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Building and Growing in High Tunnels


This class will take place at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, located at C-470 and Wadsworth.


This hands-on class will teach you how to design, build, and grow vegetables in high tunnels. Also called hoop houses, high tunnels are unheated greenhouses that extend the growing season. High tunnels also provide great protection for your plants from the elements, like wind and hail. They can come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and structures, and adaptations will be presented for the backyard gardener to the small scale commercial grower.


$46, $42 members

Instructor: Dan Goldhamer & Phil Cordelli


About Dan:

Dan has been involved in organic farming and gardening for over ten years, with a undergraduate degree in Sustainable Agriculture and Master's degree in Soil and Crop Science.


About Phil:

Phil Cordelli is the head grower at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield's Community Supported Agriculture farm.


Farm Camp at Chatfield: Life on the Farm

Care for farm animals and learn what it takes to make vegetables grow on a modern farm. Prepare snacks each day and learn how every ingredient is connected to the farm. You will immerse yourself in nature along the banks of Deer Creek while observing frogs, insects and birds of prey. This camp takes place at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield.

Price: $249 member, $269 non-member.


Gardening with Native Plants


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


Learn how to use native plants in home landscapes in this unique, three-session class. A combination of indoor presentations and outdoor learning in the native plant garden at Chatfield is featured. Get ideas for summer-long color and texture and watch as the palette of plants change over the months from Penstemons to grasses and Asters.


$98, $88 members for three sessions on June 17, July 15, and August 19.


Instructors: Irene Shonle & Larry Vickerman


About our instructors:

Irene Shonle is the Colorado State University Extension Director for Gilpin County. She has been teaching about native plants and mountain gardening for over 13 years, written fact sheets and other curricula on native plants. She is the current Vice President of the Colorado Native Plant Society.

Larry Vickerman is the Director of Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield and a recognized expert in native plants.




Meet Your Local Medicinal Plants


Learn about the medicinal plants growing in your backyard, along you favorite hiking trails or even cracks in the sidewalk. This class will include an herb walk to meet the many healing plants, both garden and wild, growing at Chatfield. We will talk about ways these plants can be grown and used in your own garden pharmacy. In the afternoon we will make medicine and a salve and participants will go home with a gift.


$55, $52 members


Instructor: Mary O'Brien


Mini Camp at Chatfield: Winter Wonders on the Farm

Discover what happens on a farm in the winter. Care for animals, prepare soil for spring planting, create a colorful ice sculpture, make a delicious treat and create a worm bin to take home.

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