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2014 Horticulture Home Garden Tour

Have you ever attended a class or lecture, or read an article or blog post from one of our top Horticulturists and wondered what their home garden looks like? Well now is your chance to find out with a behind-the-scenes tour! Three of our most experienced and popular members of our Horticulture staff, Panayoti Kelaidis, Mike Kintgen, and Dan Johnson, will open up their gardens for this special opportunity.

 

Home Garden of Panayoti Kelaidis

Many thousands of plants are combined for four season interest in this Plant Collector’s garden. The Western half of the property is planted with native trees, shrubs and many cacti and western Wildflowers - almost eliminating watering needs. The Eastern half includes a large vegetable garden, perennial borders with many unusual perennials and bulbs, and a woodland garden that encircles the alpine garden on the east side of the house. Late May is when many of the Daphnes and Rhododendrons bloom, along with a host of classic alpine plants like saxifrages, dianthus and penstemons. There are several hundred containers located everywhere in this garden, many filled with annuals that are beginning their show as well…

By matching plants to microclimate, and combining plants of similar growth rate, we are able to create plantings that persist over time and need less maintenance than one might suspect with such biodiversity!

 

Home Garden of Mike Kintgen

Mike Kintgen’s garden started in 2009 with a bare canvas of dead bluegrass and a few overgrown junipers in the front yard. The dandelions, bluegrass, and junipers were removed to create a series of short berms in front of the house that made way for a Legacy buffalo grass lawn planted with spring and autumn flowering bulbs. The berms showcase a wide array of steppe and rock garden plants from around the world that are tolerant to Colorado’s hot dry summers and cold winters. The back yard is a mix of more traditional garden elements, a large propagation area, a small vegetable garden, and various rocks gardens.. There is also a large collection of alpine plants in troughs and containers filled with annuals for season long interest.

The overarching mission of the garden is to showcase how xeriscapes and rock gardens can be interesting, beautiful and more sustainable than traditional landscapes.

 

Home Garden of Dan Johnson

This average city lot supports an eclectic garden that is anything but average, the result of a driven collector with a creative proclivity. Uncommon plants greet the visitor even at the street, where a warm terracotta wall frames the stucco home and small front gardens. The gardens slope downwards behind the home, with red flagstone paths and boulders creating distinct spaces. The theme throughout is one of pushing the envelope for Colorado gardening. Deliberate use of microclimates and selective irrigation seem to make anything possible. Magnolias, wisteria, sheltered fuchsias and palms, Japanese maples and bamboo seem unlikely in their proximity to cacti, penstemon, agaves and yuccas. Collections made in Spain, South Africa and Pakistan mingle with more traditional fare. Sculptural elements and found objects enhance the sense of surprise. A small stream leads through the contours of the gardens to a koi pond with lotus and waterlilies. Photographers delight in the detail and unusual vignettes. Recovering from a brutal winter, a few specimens may be less than prime, but nevertheless, this garden still surprises.

 

This Tour will meet at Denver Botanic Gardens at York Street at 8:30 a.m. and return to Denver Botanic Gardens at York Streeet at 12:30 p.m. A chartered bus will escort all participants, the cost of the bus is included in the price of the tour. No self guided tours available.

 

$46 members, $51 non-members, includes bus transportation

 

Bonfils Stanton Lecture Series - 2014

2014 BONFILS-STANTON LECTURE SERIES

Celebration of the Seasons: An Unexpected Performance

 

“Nature gives to every time and season some beauties of its own.”

— Charles Dickens

 

With the support of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation and in line with the Gardens' mission of connecting people with plants, this year's series is designed to take you along with us through nature’s seasons as we observe and appreciate the aesthetic and edible bounties that nature is able to provide for us within a year’s time.

 

Join us for interactive and interesting lectures that feature a variety of speakers sure to open your eyes and your hearts to the rich variety of each season’s unique offerings. Starting with spring and moving through winter, topics will include the allure and application of plant foliage varieties to spice up your landscape, using your garden’s bounty to fill your pantry with culinary delights sure to impress everyone at your table, and successfully extending your growing season with tips from one of gardening’s beloved experts.

 

This Series includes all 4 lectures in the 2014 Bonfils Stanton Lecture Series, which also includes all pre lecture tastings. (does not include tours or workshop)

 

$50 member, $70 non-member

 

Colorado Foodways: A Celebration of our Food History

 

Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield provides the perfect setting to celebrate our state’s foodways – the intersection of food in culture, traditions, and history.

 

Sample traditional Coloradan food and recipes through interactive demonstrations, take tours of the Hildebrand Ranch (which is on the Register of Historic Places) and sip on some locally crafted drinks while listening to a live band.

 

Light dinner included with registration.

 

$39 members, $42 non members

 

 

 

Learn How to Build a Hoophouse

 

Hoop houses, plastic enclosed structures made of “hoops” of pipe, are used to lengthen the growing season. Learn how to build this garden-changing structure during a hands-on, day-long workshop at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield.

 

$34 members, $39 nonmembers.

 

 

 

Lecture - Confessions of a Foliage-A-Holic: A 12 Step Program

Christina Salwitz

 

As one of the co-authors of the new hit book “Fine Foliage,” Salwitz describes the seemingly innocent, beautiful and alluring leaves that draw you into a web of horticultural dependency that begins with a quick trip to the nursery and ends with you swooning and plotting your next foliage hit. Enjoy this juicy and entertaining slide show of all things foliage that will "leaf" you wanting more!

 

Salwitz, known as "the Personal Garden Coach,” is not only a horticultural guidance counselor, she is a "hort-head" of the first order, a writer of plant passions and a container gardening fashionista! She focuses on saving labor, time and money in gardening—and above all having fun. As a Seattle-based horticulturist, speaker, garden writer and author, Salwitz has spent more than 20 years working with the public in numerous gardening capacities. In addition to writing for traditional garden media publications such as Better Homes and Gardens (Cover, March 2014), Fine Gardening and Garden Design, she also writes for industry publications for the horticulture trade and continues to act as a resource to garden authors and columnists across the country. Her own home garden and those of her clients are frequently featured in her blog personalgardencoach.wordpress.com and she is a proud founding member of The Garden Designer's Roundtable (gdrt.wordpress.com). As co-author of "Fine Foliage," Salwitz has become a nationally recognized authority on designing with foliage, designing with containers and garden trends.

 

6 p.m. Social hour and tasting hosted by Slow Food Denver (included in price)

Menu - Foliage is the unsung hero of the garden, without their amazing hues to set off the glorious blooms that they support, the garden would lose a dimension. We'll play with ingredients that are normally thought as of as the garnish on a recipe instead of the "star.”

7 p.m. Program and lecture

8:30 p.m. Book signing by author

 

All lecture programs: $15 member, $20 non-member. Space is limited so register early!

 

Slow Food Members are welcome to register for the discounted member price of $15, please click on reciprocal member price, no idenification required.

 

“Nature gives to every time and season some beauties of its own.”

— Charles Dickens

 

With the support of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation and in line with the Gardens' mission of connecting people with plants, this year's series is designed to take you along with us through nature’s seasons as we observe and appreciate the aesthetic and edible bounties that nature is able to provide for us within a year’s time.

 

 

Lecture - Nothing is Impossible - The Winter Harvest Handbook

Eliot Coleman

 

Celebrated farming expert, Eliot Coleman, helped start the organic food movement with “The New Organic Grower” published 20 years ago. He continues to lead the way, pushing the limits of the harvest season. Coleman will share his innovative and highly successfully methods to raise crops throughout the coldest of winters. Discover how to grow produce of unparalleled freshness and quality in customized unheated or, in some cases, minimally heated, movable plastic greenhouses.

 

Coleman offers clear, concise details on greenhouse construction and maintenance, planting schedules, crop management, harvesting practices and even marketing methods. A passionate advocate for the revival of small-scale sustainable farming, Coleman provides a practical model for supplying fresh, locally grown produce during the winter season, even in climates where conventional wisdom says it can't be done.

 

Eliot Coleman has been involved in organic farming since 1966. He has experience in field vegetables, greenhouse vegetables, rotational grazing of livestock and range poultry. He is the author of “The New Organic Grower” (Chelsea Green, rev. 1995), “Four Season Harvest” (Chelsea Green, rev. 1999), and “The Winter Harvest Handbook” (Chelsea Green, 2009). As a commercial market gardener, director of agricultural research projects and teacher and lecturer on organic farming, he has studied and practiced all aspects of the craft. Coleman presently owns and operates Four Season Farm, a year-round market garden in Harborside, Maine.

 

6 p.m. Social hour and tasting hosted by Slow Food Denver (included in price)

Menu - Potatoes, yams, root vegetables, beans, hearty greens, honey, hearty herbs all will come together to show the bounty that is still available to us to share the glorious tastes that is Colorado in the winter.

7 p.m. Program and lecture

8:30 p.m. Book signing by author

 

All lecture programs: $20 member, $25 non-member. Space is limited so register early!

* ticket price includes entry into the outdoor exhibition.

 

Slow Food Members are welcome to register for the discounted member price of $15, please click on reciprocal member price, no idenification required.

 

“Nature gives to every time and season some beauties of its own.”

— Charles Dickens

 

With the support of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation and in line with the Gardens' mission of connecting people with plants, this year's series is designed to take you along with us through nature’s seasons as we observe and appreciate the aesthetic and edible bounties that nature is able to provide for us within a year’s time.

 

 

 

Lecture - Succulently Yours: Going Lawn-less in the Intermountain West

Scott Calhoun

 

Succulent plants, with their striking forms and unrivaled drought tolerance, are integral to Western gardens. Considering the rich selections—Agave, Cactus, Dasylirion, Hesperaloe, Nolina and Yucca—no Intermountain garden should be without them. In fact, one could argue that with the exception of trees, no other plant type is as important as these “living sculptures.” Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to have a rock garden to incorporate succulent plants—there is room for them in nearly any garden style, from formal to cottage. In this talk, Calhoun will begin with a brief history of succulent horticulture and then show the best techniques for creatively using these plants in Intermountain gardens.

 

 

Scott Calhoun explores back roads and backcountry in search of plants, gardens, architecture and food. He is the author of six gardening books. His first book, “Yard Full of Sun,” was awarded the 2006 American Horticultural Society Book Award; his second title, “Chasing Wildflowers,” won the Garden Writers Association 2008 Silver Book Award. Calhoun’s sixth book, “The Gardener’s Guide to Cactus,” was published in 2012. Scott writes a monthly garden column for Sunset Magazine and freelances for numerous print publications including American Gardener, Fine Gardening and Wildflower. Calhoun runs Zona Gardens, a design studio based in Tucson, Arizona. He gardens, writes and lectures across the United States. Catch up with Calhoun at ZonaGardens.com.

 

6 p.m. Social hour and tasting hosted by Slow Food Denver (included in price)

Menu - Prickly Pear is just the beginning of what we’ll explore using all sorts of succulents to make “succulent” bit and bites.

7 p.m. Program and lecture

8:30 p.m. Book signing by author

 

All lecture programs: $15 member, $20 non-member. Space is limited so register early!

 

Slow Food Members are welcome to register for the discounted member price of $15, please click on reciprocal member price, no idenification required.

 

“Nature gives to every time and season some beauties of its own.”

— Charles Dickens

 

With the support of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation and in line with the Gardens' mission of connecting people with plants, this year's series is designed to take you along with us through nature’s seasons as we observe and appreciate the aesthetic and edible bounties that nature is able to provide for us within a year’s time.

 

 

 

Lecture - The Perpetual Pantry: Bridging the Gap from Ranch to City Cooking

Eugenia Bone

 

The bounty of fruits and vegetables grown in Colorado’s North Fork Valley where Bone summers inspired her to become a master canner, a gardener and author of the memoir/cookbook, “At Mesa's Edge.” But nine months out of the year she lives in New York City. Adapting the culinary opportunities of country living to the realities of city life was a challenge but the process led to a new way of cooking that merges the thrifty traditions of the past with the time constraints of the urban lifestyle. Two more books have come out of this study: “Well-Preserved,” a small-batch canning book that explores ways to use home-canned foods, and “The Kitchen Ecosystem,” Bone's newest book (set to be released in September 2014), which investigates the integration of recipes to create the healthiest and tastiest foods. This talk will change the way you look at the food you buy, prepare and discard, and will help you understand why the food you make tastes the way it does.

 

Eugenia Bone, a veteran food writer who has published in many national magazines and newspapers, is also a cookbook author. In addition to being a well loved author of the above mentioned books, as well as, “Mycophilia: Revelations From the Weird World of Mushrooms,” a popular science book about fungi (Rodale 2011), Bone has contributed to many cookbooks and literary journals, been nominated for a variety of food writing awards and participated in radio, interactive and online interviews, in addition to appearing multiple times on television. Bone teaches and lectures about food preservation. She lives in New York City and Crawford, Colorado.

 

6 p.m. Social hour and tasting hosted by Slow Food Denver (included in price)

Menu - Using Eugenia’s creative recipes and delightful sense of place as a guide, we’ll take the best of what we can get our hands on, and use her recipes to taste the best of what is available.

7 p.m. Program and lecture

8:30 p.m. Book signing by author

 

All lecture programs: $15 member, $20 non-member. Space is limited so register early!

 

Slow Food Members are welcome to register for the discounted member price of $15, please click on reciprocal member price, no idenification required.

 

“Nature gives to every time and season some beauties of its own.”

— Charles Dickens

 

With the support of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation and in line with the Gardens' mission of connecting people with plants, this year's series is designed to take you along with us through nature’s seasons as we observe and appreciate the aesthetic and edible bounties that nature is able to provide for us within a year’s time.

 

 

 

Tour - Edibles in the Gardens

 

Join Ebi Kondo, curator of the Japanese Garden at Denver Botanic Gardens, for a pre-lecture tour of the popular Le Potager Garden – touring this collection of edibles will be sure to be inspiring both admiration and envy. This European inspired formal kitchen garden is a wonderful example of balancing aesthetics and functionality.

 

$12, $10 members

 

Tour - Fine Foliage at the Gardens

 

Join staff horticulturist John Murgel for a pre-lecture tour that will lead you around the Gardens to see our finest displays of foliage and container arrangements in various collections.

 

$12, $10 members

 

Tour - Winter Harvests and Gardens

 

 

Senior Horticulturist Angie Andrade Foster will lead a pre-lecture tour around the Gardens to see how we creatively provide interest in our collections through the slower and colder months.

 

$12, $10 members

 

 

Workshop - Building your own Greenhouse

With Eliot Coleman

 

Coleman will detail the best ways he has found to build a greenhouse. This workshop will be a virtual tour of Coleman’s techniques and will give the basics on how to build a 14’ x 16’ greenhouse system from scratch.

 

$39, $34 members

Workshop - Canning Tomatoes - Your Garden's Star

With Eugenia Bone

 

If you could put up only one food a year it should be tomatoes. With a can of tomatoes on hand, you always have the key ingredient to a tasty meal. Home canned tomatoes are much better than even the most expensive commercially canned varieties. Join Bone as she teaches you everything you need to know to easily try your hand at canning this year's tomato crop in your very own kitchen.

 

$39, $34 members, materials included

Workshop - Designing with Containers: From Small-Scale to DRAMA

With Christina Salwitz

 

Container gardens are much more than just a plant that sits pretty within a fancy pot. They have become a practical option in the expensive world of garden design. They offer much more flexibility and return on investment than you may realize! Christina Salwitz will teach you about great design ideas, as well as how to get the most for your nursery dollar. In a casual, fun and inspiring environment, watch and learn how professional designers like Salwitz (profiled in March 2014 Better Homes and Gardens) create containers that take your landscape details to the next level.

 

$44, $36 members

 

Workshop - Hot Pots: Hands-on Contemporary Container Planting

With Scott Calhoun

 

Break free from fussy annuals and venture into the world of sculptural succulent containers. Join award-winning author and garden designer, Scott Calhoun, to learn bold container planting techniques unlike anything you’ve seen before. The author of “Hot Pots” will focus on low-maintenance containers and will cover plant staging, planting in grids, monopots, top-dressing and companion plants. In this participatory class, you’ll assemble your own container garden with succulents, stones, glass and unusual objects. All materials provided.

 

$54, $46 members, materials included

 

Workshop - Recreating Condiments

With Eugenia Bone

 

If your refrigerator is like most everyone else's, its door contains numerous condiments to help you jazz up your home meals. Bone will share with you how to create numerous homemade condiments that take your meals to a whole new level. It's easier than you think and will allow you to impress all who dine at your table!

 

$39, $34 members, materials included

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