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York St. General Admission

Tickets are valid for general admission only.

-Tickets are valid any day during regular admission hours.

-Tickets are not valid for Blossoms of Light or other specially ticketed events.

-Tickets are non-refundable.

 

Winter Hours

October 1, 2018- May 11, 2019

Every day: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Summer Hours

May 13, 2018 - Sept. 30, 2018

Every day: 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. (Grounds close at 9 p.m.)

Mordecai Children's Garden Hours

March 1 - October 31

Every day 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Denver Botanic Gardens occasionally closes early for special events. A list of early closure dates can be found by following this link.

www.botanicgardens.org/early-closings

Denver Botanic Gardens reserves the right to change terms and conditions at any time without prior notice.

 

2018 Horticulture Garden Tour: Plains to Plains

Hike of Soapstone Prairie and Tour of High Plains Environmental Center with Panayoti Kelaidis and Jim Tolstrup

 

Price: $55, $49 member, includes lunch and transportation from Denver Botanic Gardens

Join Denver Botanic Gardens' Director of Horticulture Outreach Panayoti Kelaidis and High Plains Environmental Center Director Jim Tolstrup on a tour of preserved and restored prairie environments in Northern Colorado. Visit Soapstone Prairie, a Fort Collins natural area, featuring a pure herd of buffalo, 28 square miles of native grasses and wildflowers and one of the oldest archeological sites in North America.

At High Plains Environmental Center (HPEC), the group explores a native plant nursery and demonstration gardens featuring plants indigenous to Colorado, restored wetlands and grasslands with some remarkable wildflowers, all within an urban development. Plants are available for purchase from HPEC’s native plant nursery.

The last stop is tour of the Chapungu Sculpture Park in Centerra where stone sculptures created by the Shona People of Zimbabwe are surrounded by the largest plant select demonstration garden in Northern Colorado.

 

2018 Pollinator Summit

Colorado Pollinator Summit - Building Living Landscapes

 

The third annual Colorado Pollinator Summit convened by the Colorado Pollinator Network brings together nationally and regionally recognized pollinator experts to present and discuss strategies for protecting and managing land to support pollinators in Colorado. This Summit is designed for organizations, agencies, businesses, professionals, educators, growers, land managers, researchers and volunteers actively working to conserve and protect pollinators and their habitats.

Colorado Pollinator Network was established in 2016, with a mission to bring organizations together to work collaboratively to conserve, protect and create pollinator habitat while educating communities across the state of Colorado to protect our pollinators. The Network allows for organizations and individuals throughout Colorado to collaborate to make a positive impact on the health of our state pollinators. This group shares information about the best practices, resources and knowledge to support education initiatives, conservation, restoration and creation of habitat and research on pollinators in the state.

 

$40, includes all programming and lunch

 

A Midsummer Night's Dream at Riverdale Regional Park

The Shakespearean comedy with something for everyone graces Riverdale Regional Park’s scenic landscape in Adams County. An abridged A Midsummer Night’s Dream performed outdoors by Denver Center for the Performing Arts’ Shakespeare in the Parking Lot cast will illuminate ideals and disasters of love in its forest setting in and around a pick-up truck “set”. Afterwards, explore Elizabethan plant lore with Denver Botanic Gardens volunteers or stroll the park to the Edge of the Platte River. This production is free to the public with pre-registration.

Doors open at 1:30 p.m.

Adapt, Endure, Recover: Using Herbs to Increase Performance and Boost Recovery

 

Join herbalist Erin Hattler for an informative evening discussing adaptogens (herbs that increase our ability to adapt to stress). We will discuss herbs to use for altitude sickness, how to use adaptogens to help with recovery and performance, secrets to avoiding burnout and the difference between Reshi and Chaga. You will be sampling a variety of different adaptogens and will leave with a comprehensive list of what adaptogens to use for different training or recovery goals and a personalized formula for your personal goals. Whether you are an athlete or just a weekend hiker looking to cross a few 14ers off your bucket list, join us for this workshop on herbs for athletes!

 

Price: $49, $44 member

Instructor: A wild woman herbalist, Erin Hattler is passionate about the intersection of nature, recovery and empowerment. Plant medicine, self-care, good nutrition and a healthy dose of humor were integral to her personal healing journey. Erin comes from an incredible lineage of teachers both in the Western and Mayan traditions. She is certified as a clinical herbalist and women³ ethnobotanist from the Artemisia and Rue School of Herbal Studies and is an integrative nutrition certified health coach and flower essence therapist. Erin has apprenticed with healers and herbalists in Germany, New Zealand, Mexico and Crested Butte. Her studies included courses in functional medicine and clinical nutrition and she is certified in reiki, BARS and as a Radiant Tribe Facilitator.

 

 

 

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.

Masks and costumes are not permitted on the premises.

·Tickets are date specific and non-refundable.

·Event is rain, snow or shine.

Gates open at 7 p.m. End times listed are last ticket sold. Events close 1 hour after time listed.

Amazing Vegetables A to Z Full Series

AMAZING VEGETABLES A TO Z FULL SERIES

Rocky Mountain Gardening Elective

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

March 6, 2018- 6:00pm

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

March 13, 2018- 6:00pm

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

March 20, 2018- 6:00pm

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

March 27, 2018- 6:00pm

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".

 

 

Art of Smartphone Photography

 

This is the class for anyone who uses their smartphone camera to create photographs. Whether you’re new to photography or a seasoned pro, there’s more to learn about leveraging this accessible digital technology. You’ll gain insight into the photography skills necessary to make the most out of your images - from shooting to editing. Next, you will also learn the various platforms to share and print your images, and how to keep all of your precious memories safe. Whether you have an iPhone or an Android, join us for a fun-filled class!

 

Price: $29, $24 member

 

Instructor: Jeanette Galie Burkle is a commercial and editorial photographer with extensive experience in teaching, lecturing, and consulting. Since 2003, Jeanette has successfully owned and managed Galie Photography, while designing and delivering seminars on a wide range of photography topics. An award winning-photographer, Jeanette combines an engineering background with a strong artistic sense. With the belief that photography is part art and part science, she strives to use her unique background to produce art that is infused with a creative vision and improved by knowledge of the underlying scientific principles of photography. She has worked with many corporate clients including ExxonMobil, George Mason University, American Red Cross, John Marshall Bank, AmeriChoice, Medtronic, Harris Corporation, and Long & Foster Realty. Jeanette’s work has been honored through the Virginia Professional Photographers Association with such recognition as the highly distinguished Fuji Masterpiece Award and the Kodak Gallery Award.

Jeanette has been teaching photography since 2005. Her students respond well to her fun, upbeat classes, and Jeanette loves to see this passion be reflected in her students’ increased confidence as photographers.

 

Basic Photo Editing in Adobe Lightroom

Have you used Adobe Lightroom for simple edits but want to learn more about what is possible for your images? Learn the basics of photo editing using this popular and versatile photography program. In this course, you will learn how to use the basic develop submodule, how to create a develop present and get a functional introduction to the tone curve, HSL, split toning and lens correction submodules.

Open to all skill levels. Lecture style class with review of images, discussion and Q&A session.

 

Price: $41, $36 member

Instructor: John Bosley is a wedding and portrait photographer in Denver, CO. He is also a writer for PhotographyLife.com, a top-ranked photography blog, and co-creator of an educational video series about photography.

Special Instructions: Students must bring a laptop with Adobe Lightroom (Version 5 or higher) installed. Students can bring their own images, but will be provided with images to edit. Make sure there is an available USB port on your laptop to download images.

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 Core Curriculum & Hands-On Workshops

 

 

Are you interested in growing and selling vegetables but don’t know where to start? Denver Botanic Gardens and Colorado State University Extension have partnered to develop a certificate program that will introduce you to the ins and outs of becoming a successful market farmer on five acres or less.

 

By participating in this program, you will attend seven core curriculum lectures that will cover everything from planning your farm to selling at market. You will also apply what you have learned in the classroom on working farms during five hands-on workshops. Finally, you will have the opportunity to choose up to four advanced, elective classes that cover innovative topics such as seed saving and season extension. Lecture classes and workshops will take place on Fridays, 9-noon and electives will take place in the evening.

 

Staff from our program will work with you to help find hands-on experiences at local farms. This may take the form of a regular volunteer shift, an internship or an apprenticeship. If you have your own farm already up and running, DBG or CSU Extension staff can work with you over the growing season on any issues or questions that arise.

 

 

To complete the certificate you must:

- Attend all Core Curriculum (7 total) & Hands-On Workshops (5 total)

- Attend a minimum of 2 Elective courses (4 offered in 2018, register individually)

- Complete all courses within the 2018 calendar year

 

All Core Curriculum lecture classes take place at the CSU Extension office located at:

Colorado State University-Denver Extension

888 E. Iliff Avenue
Denver, CO 80210

 

All Hands-On Workshops will be located an offsite location/farm. Directions and locations will be communicated with students the week before class.

 

All Beginning Farmers Elective courses will take place at Denver Botanic Gardens located at:

Denver Botanic Gardens

909 York St.
Denver, CO 802016

 

To register for the Beginning Farmers Certificate Course students will register separately for the Beginning Farmers Core Curriculum & for each of your desired Beginning Farmers Elective courses.

 

For registration questions please contact Sami Lester at adult.programs@botanicgardens.org

For program inquiries including specific dates and program content, please contact Brien Darby at Brien.Darby@botanicgardens.org

 

Program Overview

 

CORE CURRICULUM (must complete all)

 

October 26, 2018
Introduction to the Realities of Farming: Farm Design, Record Keeping, Scale and Site Selection

This course serves as the introduction to the Beginning Farmers program. We will cover the skills and knowledge necessary to design a farm that meets your goals and discuss how good record keeping can help you stay in business.

 

November 2, 2018
Crop Planning and Scheduling

In this class, you will learn how to plan for a successful three-season harvest.

 

November 9, 2018
Soils, Fertility and Plant Nutrition

It all starts with the soil! In this class, you will learn how to identify soil type, troubleshoot potential problem soils and manage your soil to ensure healthy plants.

 

November 16, 2018
On Farm Food Safety

In this class, we will cover how to design and run your farm to minimize the risks associated with foodborne diseases.

 

November 30, 2018
Managing Employees, Volunteers and the Customer

Managing people can be difficult. This class will cover some techniques and strategies to best manage the different types of interactions you need to master and run a successful farming business.

 

December 7, 2018
Vegetable Crop Insect Pests

In this class, you will learn how to identify and manage the major vegetable insect pests.

 

December 14, 2018
Vegetable Crop Plant Pathogens and abiotic disorders

In this class, you will learn how to identify and manage the major vegetable pathogens in vegetables as well as many of the common abiotic issues that you will encounter in Colorado.

 

WORKSHOPS (must complete all)

 

March 15, 2019
Greenhouse Propagation
Chatfield Farms, 8500 W. Deer Creek Canyon Rd., Littleton, CO 80128

Growing healthy plants starts in the greenhouse. During this workshop, you will be introduced to the materials, equipment and techniques needed to start and finish a large variety of vegetable crops.

 

April 12, 2019
Soil Management and Compost
Micro Farms Colorado, 8090 W. 19th Ave, Lakewood, CO 80214

Building on the soils lecture, this workshop takes a more in-depth look at overall soil health and a farmer’s responsibility to be a good steward to the land. Compost will also be covered during this workshop.

 

May 17th, 2019
Tools and Irrigation Field Day
ARDEC South, 4300 E County Rd 50, Fort Collins, CO 80524

Join us at a teaching farm to try out a variety of engine- and hand-powered tools. Other hands-on topics include assembling drip irrigation systems and crop transplanting.

 

June 21, 2019
Vegetable Pests
Micro Farms Colorado, 8090 W. 19th Ave, Lakewood, CO 80214

During this workshop, you will build on the vegetable pests lectures and get a first-hand view of insects, weeds and pathogens as well as practicing mitigation strategies.

 

July 19, 2019
Harvesting
Micro Farms Colorado, 8090 W. 19th Ave, Lakewood, CO 80214

This workshop will provide techniques for harvesting the full range of vegetable crops as well as cleaning, preparing and implementing cold storage for harvested produce.

 

 

ELECTIVES (Must complete 2 of 4 courses):

Topics TBD, will take place August-September of 2019

 

 

Beginning Farmers Elective: Season Extension

 

Beginning Farmers Elective Course

 

*This class is part of the Beginning Farmers Certificate program co-organized by DBG and CSU Extension, and is open to the general public.

 

Optional social hour 5:30 - 6pm

 

Are you interested in growing and selling vegetables but don t know where to start? Denver Botanic Gardens and Colorado State University Extension have partnered to develop a certificate program that will introduce you to the ins and outs of becoming a successful market farmer on five acres or less.  

 

In this lecture, you will learn how to extend your harvest to all four seasons. Learn how to build appropriate season extension structures and schedule your crops to keep the harvest going.

 

Instructor: Brien Darby & Dan Goldhamer

Price: $40, $35 member

 

Beginning Farmers Workshop Series: Building Healthy Soils and Compost

Learn from local farmer and farm educators how to start and operate your own farm. Choose the workshops that fit your needs or sign up for the entire series! All workshops take place on Fridays from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at farms around the Denver metro area.

 

 

Building on the soils lecture, this workshop takes a more in-depth look at overall soil health and a farmer’s responsibility to be a good steward to the land. Compost will also be covered during this workshop.

 

Price: $20 public

Instructor: Denver Botanic Gardens staff and local farmers

Special Instructions:

This class will be held at

Micro Farms Colorado

8090 W. 19th Ave
Lakewood, CO 80214

Lunch is provided.

 

 

 

 

 

Beginning Farmers Workshop Series: Greenhouse Propagation and Crop Planning

Learn from local farmer and farm educators how to start and operate your own farm. Choose the workshops that fit your needs or sign up for the entire series! All workshops take place on Fridays from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at farms around the Denver metro area.

Growing healthy plants starts in the greenhouse. During this workshop, you will be introduced to the materials, equipment and techniques needed to start and finish a large variety of vegetable crops.

 

Price: $20 public

Insstructor: Denver Botanic Gardens staff and local farmers

Special Instructions:

This class is held at Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms

8500 W Deer Creek Canyon Rd.
Littleton, CO 80128

Lunch is provided.

 

 

Beginning Farmers Workshop Series: Harvest

Learn from local farmer and farm educators how to start and operate your own farm. Choose the workshops that fit your needs or sign up for the entire series! All workshops take place on Fridays from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at farms around the Denver metro area.

 

This workshop will provide techniques for harvesting the full range of vegetable crops as well as cleaning, preparing and implementing cold storage for harvested produce.

 

Price: $20 public

Instructors: Denver Botanic Gardens staff and local farmers

Special Instructions:

This class will be held at

Micro Farms Colorado

8090 W. 19th Ave
Lakewood, CO 80214

Lunch is provided.

 

 

 

 

 

Beginning Farmers Workshop Series: Irrigation and Equipment Use

Learn from local farmer and farm educators how to start and operate your own farm. Choose the workshops that fit your needs or sign up for the entire series! All workshops take place on Fridays from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at farms around the Denver metro area.

 

Join us at a teaching farm to try out a variety of engine- and hand-powered tools. Other hands-on topics include assembling drip irrigation systems and crop transplanting.

 

Instructor: Denver Botanic Gardens staff and local farmers

Price: $20 public

Special Instructions:

This class is held at

ARDEC South

4300 E County Rd 50
Fort Collins, CO 80524

Lunch will be provided.

 

 

 

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. Choose the workshops that fit your needs or sign up for the entire series! All workshops take place on Fridays from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at farms around the Denver metro area.

 

During this workshop, you will build on the vegetable pests lectures and get a first-hand view of insects, weeds and pathogens as well as practicing mitigation strategies.

 

 

Price: $20 public

Instructor: Denver Botanic Gardens staff and local farmers

Special Instructions:

This class will be held at

Micro Farms Colorado

8090 W. 19th Ave
Lakewood, CO 80214

Lunch is provided.

 

 

 

 

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)

 

Bilingual Yoga

 

Cultivate presence through breath-linking movements in this vinyasa yoga class cued in both English and Spanish. Cues will be the same in both languages, and those familiar with yoga will find a common language through the traditional Sanskrit names of the poses. This flowing, dynamic class is beneficial for all practitioners, and teaches important foundations while leaving space for more advanced practitioners to play.

 

Cultive el hecho de estar presente a través de movimientos enlazados con la respiración en esta clase de vinyasa yoga, instruido en inglés y español ambos. Las instrucciones serán las mismas en ambos idiomas, y para aquellos estudiantes familiarizados con la practica de yoga reconocerán los nombres de las poses en sánscrito. Esta clase fluida y dinámica es beneficiosa para estudiantes de todos niveles, enseña y reafirma fundaciones elementales mientras que al mismo tiempo provee espacio para estudiantes mas avanzados a explorar y divertirse en su tapete!

 

Price: $10 general public

 

Instructor: In addition to being a multilingual yoga instructor, Noemi Nunez has been an immigration attorney, competitive gymnast, and environmental activist. During her yoga instruction, she incorporates alignment based practice with creative sequencing, magical transitions, breath facilitation and meditation.

 

Bird Nerd Saturdays at Plains Conservation Center

Presented and Managed by the City of Aurora.

Join City of Aurora naturalists for a morning of birds and spectacular views at the Plains Conservation Center. Enjoy light refreshments while you socialize with other bird nerds before heading out onto the 1100-acre prairie with experienced naturalists to watch birds and other wildlife. Whether you are new to birding or a seasoned pro, this is a great opportunity to hang out with other bird enthusiasts.

The City of Aurora's Parks, Recreation & Open Space department's mission is to encourage active lifestyles and create healthy environments for people, nature and community.

Date: Select Saturdays

Time: 9 a.m.

Location: Plains Conservation Center, 21901 E. Hampden Avenue, Aurora, CO 80013

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