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2017 Horticulture Home Garden Tour: Habitat Hero Gardens

A Habitat Hero is a gardener who, certified by the Audobon Society, includes diverse planting layers through the use of native and regionally adapted plants, provides shelter and nesting opportunities, offers natural food and water sources, does not spread invasive species of plants and does not rely on the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Come see three of the best and most diverse examples of Habitat Heroes gardens throughout the Denver-metro area.


Price: $51, $46

Special Instructions: Transportation will be provided from Denver Botanic Gardens.

Be a Bee Advocate Workshop

This class is great for people interested in learning about bees, both wild and domesticated. Instructor, Tracy Bellehumeur teaches about how honeybees and wild bees live, the variety of wild bees in Colorado, and different honeybee hive designs. Participants will build a wild bee house for their home and a handout with suggested reading, and supportive resources is provided. Each participant is asked to bring a drill for construction of their bee home. Each participant is asked to bring a drill for construction of their bee home.

Price: $49, $44 member

Instructor: Tracy Bellehumeur has been raising bees for eight years using natural methods in top bar and langstroth hives and helps maintain hives for community gardens in boulder. She teaches a series of hands-on beekeeping classes for growing gardens in boulder and also teaches for the boulder county beekeepers association, specializing in honeybee pests and diseases.

Special Instructions: Part of class takes place outdoors and is hands-on; please dress appropriately and comfortably to move around and participate in hands-on workshop activities. Each participant is asked to bring a drill for construction of their bee home.






Big Horn Mountains, WY

Big Horn Mountains, Wyoming: June 27 - July 1: "Plantsman's Tour" led by members of Denver Botanic Gardens staff : (5-day tour)


Following the successful tours in June/July 2016 this tour is being offered again in an extended form. The end of June and early July is peak season for flowers throughout the Rockies, but never more so than in the State of Wyoming, which may resemble Colorado in rectangular shape, but has a fraction of the human population ... although a good many more antelope.

Cody, our base for the tour, is pretty much equidistant from the Bighorn Mountains, Yellowstone National Park and the Absaroka Wilderness which is transected by the Beartooth Highway which leads to the Beartooth Pass. Our location will therefore give the group opportunities to visit the key wildflower sites of northern Wyoming.

We will stay at Thomas the Apostle Retreat Center – a beautifully situated complex with spectacular views of the Cody valley, and comfortable rooms. We will be hosted by the Center managers, Jay and Caroline Moody who have created lovely gardens surrounding the Center which are full of unusual native and adapted shrubs and perennials. The Center (tac.diowy.org) has many acres of pristine sagebrush steppe that are also well worth exploring.

On the first full day in Cody we will drive to the summit of the Bighorn Mountains, which are largely composed of dolomitic limestone in the area we will explore. This area is almost mythical for its wildflower displays – and there are many unusual and some very rare plants that are only known from here and a few neighboring spots: the gorgeous Jones' columbine (Aquilegia jonesii), Kelsey moss (Kelseya uniflora), and the regional endemic rock brake fern (Pellaea occidentalis), are just a few of the gems we shall see.

The next day will be a circle drive over Beartooth Pass – one of America's most spectacular highways which crosses many life zones and has spectacular montane, subalpine, and alpine flower displays – all of which should be at peak bloom. Here Purple Saxifrage (Saxifraga oppositifolia) has its nearly southernmost occurrence, as does purple heather (Phyllodoce empetriformis). For dozens of miles the road is ringed by a tapestry of wildflower color unequalled anywhere - a day you will remember!

The third full day will be dedicated to time at the Retreat Center, optional visit to the world-class museums in the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, and hikes in the cushion-rich steppe flora, with dinner taken on our own in Cody.


Guide: Member of the Denver Botanic Gardens horticulture staff

Price: $1450 per participant

Includes: Guide, all transportation from the base in Cody in a motorcoach, St Thomas Retreat accommodation, and all meals except one dinner.





Questions? Call 720-865-3613.


Colorado Foodways: A Celebration of Local Food

* This program takes place at Denver Botanic Gardens' Chatfield Farms located at C-470 and Wadsworth *

Chatfield Farms’ annual celebration of Colorado history, music and food featuring local chefs, tours and live music. Traditional Colorado dishes with regionally sourced ingredients are presented during this “strolling supper” on the farm. Participants can tour the organic vegetable and lavender fields, explore the historical Hildebrand Ranch house, and hear a talk on water conservation. This year, guests can also enjoy a tour of the riparian conservation and restoration efforts in process at Chatfield Farms by research staff.

Food and beverage are included. This event sells out quickly.

Price: $42, $39 member

Special Instructions: This event takes place outdoors on a rustic, operating farm.


Keynote Talk & Panel - Where Does Your Water Come From?

Have you ever wondered where your water comes from? Living in Denver can pose many questions about the source of drinking water, the quality, the rules and the stakeholders. For example, did you know that 50% of the water used in Denver comes from the Colorado River on the Western Slope? A presentation by Tom Cech from the One World One Water Center at MSU Denver is followed by a panel discussion with water experts from the Denver area. A Q&A session concludes the event.

Price: $20, $15 member

Keynote Speaker:Tom Cech was born and raised on a farm near Clarkson, Nebraska, graduated from Kearney State College with a bachelor of science in math education and received a master’s degree in community and regional planning from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. He was executive director of the Central Colorado Water Conservancy District in Greeley, taught undergraduate and graduate level water resources courses at the University of Northern Colorado and Colorado State University, and is now the director of the One World One Water (OWOW) Center for Urban Water Education and Stewardship at Metropolitan State University of Denver. Cech wrote “Principles of Water Resources: History, Development, Management and Policy,” “Introduction to Water Resources and Environmental Issues,” (co-author Dr. Karrie Pennington) and “Colorado Water Law for Non-Lawyers,” (co-author P. Andrew Jones). He has also completed histories of the Colorado Water Conservation Board and the Colorado State Engineer’s Office with Bill McDonald and Dick Stenzel.

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