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Cancellation Policy: Cancellations more than one week prior to a class are subject to a 15% cancellation fee. Cancellations with less than one weeks notice are non-refundable; please consider your payment a donation to the Gardens.

 

Cherokee Winter Nature Tour - At Cherokee Ranch and Castle

Those lucky enough to have hiked Cherokee Ranch know that there are a wealth of habitats and a rich flora that distract your eyes downwards, even as the vistas of the rugged backbone of the Rockies and distant misty towers of downtown Denver tempt you to look further away. We have experienced toasty winter days that were breathless and surprisingly sunny, as well as blustery days in the summer. One thing is for sure—you will never be bored on a Cherokee hike! This year we are starting much earlier—for better birding. But the plants will already be awake!

 

Whoever says winter is the “dormant” season? Wise naturalists know that nature does not sleep, you can now SEE those birds flitting in the bare branches. Buds are set on everything, and there is much more than just bark, branches and berries to liven a walk. You can see two species of Chickadees and Nuthatches that never stop in their search for food and there are a few last lingering hints of flowers. You will be surprised at how many evergreens there really are; not just pines and junipers and Oregon Grape, but many of our native shrubs and forbs keep living foliage and rosettes through the winter: they are still hard at work chlorophyll pumping! You might also be surprised to know that some Dark-eyed Juncos fly all the way from the Pacific Northwest and even Canada to winter at Cherokee. Other winter species include Flicker, Woodpeckers and a resident Red-tailed Hawk. What better time and place than Cherokee Ranch in the bright, winter light.

 

 

$20 member, $25 non-member.

 

Tour Guides: Panayoti Kelaidis and Lynn Willcockson

 

 

 

* Plants don’t really care how you dress for the field trips but BIRDS DO!! It is easier to see birds if you DO NOT wear white or other very bright colors –i.e. yellow, orange or red. Also, bring your binoculars: they can be used for both birds and plants

* Please wear comfortable shoes and bring your own supply of water for a 2 hour adventure

*Directions and details for your hike will be emailed to your email address approximately one week before your hike

 

 

Colorado Ecosystems and Native Plants Field Trip

Rocky Mountain Gardening Elective

The ecosystems of Colorado range from plains grasslands to the alpine tundra, mountain meadows to sub-alpine forests and all the points in between.

This field trip allows students to study the amazing diversity of plant and animal life that co-exist within these ecosystems and be able to identify each community by physical appearance and other site characteristics.

The class starts and ends in Morrison and we will survey the majority of ecosystems in the state.

The reference text for this course is From Grasslands to Glacier by Cornelius Mutel and John Emerick. The text is currently out of print, but used copies can be found online for purchase.

 

$72 member, $82 non-member.

 

Instructor: Sheridan Samano

The carpool will meet offsite and gas expenses for drivers will be shared.

Offsite meeting location for carpool will be be determined no later than 2 weeks before trip. Students will be notified via email.

 

 

Colorado Fall Foliage and Wildlife Tour

 

Colorado Fall Foliage and Wildlife Tour

Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park

September 21-24, 2014

 

Fall is prime time to visit Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park. Summer crowds have lessened, fall foliage is at peak color, elk are bugling in mountain meadows, and daily temperatures are ideal for exploring. Join Denver Botanic Gardens for an unforgettable fall trip to Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park.

 

Trip highlights include two guided days in Rocky Mountain National Park, three nights at the historic Stanley Hotel - an Estes Park icon - a Colorado wine/cheese tasting, and a farm-to-table dinner at Cascades Restaurant. Sheridan Samano, an ecologist and instructor for DBG's Rocky Mountain Gardening Program, is accompanying the group on this trip.

 

Itinerary

Sunday, September 21

Arrive on your own to Estes Park and the Stanley Hotel in time to meet the rest of the group for a Welcome Reception. The rest of the evening is on your own. Overnight at The Stanley Hotel.

 

Monday, September 22 and Tuesday, September 23

You'll spend these two guided days exploring Rocky Mountain National Park. The park spans 415 square miles of montane ecosystems with over 300 miles of hiking trails. Learn about local flora and fauna during these interactive days in the park. We'll spend one evening observing the park's famous elk rut. You'll hear bull elk bugle as they defend their territories and round up their harems. Don't forget to bring your camera - fall foliage should be at peak color. A Colorado wine/cheese tasting and a farm-to-table farewell dinner are included. Overnights at The Stanley Hotel.

 

Wednesday, September 24

Depart on your own today.

 

Price: $775* per person for DBG members (double occupancy); add $100 per person for nonmembers and $275 single supplement.

 

Includes accommodations, entrance fee to Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP), two guided days in RMNP, wine/cheese tasting at Snowy Peaks Winery, and farewell dinner at Cascades Restaurant.

Exclusions: meals, alcohol, optional activities, and personal expenses.

*A 3% discount will be applied for payment by check. We will carpool in RMNP each day.

 

To register or find out more information, please contact Sheridan Samano at Sheridan@reefstorockies.com or 303.860.6045.

Crested Butte to Aspen Botanical Hike

 

Thursday, August 7 – Sunday, August 10

 

Join Colorado Backcountry on a hiking trip over Colorado’s most scenic pass from Crested Butte to Aspen – a spectacular wildflower adventure combining lush vegetation, alpine tundra, and colorful geology. From the Crested Butte side of the Elk Range, we’ll ascend West Maroon Pass, cross the Elk Mountain Divide, then descend beneath the dramatic flanks of Maroon Bells and Pyramid Peak on our way into Aspen. After this 11 mile long day hike, you’ll eat dinner in Aspen and get shuttled back to Crested Butte. Recommended for experienced hikers, not beginners.

 

Take the following day to relax at the Elevation Spa and Hotel at the Mount Crested Butte Resort. Take a complimentary ride up the ski lift right outside the hotel to find the alpine wildflowers and enjoy the gorgeous view. Relax in the hotel's spa, outdoor pools, and hottubs or explore the charming and historic town of Crested Butte, just minutes away from the resort.

 

Pricing:

$692 members, double occupancy. $792 nonmembers, double occupancy.

$892 members, single occupancy. $992 nonmembers, single occupancy.

 

Price includes all lodging, professionally guided hike, and shuttle to and from the hike. Price does not include meals, alcohol, or personal expenses.

 

Please register by Monday, June 23.

 

A $250 deposit is due at the time of registration, which will hold your place (numbers are limited) and is refundable up until 45 days before the trip. Balance will be due 45 prior to trip, on Monday, June 23.

 

 

 

Crested Butte: Fields of Color, Farm to Fork

 

Thursday, July 31 - Sunday, August 3

 

Treat yourself to a fun weekend getaway in the picturesque town of Crested Butte in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. Crested Butte is a charming 1880's mining town and national historic district with great shops and restaurants in a spectacular mountain setting. It has been designated the "Wildflower Capital of Colorado".

 

Enjoy upscale mountainside lodging with a pool and hot tub adjacent to the ski lift and great hiking. Included activities feature a savory tapas tasting dinner with wine, ski lift ride to an alpine wildflower hike, guided tour of historic downtown and gardens and a farm to fork cooking class. You’ll have free time each day for a swim, massage, hike, shopping or any of the many activities offered in the area. Map and list of possibilities are included.

 

Bring your camera, hiking boots, appetite and adventurous spirit and celebrate summer in the gorgeous Colorado mountains!

 

Itinerary

Thursday, July 31

Thursday

Check in at hotel anytime after 3pm

6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Savory Tapas tasting dinner and wine with instructor Susan Evans     

 

Friday, August 1

Breakfast at hotel

9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Ski lift to an Alpine Wildflowers Hike of Mount Crested Butte

Lunch on own  and afternoon free with a detailed list of possible hikes and activities provided.   

 

Saturday, August 2

Breakfast at hotel

10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Historic Garden Tour of Downtown Crested Butte   

 Lunch on own in town, afternoon free

5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Farm to fork cooking class and dinner with instructor Susan Evans

 

Sunday, August 3

Breakfast at hotel and checkout

 

 

 

$752 members, double occupancy. $100 extra fee for nonmembers and $200 single supplement.

 

Pricing includes three nights of lodging, three breakfasts, two dinners, hikes, tours, and class fees.

Pricing does not include transportation, $9 day parking fees, optional activities, and personal expenses.

 

Please register by Monday, June 16.

A $250 deposit is due at the time of registration, which will hold your place and is refundable up until 45 days before the trip. The balance will be due 45 days before the trip, on Monday, June 16.

 

Gardens to Glass Tour of Seattle

 

Join Denver Botanic Gardens for an unforgettable summer trip to Seattle, Washington. Trip highlights include Chihuly Garden and Glass, Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island, Tacoma Museum of Glass and a private culinary walking tour at Pike Place Market. Kim Manajek, Associate Director of Exhibitions, Art, and Interpretation at Denver Botanic Gardens, is accompanying the group on this trip to Washington.

 

Itinerary

Wednesday, July 9

Arrive on your own to Seattle-Tacoma (SEA) Airport and transfer to your hotel in time to meet the rest of the group for the Welcome Dinner. The rest of the evening is on your own. Overnight at the Paramount Hotel or similar. (D)

 

Thursday, July 10

This morning, enjoy a private culinary walking tour at vibrant Pike Place Market. Become a market insider on this behind-the-scenes adventure where you'll experience the sights, sounds, and flavors of this historic 100+ year old landmark. See fish fly, cheese being made, and the original Starbucks store. Continue on to Chihuly Garden and Glass this afternoon. Located at Seattle Center, Chihuly Garden and Glass includes an Exhibition Hall, the centerpiece Glasshouse, and a lush Garden.Overnight at the Paramount Hotel or similar. (L)

 

Friday, July 11

Travel across Puget Sound by ferry to Bainbridge Island where you'll spend the day exploring. Visit Bloedel Reserve, an internationally renowned public garden whose primary mission is to provide a tranquil and refreshing experience of nature. The Reserve's 150 acres are a unique blend of natural woodlands and beautifully landscaped gardens. Overnight at the Paramount Hotel or similar.

 

Saturday, July 12

After a leisurely morning, head to the Tacoma Museum of Glass, a dynamic learning environment designed so that visitors may appreciate the medium of glass through creative experience, collections and exhibitions. Share trip highlights this evening during your Farewell Dinner. Overnight at the Paramount Hotel or similar. (D)

 

Sunday, July 13

Transfer back to the airport in time for your flight home.

 

Meals: L=Lunch; D=Dinner

Price: $1420* per person for DBG members (double occupancy); add $100 per person for nonmembers and $650 single supplement.

 

Includes airport transfers in Seattle, accommodations, entrance fees as listed, private culinary walking tour at Pike Place Market, round-trip ferry tickets from Seattle to Bainbridge Island, and noted meals.

Exclusions: airfare, checked baggage fees, public transportation, optional activities, alcohol, and personal expenses.

*A 3% discount will be applied for payment by check.

 

For reservations and payments, questions, or more information, please contact Sheridan Samano at

Sheridan@reefstorockies.com or 303.860.6045.

Reefs to Rockies, LLC 2839 Shadow Lake Rd Lafayette, CO 80026 ReefsToRockies.com 303.860.6045

 

 

Photo Credit: Dale Chihuly,Blue Fiddleheads (detail), 2012.Dallas Arboretum, Dallas.

 

High Altitude Garden Tour - Fall

Come cool off in the mountains at the second high-altitude garden tour featured this year at Penn and Cord Parmenter’s ranch in the beautiful Wet Mountains.

 

This is the “Vegetable Walk of Fame” – a tour designed specifically to see the gardens bursting with late summer harvest. See corn in succession, pumpkins on the vine, cool weather veggies, herbs, flowers and lots and lots of tomatoes. There will be seed saving in progress, which is sure to inspire some taste-testing as well and even a visit to Cord’s blacksmith shop.

 

Seeing is believing, and once you’ve seen Penn and Cord's mountain gardens loaded with food, you will want to go right home and start growing vegetables!

 

Penn’s Forest Garden is in the trees on a decomposed granite mountain and has a collection of over 45 raised beds – built with dry-stack rock or wood.

 

Cord’s Bio-Intensive Garden is in the open and down the mountain in the rich bottomland soil, featuring 28 large bio-intensive beds, a fleet of covers and a few well-placed hail guards.

 

This walking, talking, educational tour includes demonstrations, examples and two totally sustainable passive solar greenhouses. The setting is gorgeous; bring your camera, a sack lunch, water, the usual stuff …

 

$25 members, $30 non-members

 

Tour Location:

12746 CR 255

Westcliffe, CO 81252

North of Westcliffe

South Central Colorado

Wet Mountains

Participants meet at the tour site ready to start at 12 p.m.

 

Come prepared for 8,140 ft. in the ‘fall’. See you on the mountain!

 

High Altitude Garden Tour - Spring

Do you want to learn how to grow food in the mountains?

 

Come see for yourself and spend the day in the beautiful Wet Mountains touring Penn and Cord Parmenter’s High Altitude Gardens and Greenhouses. The gardens feature Food, Herbs and Flowers, grown in a multitude of ways. Early plantings in the open and under cover will be under way as well as early perennial food.

 

We will discuss shade growing veggies, fruit, composting, soil building, season extenders and more.

 

Penn’s Forest Garden is in the trees on a decomposed granite mountain and has a collection of over 45 raised beds – built with dry-stack rock or wood. Cord’s Bio-Intensive Garden is in the open and down the mountain in the rich bottomland soil, featuring 20 bio-intensive beds, a fleet of covers and a few well-placed hail guards.

 

This walking, talking, educational tour includes demonstrations, examples and two totally sustainable passive solar greenhouses.

 

The setting is gorgeous, bring your camera, a sack lunch, water, the usual stuff…

Come prepared for 8,000 ft. in the spring.

See you on the mountain!

 

$25 member, $30 non-member

 

Participants my carpool from the Denver area and meet at the Botanic Gardens at 8 am at the Visitors Center or you may meet at the site at 12 pm for the tour. Denver Botanic

Gardens will not be organizing any carpool opportunity.

 

 

Tour Location:

12746 CR 255

Westcliffe, Co 81252

 

 

North of Westcliffe

South Central Colorado

Wet Mountains

8,140 ft. elevation

 

Mount Goliath Tour

 

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 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 tour down the stunning M. Walter Pesman Trail – -a moderately difficult, 1.5 mile downhill trek from 12,153 ft. to 11,540 ft.

 

Important Remarks:

- Limited to 24 participants

- Tours are free of charge. However, YOU MUST PAY the amenity fee to the U.S. Forest Services at the Mount Evans Fee Station

- Be aware: this is a downhill trek on a moderately difficult trail that starts at 12,100 ft. Before registering, please ensure that you are physically fit and medically able to participate in vigorous physical activity at high altitude conditions.

- Donations to the Gardens for Mount Goliath tours are accepted and you can do so by choosing to register with the $10 option below.

- Tours are open to adults and children 10 years old and up.

- A Denver Botanic Gardens membership does not allow free access to the Mount Evans Recreation Area. Visitors to Mount Goliath and Mount Evans need to pay the amenity fee.

- Tours with less than 10 participants are subject to cancellation.

- Mount Goliath tours are not available as private tours

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

 

Please note - the Gardens does not manage the Mount Goliath recreational area, and questions not directly related to tours should be directed to the Clear Creek Ranger District in Idaho Springs.

 

Mount Zirkel Backpacking and Wildflower Viewing

 

Join members of the Horticulture staff to spend two nights and three days hiking, camping, and viewing wildflowers in the Mount Zirkel Wilderness area outside of Steamboat Springs. Enjoy this picturesque area during prime wildflower time while learning about the native flora from our horticulture experts.

 

Hiking distances and terrain will be moderate to difficult and this trip is not recommended for beginning hikers and backpackers.

 

Transportation will be provided. The group will leave from the Denver Botanic Gardens the morning of Friday, July 18 and return early evening on Sunday, July 20.

 

Meals will be provided but participants must have their own personal gear. Planning and logistical details will be gone over in a pre-trip group meeting in June.

 

$218 members, $228 nonmembers

Instructors: Brien Darby

 

 

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