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2017 Pollinator Summit – Every Flower Counts

Every Flower Counts: Cultivating Minds and Landscapes for Pollinators

The second annual Pollinator Summit convened by the Colorado Pollinator Network brings together nationally and regionally recognized pollinator experts to present and discuss strategies for protecting and managing land to support pollinators in Colorado. This Summit is designed for organizations, agencies, businesses, professionals, educators, growers, land managers, researchers and volunteers actively working to conserve and protect pollinators and their habitats.


Morning Keynote Speaker

Scott Hoffman Black

Bringing Back the Pollinators: An Integrated Landscape Approach to Pollinator Conservation


Life on Earth as we know it depends upon pollinators. An estimated 85% of the world’s flowering plants depend on animals—mostly insects—for pollination. Pollinators sustain wild plant communities that feed and shelter myriad other wildlife. Pollinators are also crucial to agriculture and to our diet: more than two-thirds of crop species—including fruit, vegetable, spice, nut, and oilseed crops for people and forage for livestock—are dependent upon pollinators.

Unfortunately, pollinator declines put all of this at risk. Beekeepers are losing 30% to 40% of their hives each year and numerous wild, unmanaged pollinator species native to North America are also experiencing declines. Over a quarter of North America’s bumble bees have are at risk of extinction and monarch butterfly populations have declined by more than 80%.

Scott will discuss the latest science on pollinators, their importance and decline, and how all people can take action to help.


Scott Hoffman Black is an internationally renowned conservationist who has been at the forefront of the pollinator conservation movement for two decades. He is executive director of the Xerces Society, which under his leadership has become the premier invertebrate conservation organization in North America.


Scott’s work has led to protection and restoration of habitat on hundreds of thousands of acres of rangelands, forests, and farmland as well as protection for many endangered species. He is an author of the best-selling Attracting Native Pollinators and Gardening for Butterflies and has written more than two hundred other publications. His work has been honored with several awards, including the 2011 Colorado State University College of Agricultural Sciences Honor Alumnus Award and the U.S. Forest Service Wings Across the Americas 2012 Butterfly Conservation Award.



Afternoon Keynote Speaker

Mervi Hjelmroos-Koski

World travelers without the passport: review of plants fingerprints


Pollen grains are not only essential in plant reproduction, they are also valuable tools in countless other applications. A pollen grain’s uniquely ornamented outer wall, called the exine, consists of sporopollenin, which is the most resistant material known in the organic world. It is chemically stable and remains unchanged in pollen grains that are 500 million years old. It is resistant to non-oxidative chemicals, enzymes and strong chemical reagents, concentrated acids and bases and remains unchanged when pollen grains are heated to 300°C (572°F). With these unique qualities, pollen grains can provide insight into climate change and plant-climate interactions, landscape development and human impact in vegetation throughout the history of mankind. Pollen grains can even help solve murders.


Mervi Hjelmroos-Koski of Denver Botanic Gardens is a Finnish-born scientist with a Ph.D. in quaternary biology from the University of Lund, Sweden and D.Sc. in aeropalynology from the University of Stockholm. She has worked with pollen grains since her first year in college and has been involved in all aspects of them from marine archaeology to asthma and from lake sediments in the arctic tundra to the snowfields in South Georgia, Antarctic. She is the author and co-author of many scholarly publications and has taught at universities worldwide. Since 2007, she has coordinated and managed Denver Botanic Gardens’ School of Botanical Art and Illustration.


Breakout sessions will include:

Education, Land Management, Policy/Advocacy, Research and Science.


$35, includes all programming and lunch


All Natural Skin Care

See how easy and inexpensive it is to make natural cleansers, toners, exfoliants, masks, creams, serums, moisturizers and more that contain far more nutrients and anti-oxidants for your skin than anything commercially available. You'll learn how to precisely tailor natural ingredients and nutrients to address any skin issue specific to your wants and needs. Take home an extensive handout and two items made in class to enjoy!

Instructor: Kim Cherie, owner of K. CHERIE Botanical Spa Retreat

Price: $68, $63 member, includes $35 for materials

Beginning Farmers Workshop Series: Full Series

Learn from local farmer and farm educators how to start and operate your own farm. Chose the workshops that fit your needs or sign-up for the entire series! All workshops take place on Fridays from 9am-3pm at farms around the Denver Metro Area. Check out all of the workshops!


Full Workshop Series


February 24th: Building Healthy Soils and Compost,

Chatfield Farms

Learn how to improve the quality and fertility of any soil type and how to start and manage a compost program.


March 10th: Greenhouse Propagation and Crop Planning

Chatfield Farms

Learn how to schedule crops to maximize your harvest; this also includes instruction in basic indoor propagation of vegetable plants.


April 7th: Irrigation and Equipment Use

Chatfield Farms

In this class, you will learn how to set up an irrigation system using drip tape; you will also be introduced to tools commonly used on small- to medium-scale farms for a variety of tasks including tilling, planting, harvesting and fertilizing.


May 19th: Growing for Market

York St

Learn how to prepare your vegetables for a variety of markets including direct-to-consumer and wholesale; get advice from market managers and produce buyers located in Denver.


June 16th: Harvest

Chatfield Farms

In this class, you will learn how to harvest a wide-variety of vegetables as well as how to manage labor and storage space for your bounty.


June 20th: Post-Harvest and Food Safety

Chatfield Farms

Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) are necessary to keep food safe on the journey from post-harvest to the consumer’s plate; learn how food safety informs all operations on the farm.


July 14th: Plant Pests, Disease, and Weed Management

Sprout City, 6700 E. Virginia Ave., Denver, CO

Day-to-day farm maintenance requires an intimate knowledge of the insect, disease and weed pests that are attacking your produce; learn how to identify pests and implement management strategies.


July 28th: Small Fruits and Orchard Crops


Diversify your farm by offering raspberries, grapes, apples, strawberries and many other fruit crops; learn what is possible in Colorado and the best management practices for these crops.


August 11th: Beekeeping

Chatfield Farms

This class is a thorough introduction to beekeeping meant for first-time and beginning beekeepers; learn how to set up, maintain and troubleshoot your own bee hive.


August 25th: Small Livestock

63rd St. Farm, 3796 63rd St., Boulder, CO

Diversity your farm by offering eggs, dairy products or meat birds; learn what is possible in Colorado and strategies for successfully marketing your products.


September 8th: Indoor Growing

Rebel Farm, 5445 W. Evans Ave, Denver, CO

Year-round vegetable production is a reality using greenhouses and high-tunnels. In this workshop, you will learn about hydroponically grown produce operations and season extension devices for in-ground growing.


September 22nd: Community and Volunteer Programs

Mariposa, 1089 Osage Ave., Denver, CO

Are you interested in involving the community more in your farming operation? This class will provide strategies for increasing community involvement and managing volunteer farm programs.



Price: $165 public

Instructor: Denver Botanic Gardens staff and local farmers.


Bilingual Yoga



Vinyasa is a flowing, dynamic yoga practice that cultivates presence by connecting movement with breath. Level 1-2 Vinyasa classes define and align the key components of traditional and modern vinyasa practice. Beneficial for all practitioners, these classes teach important foundations while leaving space for more advanced practitioners to play.


Vinyasa es una práctica de yoga fluido, dinámico que cultiva presencia mediante la conexión de movimiento con la respiración. Clases de Vinyasa etiquetados niveles "1-2" definen y alinean los componentes claves de la práctica tradicional y moderna llamada Vinyasa. Beneficioso para todo los estudiantes, estas clases enseñan fundamentos importantes, a la misma vez dejando espacio para los practicantes más avanzados para jugar y divertirse.

What can you expect in Bilingual Vinyasa 1-2?

Poses are cued in traditional Sanskrit, so that both English and Spanish speakers have a common language. All refinement cues are provided first in English, and then in Spanish. Speakers of all languages are welcome!

About the Instructor: Noemi Nuñez

In addition to being a multilingual yoga instructor, Noemi Nunez has been an immigration attorney, competitive gymnast, environmental activist. During her yoga instruction, she incorporates alignment based practice with creative sequencing, fun transitions, breath facilitation and meditation.



Price: $5 suggested donation

Carving and Cocktail Hour

Show off, explore and unwind by carving a pumpkin - together. Join this relaxed environment you'll be able to let your creative juices flow in a fun, upbeat, non judgemental experience.

You will receive a pumpkin, a pattern, and a mini-kit of Barry’s favorite, professional carving tools. Barry Brown - Master Pumpkin Carver, guides each couple through simple tips and techniques. Reveal your strength, intelligence, artistry and pleasure! You’ll connect and relax as you assist each other through the easy steps. The Grand Lighting Ceremony ends the evening, when we dim the lights, then illuminate the amazing pumpkin carvings all at once. Bring your camera!


Instructor: Barry Brown, is excited to show you how to carve pumpkins like the ones he carved for TV shows including the Today Show, The Tonight Show, the David Letterman Show, Good Morning America, Monday Night Football, and movies including Hocus Pocus. He has carved pumpkins on every local TV news station and the Colorado & Company show. Several stations have even come out to interview him AND film special stories about his National Grand Prize Award-Winning pumpkin carving skills.

Price: $49, $46 members, for two participants.

Special Instructions: Each duo will receive one pumpkin and one carving kit. This event is a BYOB. Please bring your own drinks and snacks. This is a 21 and over event, please have your id with you. You will receive a pumpkin, a pattern, and a mini-kit of Barry’s favorite carving tools.



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



Chipotle Film Series: Hanna Ranch

The Chipotle Film Series, presented by Chipotle Mexican Grill, includes three films relating to sustainable food practices, organic farming and community agriculture. Each evening includes food provided by Chipotle, a screening of the film, and a post-film panel discussion. The films take place between September and November at Denver Botanic Gardens at York Street.


Film: Hanna Ranch

from http://www.hannaranchmovie.com/

Hanna Ranch is a feature documentary about visionary cattleman Kirk Hanna and his personal struggle to protect a once prominent way of life in Colorado. Born into a life on the family ranch, Hanna became a leader in the environmental ranching movement that set out to protect the West from the relentless encroachment of development and misuse.

Featured in the book Fast Food Nation and dubbed the “eco-cowboy,” he was an early adopter of Holistic Resource Management practices, sat on numerous environmental boards and was president of the Colorado Cattleman’s Association. Hanna’s opinion was so widely sought and respected, many even saw him as a future governor of Colorado. But when his dream of harmony and sustainability ran up against the reality of family conflict and mounting threats to the land, Hanna lost hope.

Kirk’s legacy and fight live on as his family and friends continue to protect the West by saving Hanna Ranch.


Price: $5 general public

Location: Mitchell Hall

Special Instructions: Doors open at 6 p.m. for serving of food, film starts at 6:30 p.m. with a twenty minute panel discussion and question/answer following film.

Please register online in advance to secure your seat. If event is sold out, there will be a day-of waitlist.

The film is subject to change, however attendees will be notified.



Evening 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. This class will be located in the Morrison Center (north end of the Children's Garden).


Photo: Perfecto Insecto (Flickr)


Garden Guru Tour

Immerse yourself in the Gardens with a horticulturist as your guide. Gain insight into living museum collections and walk away with gardening tips from an expert. Please note that every tour has its own emphasis and is led by a different horticulturist.

February: All about orchids with Nick Snakenberg


Price: $17, $15 member


Special instructions: Tours can be both indoors and outdoors; dress accordingly for the weather. Water, sunscreen and sunglasses are recommended. Please bring booking confirmation. Meet guide in the lobby of the Boettcher Memorial Center after entering through the Gardens main entrance. Tours are one-hour long.


Notes: Prices include admission to the Gardens. Tours with low registration are subject to cancellation. These tours are not available for private parties.

Gifts from the Herb Garden

Have fun this holiday season giving lovely gifts you have made yourself. Design a beautiful, glass candle votive with pressed flowers. Learn how to make healing calendula/lavender lip balm, ginger/rose hip honey, decadent chocolate chili clusters and an aromatic mulling mix for wine and cider. Put some pizazz in your gift giving! Recipes, light snacks, and generous, take home samples included.


Instructor: Susan Evans

Price: $59, $54 member

Guided Meditation Garden Walk

The Denver Botanic Gardens offer the quintessential surroundings for individuals wishing to enhance their emotional, spiritual, and physical well-being through guided meditation walks in nature. It is well documented that spending time in natural environments reduces stress, improves memory and concentration, and enhances overall well-being. Shinrin-yoku, a term meaning “taking in the forest atmosphere” or “forest bathing” was coined in Japan during the 1980s to promote preventive health and healing. The practice of forest bathing refers to the process of connecting with the sights, smells and sounds of a natural setting to promote physiological and psychological health. An article in The Washington Post suggests, “Forest bathing is the latest fitness trend to hit U.S. – ‘Where yoga was 30 years ago.’”

Join Denise Bickel, PhD, MSW, LCSW for a guided meditation walk throughout the Gardens appropriate for adults of all abilities.


Instructor: Denise Bickel, PhD, MSW, LCSW

Price: $15, $10 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, includes $8 for materials


Holiday Herbal Gifts



Make your gift giving special this year with hand made herbal and botanical gifts that are easy and very special! You will learn how to make a wonderful herbal chai mix, holiday cocoa mix, mulling spices for cider and wine, bath bombs, cleansing grains, therapeutic neck and back pillows, wonderful body butter, spritzers and linen sprays, bath salts, salad dressing kits and herb infused oils for massage! There will be something easy and wonderful for everyone on your holiday list! Each student will make their own bath salts (hands on) and also take home a wonderful body butter along with an extensive handout with recipes!


Instructor: Kim Cherie

Price: $76, $71 members, includes $35 for materials

Invitation to Ikebana: Contemporary

Ikebana is an expression of our respect and appreciation towards nature. We observe life through the arrangement of plants. During each class, participants receive hands-on instruction to put together an arrangement to take home.

This class is an introduction to the Sogetsu School of Ikebana. This will be a hands-on workshop open to all skill levels. The instructor will demonstrate the art form and then the students will proceed to make an arrangement. After creating an arrangement the instructor will do a critique.

Instructor: Midori Allmeyer

Price: $44, $39 member price

Special Instructions: Students are encouraged to bring their own Ikebana container (vase) and a large Kenzan (= Pin-frog, 3.5" diameter or larger) as well as garden clippers (or Ikebana scissors) so that they can take home their finished arrangement. The Kenzan and Ikebana vase can be reused for future arrangements again and again for years. Container, Kenzan, and scissors will be lent during the class for those who don't bring their own, but then they will only bring home their flowers.

Large Pin-frogs (Kenzans) and Ikebana scissors are available to purchase at the Gift Shop of DBG.

With proof of Ikebana class registration, you can get 10% discount on Ikebana tools.



Invitation to Ikebana: Modern

Denver Botanic Gardens hosts regular Ikebana classes with a different instructor and theme each month. The classes are small in size, so if a class is full, please check back again, as the class will repeat in the coming months.

Ikebana is an expression of respect and appreciation towards nature. We observe life through the arrangement of plants. During each class, participants get hands-on instruction to put together an arrangement to take home.

Moribana-style Ikebana was developed in the late 19th century in Japan and became very popular because of its flexibility without losing natural atmosphere. During each class, participants will get hands-on instruction to put together an arrangement to take home. In April, we will make a naturalistic Moribana arrangement with a spring theme.

If a participant has enough experience on Moribana, she /he could go forward to Nageire arrangement during class.


Instructor: Akiko Buckmaster, born in Japan, is a master teacher of Ohara Ikebana School. She has been teaching Ikebana in the Denver area for forty years.


Price: $44, $39 members, $15 materials fee included.


Special Instructions:


Students are encouraged to bring their own Ikebana container (vase) and a large Kenzan (= Pin-frog, 3.5" diameter or larger) as well as garden clippers (or Ikebana scissors) so that they can take home their finished arrangement. The Kenzan and Ikebana vase can be reused for future arrangements again and again for years. Container, Kenzan, and scissors will be lent during the class for those who don't bring their own, but then they will only bring home their flowers.

Large Pin-frogs (Kenzans) and Ikebana scissors are available to purchase at the Gift Shop of DBG.

With proof of Ikebana class registration, you can get 10% discount on Ikebana tools.



Kundalini Yoga - Single Session

Kundalini yoga focuses on awakening energy and unlocking our inner potential through breathing techniques, movements, stretching, meditation and mantra. This ancient and sacred practice is the oldest form of yoga and is an effective way to recharge and heal the body.

The class, taught by Yogi Bhajan, Ph.D., Master of Kundalini yoga, starts and ends with beautiful and ancient chants which open and calm the heart. A carefully planned sequence of postures, movements and breathing exercises, called a kriya, follows. The techniques stimulate the nervous and immune systems, while improving strength and flexibility. Participants may find a peace of mind and experience benefits including relief from back pain, stress, addiction, depression, insomnia and weight control.


Instructor: Chris Anne Coviello

For more information on Instructor Chris Anne Coviello please visit www.chrisannecoviello.com

Price: $10, $8 members

Skill level: All levels welcome, no experience required.

Special Instructions: Each session is unique; we recommend that you try at least two or three sessions. Please bring water and a yoga mat. If you have trouble sitting on the floor for extended periods of time, please bring a blanket and pillows to provide comfort. Please bring cash if possible but credit cards are also accepted.

Class is located in Morrison Center which is on the North side of Children’s Garden. The gate for entry is near the corner of 11th and York Street. This location is across the street from the main garden entry.

Literature of the Land Book Club - Fall

Join us for the fall 2017 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 fall we’ll be discussing the world of trees – exploring the lives of the trees themselves and their impact on the world around them. In October, we’ll begin with The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate—Discoveries from A Secret World by Peter Wohlleben. In November, we’ll follow with a discussion of Ann Patchett’s novel State of Wonder. In December, we’ll wrap up with The Wood for the Trees: One Man’s Long View of Nature by Richard Fortey, a biography of the flora and fauna of four acres in Oxfordshire.


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

Price: $5 general public

Special Instructions: Registration is mandatory as attendance will be limited in number to allow for interactive discussion in a friendly group setting.

Love Potions from the Vine Tour

Celebrate the month of love with an enticing tour of exotic plants to tease the senses and spark the imagination.

February brings Valentines, sweets and roses to entice our loved ones. Roses aren’t the only plants of love and romance. The steamy jungle has no shortage of plants thought to have powers to inspire or sustain desire. Escape the winter chill in the Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory with this tour of purported aphrodisiacs and learn about the secret romantic lives of tropical plants.

Tour participants will receive a romantic souvenir to take home.


Price: $14, $12 member, $10 student


Special instructions: Parental guidance advised; some tour content might not be appropriate for young children. Tours take place indoors in the Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory. Please bring booking confirmation. Meet guide in the lobby of the Boettcher Memorial Center after entering through the Gardens main entrance. Tours are one-hour long.


Notes: Prices include admission to the Gardens. Tours with low registration are subject to cancellation.


Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

The foundation of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is the cultivation of mindfulness – clear, non-judgmental attention to the present moment – with regard to the ongoing experience of body, feelings, emotions, and mind. MBSR studies reveal its power to reduce medical symptoms and psychological stress while enhancing the health and well-being of program participants.

Designed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., MBSR consists of 8 weekly sessions and a one-day silent retreat. Various mindfulness tools are learned and practiced in a group context and continued between class sessions.


Instructor: Janet Solyntjes, MA, has taught meditation and body awareness disciplines since 1984. She teaches Mindfulness -Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) in both non-profit and corporate settings internationally and is the co-founder of The Center for Courageous Living. Janet is an Adjunct Professor at Naropa University, a senior teacher for Shambhala International, and leads residential meditation programs at retreat centers in the US and Canada.

Price: $350, $300 members, includes $25 for materials.

Photo Critique

Let's take a close look at your images!


In this class Denver Botanic Gardens photographer Scott Dressel-Martin will offer a detailed critique of up to five images from each student. We begin with an overview of the critique process and the importance of critiquing your own work to refine your creative and technical vision. We will follow this with an extensive critique where class participation is greatly encouraged! Bring up to five images as jpg files on a disk to participate.


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

Price: $29 member, $34 non-member.

Special Instructions: This is classroom only, no shooting. Come and go as you please, or stay for the whole deal!


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