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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

 

 

All Natural Skin Care

See how easy and inexpensive it is to make your own facial steams with herbs, cleansing grains and creams, wonderful masques, including alpha hydroxy, herbal toners and astringents, and a rich creamy moisturizer that contains far more nutrients and anti-oxidants for your skin than anything available commercially.

You'll also learn how to make a profoundly healing cream for damaged skin and premature wrinkling. Learn a few tricks for blemishes and how to make a creamy, healing lip balm.

Take home an extensive handout, bag of steaming herbs, a month supply jar of moisturizer and a pot of lip balm. After using the moisturizer from class you and your skin will never again be satisfied with anything less.

 

Instructor: Christina Blume

 

$58 member, $63 non-member, includes $30 for materials.

 

 

 

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

 

Instructor:

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.

 

 

 

Backyard Goat Keeping

An accessible introduction for anyone who is interested in raising backyard dwarf dairy goats.

 

 

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

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

- Housing and fencing

- Feeding

- Medical care & hoof trimming

- Common goat challenges

- All about the milk and milking

- Breeding and kidding

- Financial considerations (initial investment and ongoing costs)

- Livestock licensing process

 

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

 

 

$35 member / non-member.

 

Instructor: Sundari Kraft

 

 

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: BJ Dyer, AIFD AAF CPF

$47 members, $52 nonmembers

 

Image: Courtesy of Nanimo off Flickr

Beginning Bonsai

Are you mystified by this many centuries old Japanese art?

 

Join us for an entertaining and informative class with local Bonsai Master, Harold Sasaki and Bonsai Specialist Larry Jackel who will debunk the myths, fictions and misconceptions surrounding this living art form.

 

We will provide the tree, ceramic pot, wire, soil and gravel. You will have a hands-on experience of creating a finished bonsai, which you will take home with you.

 

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

 

Instructor: Harold Sasaki and Larry Jackel

 

**This class will be held in the North Parking Lot in the Socitey House, please see map attached to confirmation

 

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

 

Beginning Rocky Mountain Gardening

Rocky Mountain Gardening Elective

 

This is a course for the beginner or for newcomers to the Front Range Gardening Community. We will hit all the basics of what you really need to know to adjust your gardening skills to our climate or to begin your gardening success here on the Colorado Front Range.

If you have never gardened here before or are looking for more success, this is the class for you!

Learn the basics of gardening in our finicky climate and the skills necessary to become an enthusiastic gardener. Annuals, perennials and vegetables will be discussed, along with trees and shrubs for our climate, elevation and varying soils.

 

We will discuss plant selection, planting and troubleshooting. Leave with the knowledge and resources you need to plant the garden you have always wanted.

 

Subsequent weeks will 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

 

Canning for the Holidays

Looking for low-cost, creative gift ideas for the holidays? Join Sundari Kraft of EatWhereULive to learn how to make delicious canned goodies for your friends and family. The class will include:

- Pear & Vanilla Bean Jam

- Caramelized Onion Confit

- Spicy Jalapeno Jelly

 

The hands-on class will include instruction in the basics of water bath canning. Participants will assist in the canning preparation and processing, and receive a jar of each item to take home. Class also includes recipes for the items prepared and information about canning equipment and canning/food safety issues.

 

Instructor:

Sundari Kraft. Sundari is the author of "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Urban Homesteading" and writes about cooking and canning for her website at EatWhereULive.com. Her interest in sustainable food production led her to learn about canning as a way to preserve her garden's harvest.

 

$45 member and non-member - includes $10 for materials

Canvases and Company

Enjoy a summer evening painting session inspired by the Chihuly exhibit 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 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.

 

Pricing:

- Member: $10

- Non-member: $17

- Student: $14

 

Remarks:

- 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 - A Place at the Table

 

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: A Place at the Table

from http://www.takepart.com/place-at-the-table/film:

 

A Place at the Table forcefully makes the case that hunger has serious economic, social and cultural implications for the nation." — Julie Makinen, LA Times

 

Fifty million people in the U.S.—one in four children—don’t know where their next meal is coming from. Directors Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush examine the issue of hunger in America through the lens of three people struggling with food insecurity: Barbie, a single Philadelphia mother who grew up in poverty and is trying to provide a better life for her two kids; Rosie, a Colorado fifth-grader who often has to depend on friends and neighbors to feed her and has trouble concentrating in school; and Tremonica, a Mississippi second-grader whose asthma and health issues are exacerbated by the largely empty calories her hardworking mother can afford.

 

Ultimately, A Place at the Table shows us how hunger poses serious economic, social and cultural implications for our nation, and that it could be solved once and for all, if the American public decides — as they have in the past — that making healthy food available and affordable is in the best interest of us all.

 

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.

 

Chipotle Sustainable Food Film Series - GMO OMG

 

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: GMO OMG

from http://www.gmofilm.com/ :

 

GMO OMG director and concerned father Jeremy Seifert is in search of answers. How do GMOs affect our children, the health of our planet, and our freedom of choice? And perhaps the ultimate question, which Seifert tests himself: is it even possible to reject the food system currently in place, or have we lost something we can’t gain back? These and other questions take Seifert on a journey from his family’s table to Haiti, Paris, Norway, and the lobby of agra-giant Monsanto, from which he is unceremoniously ejected. Along the way we gain insight into a question that is of growing concern to citizens the world over: what's on your plate?

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Cool Summer Foods

 

It’s hot now. And we are all looking for some cool summer foods to make. Let’s take a little food vacation and try our hands at some options inspired from near and afar.

 

Drinking vinegars are a great way to whet the appetite, and this cold raspberry citrus drinking vinegar is so refreshing and easy to make. Making rice paper summer rolls and collard leaf wraps are a great way to use your garden bounty all while keeping your kitchen cool. Dip these healthy snacks into some delicious sauces that you will learn how to make - creamy almond ginger sauce, a spicy peanut sauce, and a toasted sesame soy sauce. To top things off, we will make an easy blender chocolate mousse. (Gluten and dairy-free; tree nuts will be used)

 

$35 members, $39 nonmembers, $30 CSA members (reciprocal members)

Instructor: Felicia Cordier

 

About our instructor:

Felicia is a born and raised Florida native whose life path has brought her to Colorado. She started cooking with her mom at the age of seven, and hasn’t looked back since. Her formal studies took her toward nutrition, and she has been combining the culinary world with the world of nutrition and teaching cooking to groups and individuals for over 30 years. Felicia promotes and uses fresh and local foods in her cooking, and she loves experimenting with flavors from all around the world. Cooking is her life, but sharing is what means the most to her. She looks forward to sharing her life of food with you.

 

CSA Pre-potluck Cooking Class

 

This is a cooking class for CSA Chatfield shareholders. The CSA potluck will be immediately following the class.

 

Learn how to make delicious dishes perfect for sharing at social gatherings. Combine fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs in new and creative ways so that your potluck dishes are the ones that make people say wow!

 

In this class, you'll not only learn some new and interesting recipes and preparation techniques, but you'll work together to make some great dishes to bring to the potluck as your contribution.

 

Instructor: Aleece Raw

$24 CSA members

 

Dawn at the Gardens

Spend a beautiful morning at the Denver Botanic Gardens photographing the Chihuly exhibit in the beautiful light of the dawn “magic hours”. This is a special opportunity to enter the Gardens before it opens in the morning to photograph the plants, flowers and artwork under brilliant morning light!

 

Bring your tripod and capture the sculptures as the light changes throughout the morning from before sunrise through the first hour of the day’s light. The class will end approximately one hour after sunrise.

 

$36 members, $44 nonmembers

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

Photo Credit: Clearly Ambiguous (Flickr)

Dusk at the Gardens

 

Spend an evening at Denver Botanic Gardens photographing this season’s Chihuly art exhibition in the beautiful light of the evening “magic hours” photographers seek.

 

Bring your tripod and capture the sculptures as the light changes throughout the evening from sunset through dusk. The class will end approximately 45 minutes after sunset.

 

$39 members, $47 non-members

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

 

This class will begin inside and then move out into the Gardens.

 

Credit: Saffron Tower, 2006. 27 x 5 x 5'. Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, 2008.

 

 

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