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2016 Tree Diversity Conference - DESIGN WITH MORE. TREE. TYPES.

For a third consecutive year four noted speakers will share more ideas for diversifying the Colorado Front Range tree species palette and how to make them feel welcome and prosper in our difficult high plains conditions.

Our focus this year will also be on the way tree species diversity can enable and enhance innovative landscape design whether for water conservation or esthetic objectives.

 

Increased species diversity is not just about tree census numbers but also about improving our approach to landscape design. Our third tree diversity conference will focus on how greater tree variety can enhance landscape esthetics and conversely, how innovative landscape design can accommodate a broader range of tree species.

The March 3, 2016 program will feature one of the foremost horticulture professors from the Front Range; a noted landscape architect with extensive xeriscaping experience in Texas and New Mexico; a Washington state horticulture professor noted for science-based debunking of arboriculture myths; and a Midwest arboretum owner, author and introducer of new tree cultivars. In addition we will hear a presentation on how many of the lesser-known tree species already growing in our region fared when tested against the severe weather events of the past year.

 

 

$75, includes all programming and lunch

 

SPEAKER BIOGRAPHIES AND LECTURE TOPICS

 

Linda Chalker-Scott | Killing With Kindness: How We Enable Trees to Their Ultimate Demise.

This seminar will discuss the underlying problems with accepted planting practices including popular soil amendments and heavily marketed garden products that all contribute to landscape tree failure. Handouts will be provided and questions encouraged.

Linda Chalker-Scott has a Ph.D. in horticulture from Oregon State University and is an ISA certified arborist and ASCA consulting arborist. She is Washington State University’s extension urban horticulturist and an associate professor in the Department of Horticulture. She is the author of four books, most recently “How Plants Work: The Science Behind the Amazing Things Plants Do.” Along with her academic colleagues, she hosts “The Garden Professors” blog and Facebook pages, through which they educate and entertain an international audience.

 

David Cristiani | Dryland Trees: Onward!

It’s time to rethink our struggling urban forests, and set them on higher ground. Embracing what makes a place great, David will separate the false and cliché from inviting habitats--respectful of geography, climate extremes, limited water, soils and resulting patterns. Everyone benefits when trees mitigate urbanization on any scale and add visual drama, so put on your west-of-100 degree meridian eyes.

David Cristiani is a landscape architect registered in three states. He has spent over two decades designing public and private gardens of and for drylands, linking people to their appealing, natural sense of place. David researches ecoregions to inform better landscape design and assists growers by collecting seed of tough plants. He also writes and blogs about outdoor living. His design practice, Quercus, is based in El Paso.

 

Jim Klett | Thirty-Five Years of Tree Research and Teaching.

Dr. Klett will recap the highlights of his long tenure at CSU and the changes he’s seen in arboriculture practice and education, particularly how greater tree species availability can complement modern trends in landscape design. He will describe the history of his work with multi-site trialing of promising tree species and cultivars, the current status of PERC and the CSU Arboretum, and some of the plants he feels have the brightest future in the Colorado Front Range.

Jim Klett is professor of landscape horticulture and an extension landscape horticulturist at Colorado State University. He has been at CSU for 35 years and teaches in the areas of herbaceous and woody plant materials and in nursery production and management. He works directly with the green industry of Colorado, especially the nursery, arboriculture, garden center and landscape contractor industries. His research deals with landscape plant evaluation and introduction water requirements of landscape plants, green roofs and other culturally related concerns with landscape plants.

 

Sonia John and Mike Kintgen | Trees that Thrived, Trees that Survived and the Rest.

At our last two conferences we’ve heard about many uncommon tree species we might use to diversify our region’s urban forests. Extreme weather over the last year posed a severe challenge to many of those species and in fact even resulted in the loss of many common trees ordinarily considered reliable here. Mike and Sonia have scouted out and photographed a large number of lesser-known tree species to evaluate how well they handled the severe weather and will comment on the degree to which they can still be recommended for expanded use in the region.

Sonia John has been the chair of the organizing committee for this and the two prior tree diversity conferences. She was the senior author of the Denver Botanic Gardens-published book “Denver’s Canopy: the Nature of Deciduous Trees” and also wrote and illustrated the “Washington Park Tree Guide.” In the past she has worked closely with Drs. Martin Quigley and David Christophel, the first two directors of the University of Denver Arboretum.

Mike Kintgen is curator of alpine collections at Denver Botanic Gardens where he also oversees eight other gardens with significant collections of woody plants. A full time staff member of the Gardens since 2004, Mike has worked to increase the Gardens’ collections of Quercus, Sorbus and conifer species. Lately, he has been experimenting with various tree species on land at 8,200 ft. near Steamboat Springs. Mike has lectured nationally in Colorado and other states, and internationally in Sweden, Germany and Argentina about the Gardens and its current focus on steppe and high elevation floras in semi-arid regions around the world.

 

Guy Sternberg | The Artistic Morphology of Trees.

Find the inspiration of seeing trees with a broad new perspective. Guy covers the subtleties of seasons, lighting, tree features at eye level and ground level, fragrance, wildlife interactions, how to experience the full measure of trees and view-shed management as related to tree placement. Learn how to use the artistic features of your existing trees more effectively in the landscape and how to plan for new trees.

Guy Sternberg is the founder of Starhill Forest Arboretum in Petersburg, Illinois. Starhill is now a unit of Illinois College in nearby Jacksonville, IL. Guy retired after a long career with the Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources and is a life member of the International Society of Arboriculture and the International Dendrology Society as well as a landscape architect. He is also a founding member of the International Oak Society. He has written two books on native American trees (Timber Press) and has introduced many new tree cultivars.

A Midcentury Icon: 50 Years of the Boettcher Tropical Conservatory

The Gardens’ Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory was completed in 1966. The building has been a midcentury architectural landmark for 50 years. Designed by architects Victor Hornbein and Ed White, the 11,500 square foot building took two years to build and is the only conservatory in the country made of cast-in-place concrete. Even before its completion, the building won international recognition for its unique design and unusual structure. More than 600 species and varieties of tropical plants are displayed. The tropical terrain includes pools, waterfalls and four resident ducks.

 

To celebrate this anniversary, the Gardens is hosting a special event. Guests are invited to enjoy 60s-themed appetizers and nonalcoholic beverages, tours of the conservatory and a presentation in Mitchell Hall featuring a video interview with lead architect Ed White, Dan Havekost associate architect and Richard Breaker from GH Phipps Construction. A panel discussion with architecture and history experts further explores how this building has been an icon on Denver’s architectural landscape and continues to inspire architects and enthusiasts of midcentury design. The conservatory will open to allow the rare opportunity to tour the space with horticulturists and docents after dark. Markers will identify plants that have been present since 1966.

 

$25, $20 member

 

Panel Participants:

Jandel Allen-Davis, MD, Denver Botanic Gardens Board Chair, Panel Moderator

Kurt Klanderud, President of GH Phipps Construction Companies

Kim Manajek, Associate Director of Exhibitions, Art & Interpretation at Denver Botanic Gardens

David Daniel, Associate Principal, Davis Partnership Architects

Steve Turner, Vice President of Preservation Programs at History Colorado, State Historic Preservation Officer

 

 

All Natural Skin Care

See how easy and inexpensive it is to make your own facial steams with herbs, cleansing grains, masques, herbal toners, astringents, blemish cream, and lip balm. Learn how to make a rich, nutrient dense moisturizer, tailoring the recipe to meet your individual skin needs and issues.

 

Take home materials include the lotion made in class, an extensive handout, a month supply jar of moisturizer, and a pot of lip balm.

 

Instructor: Christina Blume

 

$63 member, $68 non-member

 

 

 

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

 

Berries and Grapes for the Front Range

Rocky Mountain Gardening Elective

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

 

$28 member, $33 non-member

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bread Baking at Home

 

Making homemade bread is one of the simplest yet most rewarding kitchen projects - yet many people find it intimidating or overwhelming, especially at altitude. In this delicious class, you’ll learn from Chef Elizabeth Buckingham how easy it really is to bake incredible artisan loaves at home with no special equipment or oven required – and you can avoid all the preservatives and other additives in commercial bread. We’ll discuss flours, yeasts, starters, rising, kneading and much more. While the class will primarily concentrate on wheat-based breads, we’ll also talk about the vast range of non-wheat flours now available to the home baker. There is truly no activity more satisfying than producing amazing bread at home, and this class will inspire you to bake bread at home regularly. (Generous food samples served.)

 

Instructor: Elizabeth Buckingham

$47, $42 members

 

Bringing Annual and Perennial Food to the Table through Thoughtful Design

This class will cover how to use the fundamentals of design to turn any landscape into a productive and edible system. We will talk about the importance of adding perennial edibles like herbs, fruit bushes and fruit trees as well as annual vegetable varieties to home landscapes through intentional design.

 

Jennifer is the owner of UpBeet Landscapes, a Colorado Liscensed Landscape Architect, a Colorado Master Gardener, a Denver Master Composter, and a Permaculture Design Certificate holder. She has worked in multiple Landscape Architecture firms and found her speciality in edible landscaping. She has planted fruit trees in the hills of Thailand, worked on organic farm in Argentina, planted over 1,000 native African trees Tanzania and lived in the Dominican Republic connecting migrant populations with community gardens. Jennifer created UpBeet Landscapes, an edible landscape design company, to help people re-connect with their food source and nature through thoughtful design.

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

 

Chop Chop: Basic Knife Skills

Cooking is actually mostly chopping and prep – and there is simply nothing else that will improve your time in the kitchen more than learning basic knife skills. Join Chef Elizabeth Buckingham for this intensive two-hour hands-on course where you’ll learn how to properly hold, hone and use your knife to its best advantage. Learn classic cuts, such as dice, mince, julienne and chiffonade, plus learn how to clean, care for and buy knives. We’ll make a delicious vegetable soup with our practice cuts! If you’re serious about cooking at home, this class is for you.

 

Generous food samples served; please bring your own chef’s knife, paring knife, honing steel, two kitchen towels and wooden cutting board.

 

Instructor: Chef Elizabeth Buckingham is a Colorado native; she earned a Grande Diplôme from Le Cordon Bleu Paris. A spontaneous scuba diving trip to the Bahamas following her culinary school graduation led to a passion for the ocean and the next eight years of her career, first cooking aboard dive boats and later progressing to head chef aboard private yachts worldwide. In 2009, Elizabeth returned to Colorado and started her own private chef venture, Moveable Feast Colorado. Elizabeth teaches public and private cooking classes in the Denver area and offers recipe development and trade-show services to her corporate clients. Elizabeth is also a certified Master Gardener and runs a tiny urban homestead complete with chickens and a large vegetable garden. She is an avid home canner and preserver, a passionate advocate of local food, and thinks everyone should know how to cook at least a little bit.

 

$44 member, $49 non-member, $20 materials fee included.

 

Cold Process Soap Making

 

 

 

Constructing Insect Homes

Insects need habitat, and in a garden setting, that can be dead wood, undisturbed areas of detritus for them to burrow, etc. Currently, habitat destruction for many important insects is a huge issue. New construction, monoculture farming, and other vast areas of urban development have made suitable habitat scarce. In your own garden, you can create spaces for these insects to thrive. Creating visually pleasing ‘artistic’ insect homes for the garden is another way to supplement these natural areas. In this class, we will construct an insect home for your garden that will be attractive to many insects including native bees and butterflies, using primarily things you can find in your own yard.

Hands on class; you will bring home a finished insect home

Ability to handle simple power tools (drills) recommended; wear work clothes and gloves.

 

**This class will meet in the lobby court and be escorted to the private Greenhouse Space to work.

 

Instructor: Becky Hahnel (with help from Katy Wieczorek)

Becky has been creating art for over most of her life. She currently is a volunteer at DBG, and has found a new outlet for her creativity in creating pollinator/ insect homes. You can find her work for sale in the DBG Gift Shop, as well as on display in the Birds and Bees Walk at the York Street location. She enjoys working with many types of media, including, but not limited to, found objects from nature, old metal for welding, paint, and wood.

 

$51 member, $59 non-member - $15 materials fee included.

 

 

 

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

Cooking with Fresh Herbs

Fresh herbs are delightfully simple and inexpensive to grow, and they add an incredible amount of flavor and nutrition to your cooking. Join Chef Elizabeth Buckingham for this fun class in which we’ll learn about the amazing varieties of fresh herbs available, the best growing methods for the Denver area, how to incorporate fresh herbs in both savory and sweet recipes, and the best ways to preserve and dry fresh herbs. Generous food samples will be provided!

 

Instructor: Chef Elizabeth Buckingham is a Colorado native; she earned a Grande Diplôme from Le Cordon Bleu Paris. A spontaneous scuba diving trip to the Bahamas following her culinary school graduation led to a passion for the ocean and the next eight years of her career, first cooking aboard dive boats and later progressing to head chef aboard private yachts worldwide. In 2009, Elizabeth returned to Colorado and started her own private chef venture, Moveable Feast Colorado. Elizabeth teaches public and private cooking classes in the Denver area and offers recipe development and trade-show services to her corporate clients. Elizabeth is also a certified Master Gardener and runs a tiny urban homestead complete with chickens and a large vegetable garden. She is an avid home canner and preserver, a passionate advocate of local food, and thinks everyone should know how to cook at least a little bit.

 

$41 members, $46 non-members - $15 materials fee included.

 

Cooking with Whole Grains

 

A diet based around whole grains, vegetables and heart-healthy fats is one of the most sensible ways to eat. The grocery store’s bulk department is an amazing source of tasty and inexpensive whole grains. Chef Elizabeth Buckingham teaches how to cook many different grain varieties with great techniques and delicious recipes including soups, risotto and bread. All the recipes showcase whole grains. Learn how simple it is to add these easy, healthy grains to your daily diet!

 

$45, $40 members

Generous food samples served

 

Instructor: Elizabeth Buckingham

 

 

Creating the Compelling Photograph & Close-Up Photography

 

 

Creative Basics of Photography

 

 

 

 

Curator Conversations: Stories in Sculpture

Stroll through the Gardens with a curator to hear a behind-the-scenes perspective to uncover connections and narratives within the Stories in Sculpture: Selections from the Walker Art Center Collection exhibition. Enjoy this unique experience to view the exhibition with the insight of a curator. This one-hour tour deepens understanding of the sculptures, the artists and the development of the exhibit.

Stories in Sculpture: Selections from the Walker Art Center Collection is organized by the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.

 

Price: $17, $10 member

 

Special instructions: Tours are 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.

 

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

Digital Workflow for Photographers

 

Join the Gardens’ official photographer, Scott Dressel-Martin, for photography instruction. Learn how to create a solid digital photography workflow using the Adobe program LightRoom that can help you organize, process, print and post images. Dressel-Martin runs through the process from camera set-up through image output. All photography skill levels are welcome. Some computer experience is required.

 

Instructor: Scott Dressel-Martin

 

$42 members, $47 non-members

 

 

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