaho Springs.

Nature Observed

Nature Observed is a series of workshops that covers the basics of field sketching and documentation. It introduces the process of quickly capturing accurate renderings of any object. Individual help and group critique guide you to see and record correctly while simplifying complex subject matter. You will most likely work with graphite and/or water-soluble pencils and water brush. No matter what media you use, your personal sketchbook will be filled with pages of valuable information for future remembrance and record. Fee: $50/session member, $65/session non-member. Open to everybody, with no prerequisites.

• Thu, July 21, 9 a.m. – noon (Denver Botanic Gardens)

• Thu, July 28, 9 a.m. – noon (Denver Botanic Gardens)

• Thu, Aug. 4, 9 a.m. – noon (Denver Zoo, entry included in the class fee)

• Thu, Aug. 11, 9 a.m. – noon (Denver Zoo, entry included in the class fee)

• Thu, Aug. 18, 9 a.m. – noon (Denver Museum of Nature and Science, collections)

• Thu, Sep. 29, 9 a.m. – noon (Denver Botanic Gardens)

• Thu, Oct. 6, 9 a.m. – noon (Denver Botanic Gardens)

• Thu, Oct. 13, 9 a.m. – noon (Denver Zoo, entry included in the class fee)

• Thu, Oct. 20, 9 a.m. – noon (Denver Zoo, entry included in the class fee)

• Thu, Oct. 27, 9 a.m. – noon (Denver Museum of Nature and Science, collections)

Instructor: Randy Raak

 

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!

 

Ooh La Lavender

 

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

 

Enjoy a Saturday at Chatfield learning all about lavender - how to grow it, how to cook with it, and how to use it for health and wellbeing. It's like three classes in one!

Spend the morning learning from Chatfield Farms’ Horticulturist Angie Jewett about the horticultural side of lavender. She will discuss over a dozen varieties of lavender, primarily those that are hardy for growing in Colorado, including the 14 varieties on site, as well as "exotic" and container varieties. She will demonstrate how to grow lavender from propagation to planting to harvest and will discuss winter care and pests and diseases. Our hope is to inspire homeowners and members of the agricultural community alike to consider growing lavender as a low water, disease and pest resistant option with a wide variety of uses.

Then enjoy a lavender themed lunch with popular cooking instructor and herbalist Susan Evans at the beautiful outdoor kitchen. Following lunch, Susan will teach an afternoon class on all the ways to use lavender and discuss the many health and wellness properties of this easy to grow plant. You’ll make and take home Herbes de Provence seasoning blend, soothing lavender/calendula lip balm, conditioning herbal hair rinse, fragrant lavender sachets to scent drawers or to use in the dryer, and a refreshing facial toner. Recipes, refreshments and take home samples included.

 

Instructors: Angie Jewett & Susan Evans

Price: $67, $62 members

Special instructions: Please bring water bottle and whatever you need to be comfortable outside all day, such as sunscreen, hat, and layers. Lunch will be provided.

 

Open Studio

Open Studio is for everyone who wants to experience a creative and supportive environment without attending a structured workshop. You can work on your own projects during open hours, at your own pace. A tutor is available for help and advice (10 a.m. – noon) but there will be no formal teaching. The tutor will help you get started on a project or advise how to add the finishing touches. Attending the Open Studio is ideal for anyone who wants to advance his/her personal projects (or ideas) or needs to refresh his/her knowledge of any media. Fee: $20/session member, $25/session non-member. Pre-registration required.

Mon, Aug. 8, 9 a.m. – noon (Renee Jorgensen)

Mon, Aug. 22, 9 a.m. – noon (Constance Sayas)

Mon, Sep. 19, 9 a.m. – noon (Laurence Pierson)

Mon, Oct. 3, 9 a.m. – noon (Laurence Pierson)

Mon, Oct.17, 9 a.m. – noon (Marjorie Leggitt)

Mon, Oct. 31, 9 a.m. – noon (Susan Rubin)

Mon, Nov. 14, 9 a.m. – noon (Constance Sayas)

Mon, Nov. 28, 9 a.m. – noon (Randy Raak)

 

 

Painting on Location in Opaque Water Media with James Gurney

James Gurney, illustrator for Scientific American and National Geographic, shares the painting setup he takes to restaurants and concert halls, and on location when he travels. After sharing some examples from his sketchbooks and a digital presentation, he’ll demonstrate fast and direct methods for drawing with the brush, adjusting to changing conditions and working with limited palettes. You'll have a chance to experiment with some of these techniques indoors under more controlled conditions, and then outdoors in the Gardens. Fee: $300 member, $360 non-member. No prerequisites.

 

• Thu-Fri, Sep. 15-16, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: James Gurney, NY

 

James Gurney is the author and illustrator of the New York Times best-selling Dinotopia book series. He designed the World of Dinosaurs stamps for the U.S. Postal Service and has worked on over a dozen assignments for National Geographic magazine, painting reconstructions of the Moche, Kushite and Etruscan civilizations. He is the winner of the Hugo, Chesley, Spectrum and World Fantasy Awards. Solo exhibitions of his artwork have been presented at the Smithsonian Institution, the Norman Rockwell Museum and the Norton Museum of Art. Recently, he was named a Grand Master by Spectrum Fantastic Arts and a Living Master by the Art Renewal Center. His book “Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter” was Amazon’s top best-selling book on painting for over 150 weeks and is based on his blog, gurneyjourney.blogspot.com.

 

Papel Picado

This is a festive workshop exploring renderings of botanical and fantastic imagery. Each participant will create elaborately cut paper designs for art and fiestas. During this three-day workshop of serious fun, you will discover the incredible variety of applications of this art form, from fine arts to public art commissions. During the class, we will conceive and produce unique storytelling images. Techniques will be demonstrated on how to produce stenciled editions, pop-ups, dimensional work or short stop-motion animation. Cutting different papers and experimenting with scale, we will keep an open mind about using new materials and exploring new territories. Tips, tricks and resources will be provided. No experience necessary. Fee: $350 member, $400 non-member. No prerequisites, however some paper-cutting experience is beneficial.

 

• Fri-Sun, Oct. 14-16, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Béatrice Coron, N.Y., NY

 

Born in France, Béatrice Coron lived in Egypt, Mexico and China before moving to New York. Coron tells stories in illustrations, book arts, fine arts and public art. She adapts her paper-cut designs to metal, stone and glass. You can see her work in major collections such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Walker Art Center, and she shared about her creative process in a TED Talk.

 

 

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: $240 member, $290 non-member. Prerequisite: Botanical Illustration in Pencil I.

 

• Tue, April 26, May 3, 10, 17, 24, 6-9 p.m.

Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt

 

• Fri-Sun, June 3-5, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt

• Wed, Oct. 26, Nov. 2, 9, 16, 30, 9 a.m. – noon

Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt

 

 

Photographing Sculpture

Find the best vantage points and opportunities to photograph this seasons Stories in Sculpture art exhibition at Denver Botanic Gardens.

When photographing artwork we photographers are torn between faithfully rendering the work, or re-interpreting the work to our own creative ends. In this class we will try both approaches to see how our personal vision can visually redefine someone else’s original work of art. We will venture out into the gardens to capture images in the beautiful evening light.

 

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

Price: $44, $36 members

Special Instructions: This class will begin inside and then move out into the Gardens.

Plant to Plate Family Workshop: Plants in your Pizza

You can put almost anything on a pizza! Discover this favorite Italian dish and the plants that make it possible. Make a mini pizza to taste in class and plant seeds to take home.

Family Workshops at Denver Botanic Gardens are a great way for families to spend time together while discovering the beauty, diversity and importance of plants. Workshops offer families a hands-on opportunity to learn about the science and enchantment behind the plants in our everyday lives, create tasty treats from scratch and explore the natural world. Classes are designed for families with children ages 5-10. Preregistration is required and class size is limited.

 

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