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A New Gardener Boot Camp

Are you a blank slate when it comes to starting your very own garden? Worried about ending the growing season with a pile of dead plants and sad vegetables? Join us at Denver Botanic Gardens for a full day event, packed with answers to all those looming and mysterious gardening questions. Get started on the right foot this year with all of our best beginner’s classes, carefully designed to equip you with all the tools you’ll need to master that garden once and for all!

 

Classes include:

 

Garden Planning 101… where do I start?

This beginner’s class will take you step by step through the process of laying out a plan of attack for your garden! Whether you are starting with a blank slate garden or working with an old outdated garden this class will give you the basics on where to start. It will discuss needs and planning tools for raised beds, container gardens and in-ground vegetable gardens. We will discuss the basics of garden locations, sun requirements, water needs, starting from seed, transplanting and the basics of planning the organization of perennials and annuals, trees and shrubs. This class is the perfect fit for anyone needing to understand how the garden works together as a whole.

 

Soils 101

Soils will always be the first place to start when building a beautiful garden. This class will cover the best management practices for building your soil for in-ground beds, containers and raised beds. It will discuss the basics of composting as well as demonstrate the value of soil testing.

 

Beginning Vegetable Gardening

If you have never planted edible plants or had little success at growing your own vegetables, Brien will walk you through the ABCs from planning, soil preparation, crop selection, watering, fertilizing, pest protection, and harvesting your first vegetable garden. Brien will cover tips on the most popular vegetables to grow, including leafy salad greens, tomatoes, squash, peppers, and more. You'll leave with a comprehensive understanding of how to successfully do each gardening task, and take home a planting guide that will help you through the entire growing season.

 

Annuals and Perennials for Color in the Garden

Plants provide the backbone of the garden with vibrant colors, textures, and forms that weave together to create your own personal oasis. Learn the basics of perennials, annuals and biennials, how to make the best selections for your garden and how to best maintain your plants throughout the season. From the traditional to the unusual we will explore the limitless varieties of plants and send you into the growing season prepared.

 

These classes combined usually cost more than $200, but with New Gardener Boot Camp, the event will be $60 members, $80 non-members. Register early as space is limited.

 

Lunch included with registration

A New Gardener Boot Camp - Evening Series

Are you a blank slate when it comes to starting your very own garden? Worried about ending the growing season with a pile of dead plants and sad vegetables? Join us at Denver Botanic Gardens for two evenings packed with answers to all those looming and mysterious gardening questions. Get started on the right foot this year with all of our best beginner classes, carefully designed to equip you with all the tools you will need to master that garden once and for all!

 

This series occurs on two evenings, two boot camp classes will be covered each evening.

 

Classes include:

Garden Planning 101 - Where do I Start?

This beginner class will take you step by step through the process of laying out a plan of attack for your garden! Whether you are starting with a blank slate garden or working with an old outdated garden this class will give you the basics on where to start. It will discuss needs and planning tools for raised beds, container gardens and in-ground vegetable gardens. We will discuss the basics of garden locations, sun requirements, water needs, starting from seed, transplanting and the basics of planning the organization of perennials and annuals, trees and shrubs. This class is the perfect fit for anyone needing to understand how the garden works together as a whole.

Soils 101

Soils will always be the first place to start when building a beautiful garden. This class will cover the best management practices for building your soil for in-ground beds, containers and raised beds. It will discuss the basics of composting as well as demonstrate the value of soil testing.

Beginning Vegetable Gardening

If you have never planted edible plants or had little success at growing your own vegetables, Brien will walk you through the ABCs from planning, soil preparation, crop selection, watering, fertilizing, pest protection, and harvesting your first vegetable garden. Brien will cover tips on the most popular vegetables to grow, including leafy salad greens, tomatoes, squash, peppers, and more. You'll leave with a comprehensive understanding of how to successfully do each gardening task, and take home a planting guide that will help you through the entire growing season.

Annuals and Perennials for Color in the Garden

Plants provide the backbone of the garden with vibrant colors, textures, and forms that weave together to create your own personal oasis. Learn the basics of perennials, annuals and biennials, how to make the best selections for your garden and how to best maintain your plants throughout the season. From the traditional to the unusual we will explore the limitless varieties of plants and send you into the growing season prepared.

These classes combined usually cost more then $200 but with New Gardener Boot Camp event will be $60 members, $80 non-members. Register Early as space is limited.

A Simple Guide to Planning a Seed Garden

Learn how planning ahead can yield big results from your seed harvest. Knowing how a seed is saved allows you to let nature take its course and give back even more than you put in. This class breaks down the easy-to-save, intermediate-to-save and advanced-to-save varieties most commonly grown in home gardens. The seed life cycle is already happening in your garden so it’s easy to integrate seed saving into your current practices. With a little planning, you can greatly increase your personal seed bank and keep plants – including vegetables, herbs and flowers – vigorous and adapting in your garden.

Price: $31, $26 member

Amazing Vegetables A to Z: The Garden Build

Rocky Mountain Gardening Elective

This is the class that will hone your skills as an amazing vegetable gardener. It is designed to take beginners to a new level and remind intermediate gardeners of the success strategies that always work when we go off course and forget the science of what got us to success in the first place. We will cover the science of vegetable gardening, do some myth busting, and provide you with some clear cut strategies to get the biggest harvest from the space you have.

The classes are 2 ½ hours each and are designed so that you can take the entire series or drop in for a refresher on the single class or classes that you want to brush up on. We will use a combination of hands on and lecture and demonstration to keep you engaged.

Please note: We will not cover gardening in containers in depth in this class. If that is your interest, please see Crops in Pots.

 

 

Session 1: Raised Beds

Planning the best location, choosing in ground or raised beds and the advantages and disadvantages of each. We will look at re-purposing materials to create raised beds. We will cover soil building and choosing amendments. We will build around what has not worked for you in the past and set you on a course for improvement for your 2017 vegetable garden. Every season is a Do-Over!

 

Instructor: Patti O'Neal

Price: $35, $30 members

Special Instructions: You can sign up for each individual session, or sign up for all four classes in the series at a discount by signing up for "Amazing Vegetables A to Z Full Series".

 

Art of Pressed Flowers

Can't wait for spring flowers? Spend an enjoyable morning creating your own masterpieces with gorgeous pressed flowers. We will make beautiful floral bookmarks and cards, a reuseable floral glass votive, and a botanical dipped candle to take home. Learn the best flowers to grow and how to press for optimal color, durability and longevity. Handout and all materials provided.

 

Instructor: Susan Evans

Price: $55, $50 members

Art of Smartphone Photography

 

This is the class for anyone who uses their smartphone camera to create photographs. Whether you’re new to photography or a seasoned pro, there’s more to learn about leveraging this accessible digital technology. You’ll gain insight into the photography skills necessary to make the most out of your images - from shooting to editing. Next, you will also learn the various platforms to share and print your images, and how to keep all of your precious memories safe. Whether you have an iPhone or an Android, join us for a fun-filled class!

 

Price: $29, $24 member

 

Instructor: Jeanette Galie Burkle is a commercial and editorial photographer with extensive experience in teaching, lecturing, and consulting. Since 2003, Jeanette has successfully owned and managed Galie Photography, while designing and delivering seminars on a wide range of photography topics. An award winning-photographer, Jeanette combines an engineering background with a strong artistic sense. With the belief that photography is part art and part science, she strives to use her unique background to produce art that is infused with a creative vision and improved by knowledge of the underlying scientific principles of photography. She has worked with many corporate clients including ExxonMobil, George Mason University, American Red Cross, John Marshall Bank, AmeriChoice, Medtronic, Harris Corporation, and Long & Foster Realty. Jeanette’s work has been honored through the Virginia Professional Photographers Association with such recognition as the highly distinguished Fuji Masterpiece Award and the Kodak Gallery Award.

Jeanette has been teaching photography since 2005. Her students respond well to her fun, upbeat classes, and Jeanette loves to see this passion be reflected in her students’ increased confidence as photographers.

 

Basic Photo Editing in Adobe Lightroom

Have you used Adobe Lightroom for simple edits but want to learn more about what is possible for your images? Learn the basics of photo editing using this popular and versatile photography program. In this course, you will learn how to use the basic develop submodule, how to create a develop present and get a functional introduction to the tone curve, HSL, split toning and lens correction submodules.

Open to all skill levels. Lecture style class with review of images, discussion and Q&A session.

 

Price: $41, $36 member

Instructor: John Bosley is a wedding and portrait photographer in Denver, CO. He is also a writer for PhotographyLife.com, a top-ranked photography blog, and co-creator of an educational video series about photography.

Special Instructions: Students must bring a laptop with Adobe Lightroom (Version 5 or higher) installed. Students can bring their own images, but will be provided with images to edit. Make sure there is an available USB port on your laptop to download images.

Berries and Grapes for the Front Range

Rocky Mountain Gardening Elective

Berries are easy fruits to grow and make luscious-eating whether fresh, frozen or preserved. New developments are increasing the types we can grow here. Come find out the types of berries that do well in our climate and soil, what varieties are recommended, where to purchase and how to manage and prune for best results. Grapes for our area are also discussed.

 

Instructor: Carl Wilson, Denver horticulturist, speaker and retired CSU Extension Agent

Price: $33, $28 members

Converting Lawn to Xeriscape

Rocky Mountain Gardening Elective

Do you want to beautify your landscape and save water at the same time?

Prepare to go into detail about how to replace some of your Kentucky bluegrass lawn with water-smart perennial and ornamental grasses, discuss soil types and irrigation adjustment requirements, and dream up some design ideas in this exciting class.

 

Instructor: Curtis Manning

Price: $29, $24 member

 

Photo: Winger Photography

Creative Basics of Photography-Classroom Session

 

 

 

 

Digital Workflow for Photographers

Learn to create a solid digital photography workflow using Adobe LightRoom. This excellent program can help you organize your photo archives and process your images into exciting and personal images. Scott will take you from camera set-up through image output. All photography skill levels welcome. Some computer experience required.

 

Price: $47, $42 member

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

Skill level: All photography skill levels are welcome. Some computer experience is required.

Enjoying Nature with Fountain Pens

Using fountain pens is a wonderfully different and relaxing way to write and draw, especially when combined with nature! This course will teach you the basics of using and maintaining a fountain pen. You will also have an opportunity to sample various types of pens, paper and ink to help you decide which you prefer. You’ll even receive a fountain pen and notebook that are yours to keep! Open to all skill levels. Lecture style class with a hands-on portion that allows students to try out different fountain pens, inks and papers.

 

Price: $49, $45 member

Instructor: John Bosley is a professional photographer in Denver, CO. He is also a long-time collector of fountain pens and is the creator of FountainPenLove.com, a site dedicated to people who love using, collecting and learning about fountain pens.

Extending the Garden Season in Colorado

Rocky Mountain Gardening Elective

This class will help you to develop your skills in succession planting and extending the growing season to get 11-12 months from your vegetable garden. Learn the importance of plant family names and how to group them successfully and rotate them, cool and warm season crops and when and if you can replant for another season of certain crops. We will also cover techniques and materials to extend the season successfully so you can plant early in spring and keep certain crops going until late fall and into winter.

 

Instructor: Patti O'Neal

Price: $44, $39 members

 

Fearless Shrub Pruning

Rocky Mountain Gardening Elective

Learn how to prune both deciduous and evergreen shrubs for long term plant health and appearance in this class. Various types of pruning and the situations where they are appropriate will be illustrated. An emphasis will be placed on flowering shrubs and how to prune them for best bloom. For people with overgrown shrubs, rejuvenation pruning to reduce size and reinvigorate growth will be of interest.

Instructor: Carl Wilson, Denver horticulturist, speaker and retired CSU Extension Agent.

Price: $33, $28 members

 

 

 

Garden to Glass, Summer Drinks and Tapas Workshop

Learn how to make the most of your summertime libations. Participants learn to make refreshing aqua frescas, extraordinary elixirs, and sensational syrups made from fruits and herbs from the garden and summer markets. Become your own mixologist and dazzle your family and guests with custom crafted cocktails and delicious thirst quenchers. Create delecious tapas to go along with drinks. Add some sparkle to those summer gatherings! Handout with recipes, drink samples, and tapas included.

 

Instructor: Susan Evans

Price: $65, $60 members, $28 included for materials

Special Instructions: Cooking class, plant list with growing hints, beverage and tapas tasting and take home fruity shrub concentrate and bitters. No alcohol will be served.

Image: Courtesy of Amy Stewart

 

Great Perennial Grasses

Rocky Mountain Gardening Elective

 

No other group of plants responds to the strong light and wind of the west like ornamental grasses. Harking to our natural prairie and chaparral communities, grasses create a sense of place and are also important in the lifecycles of native creatures. Many grasses are highly sustainable, requiring little input of water, fertilizer, and care. Lauren will discuss both adapted exotic and native North American grasses and show inspirational examples of their incorporation in garden settings, including her passion, steppe- and prairie-style plantings.

 

Instructor: Lauren Springer Ogden is a long-time instructor at DBG and internationally known garden designer, author, and speaker. She designed several gardens at DBG, including the popular WaterSmart Garden, and most recently the new native Visitors Center gardens at Chatfield Farms.

 

Price: $31, $26 members

Image: Courtesy of col&tasha (flickr)

 

 

Growing Food in Raised Vegetable Garden Beds

It has never been easier to grow your own food and there is no easier way than in a raised vegetable garden bed!

Join me to learn about how to build your raised bed and look at raised beds we've built in the Denver metro area. We will also discuss soils to fill the beds and methods of irrigating your vegetables. Finally, top that off with real tried and true tips on which vegetables to grow and how to grow them! Seriously, you couldn't find a more comprehensive course on raised vegetable gardening . . .

 

Price: $29, $24 members

Instructor: Curtis Manning

 

Growing Food in the High Mountains

Rocky Mountain Gardening Elective

You can grow food in the mountains! Cord and Penn Parmenter are determined to say ‘yes’ to mountain gardeners. Wind, hail, deer, bears, extreme temperatures -- they’ve heard it all. The Parmenters have been growing organic food at 8,120 ft. elevation since 1992 and their techniques and experiences apply to all of Colorado’s elevations and hardships. The mountains have a long history of providing a large amount of food for the state. This class covers many great foods that thrive in the mountains’ cool weather, wind proof season extenders, hail covers, raised bed preparation, compost options against bears, crop rotation, companion planting, succession planting, vegetables for the shade, mulching, seed saving and more. Altitude doesn’t matter; this class is designed to help all gardeners overcome the wild, wild, west. The Parmenters also touch on their successful, totally sustainable water-storage solar greenhouses and vegetable seed starting using recycled materials.

Can’t you just taste those fresh, mountain grown succulent greens, beans, squash, bok choi, and yes, even tomatoes, sweet corn and pumpkins!

 

Price: $59, $52 members

Instructors: Penn and Cord Parmenter are high altitude food growers. They live in the Wet Mountains in South Central Colorado and they apply a multitude of techniques to overcome the challenges of the high country. Their totally sustainable greenhouse provides food year round for them and their three boys.

 

Growing Roses in Colorado - Planning a Rose Garden

Rocky Mountain Gardening Elective

Just about everyone grows a rose bush or two. Congress designated the rose as America’s national floral emblem in 1986. The popularity of growing roses began thousands of years ago and continues today. The rose growing series offered by American Rose Society Consulting Rosarians and experts from the Denver Rose Society will cover how to grow healthy, easy care beautiful roses for years to come. The series covers secrets to successful rose growing, no pain pruning, versatile shrub roses, fragrant roses, and winter care. Choose one class or take them all and come away with confident rose growing skills and greater appreciation for the “Queen of Flowers.”

Roses grow great in Colorado! Many rose varieties thrive in our region, and can fill your garden with beautiful blooms, color and fragrance. Let one of our experienced rosarians with the Denver Rose Society lead you through the basics of growing roses, how to plant, fertilize and water. We’ll cover healthy practices for growing happy and vigorous roses through the season. You’ll leave the class with the know-how to make roses the Queen of Flowers in your garden!

Instructor: Denver Rose Society

Price: $32, $27 members

Healing Oils of the Bible

Extensive scientific studies over the centuries have found that essential oils have the ability to support the human body physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Learn the important role that essential oils played in the lives of Biblical people. We will explore the twelve most significant oils of ancient scripture.

 

Instructors: Judy Jehn

Price: $41, $36 members

 

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