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A Wild Gourmet Workshop: Foraging the Wild Edible

* This class takes place at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, C-470 and Wadsworth *

Become the ultimate locavore as we explore the tasty world of wild edibles. Discover how to locate, identify, harvest and prepare the wild plants growing all around you. Learn how to make tasty teas, artisan drink mixes, nutritious salads and gourmet additions for pastas, soups and side dishes. Plant foraging walk, cooking class and wild lunch with handout and recipes included.

Instructor: Susan Evans

Price: $58, $54 member, includes $25 materials fee

Special instructions: Class will be held outdoors with shade provided for cooking and dining; please dress appropriately.

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.

Easy Drawing in the Gardens

Make drawing easier with a simpler, logical, structural approach. Learn basics of perspective, composition control, and methods to capture forms through simplification and reference points and lines. This approach is very sculptural in nature; you begin large and basic, finishing with details. Using this method will make drawing easier and more fun.


Instructor: Mitch Caster teaches drawing at the Art Students League of Denver, and before that, at Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design. He started his career as a news artist and courtroom illustrator. Mitch now works as a fine artist and shows his paintings in galleries in Colorado, New Mexico and Texas.

Price: $44, $36 members

Photographing Sculpture

Find the best vantage points and opportunities to photograph this seasons Stories in Sculpture art exhibition at Denver Botanic Gardens.

When photographing artwork we photographers are torn between faithfully rendering the work, or re-interpreting the work to our own creative ends. In this class we will try both approaches to see how our personal vision can visually redefine someone else’s original work of art. We will venture out into the gardens to capture images in the beautiful evening light.


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

Price: $44, $36 members

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

Sculpture Photography at First and Last Light

Photographing a sculpture is a compliment to the artist who created it. Capturing the essence of an artwork is difficult if it isn’t taken in the right light. Magical hours around sunrise and sunset offer that right light. Denver Botanic Gardens offers a unique opportunity to take advantage of these ideal times through photography expeditions. Meet before dawn in a short class session on how to use your camera settings to capture the light and to learn what makes a picture a picture. In the evening the short session occurs a couple of hours before sunset. Once each classroom session is over, you’ll step into the garden to take photographs the will stand out from the crowd.

Morning and evening expeditions are separate classes. Expeditions are timed to coincide with the full or nearly full moon rising and setting near dawn and dusk so it can be utilized as a backdrop and or as a complement to the photography.

Instructor: David Winger, a garden photographer with many published photographs to his credit.

Price: $44, $36 members

Special Instructions: It is recommended that participants bring a camera with adjustable settings and a tripod. These two items offer more flexibility when taking a variety of photographs. A hand-held point-and-shoot or cell phone photographer can also come away with excellent photographs when harnessing the light that will be available.


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