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2017 Horticulture Home Garden Tour: Habitat Hero Gardens

A Habitat Hero is a gardener who, certified by the Audobon Society, includes diverse planting layers through the use of native and regionally adapted plants, provides shelter and nesting opportunities, offers natural food and water sources, does not spread invasive species of plants and does not rely on the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Come see three of the best and most diverse examples of Habitat Heroes gardens throughout the Denver-metro area.

 

Price: $51, $46

Special Instructions: Transportation will be provided from Denver Botanic Gardens.

Be a Bee Advocate Workshop

This class is great for people interested in learning about bees, both wild and domesticated. Instructor, Tracy Bellehumeur teaches about how honeybees and wild bees live, the variety of wild bees in Colorado, and different honeybee hive designs. Participants will build a wild bee house for their home and a handout with suggested reading, and supportive resources is provided. Each participant is asked to bring a drill for construction of their bee home. Each participant is asked to bring a drill for construction of their bee home.

Price: $49, $44 member

Instructor: Tracy Bellehumeur has been raising bees for eight years using natural methods in top bar and langstroth hives and helps maintain hives for community gardens in boulder. She teaches a series of hands-on beekeeping classes for growing gardens in boulder and also teaches for the boulder county beekeepers association, specializing in honeybee pests and diseases.

Special Instructions: Part of class takes place outdoors and is hands-on; please dress appropriately and comfortably to move around and participate in hands-on workshop activities. Each participant is asked to bring a drill for construction of their bee home.

 

 

 

 

 

Big Horn Mountains, WY

Big Horn Mountains, Wyoming: June 27 - July 1: "Plantsman's Tour" led by members of Denver Botanic Gardens staff : (5-day tour)

 

Following the successful tours in June/July 2016 this tour is being offered again in an extended form. The end of June and early July is peak season for flowers throughout the Rockies, but never more so than in the State of Wyoming, which may resemble Colorado in rectangular shape, but has a fraction of the human population ... although a good many more antelope.

Cody, our base for the tour, is pretty much equidistant from the Bighorn Mountains, Yellowstone National Park and the Absaroka Wilderness which is transected by the Beartooth Highway which leads to the Beartooth Pass. Our location will therefore give the group opportunities to visit the key wildflower sites of northern Wyoming.

We will stay at Thomas the Apostle Retreat Center – a beautifully situated complex with spectacular views of the Cody valley, and comfortable rooms. We will be hosted by the Center managers, Jay and Caroline Moody who have created lovely gardens surrounding the Center which are full of unusual native and adapted shrubs and perennials. The Center (tac.diowy.org) has many acres of pristine sagebrush steppe that are also well worth exploring.

On the first full day in Cody we will drive to the summit of the Bighorn Mountains, which are largely composed of dolomitic limestone in the area we will explore. This area is almost mythical for its wildflower displays – and there are many unusual and some very rare plants that are only known from here and a few neighboring spots: the gorgeous Jones' columbine (Aquilegia jonesii), Kelsey moss (Kelseya uniflora), and the regional endemic rock brake fern (Pellaea occidentalis), are just a few of the gems we shall see.

The next day will be a circle drive over Beartooth Pass – one of America's most spectacular highways which crosses many life zones and has spectacular montane, subalpine, and alpine flower displays – all of which should be at peak bloom. Here Purple Saxifrage (Saxifraga oppositifolia) has its nearly southernmost occurrence, as does purple heather (Phyllodoce empetriformis). For dozens of miles the road is ringed by a tapestry of wildflower color unequalled anywhere - a day you will remember!

The third full day will be dedicated to time at the Retreat Center, optional visit to the world-class museums in the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, and hikes in the cushion-rich steppe flora, with dinner taken on our own in Cody.

 

Guide: Member of the Denver Botanic Gardens horticulture staff

Price: $1450 per participant

Includes: Guide, all transportation from the base in Cody in a motorcoach, St Thomas Retreat accommodation, and all meals except one dinner.

 

 

 

 

Questions? Call 720-865-3613.

 

Colorado Foodways: A Celebration of Local Food

* This program takes place at Denver Botanic Gardens' Chatfield Farms located at C-470 and Wadsworth *

Chatfield Farms’ annual celebration of Colorado history, music and food featuring local chefs, tours and live music. Traditional Colorado dishes with regionally sourced ingredients are presented during this “strolling supper” on the farm. Participants can tour the organic vegetable and lavender fields, explore the historical Hildebrand Ranch house, and hear a talk on water conservation. This year, guests can also enjoy a tour of the riparian conservation and restoration efforts in process at Chatfield Farms by research staff.

Food and beverage are included. This event sells out quickly.

Price: $42, $39 member

Special Instructions: This event takes place outdoors on a rustic, operating farm.

 

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.

Lecture - Reimagining a Classic Style

Inspired by the tiny plants and dramatic, rocky landscapes found on mountain tops, rock gardening uses a range of unusual plants in combination with beautiful stones to create miniaturized landscapes. This approach to gardening is water-wise, perfect for containers, small gardens and for gardeners interested in exploring a whole new group of beautiful plants. In this talk Joseph Tychonievich shares beautiful images of rock gardens to get you inspired, the basic principles of creating rock gardens and an introduction to some of the most beautiful and easy to grow rock garden plants to get you started.

 

Joseph Tychonievich

A lifelong gardener and lover of plants, southeast Michigan resident Joseph Tychonievich earned his bachelor of science in horticulture from Ohio State University, worked at specialty rare plants nurseries in Michigan and Japan, and was named by Organic Gardening Magazine as one of “...six young horticulturists who are helping to shape how America gardens.” He is the author of “Plant Breeding for the Home Gardener” and “Rock Gardening: Reimagining a Classic Style.”

 

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

6:30 p.m. Program and lecture

8:00 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 identification required.

 

“Water, water, water...There is no shortage of water in the desert but exactly the right amount, a perfect ratio of water to rock, water to sand, insuring that wide free open, generous spacing among plants and animals, homes and towns and cities, which makes the arid West so different from any other part of the nation. There is no lack of water here unless you try to establish a city where no city should be.” ? Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness

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 explore water as it relates to our ability to thrive in Colorado’s dry environment.

Throughout the 2017 series, we explore the importance of water through the lens of art, home gardening, conservation and home ownership. The lecture series includes topics such as enhancing the abundance of water throughout the world, rock gardening and water quality of the Colorado River through underwater photography.

A parallel series of intimate workshops, tours and trips further the exploration. Workshops include water-harvesting, aquaponics, photogram water camera-less photography, insect home building and many other hands-on opportunities. The Gardens offers day-long tours of Habitat Hero Gardens, gardens that provides resources and habitat for insects. A self-guided water wise home garden tour allows participants to explore ways in which their fellow Denverites use low water plants and water conservation techniques. Further your water experience by joining the Gardens on multi-day trips, including a canoe trip down the Gunnison River alongside a wetland ecologist and a photography trip to view the stunning water features around Vail.

 

 

Lecture - Resource Harvesting for Dynamic Gardens and Neighborhoods: Simple and Effective Ways to En

This dynamic presentation shares strategies to harvest, integrate and enliven free local resources such as rain-, grey- and storm waters; sun, wind and shade; along with soil fertility, wild foods and community fun. This talk is both an invitation to engage and partner with natural surroundings and the community, and a treasure map showing the way by planting the rain, dancing with the sun, growing fertile shade and more.

 

Brad Lancaster

Brad Lancaster is the author of the award-winning “Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond” and co-founder of DesertHarvesters.org. Since 1993, Lancaster has run a successful permaculture education, design and consultation business focused on integrated regenerative approaches to landscape design, planning and living. In the Sonoran Desert, with just 11 inches of annual rainfall, he and his brother harvest about 100,000 gallons of rainwater a year on an eighth-acre urban lot and adjoining right-of-way. This harvested water is turned into living air conditioners of food-bearing shade trees, abundant gardens and a thriving landscape incorporating wildlife habitat, beauty, medicinal plants and more. The goal of his books and work is to empower clients and the community to make positive change in their own lives and neighborhoods by harvesting and enhancing free on-site resources such as water, sun, wind, shade, and more. It’s catching on, as evidenced by tens of thousands of practitioners and the demand for Lancaster’s work around the world.

 

 

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

6:30 p.m. Program and lecture

8:00 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 identification required.

 

Water, water, water...There is no shortage of water in the desert but exactly the right amount, a perfect ratio of water to rock, water to sand, insuring that wide free open, generous spacing among plants and animals, homes and towns and cities, which makes the arid West so different from any other part of the nation. There is no lack of water here unless you try to establish a city where no city should be.    Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness

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 explore water as it relates to our ability to thrive in Colorado s dry environment.

Throughout the 2017 series, we explore the importance of water through the lens of art, home gardening, conservation and home ownership. The lecture series includes topics such as enhancing the abundance of water throughout the world, rock gardening and water quality of the Colorado River through underwater photography.

A parallel series of intimate workshops, tours and trips further the exploration. Workshops include water-harvesting, aquaponics, photogram water camera-less photography, insect home building and many other hands-on opportunities. The Gardens offers day-long tours of Habitat Hero Gardens, gardens that provides resources and habitat for insects. A self-guided water wise home garden tour allows participants to explore ways in which their fellow Denverites use low water plants and water conservation techniques. Further your water experience by joining the Gardens on multi-day trips, including a canoe trip down the Gunnison River alongside a wetland ecologist and a photography trip to view the stunning water features around Vail.

 

 

Lecture - Restoring Nature’s Relationships

Specialized relationships between animals and plants are the norm in nature rather than the exception. These relationships provide birds with insects and berries that disperse bloodroot seeds and pollinate goldenrod and so on. Plants that evolved in concert with local animals provide for their needs better than plants that evolved elsewhere. Tallamy explains how specialized food relationships determine the stability and complexity of local food webs and how we can us residential landscapes to connect isolated habitat fragments and produce valuable ecosystem services

 

Doug Tallamy

Doug Tallamy is a professor in the department of entomology and wildlife ecology at the University of Delaware, where he has authored 85 research publications and has taught insect taxonomy, behavioral ecology, humans and nature, insect ecology and other courses for 35 years. His research goal is to better understand how insects interact with plants and how such interactions determine the diversity of animal communities. His book “Bringing Nature Home: How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens” was awarded the 2008 Silver Medal by the Garden Writers' Association. “The Living Landscape,” co-authored with Rick Darke, was published in 2014. He is also a regular columnist for Garden Design magazine.

 

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

6:30 p.m. Program and lecture

8:00 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 identification required.

 

“Water, water, water...There is no shortage of water in the desert but exactly the right amount, a perfect ratio of water to rock, water to sand, insuring that wide free open, generous spacing among plants and animals, homes and towns and cities, which makes the arid West so different from any other part of the nation. There is no lack of water here unless you try to establish a city where no city should be.” ? Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness

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 explore water as it relates to our ability to thrive in Colorado’s dry environment.

Throughout the 2017 series, we explore the importance of water through the lens of art, home gardening, conservation and home ownership. The lecture series includes topics such as enhancing the abundance of water throughout the world, rock gardening and water quality of the Colorado River through underwater photography.

A parallel series of intimate workshops, tours and trips further the exploration. Workshops include water-harvesting, aquaponics, photogram water camera-less photography, insect home building and many other hands-on opportunities. The Gardens offers day-long tours of Habitat Hero Gardens, gardens that provides resources and habitat for insects. A self-guided water wise home garden tour allows participants to explore ways in which their fellow Denverites use low water plants and water conservation techniques. Further your water experience by joining the Gardens on multi-day trips, including a canoe trip down the Gunnison River alongside a wetland ecologist and a photography trip to view the stunning water features around Vail.

 

 

Lecture - The Summer-Dry Garden

Successful and sustainable gardens must conform to natural precipitation cycles and the plants we use should not be drought tolerant, but climate tolerant. In a summer-dry climate, long summers with no rain is not drought, it is normal. This photo-driven lecture illustrates gardens in dry climate can be beautiful when good plant choices are combined with simple design techniques.

 

Saxon Holt

Saxon Holt is a professional garden photographer and has photographed for 25 books including “Hardy Succulents” by Gwen Kelaidis and “The American Meadow Garden” by John Greenlee. His website, PhotoBotanic.com, is dedicated to his garden photography and self-publishing projects. He is a Fellow of the Garden Writers Association who awarded his e-book, “Good Garden Photography” the best overall garden book of the year in 2015.

 

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

6:30 p.m. Program and lecture

8:00 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 identification required.

 

“Water, water, water...There is no shortage of water in the desert but exactly the right amount, a perfect ratio of water to rock, water to sand, insuring that wide free open, generous spacing among plants and animals, homes and towns and cities, which makes the arid West so different from any other part of the nation. There is no lack of water here unless you try to establish a city where no city should be.” ? Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness

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 explore water as it relates to our ability to thrive in Colorado’s dry environment.

Throughout the 2017 series, we explore the importance of water through the lens of art, home gardening, conservation and home ownership. The lecture series includes topics such as enhancing the abundance of water throughout the world, rock gardening and water quality of the Colorado River through underwater photography.

A parallel series of intimate workshops, tours and trips further the exploration. Workshops include water-harvesting, aquaponics, photogram water camera-less photography, insect home building and many other hands-on opportunities. The Gardens offers day-long tours of Habitat Hero Gardens, gardens that provides resources and habitat for insects. A self-guided water wise home garden tour allows participants to explore ways in which their fellow Denverites use low water plants and water conservation techniques. Further your water experience by joining the Gardens on multi-day trips, including a canoe trip down the Gunnison River alongside a wetland ecologist and a photography trip to view the stunning water features around Vail.

 

 

Lecture - Under the Colorado River

Learn about the Colorado River in a way you’ve never imagined! Kathleen Velo discusses her project “Water Flow: Under the Colorado River,” a series of color photograms created under the surface of the water in the Colorado river. This photographic project spans the entire river, from the headwaters in northern Colorado through five states into Mexico, where the river ends short of the Sea of Cortez. Hear about the adventures and challenges of creating these beautiful photograms, which explore water quality concerns and the transience of one of the most important rivers in the United States.

 

Kathleen Velo

Kathleen Velo is a photographic artist who uses non-traditional media and cameraless processes to explore water quality and environmental issues. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is in numerous public and private collections. She is the recipient of various grants and awards including artist project grants from the Fulbright commission, the United States Department of State and the Arizona Commission on the Arts. Velo holds an MFA in photography from Vermont College as well as an MA in Arts Education from the University of Arizona, and is a Fulbright alumna.

 

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

6:30 p.m. Program and lecture

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 identification required.

 

“Water, water, water...There is no shortage of water in the desert but exactly the right amount, a perfect ratio of water to rock, water to sand, insuring that wide free open, generous spacing among plants and animals, homes and towns and cities, which makes the arid West so different from any other part of the nation. There is no lack of water here unless you try to establish a city where no city should be.” ? Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness

 

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 explore water as it relates to our ability to thrive in Colorado’s dry environment.

Throughout the 2017 series, we explore the importance of water through the lens of art, home gardening, conservation and home ownership. The lecture series includes topics such as enhancing the abundance of water throughout the world, rock gardening and water quality of the Colorado River through underwater photography.

A parallel series of intimate workshops, tours and trips further the exploration. Workshops include water-harvesting, aquaponics, photogram water camera-less photography, insect home building and many other hands-on opportunities. The Gardens offers day-long tours of Habitat Hero Gardens, gardens that provides resources and habitat for insects. A self-guided water wise home garden tour allows participants to explore ways in which their fellow Denverites use low water plants and water conservation techniques. Further your water experience by joining the Gardens on multi-day trips, including a canoe trip down the Gunnison River alongside a wetland ecologist and a photography trip to view the stunning water features around Vail.

 

 

Tour - Birds and Bees Walk

A tour of our Birds and Bees Walk led by horticulturist Sonya Anderson explores the woodland path to discover plants and design geared towards attracting birds, butterflies and hummingbirds.

 

Price: $12, $10

Special Instructions: Meet in the lobby court

 

Tour - DBG Water-wise Gardens

Join Dan Johnson, Curator and Associate Director of Horticulture, on a tour throughout the Gardens’ waterwise gardens and talks about specific plants and gardening techniques used to conserve water.

 

Price: $12, $10

Tour - Green Roofs

Denver Botanic Gardens’ Horticulturist Amy Schneider leads a tour of the Gardens’ Green Roof, Denver’s first green roof on a city-owned building. The project, completed in 2007 was designed to be publicly accessible, interpretive and educational, demonstrating the many environmental and community benefits of green roofs.

 

Price: $12, $10 members

Special Instructions: Meet in the lobby court

 

Tour - Rock Alpine Garden

Mike Kintgen, Denver Botanic Gardens’ Curator of Alpine Collections, leads a tour of the Gardens’ Rock Alpine Garden near its flora peak and talks how participants can create some of this beautify in their yard.

 

Price: $12, $10 members

Special Instructions: Meet in the lobby court

Tour- Denver Water-wise Garden Tour

Interested in how to create a garden that will use less of Colorado’s precious water supply? Join this self-guided tour of local urban water-wise gardens. See how fellow Denverites have creatively used native and low water use plants, greywater, harvested water to grow beautiful landscapes. Every garden boasts water conservation through the extensive use of mulch and hand-dug earthworks infiltrating the rain to grow diverse drought-tolerant edible perennials.

 

This self-guided tour is open house style. Participants receive a map with marked tour stops and descriptions of each garden.

 

Price: $10 general public

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

Join the 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. While canoeing, camping, and hiking along the scenic waters of the Gunnison River, learn, explore and create. We ll investigate the natural environment of the river and desert and learn how human, plant, and animal life in these special areas have adapted to this unique environment.  During our explorations, we'll investigate the river's vegetation, including hopefully spotting some populations of rare plants found only in this region. We'll be inspired by our natural surroundings to create arts and crafts using plants as our inspiration, and will try some of the edible plants found in the area. We will also spend time learning how local native cultures used the plant life found in the area. 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 will 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.

In addition to our guides, the trip will be lead by naturalist Karen Caddis, who has over 25 years of experience in wetland ecology.  

Instructor: Centennial Outfitters Inc. will provide the guides, gear, and expertise. Our wetland ecologist facilitator will be Karen Caddis. Karen is a certified wetlands and riparian delineator, who will teach participants about the ecology as we pass it along the river, including aquatic animals and plants.

 

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

Price: $450, $420 members

 

Special Instructions: Participants will meet at the Gunnison River Escalante Bridge at 6:30am on August 4th, 2017. Participants will receive directions and additional information at least one week prior to the trip. Deadline is July 24th, 2017 to sign up.

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.

 

Want to get excited? Watch this! https://vimeo.com/197828348

 

 

Trip - Photographing Mountain Lakes & Landscapes

Vail, Colorado

 

Lakes, rivers, and waterfalls -- Vail offers a great diversity of water features and sublime opportunities to photograph the mountains at their finest. Join Scott Dressel-Martin, Denver Botanic Gardens’ official photographer, for a multi-day photography excursion to Vail, Colorado. Take photographs, eat and explore our way through a myriad of visual offerings.

 

Tentative Itinerary

Friday, July 14th, 2017

4 p.m. - Meet at the Christiania for introductions.

5-6 p.m. Head out for a sunset field shoot returning after 9 p.m. - Possibly Shrine Pass or other location

 

Saturday, July 15th, 2017

5 a.m. - Meet to leave for our sunrise photo location, possibly Shrine Pass again - returning to Christiania by 9 a.m. for breakfast and a rest break

Afternoon - Head out to Piney River Ranch for a sunset shoot - returning after 9 p.m.

 

Sunday , July 16th, 2017

5 a.m. - optional sunrise shoot

9 a.m. - shoot at the Betty Ford Alpine Garden

11 a.m. - Tour of Betty Ford Alpine Garden

 

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

Price:

Single Occupancy: $675, $625 members

Double Occupancy: $525, $475 members

Special Instructions: Participants will get more information about the trip as the date gets closer.

Image: Scott Dressel-Martin Photography

Workshop - Alternate Photographic Botanics

In this hands-on workshop, Kathleen Velo introduces the photogram process, a camera-less photographic technique that she used for her project, “Water Flow: Under the Colorado River.” Use the same general technique to create cyanotypes of foliage similar to the process used in the mid-1800s by Anna Atkins in the first book to include photographic illustrations of plants and seaweed. Learn to coat paper with simple light sensitive materials, arrange unique compositions of common plants and expose them to light; once processed, the resulting images becomes beautiful cyanotypes. Make several cyanotypes during the workshop.

 

Kathleen Velo

Kathleen Velo is a photographic artist who uses non-traditional media and cameraless processes to explore water quality and environmental issues. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is in numerous public and private collections. She is the recipient of various grants and awards including artist project grants from the Fulbright commission, the United States Department of State and the Arizona Commission on the Arts. Velo holds an MFA in photography from Vermont College as well as an MA in Arts Education from the University of Arizona, and is a Fulbright alumna.

 

Workshop - Grow Year-Round with Aquaponics

This full day workshop teaches how to grow organic vegetables and fish year-round! The workshop includes a tour of an aquaponics farm and several home scale solutions. Learn about the benefits of aquaponics including: fish and plant selection and health, system cycling, bacteria and the nitrification cycle, system design ratios, different system designs (flood and drain, deep water culture and vertical systems), growbed styles, media, pumps, aerators, plumbing fittings, system management and optimization.

Price: $53, $49 member

Instructor: Avery Ellis is an ecological designer and aquaponics specialist. He has a master’s degree in ecological design, a bachelor’s in biology and is a certified permaculture designer and teacher. He regularly collaborates with The Aquaponics Source in system design and installation.

Special Instructions: This is a day long course with a break for lunch - lunch is NOT provided. There is a café at the gardens and you are welcome to bring a sack lunch. The morning portion of class will be a lecture with discussion and interactive drawings; the afternoon will be a tour of the GrowHaus with some hands-on experience with systems. Transportation from the gardens is NOT provided.

 

Workshop - Planting the Rain: Integrated Water Harvesting Systems

“Plant the rain” before you plant your trees and other vegetation and you will boost production, enhance soil fertility, reduce flooding, conserve water and create sustainable oases around your home’s and community’s infrastructure. Existing landscapes can be retrofitted to achieve similar benefits. Rain gardens and small-scale water-harvesting earthworks are legal and cheap. Brad Lancaster will show you how to integrate your rainwater tanks with your rain gardens to get the biggest bang for your buck. Learn simple principles and tips to leverage greater success as you implement these highly effective systems.

 

Brad Lancaster

Brad Lancaster is the author of the award-winning “Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond” and co-founder of DesertHarvesters.org. Since 1993, Lancaster has run a successful permaculture education, design and consultation business focused on integrated regenerative approaches to landscape design, planning and living. In the Sonoran Desert, with just 11 inches of annual rainfall, he and his brother harvest about 100,000 gallons of rainwater a year on an eighth-acre urban lot and adjoining right-of-way. This harvested water is turned into living air conditioners of food-bearing shade trees, abundant gardens and a thriving landscape incorporating wildlife habitat, beauty, medicinal plants and more. The goal of his books and work is to empower clients and the community to make positive change in their own lives and neighborhoods by harvesting and enhancing free on-site resources such as water, sun, wind, shade, and

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