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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.


Backyard Chicken Keeping

An accessible introduction for anyone who is interested in raising backyard hens.


Join Sundari Kraft of EatWhereULive for an accessible introduction to raising backyard hens. Topics covered will include:

- Choosing the perfect chickens (best breeds and how/where to purchase)

- Chick care

- Housing and fencing

- Feeding

- Common chicken challenges

- All about the eggs

- Financial considerations

- Livestock licensing process



Sundari Kraft. Sundari is the proud owner of a beautiful flock of Denver backyard hens. She is the author of "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Urban Homesteading," and successfully worked with city officials to change Denver's chicken laws



$35 member / non-member


Instructor: Sundari Kraft


Sundari Kraft is the author of "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Urban Homesteading" (Alpha Books, 2011). She is the founder of Heirloom Gardens and Sustainable Food Denver, and was the founding chair of the Denver Sustainable Food Policy Council. Sundari grows fruit and vegetables at her house in Denver, and is raising chickens, dwarf goats, and bees in her back yard.




Cancel the Caterer! Secrets for a Make Ahead Holiday Appetizer Menu


Do you enjoy entertaining friends and family, but with your busy schedule just don’t have time to plan and prepare for a holiday party? This class is for you! Lee Clayton Roper, author of the award-winning cookbook A Well-Seasoned Kitchen, will share with you with an end-to-end plan for a stress-free cocktail party. You will walk away with a variety of tantalizing, make-ahead hors d-oeuvres, along with tips on how tastes and colors go together, how much food to plan per person, and how to create your menu ahead of time so you are not stuck in the kitchen while your guests are enjoying your party.


Menu - Croustades aux Champignons; Spicy Chicken on Pita Triangles; Goat Cheese, Pesto and Tomato Brushetta; Benedictine Cheese Canapés; Smoked Trout Paté


Instructor: Lee Clayton Roper


Members $65, Non - Members $71 includes a materials fee of $35.

At the end of the class, participants will sit down and enjoy the various dishes Lee has prepared

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



Chihuly Exhibition Tour


Friday - Sunday

Jun. 14 - Sept. 28: 8:30 a.m. & 6 p.m.

Oct. 3 - Nov. 30: 9 a.m. & 3 p.m.


Enjoy a tour featuring the impressive site-specific artworks by Dale Chihuly. The bold and dramatic installations transform the Gardens. Experienced docents lead you on an hour-long guided walk to learn more about the artist and his sculpture.



- Member: $10

- Non-member: $17

- Student: $14



- The purchase of tour tickets includes admission to the Gardens. You don't need to buy general admission tickets if you are coming for a guided tour.

- 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. This will expedite check-in

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


Image Credit: Dale Chihuly, Blue and Purple Boat (detail), 2006. New York Botanical Garden, The Bronx, New York.


Chipotle Sustainable Food Film Series - Fed Up


Presented by Chipotle Mexican Grill

Free Dinner Provided by Chipotle Mexican Grill


The 2014 Sustainable Food Film Series, presented by Chipotle Mexican Grill, includes four 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 2014 at Denver Botanic Gardens at York Street.


Film: Fed Up

from http://fedupmovie.com/

Everything we ve been told about food and exercise for the past 30 years is dead wrong. FED UP is the film the food industry doesn t want you to see. From Katie Couric, Laurie David (Oscar winning producer of AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH) and director Stephanie Soechtig, FED UP will change the way you eat forever.



Pricing: $5

Location: Mitchell Hall


Schedule: Doors open at 6:00 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.


Cold Process Soap Making






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.


Focusing on an open heart and mind, yoga has the ability to positively affect all aspects of life. Vinyasa yoga is a style of yoga where asanas (postures) are linked with breath, creating beautiful movement and flow from one posture to the next. This is a great practice for anyone looking to connect the mind with the body.


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


All levels welcome. 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.


$10 members, $12 non-members

Instructor: Blake Burger

Location: Morrison Center (north end of the Children's Garden) except April 16, which will be in the Orangery


Photo: Perfecto Insecto (Flickr)


Gourmet Gifts from the Kitchen


Learn how to create easy, delectable culinary delights for unique gift giving.


Discover delicious gifts that will delight your favorite foodies with Choco-Chili Nut Clusters, Marinated Olives, Savory Herb Blend, Cheaters Toffee, Pomegranate Jelly, Garlic Confit and Mango Chutney. Give love and good taste this season with your kitchen creations. Recipes and take home samples included.


$44 member, $49 non-member


Instructor: Susan Evans

Healthy Fall Desserts


Join professional pastry chef and instructor DeJa Walker to prepare for the wintery months ahead with natural, healthy dessert ideas. This fall, with nature around us gathering and storing for the cold, blustery months to come, we will let our own “hibernating” instincts guide us in the kitchen. Preparing a dessert that captures the warmth of spices while showcasing local flavors of raw nuts, raw goat milk, raw honey and fresh local apples and pumpkins. Learn health tips along with where to source ingredients; this class will embrace the fall flavors.


Instructor: DeJa Walker


$39 members, $44 non-members includes a $15 materials fee.

Holiday Herbal Gifts


Learn how to make a fun variety of DIY, herb themed gifts for your friends and family this holiday season.


You'll learn how to make infused vodkas, infused oils and vinegars, salad dressings, powdered ranch dressing /dip mix, French onion soup/dip mix, Chai, mulling spices, holiday cocoa, herb and grain back/neck pillows, solid perfume, body polish, men's aftershave, tub teas and spritzer/cologne/linen spray.


Everyone will make and take home their own bath bombs, and will also take home the body polish/salt scrub and solid perfume.


$53 member, $58 non-member, includes $26 for materials.


Instructor: Christina Blume


Improving Your Floral Design


This class is for flower arrangers with some prior practice under their belts. Learn why the principles and elements of design matter in floral design and how to choose the right flowers to tell your floral story. Glean hints and shortcuts from a professional, including some experts’ secrets. During the class you will make an arrangement to take home. The class will also include a friendly critique of your design with suggestions for improvement.


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, a container, and some design accents.


Instructor: BJ Dyer, AIFD AAF CPF

$47 members, $52 nonmembers

Photo Credit: Nanimo (Flickr)

Invitation to Ikebana: Creative


The 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 more classes will be offered in coming months.


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


Japanese Ikebana has expanded its horizon by absorbing different cultures. In December, we will make a free-style Ikebana arrangement for the holidays, utlizing your own creativity and style.


$42 members, $45 non-members.


A note about materials:

Students are encouraged to purchase their own Kenzan and Ikebana vase so that they can bring home their full arrangement. The Kenzan and Ikebana vase can be reused for future arrangments. If students do not have a Kenzan and vase, they will be provided with those to make their arrangment during class but then will only bring home their flowers.


Instructor: Jan Cashman


About our instructor:

Jan Cashman has been studying ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arranging, for 25 years. The art of Japanese flower arranging combines a philosophy of developing closeness to nature with a desire to create harmony with the plant material, the container, and the environment. Jan is a teacher and student of the Sogetsu School of Ikebana. Jan is also is a graduate of the Retail Florist Program from West Valley College, Saratoga, CA. She has received several ribbons for her western design work. Ikebana is never judged.


The clay art by Jan Cashman is an outgrowth of the study of ikebana. Most of the clay pieces are specifically designed to hold plant material, but can stand alone as sculptured pieces. She has won several awards for her clay work. She has been creating clay pieces for about ten years.





Invitation to Ikebana: Moribana


The 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 our respect and appreciation towards nature. We observe life through the arrangement of plants. During each class, participants will 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. In November, we will make a naturalistic Moribana arrangement with an autumnal, harvest feeling.


$42 members, $45 non-members.


Instructor: Akiko Buckmaster


About our 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.


A note about materials:

Students are encouraged to bring their own Ikebana container and Kenzan (pin-frog) so that they may take home a finished arrangement. Container and Kenzan will be lent during the class for those who don't bring their own.


Kundalini Yoga - Single Session

Kundalini Yoga focuses on awakening your energy and unlocking your inner potential through specific breathing, movements, stretching, meditation and mantra.


This ancient and sacred practice is the oldest form of Yoga, kept secret by advanced yogis until recently. As taught by Yogi Bhajan, Ph.D., Master of Kundalini Yoga, this powerful and effective form of Yoga is a great way to recharge and heal your body quickly.


A typical Kundalini yoga class will start and end with the most beautiful and ancient chants which open and calm the heart. Then we proceed with a carefully planned sequence of postures, movements and breathing exercises, called a kriya, that bring about quick and powerful transformation on all levels. How? By stimulating the nervous and immune systems, while improving strength and flexibility, as it centers the mind and opens the spirit.


From your very first class, you'll reap the rewards, including relief from back pain, stress, addiction, depression and insomnia, and weight control. Kundalini Yoga promises you peace of mind. Elevate and experience yourself through this ancient science!


All levels welcome, no experience required. 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 help with comfort.


During the warm season the class will be held outdoors! It is a beautiful place to practice your yoga! Classes will still meet in Morrison Center and then move outdoors.

Single session: $8 member, $10 non-member


Instructor: Chris Anne Coviello

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







Literature of the Land Book Club - Fall


Join us for the fall 2014 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. We delve into literature related to the land and to nature, discussing topics that may range from environmental issues to the culture of food and drink, from the American dust bowl to the cinnamon trees of Southeast Asia. This fall we’ll examine the history and influence of America’s national parks. We’ll begin in October with Kim Heacox’s John Muir and the Ice That Started a Fire. From there we’ll move on to Letters from Yellowstone by Diane Smith (November), followed by Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed (December).


*Additional Date has been added for Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed on December 4th.


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


Each meeting is $5 for the public.




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


Make Your Own Chai


What is the rich smooth drink called Chai? Where did it originate and what are the main ingredients?


In this session you will hear about the history of Chai and have an opportunity to make your own. As we sip on a warm cup of Chai Latte we will explore different ways to enjoy the fabulous flavors and aromas of this popular drink.


You will leave with a bag of Chai to use at home along with the recipe to make more and additional recipes which use Chai as a flavor agent.


$34 member, $39 non-member, includes $7 for materials.


Instructor: Judy Williams


Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) - Relaxing In the Moment

The foundation of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is the cultivation of mindfulness – clear, non-judgmental attention to the present moment – with regard to theongoing 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.



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.


Member and Non Member price includes $25 for materials.


Photographing Blossoms of Light


Enjoy special early evening access to the Blossoms of Light event and learn how to capture stunning images of holiday displays.


The skills we will learn also translate wonderfully to making great images of lighted landmarks and architecture.


This is a Shooting Class! Bring your Tripod and Gear and Dress Warm!


$42 member, $47 non-member


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






Photographing Chihuly at Night


Enjoy special early evening access to the Chihuly at Night display and learn how to capture stunning images of the lighted sculpture.


The skills we will learn also translate wonderfully to making great images of lighted landmarks and architecture.


This is a Shooting Class! Bring your Tripod and Gear and Dress Warm!


$42 member, $47 non-member


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


Plant Based Remedies - The Healing Oils of the Bible


Extensive medical studies over the centuries have found that essential oils can 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.


Instructor: Judy Jehn, RMT


$35 members, $39 non-members includes $8 materials fee.



Image: Frankincense in resin form; Courtesy of Xix Feng.

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