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Artist Talk: Dale Chihuly

Hear this world-renowned artist talk about his work and some of his most iconic projects from around the world. A book signing will follow the lecture. This lecture is free with admission to the Gardens.

 

Admission to the Gardens and exhibition: $0 member, $15 non-member, $12 Senior, $9 Children (ages 3 – 15)

 

This Lecture is SOLD OUT!

 

 

 

 

 

Bonfils Stanton Lecture Series - 2014

2014 BONFILS-STANTON LECTURE SERIES

Celebration of the Seasons: An Unexpected Performance

 

“Nature gives to every time and season some beauties of its own.”

— Charles Dickens

 

With the support of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation and in line with the Gardens' mission of connecting people with plants, this year's series is designed to take you along with us through nature’s seasons as we observe and appreciate the aesthetic and edible bounties that nature is able to provide for us within a year’s time.

 

Join us for interactive and interesting lectures that feature a variety of speakers sure to open your eyes and your hearts to the rich variety of each season’s unique offerings. Starting with spring and moving through winter, topics will include the allure and application of plant foliage varieties to spice up your landscape, using your garden’s bounty to fill your pantry with culinary delights sure to impress everyone at your table, and successfully extending your growing season with tips from one of gardening’s beloved experts.

 

This Series includes all 4 lectures in the 2014 Bonfils Stanton Lecture Series, which also includes all pre lecture tastings. (does not include tours or workshop)

 

$50 member, $70 non-member

 

High Altitude Garden Tour - Spring

Do you want to learn how to grow food in the mountains?

 

Come see for yourself and spend the day in the beautiful Wet Mountains touring Penn and Cord Parmenter’s High Altitude Gardens and Greenhouses. The gardens feature Food, Herbs and Flowers, grown in a multitude of ways. Early plantings in the open and under cover will be under way as well as early perennial food.

 

We will discuss shade growing veggies, fruit, composting, soil building, season extenders and more.

 

Penn’s Forest Garden is in the trees on a decomposed granite mountain and has a collection of over 45 raised beds – built with dry-stack rock or wood. Cord’s Bio-Intensive Garden is in the open and down the mountain in the rich bottomland soil, featuring 20 bio-intensive beds, a fleet of covers and a few well-placed hail guards.

 

This walking, talking, educational tour includes demonstrations, examples and two totally sustainable passive solar greenhouses.

 

The setting is gorgeous, bring your camera, a sack lunch, water, the usual stuff…

Come prepared for 8,000 ft. in the spring.

See you on the mountain!

 

$25 member, $30 non-member

 

Participants my carpool from the Denver area and meet at the Botanic Gardens at 8 am at the Visitors Center or you may meet at the site at 12 pm for the tour. Denver Botanic

Gardens will not be organizing any carpool opportunity.

 

 

Tour Location:

12746 CR 255

Westcliffe, Co 81252

 

 

North of Westcliffe

South Central Colorado

Wet Mountains

8,140 ft. elevation

 

Lecture - Confessions of a Foliage-A-Holic: A 12 Step Program

Christina Salwitz

 

As one of the co-authors of the new hit book “Fine Foliage,” Salwitz describes the seemingly innocent, beautiful and alluring leaves that draw you into a web of horticultural dependency that begins with a quick trip to the nursery and ends with you swooning and plotting your next foliage hit. Enjoy this juicy and entertaining slide show of all things foliage that will "leaf" you wanting more!

 

Salwitz, known as "the Personal Garden Coach,” is not only a horticultural guidance counselor, she is a "hort-head" of the first order, a writer of plant passions and a container gardening fashionista! She focuses on saving labor, time and money in gardening—and above all having fun. As a Seattle-based horticulturist, speaker, garden writer and author, Salwitz has spent more than 20 years working with the public in numerous gardening capacities. In addition to writing for traditional garden media publications such as Better Homes and Gardens (Cover, March 2014), Fine Gardening and Garden Design, she also writes for industry publications for the horticulture trade and continues to act as a resource to garden authors and columnists across the country. Her own home garden and those of her clients are frequently featured in her blog personalgardencoach.wordpress.com and she is a proud founding member of The Garden Designer's Roundtable (gdrt.wordpress.com). As co-author of "Fine Foliage," Salwitz has become a nationally recognized authority on designing with foliage, designing with containers and garden trends.

 

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

Menu - Foliage is the unsung hero of the garden, without their amazing hues to set off the glorious blooms that they support, the garden would lose a dimension. We'll play with ingredients that are normally thought as of as the garnish on a recipe instead of the "star.”

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.

 

“Nature gives to every time and season some beauties of its own.”

— Charles Dickens

 

With the support of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation and in line with the Gardens' mission of connecting people with plants, this year's series is designed to take you along with us through nature’s seasons as we observe and appreciate the aesthetic and edible bounties that nature is able to provide for us within a year’s time.

 

 

Lecture - Nothing is Impossible - The Winter Harvest Handbook

Eliot Coleman

 

Celebrated farming expert, Eliot Coleman, helped start the organic food movement with “The New Organic Grower” published 20 years ago. He continues to lead the way, pushing the limits of the harvest season. Coleman will share his innovative and highly successfully methods to raise crops throughout the coldest of winters. Discover how to grow produce of unparalleled freshness and quality in customized unheated or, in some cases, minimally heated, movable plastic greenhouses.

 

Coleman offers clear, concise details on greenhouse construction and maintenance, planting schedules, crop management, harvesting practices and even marketing methods. A passionate advocate for the revival of small-scale sustainable farming, Coleman provides a practical model for supplying fresh, locally grown produce during the winter season, even in climates where conventional wisdom says it can't be done.

 

Eliot Coleman has been involved in organic farming since 1966. He has experience in field vegetables, greenhouse vegetables, rotational grazing of livestock and range poultry. He is the author of “The New Organic Grower” (Chelsea Green, rev. 1995), “Four Season Harvest” (Chelsea Green, rev. 1999), and “The Winter Harvest Handbook” (Chelsea Green, 2009). As a commercial market gardener, director of agricultural research projects and teacher and lecturer on organic farming, he has studied and practiced all aspects of the craft. Coleman presently owns and operates Four Season Farm, a year-round market garden in Harborside, Maine.

 

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

Menu - Potatoes, yams, root vegetables, beans, hearty greens, honey, hearty herbs all will come together to show the bounty that is still available to us to share the glorious tastes that is Colorado in the winter.

7 p.m. Program and lecture

8:30 p.m. Book signing by author

 

All lecture programs: $20 member, $25 non-member. Space is limited so register early!

* ticket price includes entry into the outdoor exhibition.

 

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

 

“Nature gives to every time and season some beauties of its own.”

— Charles Dickens

 

With the support of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation and in line with the Gardens' mission of connecting people with plants, this year's series is designed to take you along with us through nature’s seasons as we observe and appreciate the aesthetic and edible bounties that nature is able to provide for us within a year’s time.

 

 

 

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