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2015 Horticulture Home Garden Tour

 

Have you ever wondered what our top horticulturalists' home gardens look like? Now is your chance to find out with a behind-the-scenes tour! This chartered bus tour focuses on the collections of native plants, many of them unique and rare and gathered from plant exploration travels around the world!

 

Three of our most experienced and popular members of our Horticulture staff, Panayoti Kelaidis, Mike Kintgen, and Mike Bone, will open up their gardens for this special opportunity.

 

Please chose from one of two tour times:

8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

or 1:30 - 5:30 p.m.

 

The tours will depart from and return to Denver Botanic Gardens at York Street. 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

 

 

Home Garden of Panayoti Kelaidis, Director of Outreach

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, Curator of Alpine Collections

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.

 

Colorado Foodways: A Celebration of Local Food

 

Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield provides the perfect setting to celebrate our state’s foodways – the intersection of food in culture, traditions, and history.

 

Sample traditional Coloradan food and recipes and sip on some locally crafted drinks while listening to a live band. Take tours of the historic Hildebrand Ranch House, which is on the historic registry. Stroll the fields of organic vegetables, herbs, and flowers with our Community Supported Agriculture farm staff. All while watching the sun set over the foothills!

 

Light dinner, drinks, and tours included with registration.

 

$39 members, $42 non members

 

 

 

Lecture - Colorado’s Yampa River: Free Flowing and Wild Forever

 

Colorado’s Yampa River today is a delicately balanced bio-physical system that offers sustainable food and water for wildlife and humans alike. The Yampa and its interconnected resources still function almost as they have for eons— a wonderful anomaly in an otherwise river-whacked Colorado River basin. Yet, there are proposals to undo this evolutionary masterpiece, all in a matter of 10 years, to support unsustainable population growth on the eastern slope of Colorado. Join Colorado nature photographer John Fielder and river rat Pat Tierney as they photograph and write their way down the entire 200-mile length of the river. Between Fielder’s sublime images and Tierney’s human and natural history text, you may feel like you are rowing along with the authors!

 

John Fielder

Fielder has worked tirelessly to promote the protection of Colorado’s ranches, open space and wildlands during his 33-year career as a nature photographer and publisher. His photography has influenced people and legislation and over 40 books have been published depicting his Colorado photography. His latest book is “The Yampa River: Free Flowing & Wild Forever.”

 

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 idenification required.

 

Colorado men are we, From the peaks gigantic, from the great sierras and the high plateaus,

From the mine and from the gully, from the hunting trail we come, Pioneers! O pioneers!

~ Walt Whitman

 

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 our annual speakers’ series starting in June.

 

This year’s series celebrates remarkable home-grown local heroes and covers fascinating topics geared specifically for the Front Range gardener and nature lover. Discover the ins and outs of successful gardening in our unique environment from some of the country’s best experts! Topics include transforming your garden into a habitat for a variety of creatures with David Salman from the famed High Country Gardens and popular garden author Lauren Springer Ogden, as well as working with the challenges (and opportunities!) of gardening in our dry climate with the Gardens’ world-renowned horticulturalists. We are excited to welcome the inspiring nature photographer and publisher John Fielder as he takes us on a photographic journey along Colorado’s Yampa River to discover its history, beauty and the current efforts to keep this 200-mile river wild and strong.

 

A parallel series of intimate workshops accompany the lectures and provide opportunities for hands-on learning with the experts. Join expert seed savers Bill McDorman and Belle Starr for a condensed version of their acclaimed Seed School; gain knowledge on how to easily and cheaply build a greenhouse with the ever-popular Penn and Cord Parmenter or learn about landscape photography and gain a deeper understanding of the visual aspects of nature with John Fielder. The Gardens is excited to also offer related local tours and more distant trips (with some of the Gardens experts leading the way!).

 

Rediscover your own backyard with this year’s Bonfils-Stanton speaker series!

 

Lecture - Seed: The Future of Food

 

Like a seed, the idea of seed-saving has to take root. Even before that can happen, a seed has to be planted. The added value, economic opportunity and social benefits of seed-saving are enormous. What will it take for us to start thinking in “seedsheds” and how do we affect change no matter where we are on the seed-saving (supporting) scale? Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance’s Bill McDorman inspires the audience to connect deeply with the world and empowers them to begin to plant seeds wherever they are. Let it begin now!

 

Bill McDorman

Bill is executive director and co-founder of the Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance (RMSA), a new nonprofit seed conservation organization serving the Rocky Mountain West. Previously, he was director of Native Seeds/SEARCH in Tucson, Arizona. Bill founded three seed companies including Seeds/Trust High Altitude Gardens and co-founded several nonprofits including the Sawtooth Botanical Garden in Hailey, Idaho. He is author of “Basic Seed Saving.” He and his wife created an innovative week-long training called Seed School, the educational centerpiece of RMSA.

 

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 idenification required.

 

Colorado men are we, From the peaks gigantic, from the great sierras and the high plateaus,

From the mine and from the gully, from the hunting trail we come, Pioneers! O pioneers!

~ Walt Whitman

 

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 our annual speakers’ series starting in June.

 

This year’s series celebrates remarkable home-grown local heroes and covers fascinating topics geared specifically for the Front Range gardener and nature lover. Discover the ins and outs of successful gardening in our unique environment from some of the country’s best experts! Topics include transforming your garden into a habitat for a variety of creatures with David Salman from the famed High Country Gardens and popular garden author Lauren Springer Ogden, as well as working with the challenges (and opportunities!) of gardening in our dry climate with the Gardens’ world-renowned horticulturalists. We are excited to welcome the inspiring nature photographer and publisher John Fielder as he takes us on a photographic journey along Colorado’s Yampa River to discover its history, beauty and the current efforts to keep this 200-mile river wild and strong.

 

A parallel series of intimate workshops accompany the lectures and provide opportunities for hands-on learning with the experts. Join expert seed savers Bill McDorman and Belle Starr for a condensed version of their acclaimed Seed School; gain knowledge on how to easily and cheaply build a greenhouse with the ever-popular Penn and Cord Parmenter or learn about landscape photography and gain a deeper understanding of the visual aspects of nature with John Fielder. The Gardens is excited to also offer related local tours and more distant trips (with some of the Gardens experts leading the way!).

 

Rediscover your own backyard with this year’s Bonfils-Stanton speaker series!

Lecture - Smart Greenhouses: A Guide to Year-Round Rocky Mountain Growing

 

Smart greenhouses offers an exciting and colorful presentation portraying a completely new way of thinking about year round greenhouse growing in the Rocky Mountain West. Without the use of fossil fuel, these greenhouses heat, cool and ventilate themselves for four glorious seasons of green. Starting with their first $150 recycled prototype to large, gorgeous, state-of-the-art greenhouses, to a student project at 11,000 ft., the Parmenters take you on a journey around Colorado to see what their clients and students are growing 365 days a year.

 

Penn and Cord Parmenter

Since 1992, Penn and Cord have been growing food at 8,120 ft in the Wet Mountains of south-central Colorado. After facing the challenges of the wild west for over 20 years, they are now high-altitude food growing teachers and sustainable greenhouse designers.

 

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 idenification required.

 

Colorado men are we, From the peaks gigantic, from the great sierras and the high plateaus,

From the mine and from the gully, from the hunting trail we come, Pioneers! O pioneers!

~ Walt Whitman

 

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 our annual speakers’ series starting in June.

 

This year’s series celebrates remarkable home-grown local heroes and covers fascinating topics geared specifically for the Front Range gardener and nature lover. Discover the ins and outs of successful gardening in our unique environment from some of the country’s best experts! Topics include transforming your garden into a habitat for a variety of creatures with David Salman from the famed High Country Gardens and popular garden author Lauren Springer Ogden, as well as working with the challenges (and opportunities!) of gardening in our dry climate with the Gardens’ world-renowned horticulturalists. We are excited to welcome the inspiring nature photographer and publisher John Fielder as he takes us on a photographic journey along Colorado’s Yampa River to discover its history, beauty and the current efforts to keep this 200-mile river wild and strong.

 

A parallel series of intimate workshops accompany the lectures and provide opportunities for hands-on learning with the experts. Join expert seed savers Bill McDorman and Belle Starr for a condensed version of their acclaimed Seed School; gain knowledge on how to easily and cheaply build a greenhouse with the ever-popular Penn and Cord Parmenter or learn about landscape photography and gain a deeper understanding of the visual aspects of nature with John Fielder. The Gardens is excited to also offer related local tours and more distant trips (with some of the Gardens experts leading the way!).

 

Rediscover your own backyard with this year’s Bonfils-Stanton speaker series!

 

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