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2019 6th Annual Tree Diversity Conference

 

To protect our urban forests, which are threatened by pests and pathogens, a greater variety of tree species is necessary.

 

For our sixth annual conference we will continue to explore the relationships between landscape design, horticultural practices and the use of a greater variety of tree species.

 

Between them, our speakers this year boast an extravagant depth of experience ranging from worldwide plant exploration to landscape and garden design, promotion of new plant materials, administration of some of our country's most noted horticultural conferences and institutions and hands-on experience with plant testing and data collection.

 

Public $80, includes all programming and lunch

$70 Promo, includes all programming and lunch

*Promotional price available to all Members of Colorado Tree Coalition

 

Symposium will be held at Denver Botanic Gardens in Mitchell Hall.

 

Speaker Lineup

 

The History of America's Urban Forests

Dr. Jill Jonnes

Dr. Jonnes surveys the long sweep of arboreal history in our cities and towns dating back to our nation's founding and continuing to our present-day foresters and researchers who are advocating for the importance of trees as our most important green infrastructure.

 

Jill Jonnes earned her doctorate in American History at Johns Hopkins University. She was the founder of the non-profit Baltimore Tree Trust and most recently is the author of "Urban Forests: A Natural History of Trees and People in the American Cityscape."

 

 

Tree Research on the Great Plains

Dr. Jason Griffin

Dr. Griffin discusses developments at the John C. Pair Horticultural Center in Wichita, Kansas, focusing on the testing of new woody plants in a climate not unlike that of our Rocky Mountain Front Range. He also speaks about the legacy of Dr. John C. Pair and the notable horticultural advances he carried out at the research center later named for him.

 

Jason Griffin has been the Director of the John C. Pair Horticultural Center, a unit of Kansas State University in Haysville, Kansas since he completed his doctoral studies in Horticultural Science and Plant Physiology at North Carolina State University in 2002.

 

 

Updates on Regional Species Diversity Augmentation

Kathleen Alexander and Michael Swanson

Urban forestry professionals from Denver and Boulder describe the status of tree species diversification in their communities, with emphasis on innovative species selection during the past five years and how those plants have thus far adapted to our challenging environment.

 

Kathleen Alexander has been with Boulder Forestry for 21 years, the last 10 as City Forester. She received her B.S. in Forest Biology and M.S. in Forest Management from Colorado State University and has been active in the ISA Rocky Mountain Chapter.

 

Michael Swanson has been with Denver Forestry for 18 years, the last 13 as Forestry Superintendent. Mike is an ISA-certified arborist and has volunteered extensively with the Colorado Tree Coalition and the ISA Rocky Mountain Chapter.

 

 

 

Exploring Trees of the Arid Southwest

Adam Black

Adam Black is the Horticultural Director of Peckerwood Gardens in Hempstead, Texas. Peckerwood Garden is a collection of more than 3,000 plants including many rarities; it is a conservation garden containing examples of numerous threatened species, many of which are no longer found in the wild. Previously he was the manager of the forest pathology and entomology laboratories at the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL.

 

Adam is a plant explorer who has sought out outstanding forms of native American trees in the Southwest, many of which have great potential to grow in Colorado.

 

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.

Artist Talk & Book Signing with Patrick Dougherty at Chatfield Farms

Hear artist Patrick Dougherty discuss the evolution and construction of his critically acclaimed woven sapling sculptures. Dougherty has created more than 250 site-specific installations at museums, botanic gardens and outdoor spaces. His newest installation at Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms will be unveiled on April 27, 2019 – arrive early and enjoy a self-guided sneak peek of the sculpture in progress.

 

A book signing will follow the artist talk. Books will be available for purchase.

 

Price: $18, $16 member

Bumblebee Jamboree Admission

This unique musical experience is perfect for children ages 0-12 and their parents. Children are invited to dress as a favorite pollinator such as a bee, butterfly or bird and dance and sing along with the musical guests.

Each family-friendly indoor concert features original and traditional songs by a different musical performer.

Feb 23 – Dr. Noize

March 23 – Eric West

April 20 – Hunk-Ta-Bunk-Ta

Five Seasons: The Gardens Of Piet Oudolf, Film Viewing and Lecture

“For me, garden design isn’t just about plants, it is about emotion, atmosphere, a sense of contemplation. You try to move people with what you do. You look at this, and it goes deeper than what you see. It reminds you of something in the genes — nature, or the longing for nature.” – Piet Oudolf

 

After completing a feature documentary on New York’s High Line, award-winning filmmaker Thomas Piper met the inspirational designer and plantsman, Piet Oudolf, and the idea for a new project was born. Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf immerses viewers in Oudolf’s work and takes us inside his creative process, from his beautifully abstract sketches, to theories on beauty, to the ecological implications of his ideas. Intimate discussions take place through all fours seasons in Piet’s own gardens at Hummelo, and on visits to his signature public works in New York, Chicago, and the Netherlands, as well as to the far-flung locations that inspire his genius, including desert wildflowers in West Texas and post-industrial forests in Pennsylvania. As a narrative thread, the film also follows Oudolf as he designs and installs a major new garden at Hauser & Wirth Somerset, a gallery and arts center in Southwest England, a garden he considers his best work yet. Piet Oudolf has radically redefined what gardens can be. As Rick Darke, the famous botanist, says to Piet in the film, “your work teaches us to see what we have been unable to see.” Through poetic cinematography and unique access, Five Seasons reveals all that Piet sees, and celebrate all that we as viewers have been unable to see.

 

Film viewing and talk with Thomas Piper

Thursday, April 18, 6 - 8 p.m. in Sharp Auditorium

Denver Art Museum

100 W 14th Ave Pkwy, Denver, CO 80204

$10.00 Public

 

Bios Piet Oudolf Piet Oudolf was born in 1944 in Haarlem, Netherlands. Since 1982, he has lived and worked in Hummelo, a tiny village in east Netherlands, where he started a nursery with his wife Anja, to grow perennials. His garden has since become renowned for its radical approach and ideas about planting design.

Oudolf also co-founded Future Plants, a company specializing in selecting, growing, breeding and protecting plants for landscaping and public areas. Oudolf`s recent projects include No. 5 Culture Chanel, Paris, France; The High Line, New York NY; Lurie Garden, Millennium Park, Chicago IL; Serpentine Gallery, London, England, and the Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy.

Oudolf is also a successful author, having co-written numerous books such as; “Planting: A New Perspective” (2013); “Landscapes in Landscapes” (2011); “Gardening with Grasses” (1998); “Designing with Plants and Planting Design” (1999); “Dream Plants for the Natural Garden” (2000); “Planting the Natural Garden” (2003), and “Planting Design: Gardens in Time and Space” (2005). In his 35-year career, Oudolf has achieved international acclaim, and has recently been awarded an Honorary Fellowship from RIBA for developing radical ideas in Planting Design (2012) and the Prince Bernhard Cultural Foundation Award (2013).

 

 

Thomas Piper is an award-winning non-fiction filmmaker, specializing in documenting the contemporary arts. He has directed, photographed and edited over 30 films on subjects including the visual artists Pablo Picasso, Ellsworth Kelly, Sol LeWitt, Alex Katz, and Kiki Smith; architects including Frank Lloyd Wright, Peter Eisenman, Jeanne Gang, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Thom Mayne, Jean Nouvel, and Steven Holl; and the writer James Salter.

Thomas is Director of Production for the Checkerboard Film Foundation, responsible for directing, shooting, and editing long-format documentaries on individuals who have made important contributions to the contemporary arts.

Credits Producer & Director : Thomas Piper Director of Photography : Thomas Piper Editing : Thomas Piper, Sara Pellegrini, Rachel Shuman, Corinne van der Borch Music : Davíð Þór Jónsson, Charles Gansa Sound Design : Bill Donnelly Title Design: Work-Order Timelapse Animation: Triplenode Additional Cinematography: Oral User, David Sampliner, Santiago Posada, Martin Hampton Drone Photography: Joshua Edkins/Dronescope Co-producer : Checkerboard Film Foundation Associate Producers : Malcolm Wyer, Grace Zinnel, Chase Damon, Amanda Rosen Legal: Pat Ryan, Innes Smolansky Distribution Consultants: Peter Broderick, Monique Busman, Elena Hill

Lecture - Maya Medicine: Traditional Healing in Yucatan, Mexico

 

In Mexican villages it s common to hear the only remaining herbalist or midwife state that they are the last one in their village still practicing their art and working with plants. Most don t have apprentices and almost never does the younger generation choose to carry on their ancestral healing traditions. It is the elders who are sought to share their medicine knowledge. Jose Feliciano Ake Kinil is an exception. He is a third-generation, young but practiced, Maya healer and student who has made it his life s work to follow the rich traditions of the medicine people, herbalists and healers of the Yucatan. Jose shares specific information on the ethnobotanical uses of plants of the Yucatan peninsula, stories of growing up in a traditional Maya family that never lost these traditions and what it has been like to follow the life path that he has chosen or as the elders say, the life path that has chosen him. This is a unique perspective that has not been shared before.

 

José Feliciano Ake Kinil is a third generation, young but practiced, Maya healer and student who has made it his life s work to follow the rich traditions of the medicine people, herbalists and healers of the Yucatan. At eight years old, he started collecting medicinal plants in the jungle with his grandfather and mother, preparing traditional remedies and assisting them in their healing work. His first language is Maya and his second language is Spanish.

Shelley Torgove (as 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 Jose 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.

 

 

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

6:30 p.m. Program and lecture

 

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

 

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

Literature of the Land: Spring Book Club

Join us for the spring 2019 session of Literature of the Land, a book club series hosted by the Helen Fowler Library.

 

We'll read 3 books over 3 months, focusing on a specific topic of interest. This spring we'll be discussing the role of botanic gardens and gardens in general on how they have shaped nations, inspired literature and art, and are on the front lines of saving rare and exotic species while simultaneously educating us on the usefulness and beauty of our natural world.

 

Starting in March, we'll begin with American Eden by Victoria Johnson.

In April, we'll discuss Life in the Garden by Penelope Lively.

In May, we’ll wrap up with The Plant Messiah by Carlos Magdalena.

Registration is mandatory as attendance will be limited in number to allow for interactive discussion in a friendly group setting. The cost is $5 per session, $15 for all three sessions.

 

Each session has individual registration, please select all three date options with separate registration if you would like to attend the entire series.

 

Dates:

March 20

April 24

May 22

Price: $5 per session.

Off The Clock Admission

Forget happy hour; come to the 2019 Off the Clock series on the first Friday of February through April! Enjoy live music and themed activities, learn from Gardens scientists, and explore the Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory after dark. Offshoots Café and cash bars will offer themed specials at each unique event. Great for singles, couples and friends! For details on each month's theme, visit our events page.

 

 

Last entry is at 8:30 p.m.

*Ticket prices will increase beginning at 6 p.m. on the night of the event*

Non-Member Advance $21

Non-Member Door $27

Member Advance $18

Member Door $24

 

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.

 

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 bowls 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

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.

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