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2018 Horticulture Garden Tour: Plains to Plains

Hike of Soapstone Prairie and Tour of High Plains Environmental Center with Panayoti Kelaidis and Jim Tolstrup

 

Price: $55, $49 member, includes lunch and transportation from Denver Botanic Gardens

Join Denver Botanic Gardens' Director of Horticulture Outreach Panayoti Kelaidis and High Plains Environmental Center Director Jim Tolstrup on a tour of preserved and restored prairie environments in Northern Colorado. Visit Soapstone Prairie, a Fort Collins natural area, featuring a pure herd of buffalo, 28 square miles of native grasses and wildflowers and one of the oldest archeological sites in North America.

At High Plains Environmental Center (HPEC), the group explores a native plant nursery and demonstration gardens featuring plants indigenous to Colorado, restored wetlands and grasslands with some remarkable wildflowers, all within an urban development. Plants are available for purchase from HPEC’s native plant nursery.

The last stop is tour of the Chapungu Sculpture Park in Centerra where stone sculptures created by the Shona People of Zimbabwe are surrounded by the largest plant select demonstration garden in Northern Colorado.

 

Lecture - AMERICAN BEAUTY: The Slow Flowers Story

The American landscape is undergoing a floral renaissance— in rural, agricultural areas and in urban postage-stamp-sized parcels. There is a heightened interest in local and seasonal flowers as an economic opportunity for farmers and florists alike, fueled by the Slow Flowers movement. Debra Prinzing, a leader of the movement, shares an update and a forecast—where we've come from and where we are headed—as she talks about people, places, fields, greenhouses and gardens; ideas and innovations; and the progressive momentum that's changing our relationship with flowers.

Instructor: Debra Prinzing is a Seattle-based writer, speaker and leading advocate for American Grown Flowers. Through her many Slow Flowers-branded projects, she has convened a national conversation that stimulates consumers and professionals alike to make conscious choices about their floral purchases.

 

Debra is the producer of SlowFlowers.com, the online directory to American grown farms, florists, shops and studios who supply domestic and local flowers. Each Wednesday, approximately 2,500 listeners tune into Debra's "Slow Flowers Podcast," available for free downloads at her website, debraprinzing.com, or on iTunes and via other podcast services.

 

She is the creator of American Flowers Week, launched during the July 4th week in 2015 with more than 5.0 million social media impressions in 2017. Debra is a Florists' Review Contributing Editor for which produces the "Slow Flowers Journal" section.

 

In 2016, the Seattle Wholesale Growers Market, a farm-to-florist cooperative, honored Debra with the first Growers Choice Award for her "outstanding contributions to revitalizing the local floral community." She is a 2016 inductee to the Garden Writers Association Hall of Fame and the author of 10 books, including “Slow Flowers” and “The 50 Mile Bouquet.”

 

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

6:00 p.m. Social hour and tasting hosted by Slow Food Denver (included in price)

6:30 p.m. Program and lecture

8 p.m. Book signing by author

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

 

Great art picks up where nature ends. ~Marc Chagall

 

With the support of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation and in line with the Gardens’ mission, of connecting people with plants, we are excited to bring you a series designed to push the boundaries of horticulture practices and redefine your understanding of art and gardens. We hope to spark your creativity, and broaden your scope in the understanding of gardens as art.

 

Throughout the 2018 series, we explore the opportunity to disconnect from reality and surround ourselves with artful gardening. We aim to find the edge of art and gardens, test the new and the bold, and seek peace through nature and art. Take a break from the real world and get lost in the captivating experience of trying something new. From Art on the Edge of Life and Death with bonsai expert Bjorn Bjorholm to Indigo Dyeing with plants and tours of our very own dye garden we look to spark interest and engage audiences. Other topics include the new Art of Blueberries on the Front Range, Herbal Love potions, Carnivorous Plant Terrariums and the Japanese Art of Kokedama. The 2018 Series consists of a series of lectures, hands-on workshops and tours to further your experience. Visit the Gardens’ Bonfils-Stanton Series webpage at botanicgardens.org/bonfils-stanton for more information.

 

Tour - Urban Flower Farm Tour at CityGal Farms

Flower farmer Kimberly Burton guides a tour of CityGal Farms, her flower farm, and demonstrates how she and her crew harvest and design their signature market bouquets, seen at area farmers' markets. Learn what goes into producing these beautiful, fresh and local flowers and the secrets to a long-lasting bouquet.

CityGal Farms is an urban farm and eco-luxe farmhouse retreat, located just 15 minutes west of downtown Denver. Participants have the opportunity to purchase CityGal Farms' flowers.

Price: $26, $24 member

Instructor: Kimberly Burton grows classic and beautiful focal flowers such as dahlias, lisianthus and garden roses utilizing organic methods at CityGal Farms. She also loves growing interesting foliage and accent flowers like bells of Ireland, raspberry and blackberry vines, scented geranium, herbs and delphinium. On summer weekends, you can find her at the Union Station and Pearl Street Farmers Markets

 

 

Tour: Slow Flowers at The Fresh Herb Co.

Debra Prinzing of Slow Flowers leads a visit to one of Colorado's most productive and photogenic flower farms! Guests are greeted by flower farmers Chet and Kristy Anderson, owners of The Fresh Herb Co. in Longmont which is profiled in Prinzing's book, "The 50 Mile Bouquet." The Andersons lead a tour of the fields and greenhouse at The Fresh Herb Co. See how flowers are harvested and made into bouquets destined for Boulder farmers markets, Whole Foods and other outlets in the area, and learn the ingredients of a signature Fresh Herb Co. bouquet.

Following the tour, participants can wander and photograph the farm and fields, then gather for a picnic-style lunch featuring a local menu from one of The Fresh Herb Co.'s many culinary partners (all the herbs will come from this farm, of course).

Price: $55, $50 members, includes lunch

Instructors: Chet and Kristy Anderson are the owners of The Fresh Herb Co., based in Longmont. They are long established local growers with over 30 years of experience on their farm. The Fresh Herb Co. began growing and selling fresh culinary herbs, then specialty vegetables and then organic salad greens. After 20 years, Chet and Kristy expanded their focus to ornamentals and flowers and recently began growing succulents. They offer fun and interesting selections of succulents in a wide array of sizes, garden combinations and varieties.

 

As the preeminent local producers of ornamentals, naturally grown herb plants, hanging baskets, succulents and cut flowers, you can find their beautiful products throughout the region at Whole Foods and the N. Boulder Lucky’s Market. On Saturdays from April to November you will find The Fresh Herb Co. at the Boulder Farmers Market, and the Denver Union Station Farmers Market from June until October.

 

Chet Anderson,CFP (Chief Flower Picker) is one of the original seven founders of the Boulder Farmers Market. Kristy is the past president of the Boulder Farmers Market board of directors and was instrumental in leading the focused expansion of the growers only market model in Boulder County and Denver Union Station.

 

Price: $55, $50 members, includes lunch

 

Trip - Natures' Adaptations: River to Desert with Denver Botanic Gardens

 

Join Denver Botanic Gardens and Centennial Canoe Outfitters, Inc., for a leisurely, guided and outfitted 31-mile canoe trip through the Escalante and Dominguez Canyons Wilderness Area on the Gunnison River. Learn, explore and create while canoeing, camping and hiking along the scenic waters of the Gunnison River. Learn how human, plant and animal life have adapted to this unique river and desert environment. Explore the river's vegetation, including some rare plant populations found only in this region. There will be time for  arts and crafts using plants as inspiration. Learn how local native cultures used plants and taste some edible plants. Join us for an ecological exploration on one of the West's most beautiful classrooms, the Gunnison River.

Paddle beside high walls of beautiful red sandstone and shale, deposited during the age of the dinosaurs. Interesting side trips into deep box canyons can leave you awed by the immensity of geologic time and the silence of the wilderness. Massive cottonwood trees stand on the river bends supporting huge nests of blue herons, hawks and eagles.

 

Price: $450, $420 member

Instructor: Centennial Canoe Outfitters Inc. will provide the guides, gear, and expertise. Our wetland ecologist facilitator will be TBD.

Trip Level: No previous canoeing experience is necessary to join the trip.

Special Instructions: Participants will meet at the Gunnison River Escalante Bridge on September 8th at 6:30 a.m. Participants will receive directions and additional information at least one week prior to the trip. Registration deadline is August 24.

Centennial Canoe Outfitters (CCO) will provide guides, all gear including food.

Personal camping equipment, personal clothes, and toiletries will need to be provided by the participant. Camping equipment, including a tent, sleeping bag, chair and pad can be rented from CCO for $74. Please contact CCO at 720-283-0553 and mention that you are registered for the Denver Botanic Gardens Trip.

 

Workshop - Aperitifs & Digestives: Herbal Concoctions for Cocktail Parties

Learn recipes for making herbal drink concoctions inspired by the aromatics of the mountain woods. Experience the essence of osha, fir, pine, rose, aspen and more. Discuss the tradition of drinking herbal aperitifs and digestives -- where the practice started and the logic behind it -- and then craft herbal cocktail blends to take home.

Price: $49, $45 member

Instructor: A wild woman herbalist, Erin Hattler is passionate about the intersection of nature, recovery and empowerment. Plant medicine, self-care, good nutrition and a healthy dose of humor were integral to her personal healing journey. Erin comes from an incredible lineage of teachers both in the Western and Mayan traditions. She is certified as a clinical herbalist and women³ ethnobotanist from the Artemisia and Rue School of Herbal Studies and is an integrative nutrition certified health coach and flower essence therapist. Erin has apprenticed with healers and herbalists in Germany, New Zealand, Mexico and Crested Butte. Her studies included courses in functional medicine and clinical nutrition and she is certified in reiki, BARS and as a Radiant Tribe Facilitator.

 

Workshop - Beauty of Pressed Flowers

Discover how to collect and preserve summer flowers and fall leaves for use in creating floral masterpieces. Learn the best flowers to grow and how to press for optimal color, durability and longevity. Participants make beautiful bookmarks, cards, a dipped candle and a floral votive container to take home.

Price: $55, $50 members

Instructor: Susan Evans specializes in empowering people to improve their health and lifestyle through herbal and wellness education. Let Susan introduce you to herbs for healing, cooking, gardening and crafting.

Susan has been cultivating and working with herbs for more than 30 years. She managed garden centers and greenhouses in Denver before starting her own organic landscaping business, Flowerscapes, which she owned and operated for 12 years. She has worked as a master gardener and volunteer naturalist for Jefferson County, Colorado.

She has a certificate in advanced clinical herbalism from the Rocky Mountain Center for Botanical Studies in Boulder and has over 1,500 hours of clinical study and experience in the uses of medicinal plants. After attaining her certification in 1997, she founded Chrysalis Herbs. Since then, she has devoted herself to sharing her love and knowledge of herbs and gardening, helping people to reconnect with the beauty and healing aspects of the natural world.

 

Workshop - Brewing Herbal Kefir

Learn to brew herbal water kefir. Understand the difference between kombucha and kefir and why kefir is a great choice for improving gut health. You learn how to ferment gut-healing and caffeine-free herbal brews. Explore herb and fruit pairings, how brews and garden benefit each other, and how to safely age the brews for flavor complexity. ALso discuss how to keep the culture alive while taking a break from brewing. Sip on bubbly herbal kefir blends and take home a starter culture.

Price: $55, $50 member

Instructor: Raven Rose is a women’s health herbalist and educator. Her herbal practice, Moon Medicine, is focused on women's health through the use of plant medicines, diet, healthy lifestyle and spiritual healing. She was called to her path through her own healing journey. Along that journey she studied women’s herbalism, community herbalism, plant-based nutrition, Mayan massage and spiritual healing. Raven believes that plants can help people to heal their physical, emotional and spiritual bodies. She loves making herbal remedies, brewing herbal water kefir and spending time in her garden.

 

Workshop - Carnivorous Plant Terrarium

Denver Botanic Gardens' Senior Horticulturist Tamara Kilbane leads an introduction to carnivorous plants that includes their trapping mechanisms, growth habits and care requirements. Participants create a carnivorous plant terrarium to take home.

Price: $76, $70 member

Instructor: Tamara Kilbane is a Senior Horticulturist at Denver Botanic Gardens, where she manages the aquatic and carnivorous plant collections. Tamara also serves as the international registrar for waterlilies and as a board member of the Colorado Water Garden Society. She received her bachelor’s degree in horticulture from Oregon State University in 2001.

 

Workshop - Edible Flower Feast

Experience a sensory feast as we explore the delectable world of edible flowers.

Learn how to safely grow, harvest and use flowers for tasty and beautiful culinary creations. Discover how to candy flowers and herbs for elegant garnishes. Enjoy a luncheon of Herb Blossom Canapés, Chicken Curry Salad with Flower Confetti, Calendula Deviled Eggs, Blossom Tea and finish with Chocolate Mint Cupcakes with crystallized flowers. Lunch and handout with edible flower list and recipes included. Treat yourself!

Price: $55, $50 member

Instructor: Susan Evans specializes in empowering people to improve their health and lifestyle through herbal and wellness education. Let Susan introduce you to herbs for healing, cooking, gardening and crafting.

Susan has been cultivating and working with herbs for more than 30 years. She managed garden centers and greenhouses in Denver before starting her own organic landscaping business, Flowerscapes, which she owned and operated for 12 years. She has worked as a master gardener and volunteer naturalist for Jefferson County, Colorado.

She has a certificate in advanced clinical herbalism from the Rocky Mountain Center for Botanical Studies in Boulder and has over 1,500 hours of clinical study and experience in the uses of medicinal plants. After attaining her certification in 1997, she founded Chrysalis Herbs. Since then, she has devoted herself to sharing her love and knowledge of herbs and gardening, helping people to reconnect with the beauty and healing aspects of the natural world.

 

 

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Workshop - Herbal Baths, Flower Remedies and Plant Brushings

Discover how to work with plants to emotionally and spiritually heal. The history of ethnobotany and the spiritual properties of plants are explored in this workshop. Learn what herbs to grow for your own healing garden and how to collect and prepare herbs for spiritual healing. Create an herbal bath, flower essence and plant brushing bundle. Conduct and receive a plant brushing in class.

Price: $49, $45 member

Instructor: Raven Rose is a women’s health herbalist and educator. Her herbal practice, Moon Medicine, is focused on women's health through the use of plant medicines, diet, healthy lifestyle and spiritual healing. She was called to her path through her own healing journey. Along that journey she studied women’s herbalism, community herbalism, plant-based nutrition, Mayan massage and spiritual healing. Raven believes that plants can help people to heal their physical, emotional and spiritual bodies. She loves making herbal remedies, brewing herbal water kefir and spending time in her garden.

 

Workshop - Kokedama

Kokedama is a Japanese bonsai art that produces a plant growing out of a ball of moss that can be hung or displayed in a dish. Learn about kokedama, how to create the unique clay-soil mixture at the heart of the ball, how to care for them and then make two kokedama to take home.

Price: $49, $44 member

Instructor: Jessica Schutz is the owner of Green Lady Gardens, a floriculture fine art, décor and design company out of Lakewood, CO. She primarily creates no-water vertical gardens using 100% real dried, preserved, dyed and hand-painted plant materials for home and commercial spaces. Jessica is also a houseplant aficionado and is expanding Green Lady Gardens’ business offerings to workshops and interior plant design.

 

Workshop - Old Becomes New - Macramé Plant Hangers

Macrame is all the rage in home décor. Learn several fundamental knotting techniques to create a customizable plant hanger. Use these knots in the future to craft wall hangings or other plant hanger designs. A plant, container and all materials to fashion your plant hanger are included.

Price: $69, $64 member

Instructor: Amie Phillips is a fiber artist currently living and working in Denver. She received her BFA in art from Palm Beach Atlantic University, and developed a love for textile design during her years spent in Rajasthan, India. After spending three summers as a river guide on the Arkansas, she repurposed her knotting skills to create artistic and utilitarian pieces. Amie has taught macramé workshops since 2015, and recently had her first solo exhibition in Buena Vista entitled "Rivers Edge."

Special Instructions: Light snacks and refreshments will be provided. Please feel free to BYOB to enjoy during the workshop.

Workshop - Out of the Shadows- Courageous and Rebellious Acts of Herbalism

Herbal medicine is often considered alternative or controversial in the U.S. However, the practice is regaining popularity and recognition. Learn about plant remedies that cultivate courage and action and highlight the teachings and influential teachers of Western herbal medicine. Medicinal plants discussed include: yarrow, hawthorn and basil. Take home a hawthorn-rose courage-provoking elixir and a list of how you can be a courageous and rebellious herbal student for life.

Price: $56, $51 member

Instructor: Shelley Torgove is a practicing Clinical Herbalist and was one of Denver’s first herbal teachers, helping cultivate awareness of the power of plants to heal. Shelley is a leader of the grass-roots western herbal medicine movement in Denver. She is an international teacher and a nationally recognized botanical medicine practitioner with over 25 years of experience, specializing in bio-regional herbal medicine and women’s health. She works and teaches both in Denver and the Yucatan. Shelley is the owner of Artemisia & Rue Herbal Studies Program in Denver. In addition to being a guest lecturer at Denver Botanic Gardens for the last 20 years, Shelley grew up in the backyard of the Gardens around Cheeseman Park and began frequenting the Gardens when she was seven years old.

 

Workshop - Tending to Your Inner Garden: Herbs, Foods and Practices to support Gut Health

Gut health is a trending topic right now and the amount of information out there about healing the gut can feel overwhelming. Get to the heart of how to build and maintain a healthy gut. Learn the basic principles of gut health and how it impacts our emotional, physical and energetic well-being. Learn how the immune system and mental health are impacted by your enteric brain. Discover how to nourish a healthy microbiota using herbs and mindfulness practices. Learn which herbs heal gut infections, bacterial overgrowths or parasites—the basic nutritional principles for maintaining a healthy gut. Leave with a gut nourishing, digestive tea.

Price: $46, $33 member

Instructor: A wild woman herbalist, Erin Hattler is passionate about the intersection of nature, recovery and empowerment. Plant medicine, self-care, good nutrition and a healthy dose of humor were integral to her personal healing journey. Erin comes from an incredible lineage of teachers both in the Western and Mayan traditions. She is certified as a clinical herbalist and women’s ethnobotanist from the Artemisia and Rue School of Herbal Studies and is an integrative nutrition certified health coach and flower essence therapist. Erin has apprenticed with healers and herbalists in Germany, New Zealand, Mexico and Crested Butte. Her studies included courses in functional medicine and clinical nutrition and she is certified in reiki, BARS and as a Radiant Tribe Facilitator

Workshop - Traditional Herbal Wisdom in a Hectic Modern World

No matter who you are, where you live or who your ancestors were, you come from a universal tribe, a tribe of wise women who carry the knowledge of herbal healing. Essential plant medicines for women’s health and herbal allies for nourishing the feminine are covered in this hands-on workshop. Drum, laugh, sing and reclaim your innate connection to plants and healing. Medicinal plants discussed include nettles, lemon balm and marigolds. Participants make a healing plant brushing bundle and leave with a women’s herbal wisdom tea blend.

Price: $45, $40 member

Instructor: Shelley Torgove is a practicing Clinical Herbalist and was one of Denvers first herbal teachers, helping cultivate awareness of the power of plants to heal. Shelley is a leader of the grass-roots western herbal medicine movement in Denver. She is an international teacher and a nationally recognized botanical medicine practitioner with over 25 years of experience, specializing in bio-regional herbal medicine and women³ health. She works and teaches both in Denver and the Yucatan. Shelley is the owner of Artemisia & Rue Herbal Studies Program in Denver. In addition to being a guest lecturer at Denver Botanic Gardens for the last 20 years, Shelley grew up in the backyard of the Gardens around Cheeseman Park and began frequenting the Gardens when she was seven years old.

 

Workshop and Tour - From Field to Bouquet

This workshop begins with a tour of Red Daisy Farm in Brighton, Colorado, led by farmer-florist Meg McGuire. See the fields and high tunnels at her historical property where a wide array of annuals, perennials, dahlias, roses and other popular cut flowers thrive. McGuire discusses how she selects best varieties for growing in the Denver area, as well as colors and cultivars that are popular with her floral customers.

 

A relaxing picnic with box lunches and beverages follow the tour. The vintage home and garden shop in the barn is open during the lunch break,

 

After lunch, the group enjoys a hands-on floral design workshop with Debra Prinzing and Meg McGuire that uses Colorado-grown flowers from Red Daisy Farm and other local flower farms, with an American-made glass vase to take home. Discuss designing with seasonal flowers (including from your garden) using environmentally-friendly techniques, as well as how to care for your arrangement and extend its vase life. Leave inspired to continue the practice of cutting and arranging flowers as a gardener's regular practice.

 

Instructor: Meg McGuire and her husband, Terry Bauman, had their eyes on a charming early 20th century farmhouse in Brighton, just outside Denver. By the time they finally became the owners, it seemed as if the Red Daisy Farmhouse possessed them—but in a very good way. Red Daisy Farm is a flower farm supplying local DIY brides and floral designers. There is a huge barn filled with vintage and antique treasures—ideal for shabby chic, cottage decor, and people in search of architectural salvage! Meg and her sister Erin host barn sales and are also open by appointment. How perfect that you might find an elderly ceramic pitcher in the barn and then be able to take home bunches of dahlias, roses, lisianthus, zinnias, sunflowers or cosmos.

 

$95, $92 member, includes $50 for arrangement, vase as well as lunch at the farm

 

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