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Salve and Hydrosol-Making

Denver is home to a wide variety of edible and healthy plants, both native and introduced. Learn to correctly identify these herbs, as well as how to forage and utilize these plants in your diet for many health benefits. This class walks through parts of Denver Botanic Gardens, Cheeseman Park and the Capitol Hill neighborhood in search of edible and useful weeds, flowers, shrubs and trees. After an informative walk, we return to the classroom and learn some techniques on making an herbal tonic.

 

Price: $145, public

Instructor: Saturday, Blake Burger and Raven Rose. Sunday, Blake Burger.

 

Blake Burger's passion for plants began at a young age gardening in Illinois and only grew stronger once he moved to Colorado in 2000 and began hiking in the wilderness areas of Colorado. There, he began to cultivate a great curiosity and appreciation for the diverse flora found along the hiking trails. In 2007, he left his career as a food scientist and worked as a seasonal gardener for Denver Botanic Gardens. After one year, he was hired full time as a horticulturalist. Throughout his years at the Gardens he has worked with tropical plants, native plants, vegetables and herbs. After receiving his Herbalist Certification here in Denver, Blake immediately began working with the vast array of medicinal plants growing in the Gardens. He founded the Denver Medicinal Plant Society in 2015, created and maintains several medicinal plant beds at the Gardens  York Street location, and has laid the foundation for the Gardens  first Herbalist Certificate Program. As a certified yoga instructor, Blake has led more than 1,000 yoga classes over six years and created a nationally recognized yoga program here at the Gardens. Blake believes in a multifaceted approach to health and wellness: eat well, move your body, never stop learning, get outside and connect.

 

Raven is a menstrual health herbalist who intertwines Western herbalism with traditional healing practices. At her practice, Moon Medicine, she addresses menstrual and hormonal issues, from fibroids to hot flashes. Raven has studied herbalism, nutrition and spiritual healing in the United States, Mexico and Peru. Her teachings are focused on natural healing through the integration of herbalism with emotional and spiritual healing. Catch her in a class on herbs for hormonal balance or connecting with plant spirits.

 

Sip and Stroll

Join Horticulturalist and Herbalist Blake Burger on a walking tour of the gardens featuring medicinal plants. Pour a glass of your favorite summer drink and reconnect with nature as we take a beautiful summer stroll! This informative and practical tour will showcase a few of the many medicinal plants growing throughout the Denver Botanic Gardens. Learn about the healing connection between humans and plants, and how to turn garden grown plants into medicine right in your own home.

Price: $15, $10 members

Instructor: Blake Burger, Denver Botanic Gardens horticulturist, herbalist, and resident yogi.

 

Special Instructions: Please feel free to BYO picnic and drink to enjoy in the Gardens for the stroll.

Participants should meet in the Boettcher Lobby.

Skin Spa

Learn to effectively make affordable skin care products that are all natural, garden fresh and excellent for your skin. There are many herbs growing here in Colorado that help clear, moisturize and revitalize your skin. There is plenty to take home after an afternoon in the kitchen. Make a rose skin serum. Learn the process of making a tulsi hydrosol. Finally, make a skin scrub with fresh lemon balm and a calendula honey mask made with bentonite clay.

 

Price: $82 public

Instructor: Blake Burger

Blake Burger's passion for plants began at a young age gardening in Illinois and only grew stronger once he moved to Colorado in 2000 and began hiking in the wilderness areas of Colorado. There, he began to cultivate a great curiosity and appreciation for the diverse flora found along the hiking trails. In 2007, he left his career as a food scientist and worked as a seasonal gardener for Denver Botanic Gardens. After one year, he was hired full time as a horticulturalist. Throughout his years at the Gardens he has worked with tropical plants, native plants, vegetables and herbs. After receiving his Herbalist Certification here in Denver, Blake immediately began working with the vast array of medicinal plants growing in the Gardens. He founded the Denver Medicinal Plant Society in 2015, created and maintains several medicinal plant beds at the Gardens  York Street location, and has laid the foundation for the Gardens  first Herbalist Certificate Program. As a certified yoga instructor, Blake has led more than 1,000 yoga classes over six years and created a nationally recognized yoga program here at the Gardens. Blake believes in a multifaceted approach to health and wellness: eat well, move your body, never stop learning, get outside and connect.

 

Summertime Tea in the Gardens

Denver Botanic Gardens and Denver Tea Room present a beautiful morning of tea tasting and education.

Margo Seymour, tea sommelier, pastry chef, and owner of The Denver Tea Room, will present an example of a traditional afternoon tea service, with a nod to the various cultures that also enjoy the practice of taking tea. Guests will taste several teas, traditional sandwiches, and desserts. Join us in the Solarium or the Annuals Pavilion, with fine china and linens, to learn about the tea process, the difference between "high tea" and "low tea", and how to steep the perfect cup of tea.

 

Price: $42, $38 members, includes $10 for food and tea tastings

Instructor: Margo Seymour

 

Jun 8, Jul 13, and Aug 24 - Annuals Garden and Pavilion

All other dates will be held in the Solarium.

 

 

Sunrise Vinyasa Yoga at the Gardens

Looking for an amazing place to practice your yoga skills, how about the beautiful Denver Botanic Gardens?

Vinyasa yoga weaves beautiful movement with challenging postures, and cultivates a sense of peace and calm by the end of each yoga class. Practicing vinyasa yoga on a daily basis can improve posture, flexibility, and endurance. Beyond the physical benefits, yoga helps to bring a sense of clarity to challenging situations in life, reminds us to stay present and focused in an ever-changing environment, and can help us find happiness and contentment in our surroundings.

The postures practiced in this challenging class will promote alignment, flexibility, focus, endurance and help detoxify the body.

 

Instructor: Blake Burger

Skill level: All levels welcome

Price: $12, $10 members

Special Instructions: Please bring a mat, a towel and water. Walk-ins are welcome for members or non-members! Please bring cash if possible but credit cards are also accepted. Location will vary depending on temperature and time of year.

 

SCHEDULE DETAILS:

October 1, 2018- May 14, 2019 (7:30 - 8:30am): Enter through the gate on the east side of York St and yoga will be in the Morrison Center.

May 15, 2019 - September 30, 2019 (8-9am): Enter through the Pinon Gate on the west side of York Street. In the late summer and fall, class will meet in the UMB Bank Amphitheater. When it is chilly, we will meet in the Orangery (front of the greenhouse complex). There will be signs starting from the after-hours entrance on the north side of the main entry that will direct participants.

October 1, 2019 - Dec 31, 2019 (7:30 - 8:30am): Enter through the gate on the east side of York St and yoga will be in the Morrison Center.

 

 

Photo: Perfecto Insecto (Flickr)

Tibetan Singing Bowls Concert

Denver yoga instructor and sound healer Chris Anne Coviello and her husband Jason Coviello will be performing together to bring you this spring treat. The concert will begin with Jason playing his Hang Drum which is a very rare steel drum that is made by only two people in the world. Some say it sounds like a stringed instrument. Jason's Hang Drum is tuned to the note that vibrationally corresponds to the heart chakra and when he plays the drum, he takes you on a heart-opening journey.

Jason and Chris Anne will then begin playing the singing bowls which are tuned to all the different musical notes that correspond to the different chakras, so they will balance the energy in the body. And since we are made up of mostly water, the vibrational effect will be a full body cellular massage.

Tibetan Singing bowls have been used for thousands of years as instruments of healing.

So come and relax and close your eyes and drift into an altered state which facilitates the body to heal. Make sure you wear comfy clothes and bring a yoga mat or blanket so that you may lie down and let the bells carry away with them all that no longer serves you. As your chakra's re-align, breathe peace and enter the profound state of physical-mental and emotional well-being. Leave as if you were 10 lbs. lighter, because that is exactly what will happen as the pounds of stress, anxiety and fear melt from your system.

 

Price: $18, $15 members

Special Instructions: No children under twelve years of age are permitted in this program. Talking, cell phones, and other distractions are not permitted.

Tibetan Singing Bowls Spring Concert

The Denver Botanic Gardens will be hosting its semi-annual Tibetan Bowls Concert to celebrate Spring!!!

Denver yoga instructor and sound healer Chris Anne Coviello and her husband Jason Coviello will be performing together to bring you this spring treat. The concert will begin with Jason playing his Hang Drum which is a very rare steel drum that is made by only two people in the world. Some say it sounds like a stringed instrument. Jason's Hang Drum is tuned to the note that vibrationally corresponds to the heart chakra and when he plays the drum, he takes you on a heart-opening journey.

Jason and Chris Anne will then begin playing the singing bowls which are tuned to all the different musical notes that correspond to the different chakras, so they will balance the energy in the body. And since we are made up of mostly water, the vibrational effect will be a full body cellular massage.

Tibetan Singing owls which have been used for thousands of years as instruments of healing.

So come and Relax and close your eyes and drift into an altered state which facilitates the body to heal. Make sure you wear comfy clothes and bring a yoga mat or blanket so that you may lie down and let the bells carry away with them all that no longer serves you. As your chakra's re-align, breathe peace and enter the profound state of physical-mental and emotional well-being. Leave as if you were 10lbs lighter, because that is exactly what will happen as the pounds of stress, anxiety and fear melt from your system.

 

Price: $18, $15 members

Special Instruction: No children permitted in this program as it is a very quiet concert and any noise is distracting to other participants

Understanding Essential Oils

Essential oils have been around since the Ancient Egyptians, but in the last 20 years, they have become nearly a billion dollar industry. Learn why some plants produce essential oils and how the oils are sourced and produced. Scientifically, the compounds found in essential oils have importance in many areas. Discover some essential oil personal care uses.

 

Instructor: Judy Jehn, RMT

Price: $34, $29 members, includes $5 materials fee

Vinyasa, Violins and Vino

Yoga with a twist. Enjoy vinyasa yoga, live violin music and a picnic! Relax in nature as Blake Burger, certified instructor and Gardens’ horticulturist, leads an hour-long class in the Gardens. Conclude the evening with a bring your own picnic and music performance. BYOB wine and beer is permitted.

 

Instructor: DBG's own horticulturalist and yoga instructor Blake Burger

Musician: Brittany Erickson is a classical violinist living in Denver, Colorado. She has performed chamber music and orchestral works across the country including with the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, The Curtis Institute, and the Harvard University Orchestra. By day, Brittany is an educator who supports school districts to design innovative new schools, and in her spare time, she can be found enjoying the Colorado mountains or tending her vegetable garden with her partner, John.

Price: $18 general public

Special Instructions: Please bring your own yoga mat, water, picnic and a beverage or adult beverage of your choosing. Please be sure to bring valid ID if consuming alcohol.

This is a rain or shine event, both the yoga class and picnic will be held under the clear tent and lights of the amphitheater. Class will begin promptly at 6:30pm, so please arrive early enough to get settled in.

Wild Wednesday Hikes Through Colorado's Life Zones - Alpine

Loveland Pass

Spend the morning with a guide learning about Colorado's alpine life zone and searching for wildflowers. This hike will start off at Loveland Pass, a high alpine pass about 60 miles west of Denver. Here we will see several different alpine plant communities, including fell fields, dry and wet alpine meadows, and snow fields. Dozens of species of wildflowers will carpet the tundra in a short but magnificent display of color. The pass hosts moss campion, phlox, alpine forget-me-nots along with dozens of others. Afterwards, we will drive a few hundred yards down the road to Loveland Lake where riparian alpine wildflowers like Parry's primrose, gentians, and roseroot are plentiful. This hike will be moderate at 4 miles or fewer (in total).

 

This hike will take place at very high elevation, from 12,000 to 12,500 ft so be aware you may be short of breath and experience altitude-related fatigue at this elevation!

 

Price: $25, $20 member

Instructor: Michael Guidi

 

Michael Guidi joined Denver Botanic Gardens in 2017 as a horticulturist where he manages the native plant themed Mordecai Children's Garden. Rock gardening and native plants are his main areas of horticultural interest, but he is broadly interested in alpine and aridland flora and ecology. Michael holds a B.S. in biology with a focus on plant physiology and ecology and currently sits on the board of directors of the North American Rock Garden Society.

Wild Wednesday Hikes Through Colorado's Life Zones - Foothills

Foothills Native Plants Hike

Spend the morning with a guide learning about the foothills life zone and searching for foothills wildflowers. This hike will occur at the JeffCo Open Space Park, Deer Creek Canyon, which is approximately a 27-mile drive from Denver. Deer Creek Canyon Park boasts diverse plant communities including Gambel oak groves, ponderosa pine forests, Douglas-fir forests, grasslands, and riparian. The park is one of the choicest locations to see wildflowers in late spring, including larkspur, Yucca, locoweed, several species of Penstemon and Astragalus. The participants will be provided with a plant list which includes scientific and common names of some of the plants that may be encountered on the hike. The hike itself is approximately 2.5 miles and is rated as moderate, due to a few steep, rocky sections.

 

Price: $25, $20 member

Instructor: Jen Toews

 

Jen Toews joined the Gardens in 2015 as the Plant Recorder and is responsible for researching nomenclature and the accessioning of all plants entering the Gardens. She is an author of the recently published field guide Wildflowers of the Rocky Mountain Region (2018) and has developed content for and taught native plants classes at the Gardens. She holds a BA in Biology from Metropolitan State University of Denver, an MA in English from CU Denver, and is a Native Plant Master®. Outside of work Jen enjoys hiking and photographing Colorado's diverse plants and their habitats and writing about nature-themed adventures in her blog, Telesonix Times.

Wild Wednesday Hikes Through Colorado's Life Zones - Montane

Montane Native Plants Hike - Staunton State Park

Spend the morning with a guide learning about the montane life zone and searching for montane wildflowers. This hike will occur at Colorado's newest state park, Staunton State Park, which is approximately a 40-mile drive from Denver. This park showcases pine forests and mountain meadows and an array of wildflowers including several species of penstemon, wild currant, raspberry, and rose, wild geranium and iris. There is also an abundance of wildlife, several streams, unique geology, and one waterfall. The participants will be provided with a plant list which includes scientific and common names of some of the plants that may be encountered. This hike will be moderate and 4 miles or less.

 

Price: $25, $20 member

Instructor: Jen Toews

 

Jen Toews joined the Gardens in 2015 as the Plant Recorder and is responsible for researching nomenclature and the accessioning of all plants entering the Gardens. She is an author of the recently published field guide Wildflowers of the Rocky Mountain Region (2018) and has developed content for and taught native plants classes at the Gardens. She holds a BA in Biology from Metropolitan State University of Denver, an MA in English from CU Denver, and is a Native Plant Master®. Outside of work Jen enjoys hiking and photographing Colorado's diverse plants and their habitats and writing about nature-themed adventures in her blog, Telesonix Times.

Wild Wednesday Hikes Through Colorado's Life Zones - Subalpine

 

Lake Isabelle

Spend the morning with a guide learning about Colorado's subalpine life zone and searching for wildflowers. Lake Isabelle is situated at 11,000 feet in the heart of the Indian Peaks Wilderness. Framed by Navajo, Apache, and Shoshoni peaks, this beautiful lake offers some of the most spectacular mountain scenery close to the front range. Just as spectacular are the abundant wildflowers along the trail and surrounding the lake. Along the way, the trail moves through subalpine forest of spruce and fir, crosses several wildflower-bordered streams, and eventually opens up to wide subalpine meadows surrounding the lake. Stands of bluebells, Penstemon, Erigeron, Paintbrush and Pedicularis will keep us busy on the 4.1 mile hike up to the lake.

 

This hike will take place at moderately high elevation, from 10,500 to 11,000 feet so be aware you may be short of breath and experience altitude-related fatigue at this elevation!

 

Price: $25, $20 member

Instructor: Michael Guidi

 

Michael Guidi joined Denver Botanic Gardens in 2017 as a horticulturist where he manages the native plant themed Mordecai Children's Garden. Rock gardening and native plants are his main areas of horticultural interest, but he is broadly interested in alpine and aridland flora and ecology. Michael holds a B.S. in biology with a focus on plant physiology and ecology and currently sits on the board of directors of the North American Rock Garden Society.

Workshop - Ethnobotanical Gems of Maya Wisdom from the Yucatan

In this hands-on workshop, learn some of the most important skills used by traditional Maya healers to bring about change and balance. We focus on limpia, medicinal plant  bundles  used in prayers for performing a cleansing, and talk about traditional belief systems as they relate to the healing properties of plants. José demonstrates and explains the ancient art of an egg limpia and how it can be used as a home remedy for those suffering from the effects of modern-day stress.

 

Price: $42, $37 member

Instructors: José Feliciano Ake Kinil and Shelley Torgove (as facilitator and translator)

José Feliciano Ake Kinil started collecting medicinal plants in the jungle with his grandfather and mother when he was eight years old, preparing traditional remedies and assisting them in their healing work. His first language is Maya and his second language is Spanish.

 

Shelley Torgove (facilitator and translator) has been practicing and teaching both Western herbal medicine and traditional healing practices in Denver for 25 years. She spent 10 years as the only apprentice and close friend of José’s father, Daniel Pool Pech, who passed in 2016. Shelley has been a bridge both between father and son and between cultures. She currently teaches a women’s herbal and ethnobotanical medicine program in Denver through Artemisia & Rue and leads herbal adventures to the Yucatan.

 

Workshop - Festival of Flowers: Floral Designing and Flower Feast

Spend an enchanting evening at Chatfield Farms celebrating the sensory delights of flowers. Led by the designers from Designs Inspired by You, create a lovely floral centerpiece. Then indulge in a delicious, farm-to-table dinner featuring edible flowers and fresh, organic produce. Discover how to incorporate edible flowers, the scrumptious flavors of summer and the art of flower arranging for delightful effect. Recipes, beverage, dinner and floral centerpiece included.

 

Price: $60, $55 member

Instructors: Lisa Weddel, Laura Tonner, and Susan Evans

 

Menu:

Blossom Boursin Cheese with Cracker Selection and Marinated Olives

Lemon/Ginger Chicken with Flower Confetti Salad 

Calendula Deviled Eggs

Rose Petal Biscuits with Herbed Butter 

Chocolate Mint Cupcakes with Crystallized Flowers  

 

Special Instructions: This program takes place outdoors at Denver Botanic Gardens' Chatfield Farms loacted at 8500 W Deer Creek Canyon Road, Littleton, CO 80128.

 

Lisa Weddel AIFD PFCI has been in the floral industry for over 30 years. She has been active in all areas of the industry from designer, teacher to owner of several businesses. Lisa has a floriculture degree, is an Iowa Master florist, as well as being an accredited member of the American Institute of Floral Designers organization where she currently holds the position of President of the South-Central Chapter. In addition, Lisa has served on the Board of Trustees of the Professional Floral Communicators International as Chairman. This is an organization under the umbrella of the Society of American Florists.

Past floral accomplishments include designing at the prestigious Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, CA for over 16 parades as a designer as well as a team leader. She designed on the floral team for President George W. Bush's 2005 Presidential Inauguration and will have the honor to design at the Kentucky Derby this coming May.

 

Laura Tonner has enjoyed working in the floral industry for 5 years. Her favorite part has been designing for weddings and events, but she has done just about everything. She has experience is retail, deliveries and the day to day operations of a small flower shop. All of this has led to her latest endeavor as the co-owner of Designs Inspired by You, the first of its kind floral experience studio.

Laura has a floral certificate from a local design school, won an academic scholarship from FAR (Floral Association of the Rockies) and has attended the Rose Parade as a designer two years.

 

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.

Yoga with Crystal Singing Bowls

Join yoga instructor Blake Burger as he leads a concise and therapeutic yoga class to promote strength and flexibility. After toning and stretching the body with Asana, rest in savasana and enjoy the therapeutic vibrations of crystalline singing bowls. These singing bowls are believed to create a harmonization between their vibration and that of the person, promoting balance, calming energy, and relaxation.

 

Price: $18, $15 member

 

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