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Bonfils Stanton Lecture Series - 2016

Heirloom-inaries: Rooting Contemporary Gardens in Tradition

 

A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” – Marcus Garvey

 

 

 

 

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 a lecture and workshop series designed to take us back to our roots, exploring the history, traditions and culture of gardening. You can gain wisdom from gardeners before us, integrating traditional knowledge into the contemporary garden. Botanist, farmer and author Augustus Jenkins Farmer shares stories of traditional gardening techniques; from the charm of sharing plant cuttings with neighbors to intercropping plants to protect integrity of the soil. Bill Laws shares fascinating examples from his book Fifty Plants that Changed the Course of History, and Lauren Springer Ogden s garden tour demonstrates a living laboratory for plants and plant matrices, emphasizing prairie, meadow and chaparral-inspired spaces that are a hallmark of Lauren s regional design work.

 

 

A parallel series of intimate workshops and tours brings to life the traditions that have painted a romantic picture of gardening. Workshops include growing blue ribbon vegetables with Jodi Torpey; keeping a garden journal with Bill Laws; and a big bulbs workshop with Augustus Jenkins Farmer. We are excited to offer tours at the Gardens and throughout the region. Explore the splendor and abundance of Le Potager garden at the season s peak and tour historically significant plants throughout the Gardens. For the first time, Lauren Springer Ogden opens her garden and welcomes participants to enjoy the beauty.

 

 

 

Lecture Series, which also includes all pre lecture tastings. (does not include tours or workshop)

$52 member, $70 non-member

 

Lectures include:

Deep-Rooted Wisdom: Skills and Stories from Generations of Gardeners

Augustus Jenkins Farmer

Wednesday, April 27, 7 p.m.

 

Blue Ribbon Vegetable Gardening

Jodi Torpey

Saturday, May 14, 10-11:30 a.m.

 

Our Glorious Gardens: How Did They Get Here?

Bill Laws

Thursday, May 19, 7 p.m

 

Denver Botanic Gardens: History in the Heart of the City

Thomas Noel

Thursday, September 15, 7-8:30 p.m.

 

Lecture - Blue Ribbon Vegetable Gardening

Today’s gardeners would have a difficult time recognizing the vegetables our ancestors ate. Wild tomatoes looked like small yellow berries and carrots were nothing more than skinny roots. So how did these plants grow into the beautiful vegetables we enjoy today? Early seed savers, plant breeders and agricultural contests at American fairs all played an important role.

 

Celebrate the rich history of our favorite homegrown vegetables such as mammoth pumpkins and onions while discovering how to grow your own picture-perfect produce. This entertaining session shows how to choose the top vegetable varieties, schedule planting dates and prepare for the big show. Participants take home a vegetable transplant from Bonnie Plants.

 

Speaker Bio:

Jodi Torpey is an award-winning vegetable gardener, master gardener and founder/editor-in-chief of WesternGardeners.com. She is the author of “The Colorado Gardener’s Companion and Blue-Ribbon Vegetable Gardening.” Torpey speaks at gardening events around the country and digitally through her Craftsy.com class. Since 2010, she has organized Denver’s “Plant a Row for the Hungry” campaign as a volunteer for the Garden Writers Association.

 

9:30 a.m. Social hour and tasting hosted by Slow Food Denver (included in price)

10 a.m. Program and lecture

11:30 a.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 identification required.

 

A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” – Marcus Garvey

 

 

 

 

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 a lecture and workshop series designed to take us back to our roots, exploring the history, traditions and culture of gardening. You can gain wisdom from gardeners before us, integrating traditional knowledge into the contemporary garden. Botanist, farmer and author Augustus Jenkins Farmer shares stories of traditional gardening techniques; from the charm of sharing plant cuttings with neighbors to intercropping plants to protect integrity of the soil. Bill Laws shares fascinating examples from his book Fifty Plants that Changed the Course of History, and Lauren Springer Ogden’s garden tour demonstrates a living laboratory for plants and plant matrices, emphasizing prairie, meadow and chaparral-inspired spaces that are a hallmark of Lauren’s regional design work.

 

 

A parallel series of intimate workshops and tours brings to life the traditions that have painted a romantic picture of gardening. Workshops include growing blue ribbon vegetables with Jodi Torpey; keeping a garden journal with Bill Laws; and a big bulbs workshop with Augustus Jenkins Farmer. We are excited to offer tours at the Gardens and throughout the region. Explore the splendor and abundance of Le Potager garden at the season’s peak and tour historically significant plants throughout the Gardens. For the first time, Lauren Springer Ogden opens her garden and welcomes participants to enjoy the beauty.

 

 

Lecture - Denver Botanic Gardens: History in the Heart of the City

The true history of the Garden’s 23 acres has been long anticipated, and this is the opportunity to hear all about it. Only a few centuries ago, the land on which the Gardens sits was nothing but dust and the occasional prairie dog. Professor Tom “Dr. Colorado” Noel shares how the Denver Botanic Gardens evolved into an urban oasis, from a barren landscape, to contended cemetery, to one of America’s greatest botanical gardens.

 

Speaker bio:

Thomas Noel is a Professor of History and Director of Public History, Preservation & Colorado Studies at the University of Colorado Denver. He has written 47 books, many articles and a Sunday history column for The Denver Post. He appears regularly as "Dr. Colorado" on NBC 9 News "Colorado & Company."

Noel has a masters and Ph.D. from Colorado University Boulder and a B.A. from the University of Denver. His 2015 book “Colorado: A Historical Atlas” is a full-color coffee table treasure exploring 90 topics in the evolution of the highest state from Mesa Verde to marijuana.

 

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 identification required.

 

A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” – Marcus Garvey

 

 

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 a lecture and workshop series designed to take us back to our roots, exploring the history, traditions and culture of gardening. You can gain wisdom from gardeners before us, integrating traditional knowledge into the contemporary garden. Botanist, farmer and author Augustus Jenkins Farmer shares stories of traditional gardening techniques; from the charm of sharing plant cuttings with neighbors to intercropping plants to protect integrity of the soil. Bill Laws shares fascinating examples from his book Fifty Plants that Changed the Course of History, and Lauren Springer Ogden’s garden tour demonstrates a living laboratory for plants and plant matrices, emphasizing prairie, meadow and chaparral-inspired spaces that are a hallmark of Lauren’s regional design work.

 

 

A parallel series of intimate workshops and tours brings to life the traditions that have painted a romantic picture of gardening. Workshops include growing blue ribbon vegetables with Jodi Torpey; keeping a garden journal with Bill Laws; and a big bulbs workshop with Augustus Jenkins Farmer. We are excited to offer tours at the Gardens and throughout the region. Explore the splendor and abundance of Le Potager garden at the season’s peak and tour historically significant plants throughout the Gardens. For the first time, Lauren Springer Ogden opens her garden and welcomes participants to enjoy the beauty.

 

 

Lecture - Our Glorious Gardens: How Did They Get Here?

Share a journey through 2,000 years of horticultural history with English garden writer Bill Laws. His book, “50 Plants That Changed the Course of History,” looks at the evolution of the garden through everyday plants and hand tools.

 

Whether you are juggling priorities in a large garden, or nurturing a small collection of potted succulents, you are a gardener. And that makes you an active participant in over 20 centuries of gardening.

 

Gardens provide a mindful retreat for busy lives; it’s not a coincidence that most of the world’s religions portray paradise as a garden. What brought us to this point in horticultural history? Is the future of the garden bright or bleak?

 

Speaker Bio:

A seasoned garden speaker and writer, Bill Laws is a practical gardener. He runs an allotment and manages a former rectory garden, now part of a neighborhood day center.

 

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 identification required.

 

A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” – Marcus Garvey

 

 

 

 

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 a lecture and workshop series designed to take us back to our roots, exploring the history, traditions and culture of gardening. You can gain wisdom from gardeners before us, integrating traditional knowledge into the contemporary garden. Botanist, farmer and author Augustus Jenkins Farmer shares stories of traditional gardening techniques; from the charm of sharing plant cuttings with neighbors to intercropping plants to protect integrity of the soil. Bill Laws shares fascinating examples from his book Fifty Plants that Changed the Course of History, and Lauren Springer Ogden’s garden tour demonstrates a living laboratory for plants and plant matrices, emphasizing prairie, meadow and chaparral-inspired spaces that are a hallmark of Lauren’s regional design work.

 

 

A parallel series of intimate workshops and tours brings to life the traditions that have painted a romantic picture of gardening. Workshops include growing blue ribbon vegetables with Jodi Torpey; keeping a garden journal with Bill Laws; and a big bulbs workshop with Augustus Jenkins Farmer. We are excited to offer tours at the Gardens and throughout the region. Explore the splendor and abundance of Le Potager garden at the season’s peak and tour historically significant plants throughout the Gardens. For the first time, Lauren Springer Ogden opens her garden and welcomes participants to enjoy the beauty.

 

The Botanical Paradises of Greece Lecture

The botanical paradises of Greece: Greece has the largest number of species of native plants of any country in Europe, and many Greek wildflowers are “endemic”: Liberto will be botanist on next April’s DBG tour to Greece—and in his talk he will give us a sense of the many habitats and ecosystems that are found in this remarkable country—from exotic sand-lilies on the sea shore the diverse alpine plants on the mountain summits. You do not need a passport to attend this talk! But you will need one to join him next April!

 

Speaker: Eleftherios Dariotis (better known as Liberto Dario) is a horticulturist and botanist from Athens who will be a guide in the upcoming tour to Greece and Turkey conducted by Denver Botanic Gardens. He has a Master of Science from the University of California in Davis and another M. Sc. In Horticulture from the University of Reading in England. He has a private garden where he collects seed (as well as in the wild) which he sells on the web, and conducts botanical tours of Greece. Greece has the largest number of species of plants of any European nation—and few field botanists have traveled as much around Greece in recent years as Liberto, who has a special interest in the Mint Family which is richly diversified in Greece. He knows and loves all plants—especially bulbs (he has a large collection of African bulbs in his home garden). He has a strong interest in Xeriscape and naturalistic gardening as well. Liberto is a charismatic and wonderful speaker, launching a ten city lecture tour across America in Denver: you must not miss this talk!

Price: $19, $16 member

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