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Lecture - Colorado’s Yampa River: Free Flowing and Wild Forever

 

Colorado’s Yampa River today is a delicately balanced bio-physical system that offers sustainable food and water for wildlife and humans alike. The Yampa and its interconnected resources still function almost as they have for eons— a wonderful anomaly in an otherwise river-whacked Colorado River basin. Yet, there are proposals to undo this evolutionary masterpiece, all in a matter of 10 years, to support unsustainable population growth on the eastern slope of Colorado. Join Colorado nature photographer John Fielder and river rat Pat Tierney as they photograph and write their way down the entire 200-mile length of the river. Between Fielder’s sublime images and Tierney’s human and natural history text, you may feel like you are rowing along with the authors!

 

John Fielder

Fielder has worked tirelessly to promote the protection of Colorado’s ranches, open space and wildlands during his 33-year career as a nature photographer and publisher. His photography has influenced people and legislation and over 40 books have been published depicting his Colorado photography. His latest book is “The Yampa River: Free Flowing & Wild Forever.”

 

6 p.m. Social hour and tasting hosted by Slow Food Denver (included in price)

7 p.m. Program and lecture

8:30 p.m. Book signing by author

 

All lecture programs: $15 member, $20 non-member. Space is limited so register early!

 

Slow Food Members are welcome to register for the discounted member price of $15, please click on reciprocal member price, no idenification required.

 

Colorado men are we, From the peaks gigantic, from the great sierras and the high plateaus,

From the mine and from the gully, from the hunting trail we come, Pioneers! O pioneers!

~ Walt Whitman

 

With the support of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation and in line with the Gardens’ mission of connecting people with plants, we are excited to bring you our annual speakers’ series starting in June.

 

This year’s series celebrates remarkable home-grown local heroes and covers fascinating topics geared specifically for the Front Range gardener and nature lover. Discover the ins and outs of successful gardening in our unique environment from some of the country’s best experts! Topics include transforming your garden into a habitat for a variety of creatures with David Salman from the famed High Country Gardens and popular garden author Lauren Springer Ogden, as well as working with the challenges (and opportunities!) of gardening in our dry climate with the Gardens’ world-renowned horticulturalists. We are excited to welcome the inspiring nature photographer and publisher John Fielder as he takes us on a photographic journey along Colorado’s Yampa River to discover its history, beauty and the current efforts to keep this 200-mile river wild and strong.

 

A parallel series of intimate workshops accompany the lectures and provide opportunities for hands-on learning with the experts. Join expert seed savers Bill McDorman and Belle Starr for a condensed version of their acclaimed Seed School; gain knowledge on how to easily and cheaply build a greenhouse with the ever-popular Penn and Cord Parmenter or learn about landscape photography and gain a deeper understanding of the visual aspects of nature with John Fielder. The Gardens is excited to also offer related local tours and more distant trips (with some of the Gardens experts leading the way!).

 

Rediscover your own backyard with this year’s Bonfils-Stanton speaker series!

 

Lecture - Seed: The Future of Food

 

Like a seed, the idea of seed-saving has to take root. Even before that can happen, a seed has to be planted. The added value, economic opportunity and social benefits of seed-saving are enormous. What will it take for us to start thinking in “seedsheds” and how do we affect change no matter where we are on the seed-saving (supporting) scale? Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance’s Bill McDorman inspires the audience to connect deeply with the world and empowers them to begin to plant seeds wherever they are. Let it begin now!

 

Bill McDorman

Bill is executive director and co-founder of the Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance (RMSA), a new nonprofit seed conservation organization serving the Rocky Mountain West. Previously, he was director of Native Seeds/SEARCH in Tucson, Arizona. Bill founded three seed companies including Seeds/Trust High Altitude Gardens and co-founded several nonprofits including the Sawtooth Botanical Garden in Hailey, Idaho. He is author of “Basic Seed Saving.” He and his wife created an innovative week-long training called Seed School, the educational centerpiece of RMSA.

 

6 p.m. Social hour and tasting hosted by Slow Food Denver (included in price)

7 p.m. Program and lecture

 

All lecture programs: $15 member, $20 non-member. Space is limited so register early!

 

Slow Food Members are welcome to register for the discounted member price of $15, please click on reciprocal member price, no idenification required.

 

Colorado men are we, From the peaks gigantic, from the great sierras and the high plateaus,

From the mine and from the gully, from the hunting trail we come, Pioneers! O pioneers!

~ Walt Whitman

 

With the support of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation and in line with the Gardens’ mission of connecting people with plants, we are excited to bring you our annual speakers’ series starting in June.

 

This year’s series celebrates remarkable home-grown local heroes and covers fascinating topics geared specifically for the Front Range gardener and nature lover. Discover the ins and outs of successful gardening in our unique environment from some of the country’s best experts! Topics include transforming your garden into a habitat for a variety of creatures with David Salman from the famed High Country Gardens and popular garden author Lauren Springer Ogden, as well as working with the challenges (and opportunities!) of gardening in our dry climate with the Gardens’ world-renowned horticulturalists. We are excited to welcome the inspiring nature photographer and publisher John Fielder as he takes us on a photographic journey along Colorado’s Yampa River to discover its history, beauty and the current efforts to keep this 200-mile river wild and strong.

 

A parallel series of intimate workshops accompany the lectures and provide opportunities for hands-on learning with the experts. Join expert seed savers Bill McDorman and Belle Starr for a condensed version of their acclaimed Seed School; gain knowledge on how to easily and cheaply build a greenhouse with the ever-popular Penn and Cord Parmenter or learn about landscape photography and gain a deeper understanding of the visual aspects of nature with John Fielder. The Gardens is excited to also offer related local tours and more distant trips (with some of the Gardens experts leading the way!).

 

Rediscover your own backyard with this year’s Bonfils-Stanton speaker series!

Lecture - Smart Greenhouses: A Guide to Year-Round Rocky Mountain Growing

 

Smart greenhouses offers an exciting and colorful presentation portraying a completely new way of thinking about year round greenhouse growing in the Rocky Mountain West. Without the use of fossil fuel, these greenhouses heat, cool and ventilate themselves for four glorious seasons of green. Starting with their first $150 recycled prototype to large, gorgeous, state-of-the-art greenhouses, to a student project at 11,000 ft., the Parmenters take you on a journey around Colorado to see what their clients and students are growing 365 days a year.

 

Penn and Cord Parmenter

Since 1992, Penn and Cord have been growing food at 8,120 ft in the Wet Mountains of south-central Colorado. After facing the challenges of the wild west for over 20 years, they are now high-altitude food growing teachers and sustainable greenhouse designers.

 

6 p.m. Social hour and tasting hosted by Slow Food Denver (included in price)

7 p.m. Program and lecture

 

All lecture programs: $15 member, $20 non-member. Space is limited so register early!

 

Slow Food Members are welcome to register for the discounted member price of $15, please click on reciprocal member price, no idenification required.

 

Colorado men are we, From the peaks gigantic, from the great sierras and the high plateaus,

From the mine and from the gully, from the hunting trail we come, Pioneers! O pioneers!

~ Walt Whitman

 

With the support of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation and in line with the Gardens’ mission of connecting people with plants, we are excited to bring you our annual speakers’ series starting in June.

 

This year’s series celebrates remarkable home-grown local heroes and covers fascinating topics geared specifically for the Front Range gardener and nature lover. Discover the ins and outs of successful gardening in our unique environment from some of the country’s best experts! Topics include transforming your garden into a habitat for a variety of creatures with David Salman from the famed High Country Gardens and popular garden author Lauren Springer Ogden, as well as working with the challenges (and opportunities!) of gardening in our dry climate with the Gardens’ world-renowned horticulturalists. We are excited to welcome the inspiring nature photographer and publisher John Fielder as he takes us on a photographic journey along Colorado’s Yampa River to discover its history, beauty and the current efforts to keep this 200-mile river wild and strong.

 

A parallel series of intimate workshops accompany the lectures and provide opportunities for hands-on learning with the experts. Join expert seed savers Bill McDorman and Belle Starr for a condensed version of their acclaimed Seed School; gain knowledge on how to easily and cheaply build a greenhouse with the ever-popular Penn and Cord Parmenter or learn about landscape photography and gain a deeper understanding of the visual aspects of nature with John Fielder. The Gardens is excited to also offer related local tours and more distant trips (with some of the Gardens experts leading the way!).

 

Rediscover your own backyard with this year’s Bonfils-Stanton speaker series!

 

Lecture - Steppes: The Plants and Ecology of the World’s Semi-Arid Regions

 

Living and gardening in Denver and the Interior West presents challenges and opportunities that we may think of as unique especially when compared to the world’s wetter habitats. However, much of the human story has been written in exactly these sort of high, dry grasslands and shrub lands, broadly known as the world’s steppe climates. It’s no accident that so many of our best garden plants come to us from these far-off lands. Journey with us from the familiar canyons and prairies of the American West to the vast plains of Mongolia, to the rugged grasslands and Karoo of South Africa and to the windswept peaks and plateaus of Patagonia.

 

Michael Bone, Dan Johnson, Panayoti Kelaidis, Mike Kintgen and Larry G. Vickerman

Guests are treated to a lecture by some of the country’s top horticulturalists. Join Denver Botanic Gardens’ Michael Bone (curator of steppe collection), Dan Johnson (curator of native plants & associate director of horticulture), Panayoti Kelaidis (senior curator and director of outreach), Mike Kintgen (curator of alpine collections) and Larry G. Vickerman (director, Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield).

 

6 p.m. Social hour and tasting hosted by Slow Food Denver (included in price)

7 p.m. Program and lecture

8:30 p.m. Book signing by authors

 

All lecture programs: $15 member, $20 non-member. Space is limited so register early!

 

Slow Food Members are welcome to register for the discounted member price of $15, please click on reciprocal member price, no idenification required.

 

Colorado men are we, From the peaks gigantic, from the great sierras and the high plateaus,

From the mine and from the gully, from the hunting trail we come, Pioneers! O pioneers!

~ Walt Whitman

 

With the support of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation and in line with the Gardens’ mission of connecting people with plants, we are excited to bring you our annual speakers’ series starting in June.

 

This year’s series celebrates remarkable home-grown local heroes and covers fascinating topics geared specifically for the Front Range gardener and nature lover. Discover the ins and outs of successful gardening in our unique environment from some of the country’s best experts! Topics include transforming your garden into a habitat for a variety of creatures with David Salman from the famed High Country Gardens and popular garden author Lauren Springer Ogden, as well as working with the challenges (and opportunities!) of gardening in our dry climate with the Gardens’ world-renowned horticulturalists. We are excited to welcome the inspiring nature photographer and publisher John Fielder as he takes us on a photographic journey along Colorado’s Yampa River to discover its history, beauty and the current efforts to keep this 200-mile river wild and strong.

 

A parallel series of intimate workshops accompany the lectures and provide opportunities for hands-on learning with the experts. Join expert seed savers Bill McDorman and Belle Starr for a condensed version of their acclaimed Seed School; gain knowledge on how to easily and cheaply build a greenhouse with the ever-popular Penn and Cord Parmenter or learn about landscape photography and gain a deeper understanding of the visual aspects of nature with John Fielder. The Gardens is excited to also offer related local tours and more distant trips (with some of the Gardens experts leading the way!).

 

Rediscover your own backyard with this year’s Bonfils-Stanton speaker series!

 

Succulents and other interesting plants from the Summer Rainfall Area of South Africa

 

Georg Fritz is a Horticulturist who works for the city of Heidelberg in South Africa: he maintains a fabulous private garden in the countryside near that city which contains a wealth of rare plants and wonderful garden design. Georg lives in the eastern part of South Africa on the “Highveld”—milder in winter than Denver, but with many similarities as well. He is also a botanist and conservationist who monitors and studies rare plant communities in a vast nature reserve (the Suikerbosrand) near his home. Georg and his wife hosted a recent tour from Denver Botanic Gardens at his home, and we are delighted to host the two of them in return. This is a unique opportunity for our members to see how home gardeners go about their hobby on another continent.

 

$10 public

 

The Art of Stone Appreciation – Contemporary Concepts in the Context of Ancient Asian Traditions

 

Originating some two thousand years ago in China, the tradition of collecting and appreciating scholars’ stones has endured in contemporary times. Known in China as Gongshi and in Japan as Suiseki, scholars’ stones were seen to be valuable natural objects that intellectuals could place in their studies for contemplation. A scholar who discovered the qualities of one of these stones considered the landscape from which the stone came, and appreciated the impressions and emotions each stone could invoke. The practice of discovering remarkable viewing stones and bringing them into the human sphere continues today. Dr. Tom Elias is recognized as an international authority on both contemporary and traditional Asian viewing stones and is a major collector of such stones himself. He recently authored an illustrated book on viewing stones of North America. In this presentation he will illustrate contemporary concepts of viewing stones in North America within the historical context and tradition of the ancient Asian art form.

 

Dr. Thomas S. Elias

Dr. Thomas S. Elias, former Director of the United States National Arboretum in Washington D.C., is the Chairman of the Viewing Stone Association of North America and the Honorary Vice-Chairman of the Viewing Stone Association of China. Dr. Elias is the President of Bonsai Clubs International and the President of the Southern Breeze Tree and Stone Society of southern California. He is the recipient of the prestigious Order of the Rising Sun with Gold Leaves and Rosette from the Emperor of Japan and was honored by the Japan Suiseki Association in 2014 for his contribution to the understanding and promotion of Japanese stone appreciation. He is not only an engaging speaker but also the author of several books, including Viewing Stones of North America: A Contemporary Perspective, co-author with his wife, Hiromi, of Chrysanthemum Stones: The Story of Stone Flowers, and co-author of Spirit Stones: The Ancient Art of Scholar's Rock.

 

$22 members, $27 non-members

WORKSHOP - Smart Greenhouses: Sustainable Design

 

Learn the basic principles of designing a smart greenhouse for any elevation and foil the challenges of Colorado’s climate with greenhouse gurus Penn and Cord Parmenter. Learn how to tap into nature for a year round greenhouse that will perform better than your wildest dreams – without using fossil fuel.

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