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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.



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

The Encore Series - John Fielder Photography Workshop (Chatfield Farms)

2016 Bonfils Stanton Series will feature an Encore Series full of favorite workshops and tours from years past. The series will highlight the most popular programs and offer them once again. Hurry! These programs sold out quickly the first time around and are likely to do so again.


$395 Public


This is your opportunity to learn about landscape photography directly from John Fielder. Find out how he creates award-winning images and gain a deeper understanding of the visual aspects of nature. The workshop includes a slide show lecture, discussion on the most important tools you need and four hours out in the fields of Chatfield Farms and/or Roxborough State Park with Fielder. Appropriate for all levels of photographers, beginner to advanced.

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