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2014 Horticulture Home Garden Tour

Have you ever attended a class or lecture, or read an article or blog post from one of our top Horticulturists and wondered what their home garden looks like? Well now is your chance to find out with a behind-the-scenes tour! Three of our most experienced and popular members of our Horticulture staff, Panayoti Kelaidis, Mike Kintgen, and Dan Johnson, will open up their gardens for this special opportunity.

 

Home Garden of Panayoti Kelaidis

Many thousands of plants are combined for four season interest in this Plant Collector’s garden. The Western half of the property is planted with native trees, shrubs and many cacti and western Wildflowers - almost eliminating watering needs. The Eastern half includes a large vegetable garden, perennial borders with many unusual perennials and bulbs, and a woodland garden that encircles the alpine garden on the east side of the house. Late May is when many of the Daphnes and Rhododendrons bloom, along with a host of classic alpine plants like saxifrages, dianthus and penstemons. There are several hundred containers located everywhere in this garden, many filled with annuals that are beginning their show as well…

By matching plants to microclimate, and combining plants of similar growth rate, we are able to create plantings that persist over time and need less maintenance than one might suspect with such biodiversity!

 

Home Garden of Mike Kintgen

Mike Kintgen’s garden started in 2009 with a bare canvas of dead bluegrass and a few overgrown junipers in the front yard. The dandelions, bluegrass, and junipers were removed to create a series of short berms in front of the house that made way for a Legacy buffalo grass lawn planted with spring and autumn flowering bulbs. The berms showcase a wide array of steppe and rock garden plants from around the world that are tolerant to Colorado’s hot dry summers and cold winters. The back yard is a mix of more traditional garden elements, a large propagation area, a small vegetable garden, and various rocks gardens.. There is also a large collection of alpine plants in troughs and containers filled with annuals for season long interest.

The overarching mission of the garden is to showcase how xeriscapes and rock gardens can be interesting, beautiful and more sustainable than traditional landscapes.

 

Home Garden of Dan Johnson

This average city lot supports an eclectic garden that is anything but average, the result of a driven collector with a creative proclivity. Uncommon plants greet the visitor even at the street, where a warm terracotta wall frames the stucco home and small front gardens. The gardens slope downwards behind the home, with red flagstone paths and boulders creating distinct spaces. The theme throughout is one of pushing the envelope for Colorado gardening. Deliberate use of microclimates and selective irrigation seem to make anything possible. Magnolias, wisteria, sheltered fuchsias and palms, Japanese maples and bamboo seem unlikely in their proximity to cacti, penstemon, agaves and yuccas. Collections made in Spain, South Africa and Pakistan mingle with more traditional fare. Sculptural elements and found objects enhance the sense of surprise. A small stream leads through the contours of the gardens to a koi pond with lotus and waterlilies. Photographers delight in the detail and unusual vignettes. Recovering from a brutal winter, a few specimens may be less than prime, but nevertheless, this garden still surprises.

 

This Tour will meet at Denver Botanic Gardens at York Street at 8:30 a.m. and return to Denver Botanic Gardens at York Streeet at 12:30 p.m. A chartered bus will escort all participants, the cost of the bus is included in the price of the tour. No self guided tours available.

 

$46 members, $51 non-members, includes bus transportation

 

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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)

 

Tickets to this event are currently sold out.

Additional tickets will be available to the general public and members April 17th at 9 a.m.

Tickets limited to 5 per transaction

 

 

 

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

 

 

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