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2017 Horticulture Home Garden Tour: Habitat Hero Gardens

A Habitat Hero is a gardener who, certified by the Audubon Rockies, 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 Hero gardens throughout the Denver-metro area.

 

Price: $51, $46

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

2017-2018 Homeschool Day Package

Homeschool Days offer families the opportunity to explore plant-based themes through a variety of hands-on activities, tours and take-home projects that families can do together. Activities are designed for children ages five and up, however all ages are welcome to attend.

 

Art Exploration - August 28, 2017 (10 a.m.  2 p.m.)

Ecosystems Near and Far - September 25, 2017 (10 a.m.  2 p.m.)

Plants that Changed the World - October 23, 2017 (10 a.m.  2 p.m.)

Mysteries of Mycology - January 22, 2018 (10 a.m.  2 p.m.)

Amazing Adaptations - February 26, 2018 (10 a.m.  2 p.m.)

Starting a Garden - March 19, 2018 (10 a.m.  2 p.m.)

 

Register for all 6 Homeschool Days offered August 2017 through March 2018, and receive a $12 savings over the individual price.

 

Price: Discounted package price (all 6 days) $60

Acorns and Oak Leaves

Beautiful artwork is created with value and detail. Working in pencil and brush, you’ll develop pigment-free values and master seamless gradations from lightest light to darkest dark without the usual graphite sheen. Concentrate on acorns and their intricate caps, and learn to draw the complex detail without losing the overall form. You’ll also learn how to achieve the correct form for flat oak leaves. All the skills that you learn in this class can be transferred to any other medium, improving your overall confidence in your artistic skills. Fee: $245 member, $295 non-member. Prerequisites: Light on Form.

 

• Thu, Aug. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, 1-4 p.m.

Instructor: Randy Raak

 

After Dark Corn Maze

The lights are out in the maze and brave visitors can find their way through with only the light of a glow stick.

Note: this maze is not haunted.

·Tickets are date specific and non-refundable.

·Event is rain, snow or shine.

All Natural Skin Care

See how easy and inexpensive it is to make natural cleansers, toners, exfoliants, masks, creams, serums, moisturizers and more that contain far more nutrients and anti-oxidants for your skin than anything commercially available. You'll learn how to precisely tailor natural ingredients and nutrients to address any skin issue specific to your wants and needs. Take home an extensive handout and two items made in class to enjoy!

Instructor: Kim Cherie, owner of K. CHERIE Botanical Spa Retreat

Price: $68, $63 member, includes $35 for materials

Amazing Vegetables A to Z Full Series

AMAZING VEGETABLES A TO Z FULL SERIES

 

This is the class that will hone your skills as an amazing vegetable gardener. It is designed to take beginners to a new level and remind intermediate gardeners of the success strategies that always work when we go off course and forget the science of what got us to success in the first place. We will cover the science of vegetable gardening, do some myth busting, and provide you with some clear cut strategies to get the biggest harvest from the space you have.

The classes are 2 ½ hours each and are designed so that you can take the entire series or drop in for a refresher on the single class or classes that you want to brush up on. We will use a combination of hands on and lecture and demonstration to keep you engaged.

Please note: We will not cover gardening in containers in depth in this class. If that is your interest, please see Crops in Pots.

 

Session 1: Raised Beds

Planning the best location, choosing in ground or raised beds and the advantages and disadvantages of each. We will look at re-purposing materials to create raised beds. We will cover soil building and choosing amendments. We will build around what has not worked for you in the past and set you on a course for improvement for your 2017 vegetable garden. Every season is a Do-Over!

 

Session 2: Planting

Planting is the focus of this session. How to decide what to plan, the seasons of the vegetable garden and getting the biggest bang for your gardening buck. We will cover cool season and warm season plants and the ones that grow best here in Colorado. Then take a look at seed starting and see a demonstration of starting seeds inside and direct sowing outside as well as transplanting. Then we will cover spacing strategies designed to give you the biggest harvest for the space you have available.

 

Session 3: Extended Gardening

Keeping the Garden going for 3 seasons and beyond is the theme of this session. We will cover the importance of Crop Rotation and how to do it. We will learn different ways to succession plant and how it can maximize the harvest. We will address season extension strategies to protect your crops. We will also cover the concept of companion planting and what is true and what is not.

 

Session 4: Pests, Problems, & Harvesting

The most common pests and diseases of the vegetable garden will be addressed, how to spot problems before they get away from you and good cultural practices to avoid problems, organics, watering, fertilizing and insect and disease controls. We will also discuss how to know when your veggies are ready for harvest.

 

Instructor: Patti O'Neal

Price: $120, $110 members

Special Instructions: You can sign up for each individual session, or sign up for all four classes in the series at a discount by signing up for "Amazing Vegetables A to Z Full Series".

 

Aquatic Adventures at Chatfield Farms

June 19-23, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. • July 17-21, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Discover the wonders of water and aquatic habitats. Immerse yourself in nature along the banks of Deer Creek and the wetland ponds while observing frogs, insects and birds of prey.

Price: $250 members, $270 non-members.

Art Master Class: A Giant World of Tiny Details

During these three days, you will explore the drama that can be created by depicting the large-scale contrasts seen in nature. We will look at the structure of large subjects and the maze of wonderful details seen in repeating shapes in the crinkles and textures of leaves, the colors of flowers and seeds.

 

Prerequisite: Intermediate to advanced skills in watercolor.

Fee: $245 member, $295 non-member

• Fri-Sun, Sept. 29-Oct. 1, 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Isik Güner

Isik Güner studied environmental engineering at Marmara University in Istanbul. During her undergraduate years, she also began studying botanical illustration, attending courses by Christabel King. Immediately after she graduated from university in 2006, she began working full time as a botanical artist.

Isik is involved with several projects and is currently organizing botanical illustration courses in various countries including Spain, Chile, Turkey and Scotland. She has received several gold medals at the Royal Horticultural Society's botanical art exhibitions.

Autumn Leaves in Watercolor

 

Expand your watercolor repertoire. Colorful autumn leaves are your playground as you explore new techniques and materials to create artistic leaf studies. With a focus on painterly effects, you’ll experiment with dabbing, splattering and charging. Sound like fun? That’s the idea. Play with watercolor and develop new techniques to enhance your illustrations. Fee: $245 member, $295 non-member. Prerequisites: Botanical Illustration in Watercolor I.

 

• Tue, Oct. 10, 17, 24, 31, Nov. 7, 9 a.m. – noon

Instructor: Constance Sayas

 

 

Beginning Bonsai

Are you mystified by the many centuries old Japanese tradition of bonsai? Join us for an entertaining and informative class with nationally recognized bonsai masters Harold Sasaki and Larry Jackel as they debunk the myths, fictions and misconceptions surrounding this living art form. Each participant receives a tree, ceramic pot, wire, soil and gravel in this hands-on experience of creating a finished bonsai, which you can home.

 

** this class sells out very quickly, class size is very small for hands on instruction and attention from instructors, please register early

 

Instructors: Harold Sasaki and Larry Jackel

Price: $105, $95 member, $30 materials fee included

Special Instructions: There will be a break for lunch, please bring lunch or there is a cafe onsite for you to purchase lunch.

Beginning Farmers Workshop Series: Beekeeping

Learn from local farmer and farm educators how to start and operate your own farm. Chose the workshops that fit your needs or sign-up for the entire series! All workshops take place on Fridays from 9am-3pm at farms around the Denver Metro Area. Check out all of the workshops!

 

August 11: Beekeeping

This class is a thorough introduction to beekeeping meant for first-time and beginning beekeepers; learn how to set up, maintain and troubleshoot your own bee hive.

 

 

Location:

Chatfield Farms

8500 W Deer Creek Canyon Rd,

Littleton, CO 80128

 

Price: $20 public

Instructor: Denver Botanic Gardens staff and local farmers.

 

Beginning Farmers Workshop Series: Community and Volunteer Programs

Learn from local farmer and farm educators how to start and operate your own farm. Chose the workshops that fit your needs or sign-up for the entire series! All workshops take place on Fridays from 9am-3pm at farms around the Denver Metro Area. Check out all of the workshops!

 

September 22nd, Community and Volunteer Programs

Are you interested in involving the community more in your farming operation? This class will provide strategies for increasing community involvement and managing volunteer farm programs

 

Location:

Mariposa

1089 Osage St.

Denver, CO

 

 

Price: $20 public

Instructor: Denver Botanic Gardens staff and local farmers.

 

Beginning Farmers Workshop Series: Full Series

Learn from local farmer and farm educators how to start and operate your own farm. Chose the workshops that fit your needs or sign-up for the entire series! All workshops take place on Fridays from 9am-3pm at farms around the Denver Metro Area. Check out all of the workshops!

 

Full Workshop Series

 

February 24th: Building Healthy Soils and Compost,

Chatfield Farms

Learn how to improve the quality and fertility of any soil type and how to start and manage a compost program.

 

March 10th: Greenhouse Propagation and Crop Planning

Chatfield Farms

Learn how to schedule crops to maximize your harvest; this also includes instruction in basic indoor propagation of vegetable plants.

 

April 7th: Irrigation and Equipment Use

Chatfield Farms

In this class, you will learn how to set up an irrigation system using drip tape; you will also be introduced to tools commonly used on small- to medium-scale farms for a variety of tasks including tilling, planting, harvesting and fertilizing.

 

May 19th: Growing for Market

York St

Learn how to prepare your vegetables for a variety of markets including direct-to-consumer and wholesale; get advice from market managers and produce buyers located in Denver.

 

June 16th: Harvest

Chatfield Farms

In this class, you will learn how to harvest a wide-variety of vegetables as well as how to manage labor and storage space for your bounty.

 

June 20th: Post-Harvest and Food Safety

Chatfield Farms

Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) are necessary to keep food safe on the journey from post-harvest to the consumer’s plate; learn how food safety informs all operations on the farm.

 

July 14th: Plant Pests, Disease, and Weed Management

Sprout City, 6700 E. Virginia Ave., Denver, CO

Day-to-day farm maintenance requires an intimate knowledge of the insect, disease and weed pests that are attacking your produce; learn how to identify pests and implement management strategies.

 

July 28th: Small Fruits and Orchard Crops

TBD

Diversify your farm by offering raspberries, grapes, apples, strawberries and many other fruit crops; learn what is possible in Colorado and the best management practices for these crops.

 

August 11th: Beekeeping

Chatfield Farms

This class is a thorough introduction to beekeeping meant for first-time and beginning beekeepers; learn how to set up, maintain and troubleshoot your own bee hive.

 

August 25th: Small Livestock

63rd St. Farm, 3796 63rd St., Boulder, CO

Diversity your farm by offering eggs, dairy products or meat birds; learn what is possible in Colorado and strategies for successfully marketing your products.

 

September 8th: Indoor Growing

Rebel Farm, 5445 W. Evans Ave, Denver, CO

Year-round vegetable production is a reality using greenhouses and high-tunnels. In this workshop, you will learn about hydroponically grown produce operations and season extension devices for in-ground growing.

 

September 22nd: Community and Volunteer Programs

Mariposa, 1089 Osage Ave., Denver, CO

Are you interested in involving the community more in your farming operation? This class will provide strategies for increasing community involvement and managing volunteer farm programs.

 

 

Price: $165 public

Instructor: Denver Botanic Gardens staff and local farmers.

 

Beginning Farmers Workshop Series: Indoor Growing

Learn from local farmer and farm educators how to start and operate your own farm. Chose the workshops that fit your needs or sign-up for the entire series! All workshops take place on Fridays from 9am-3pm at farms around the Denver Metro Area. Check out all of the workshops!

 

September 8th, Indoor Growing

Year-round vegetable production is a reality using greenhouses and high-tunnels. In this workshop, you will learn about hydroponically grown produce operations and season extension devices for in-ground growing.

 

Location:

Rebel Farm

5445 W. Evans Ave

Denver, CO

 

 

Price: $20 public

Instructor: Denver Botanic Gardens staff and local farmers.

 

Beginning Farmers Workshop Series: Plant Pest, Disease, and Weed Management

Learn from local farmer and farm educators how to start and operate your own farm. Chose the workshops that fit your needs or sign-up for the entire series! All workshops take place on Fridays from 9am-3pm at farms around the Denver Metro Area. Check out all of the workshops!

 

July 14th, Plant Pests, Disease, and Weed Management

Day-to-day farm maintenance requires an intimate knowledge of the insect, disease and weed pests that are attacking your produce; learn how to identify pests and implement management strategies.

 

Location:

Sprout City Farms

6700 E. Virginia Ave, SE

Denver, CO 80224

 

 

Price: $20 public

Instructor: Denver Botanic Gardens staff and local farmers.

 

Beginning Farmers Workshop Series: Post-Harvest and Food Safety

Learn from local farmer and farm educators how to start and operate your own farm. Chose the workshops that fit your needs or sign-up for the entire series! All workshops take place on Fridays from 9am-3pm at farms around the Denver Metro Area. Check out all of the workshops!

 

June 30th, Post-Harvest and Food Safety

Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) are necessary to keep food safe on the journey from post-harvest to the consumer s plate; learn how food safety informs all operations on the farm.

 

Location:

Chatfield Farms

8500 W Deer Creek Canyon Rd,

Littleton, CO 80128

 

Price: $20 public

Instructor: Denver Botanic Gardens staff and local farmers.

 

Beginning Farmers Workshop Series: Small Fruits and Orchard Crops

Learn from local farmer and farm educators how to start and operate your own farm. Chose the workshops that fit your needs or sign-up for the entire series! All workshops take place on Fridays from 9am-3pm at farms around the Denver Metro Area. Check out all of the workshops!

 

July 28, Small Fruits and Orchard Crops

Diversify your farm by offering raspberries, grapes, apples, strawberries and many other fruit crops; learn what is possible in Colorado and the best management practices for these crops.

 

Location:

TBD

 

 

Price: $20 public

Instructor: Denver Botanic Gardens staff and local farmers.

 

Beginning Farmers Workshop Series: Small Livestock

Learn from local farmer and farm educators how to start and operate your own farm. Chose the workshops that fit your needs or sign-up for the entire series! All workshops take place on Fridays from 9am-3pm at farms around the Denver Metro Area. Check out all of the workshops!

 

August 25th, Small Livestock

Diversity your farm by offering eggs, dairy products or meat birds; learn what is possible in Colorado and strategies for successfully marketing your products.

 

Location:

63rd St. Farm

3796 63rd St.

Boulder, CO

 

 

Price: $20 public

Instructor: Denver Botanic Gardens staff and local farmers.

 

Beginning Mushroom Identification

Whether you want to collect mushrooms just to learn about them or to eat them, you will want to be able to identify them.

The two evening lectures will cover how to properly collect and identify mushrooms using their features and environment.

Then, join us for a field trip during which participants will collect mushrooms and practice identifying them. The location of the field trip will be based on Ed's scouting trip the day before to ensure there are mushrooms available to collect.

Students will be notified of the location for the trip the day before the trip.

 

Instructor: Ed Lubow has been hunting mushrooms since the 1970s and has been volunteering in the Sam Mitchel Herbarium of Fungi at Denver Botanic Gardens since 2008.

Skill Level: All levels welcome

Price: $48, $43 member

Special Instructions: Note this class meets two thursdays, and has a four hour field trip as well.

Beginning Rocky Mountain Gardening

Rocky Mountain Gardening Elective

This course is designed for the Front Range gardener beginner. The basics of what is needed to adjust gardening skills from other climates to the Front Range’s finicky climate are covered. If you have never gardened here before or are looking for more success, this is the class for you! Learn the skills necessary to become an enthusiastic gardener. Annuals, perennials and vegetables are discussed, along with trees and shrubs that thrive in our climate, elevation and varying soils. Plant selection, planting and troubleshooting is discussed.

Subsequent weeks focus on the elements, water needs, fertilizers and organic gardening.

 

Instructor: Patti O'Neal

Price: $90, $80 members

Special Instruction: Please bring a glass jar of soil to class. (Must be see through glass jar to study layers of your own backyard native soil)

 

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