Welcome to Denver Botanic Gardens' online registration and ticket purchasing site

Lifelong Learning

 

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

 

3-1/2 Season Vegetable Garden: 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.

 

Members $39, Non-Members $44

 

Instructor: Patti O'Neal

 

 

Backyard Goat Keeping

 

This class provides an accessible introduction for anyone interested in raising backyard dwarf dairy goats. Join Sundari Kraft, of EatWhereULive and Heirloom Gardens, to learn how to choose the perfect goats (best breeds and how/where to purchase), make housing and fencing, feed, collect milk, breed and provide proper medical care and hoof trimming. Participants also learn how to navigate financial considerations, overcome common challenges and get proper livestock licenses.

 

$35 member / non-member.

Instructor: Sundari Kraft

 

Instructor:

Sundari Kraft. Sundari is the proud owner of Nigerian Dwarf dairy goats. She is the author of "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Urban Homesteading," and successfully worked with city officials to improve Denver's goat laws.

 

 

 

 

Basic Floral Design

 

Interested in floral design? Learn how to get started in this class - how to choose appropriate flowers, select containers, use floral foam, how color influences your bouquet, and how to make those flowers last their longest. Have all your cut flower questions answered by an expert and take home an arrangement that you make yourself.

 

Bring a small, sharp knife; OR sharp shears that you won’t need to use again for paper or fabric; OR garden clippers (no anvil cutters). There will be some clippers to borrow if you don’t have your own. Also, professional clippers will be available to purchase for $10.00. $24 materials fee provides flowers and container.

 

Instructor: Margaret Binet, AIFD, CPF, PFCI

$47 members, $52 nonmembers

 

Image: Courtesy of Nanimo off Flickr

Beekeeping Basics

 

This introductory class is great for people thinking about starting a beehive. Instructor, Tracy Bellehumeur teaches about how honeybees live, different hive designs and how to get started as a beekeeper. A handout with suggested reading, supportive resources and local beekeeping groups is provided.

 

$36 members, $42 non members

 

About our instructor:

Tracy Bellehumeur has been raising bees for six years using natural methods in Top Bar and Langstroth hives and helps maintain hives for community gardens in Boulder. She is the beekeeping instructor for Growing Gardens in Boulder and one of the teachers for the Boulder County Beekeepers Association, specializing in honeybee pests and diseases.

 

 

 

Beginning Bonsai

 

Are you mystified by the many centuries old Japanese tradition of bonsai? Join us for an entertaining and informative class with local Bonsai Master, Harold Sasaki and the Gardens’ Bonsai Specialist Larry Jackel as they debunk the myths, fictions and misconceptions surrounding this living art form.

 

Each participant receives a tree, ceramic pot, wire, soil and gravel in this hands-on experience of creating a finished bonsai, which you can home.

$78 member, $82 non-member, includes $30 for materials.

Instructor: Harold Sasaki and Larry Jackel

There will be a break for lunch, please bring lunch or there is a cafe onsite for you to purchase lunch.

 

 

 

Beginning Rocky Mountain Gardening

 

Rocky Mountain Gardening Elective

This course is designed for the Front Range gardener beginner. The basics of what is needed to adjust gardening skills from other climates to the Front Range’s finicky climate are covered. If you have never gardened here before or are looking for more success, this is the class for you! Learn the skills necessary to become an enthusiastic gardener. Annuals, perennials and vegetables are discussed, along with trees and shrubs that thrive in our climate, elevation and varying soils. Plant selection, planting and troubleshooting is discussed.

Subsequent weeks focus on the elements, water needs, fertilizers and organic gardening.

Please bring a glass jar of soil to class. (Must be see through glass jar to study layers of your own backyard native soil)

 

 

$80 member, $90 non-member.

 

Instructor: Patti O'Neal

 

Building my First Vegetable/ Kitchen Garden

Rocky Mountain Gardening Elective

 

**This is a 2 part class with two 5 hour sessions.

This intensive workshop is designed for the first time vegetable gardener. Learn how to feed a family of four from one, 4’ x 6’ raised bed. Discuss succession planting, harvesting, season extension (early and late), tools, vertical space gardening using trellises, soil prep, space optimization, French kitchen garden design and more. Develop a customized design based on your garden situation and your family's needs. Learn how to build a raised bed and how to keep the soil thriving for future seasons. Instructor, Patti xxx, focuses on small gardens and containers, but this workshop also provides invaluable ideas and resources for improving year-round production in a garden of any size.

Participants have the opportunity to draw and plan beds with an intensive planting plan and start some seeds for the home garden. Handouts are provided for future reference.

As this class is five hours per session, please bring a sack lunch and snacks. Offshoots Café will be open to purchase food.

 

 

$145 member, $157 non-member.

 

Instructor: Patti O'Neal

 

Bungalows and Gardens

Ever wondered about the history of bungalows and the gardens that were created with this iconic house style? Do you have a bungalow and would like to recreate that garden look with today’s plants in our dry desert climate? Come learn more about the house and style of garden that goes with it. Get some fresh, new ideas to update your garden.

 

Instructor: Marie Peacock

 

$26 member, $31 non-member

Canvases and Company

Enjoy a summer evening painting session inspired by your beautiful surroundings at the Denver Botanic Gardens. Bring your own libations and snacks and we will provide the canvas and materials. Come with your friends or meet new ones!

 

Our Instructor Judith Scott has been teaching art for over thirty years and will provide you with the guidance needed to capture your garden subject of choice. This event is open to all levels, including beginners. Spend a summer evening in nature, have fun, and carry home an original piece of art!

 

Instructor: Judith Scott

 

$42 member, $47 non-member includes $15 materials cost

Image: Courtesy of arvarg (Flickr)

 

*must be 21 or older, please provide valid ID

Cherokee Fall Nature Hike - 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!

 

In Fall the Sumac and plums are turning color in the gullies, and the oaks are showing some burnished bronze. Fall is a fabulous season on Cherokee Ranch Senecio, Aster and Goldenrod are everywhere. Blazing star paints purple spikes in the tousled mats of buffalo grass. The Spotted Towhee bird can be overlooked in the spring and summer, is more visible now since many of the spring and summer residents have started their fall migration. Two species of Jays – Scrub and Steller’s can now get the attention they deserve. They can be “missed” in spring and summer as we look at the other species.

 

 

$20 member, $25 non-member.

 

Tour Guides: Panayoti Kelaidis and Lynn Willcockson

 

* 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

 

Hike location -

Cherokee Ranch and Castle

6113 N Daniels Park RD

Sedalia, CO 80135

 

* 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

 

 

 

 

Cherokee Late Summer Nature Hike - 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 sureùou will never be bored on a Cherokee hike! This year we are starting much earlieræor better birding. But the plants will already be awake!

 

Late summer is an excellent time to observe the bounty of both flora and fauna rolling through the hills of Cherokee Ranch. Aster and Goldenrod are everywhere. Blazing star paints purple spikes in the tousled mats of buffalo grass. Mid- summer bird activity continues at Cherokee as well. It is possible to see three species of hummingbirds as they stop to feed to store up energy on their way to Central America for the winter. The Mountain and Western Bluebirds have finished nesting and the young (juveniles) are seen throughout the Ranch property. There is no better place to soak up the sun than on a late summer plant hike and bird watching adventure at Cherokee Ranch

 

Tour Guides: Panayoti Kelaidis and Lynn Willcockson

 

$20 member, $25 non-member.

 

* Plants don´ 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 ©.e. yellow, orange or red. Also, bring your binoculars: they can be used for both birds and plants

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

 

Hike location -

Cherokee Ranch and Castle

6113 N Daniels Park RD

Sedalia, CO 80135

 

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

 

Cherokee Spring Nature Hike - At Cherokee Ranch and Castle

 

 

 

Cherokee Summer Nature Hike - 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!

 

At the beginning of Summer the grasses have greened up, although there may still be snow on the higher peaks, when we walk through meadows full of the bounty of early summer this is the peak season for many of the loveliest wildflowers; including One-sided Penstemon (Penstemon virgatus), lupines and Monument plant. It is also peak season for the Broad-tailed Hummingbirds that have made their way back from Mexico and Central America to nest at Cherokee. We will learn how to identify the male Broad-tailed Hummingbird just by hearing it fly as it darts between scarlet gilia trumpets. Two species of bluebirds and swallows will be active at this time as well as the tiny (4 ½ in) Blue-gray Gnatcatcher that has returned from its winter grounds as far away as Central America to nest at Cherokee. Summer is prime time for viewing the plant and bird life at Cherokee, folks!

 

 

$20 member, $25 non-member.

 

Tour Guides: Panayoti Kelaidis and Lynn Willcockson

 

 

 

Hike location -

Cherokee Ranch and Castle

6113 N Daniels Park RD

Sedalia, CO 80135

 

* 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

 

 

 

Cherokee Winter Nature Tour - At Cherokee Ranch and Castle

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

 

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

 

 

$20 member, $25 non-member.

 

Tour Guides: Panayoti Kelaidis and Lynn Willcockson

 

 

 

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

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

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

 

 

COlorado COnnections Tour

Understand the climate, beauty, ecology and horticulture of the Rocky Mountain region with a guided tour of iconic gardens and plants in the West. Gain practical knowledge about water-smart gardening and take a closer look at the science and contemporary issues surrounding Colorado plants.

 

Pricing:

Member: $7

Non-Member: $14

Student: $9

 

Remarks:

- The purchase of tour tickets includes admission to the Gardens.

- Tours are outdoors; dress accordingly for the weather.

- We recommend that you bring a bottle of water, sunglasses and sunscreen.

- Please bring your booking confirmation to expedite check-in.

- Access to the Gardens on the day of your tour will be through the Bonfils-Stanton Visitor Center (Gardens main entrance).

- You will meet your guide in the lobby of Boettcher Memorial Center.

 

 

Don’t miss this season’s signature exhibition, “Deborah Butterfield: The Nature of Horses.”

 

 

Companion Planting

Have you heard of the Three Sisters of the garden? According to Iroquois legend, corn, beans, and squash are three inseparable sisters that only thrive when planted together. Companion planting has occurred throughout the history of the earth. Nature knows how to grow by bringing complementary plants together and keeping antagonists apart. You can do the same in your garden and greatly increase the health and well-being of your plants as well as the yield. Roses love garlic and tomatoes love basil and there is usually more than one reason why. Come and learn the science and the lore and make companion planting a natural part of your garden. If you are a vegetable gardener, companion planting can help keep the food fully organic. Crop rotation and soil building, a vital part of companion planting, are also covered. From ancient techniques to recent experiments and 17 years of personal experience growing food, herbs and flowers together, Penn and Cord Parmenter discuss a range of beautiful, diverse and stunning combinations. Don't miss this one - it's never too late to plant companions!

 

Instructors:

Penn and Cord Parmenter.

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.

 

Converting Lawn to Xeriscape

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

 

We will address some design ideas and go into detail about how to replace some of your Kentucky bluegrass lawn with Water-Smart perennial and ornamental grasses. We’ll get into soil types and irrigation adjustments requirements as well.

 

$20 member, $24 non-member

 

Instructor: Curtis Manning

 

Photo: Winger Photography

Cool Summer Foods

 

With the thought of hot temperatures quickly approaching, our attention turns to making cool summer foods and drinks. Let’s get ready for a little food vacation and try our hands at options inspired from near and afar.

 

Drinking vinegars are a great way to whet the appetite and this bright, refreshing blueberry drinking vinegar is so easy to make. We mix it with sparkling or it can be used in cocktails at home. Making rice paper summer rolls and collard leaf wraps are a great way to use your garden bounty while keeping the kitchen cool. Dip these healthy snacks into two delicious sauces - a spicy peanut sauce and a toasted sesame soy sauce. To top things off, participants make an easy blender chocolate mousse.

 

$35 members, $39 nonmembers

 

Instructor: Felicia Cordier

 

 

 

Creative Basics of Photography

 

 

 

 

Curator Conversations: Deborah Butterfield

Explore Deborah Butterfield’s sculptures with the keen eye of a curator. This one-hour tour will deepen your understanding of the artist, her artistic development, and what went into developing the exhibit. Be prepared to walk away thinking about horses in a novel way.

Tours are at 9 a.m. on June 11, July 9, August 13, and September 10.

 

Pricing:

Member: $10

Non-Member: $17

Student: $9

 

Remarks:

- The purchase of tour tickets includes admission to the Gardens.

- Tours are outdoors; dress accordingly for the weather.

- We recommend that you bring a bottle of water, sunglasses and sunscreen.

- Please bring your booking confirmation to expedite check-in.

- Access to the Gardens on the day of your tour will be through the Bonfils-Stanton Visitor Center (Gardens main entrance).

- You will then meet your guide in the lobby of Boettcher Memorial Center.

 

Online Sales powered by Vantix Systems Inc