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Summer Low Sensory Mornings

Experience Denver Botanic Gardens without the crowds.

York Street gardens will open earlier on select mornings for those who wish to connect with plants in a safe, restful location.

This therapeutic horticulture program is intended to give individuals and families who prefer a quiet, less crowded environment a chance to experience the Gardens with limited attendance. During low sensory mornings you are invited to explore on your own or participate in sensory exploration activites and learn more about other HT and Sensory based programming the Gardens offers that will inspire curiosity and awaken your senses like our Sensory Processing and Autism Resource Kits.

 

2020 Summer Low Sensory Schedule

 

Low Sensory Morning

Sunday, May 17, 8 - 9 a.m.
York Street Main Gardens

 

Low Sensory Evening

Saturday, June 6, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Mordecai Children's Garden at York Street

 

Low Sensory Morning

Sunday, July 12, 8 - 9 a.m.
York Street Main Gardens

 

Low Sensory Evening

Saturday, August 1, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Mordecai Children's Garden at York Street

 

Low Sensory Morning

Sunday, September 6, 8 - 9 a.m.
York Street Main Gardens

 

Please sign up online or call 720-865-3500 with any questions.

To register for Summer Low Sensory Evenings, please select the link below:

Summer Low Sensory Evenings

 

Sunrise Vinyasa Yoga at the Gardens

Looking for an amazing place to practice your yoga skills, how about the beautiful Denver Botanic Gardens?

Vinyasa yoga weaves beautiful movement with challenging postures, and cultivates a sense of peace and calm by the end of each yoga class. Practicing vinyasa yoga on a daily basis can improve posture, flexibility, and endurance. Beyond the physical benefits, yoga helps to bring a sense of clarity to challenging situations in life, reminds us to stay present and focused in an ever-changing environment, and can help us find happiness and contentment in our surroundings.

The postures practiced in this challenging class will promote alignment, flexibility, focus, endurance and help detoxify the body.

 

Instructor: Blake Burger

Skill level: All levels welcome

Price: $12, $10 members

Special Instructions: Please bring a mat, a towel and water. Please register online in advance of class. Location will vary depending on temperature and time of year.

 

SCHEDULE DETAILS:

October 1, 2018- May 14, 2019 (7:30 - 8:30 a.m.): Enter through the gate on the east side of York Street and yoga will be in the Morrison Center.

May 15, 2019 - September 30, 2019 (8-9 a.m.): Enter through the Pinon Gate on the west side of York Street. In the late summer and fall, class will meet in the UMB Bank Amphitheater. When it is chilly, we will meet in the Orangery (front of the greenhouse complex). There will be signs starting from the after-hours entrance on the north side of the main entry that will direct participants.

October 1, 2019 - Dec 31, 2019 (7:30 - 8:30 a.m.): Enter through the gate on the east side of York Street and yoga will be in the Morrison Center.

 

 

Photo: Perfecto Insecto (Flickr)

Sweeten Your Home with Homemade Herbal Cleaners

Cleanse, purify and sweeten your home with a homemade herbal floor wash and room spray. Learn about the restorative properties of plant essences and how to create your own customized floor wash blend and room spray. Herbs provide naturally powerful energies and benefits to help aid us in our unique healing journeys. Learn how to work with these magical plant allies and how to curate your own cleansing floor washes and room sprays to restore and replenish the energies in your home space.

Price: $49, $44 member

Instructor: Christine Battista

Christine is a writer, professor, and healing practitioner. She has published on women and the environment; teaches courses in the humanities; and works in the healing arts. She is passionate about energy healing and engaging with plant essences to help facilitate healing and transformation.

Tactile Access to Art & Information

Concurrent Hands-On Workshops for Artists and Blind or Visually Impaired Students

May 14, 2020 - 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Tactile Art and Illustration for Artists

Sampler of Materials and Methods

Tactile images are an important vehicle for individuals with low or no vision. This day-long workshop offers a sampler of techniques to create touchable images for students who benefit from alternative access to images.

Fee:

Artists/Adults: $150

Students: Free

Materials provided

Box Lunch Provided

Speakers:

Lucia Hasty is a veteran teacher of blind or visually impaired learners, Lucia's experience includes 17 years teaching students with disabilities and 18 years in administrative positions. Retired from education, she is a consultant conducting workshops, developing training materials on tactile graphics for a variety of audiences, and providing support to agencies, school districts and other entities producing access products. She is a co-author of the 2010 BANA Guidelines and Standards for Tactile Graphics.

David Clarke’s work has ranged from children's books to storyboarding for advertising agencies. Nowadays, he spends his days creating illustrations and animations for the online classrooms of the University of Maryland and his night hours drawing the darker corners of his imagination. He is also working on Off the Map, a graphic novel about James Cook, Joseph Banks, and their trip to explore the South Pacific.

Matthew Gesuald has a BA in Industrial Design from the Art Institute of Colorado and an MA in Educational Leadership (emphasis on teaching the visually-impaired) from Argosy University, Denver. He is in the Denver Tactile Media Alliance and the Denver Art Museum’s Access Advisory Group.

He currently resides in Denver where he enjoys gardening, kung-fu movies and playing pétanque.

Nicole Johnson is pursuing a PhD in the ATLAS Institute at the University of Colorado Boulder. She previously produced tactile graphics for higher education textbooks used by blind and low-vision students nationwide. Her research interests center around the design and cognition of tactile pictures.

Ann Cunningham is a graduate from the Denver Botanic Gardens Botanical Art & Illustration program. She has taught tactile art at the Colorado Center for the Blind since 1999. Ann has illustrated two tactually accessible children’s books and sculpted stone for accessible public works of art for numerous institutions across the US and into Canada. Ann contributed illustrations to many books by Dr. William A. Weber including, Rocky Mountain Flora.

 

The Biggest Little Farm Film

92 mins | Rated PG| Documentary
Directed by John Chester
Starring John and Molly Chester

The Biggest Little Farm  chronicles the eight-year quest of John and Molly Chester as they trade city living for 200 acres of barren farmland and a dream to harvest in harmony with nature. Through dogged perseverance and embracing the opportunity provided by nature's conflicts, the Chesters unlock and uncover a biodiverse design for living that exists far beyond their farm, its seasons and our wildest imagination. Featuring breathtaking cinematography, captivating animals, and an urgent message to heed Mother Nature s call,  The Biggest Little Farm  provides us all a vital blueprint for better living and a healthier planet.

 

Price: $15, $12 member

The Biggest Little Farm Film - Sensory Friendly Film Screening

92 mins | Rated PG | Documentary
Directed by John Chester
Starring John and Molly Chester

Join us for a special film screening for individuals living with autism or other sensory needs to enjoy viewing a film in a safe and accepting environment. We will keep lights are turned slightly up, the sound turned down. At this viewing everyone is welcome to get up, dance, walk, shout or sing.

The Biggest Little Farm  chronicles the eight-year quest of John and Molly Chester as they trade city living for 200 acres of barren farmland and a dream to harvest in harmony with nature. Through dogged perseverance and embracing the opportunity provided by nature's conflicts, the Chesters unlock and uncover a biodiverse design for living that exists far beyond their farm, its seasons and our wildest imagination. Featuring breathtaking cinematography, captivating animals, and an urgent message to heed Mother Nature s call,  The Biggest Little Farm  provides us all a vital blueprint for better living and a healthier planet.

Price: $10 adult, $5 child

The Eagle Huntress Film

101 mins | Rated G | Sport/Adventure Documentary
Directed by Otto Nell
Narrated by Daisy Ridley

The Eagle Huntress  follows Aisholpan, a 13-year-old girl, as she trains to become the first female in 12 generations of her Kazakh family to become an eagle hunter, and rises to the pinnacle of a tradition that has been handed down from father to son for centuries. Set against the breathtaking expanse of the Mongolian steppe,  The Eagle Huntress  features some of the most awe-inspiring cinematography ever captured in a documentary, giving this intimate tale of a young girl's quest the dramatic force of an epic narrative film. While there are many old Kazakh eagle hunters who vehemently reject the idea of any female taking part in their ancient tradition, Aisholpan's father Nurgaiv believes that a girl can do anything a boy can, as long as she's determined. The story begins after Aisholpan has been training with her father's eagle for many months. As every eagle can only have one master, the time has come for Aisholpan to capture an eagle of her own. Clambering down a sheer rock cliff with a rope, Aisholpan retrieves a fledgling eagle from its nest as its mother circles overhead. Her eagle will live, train, and hunt with her, until she releases it into the wild years later, so the cycle of life can continue. After months of training her eagle with her father, Aisholpan is ready to test her abilities. She enters a renowned competition, the Golden Eagle Festival, and faces off against 70 of the greatest Kazakh eagle hunters in Mongolia. The most arduous challenge is yet to come, as the rite-of-passage for every young eagle hunter is to take part in a hunt. Aisholpan must ride with her father deep into the frigid mountains and endure 40 below zero temperatures and perilous landscapes to prove she is a true eagle huntress.

 

Price: $15, $12 member

The Magic of Moths in Ink and Color

William H. Lizars (1788-1859) of Edinburgh was an established portrait and genre painter who went to work in the book trade and created plates for “British Butterflies” and J.J. Audubon's “The Birds of America.” Lizars experimented with new techniques and is perhaps best known for his colored insect and bird illustrations on monochromatic habitat backgrounds. During this class we concentrate on moths. Moths are masters of disguise. They can camouflage to hide from predators, and, because of their large numbers, moths are a significant source of food to other species in the ecosystem. These nocturnal insects are as beautiful as butterflies but are hidden from us in the dark. Working in ink and your choice of color media, design a final plate in the scientific style of Lizars.

Prerequisites: Botanical Illustration in Pen and Ink I, Botanical Illustration in Colored Pencil I or Botanical Illustration in Watercolor I.

Fee: $265 member, $315 non-member.

Date(s):

Mon, June 8, 15, 22, 29, July 6, 6-9 p.m.

Instructor: Susan DiMarchi

 

The Skin of Trees: Expressive Ink Textures in Bark on Mylar

We often overlook bark, the structured and always important part of the plant, and only focus on leaves and flowers. You will discover the diversity of tree bark while stepping away from tradition to try new techniques and learn about this essential protective element of the tree. Trade your technical pen for a quill and brush and learn to express ink lines in a relaxed and painterly fashion. Begin with a look at how other artists have used ink expressively. Demonstration and practice with the new tools and colored inks prepares you to start your own drawing. Choose a botanical subject and experiment with techniques for successfully depicting line, form and texture. Make a mistake? No problem! You can erase ink from Mylar and try again. Complete a botanical study and enjoy a fresh, fun way to approach this time-honored medium.

Prerequisite: Botanical Illustration in Colored Pencil II.

Fee: $265 member, $315 non-member.

Date(s):

Wed, May 13, 20, 27, June 3, 10, 9 a.m. – noon

Instructor: Susan DiMarchi

 

The Water-Smart Flower Garden

Rocky Mountain Gardening Required Course Group II

In our dry region, sustainable gardening means using little or no irrigation water. By choosing the best waterwise plants we make our gardens in tune with the climate and conditions, conserve an ever-scarcer resource, and last but not least, nurture our aesthetic spirit and the web of life around us. Lauren will explore a rich palette of lovely flowering plants that need little if any water, soil amendment or fertilizers, that attract pollinators and beneficial wildlife, and require little effort to keep happy and beautiful.

Price: $34, $29 member

Instructor Bio: Long-time DBG instructor Lauren Springer Ois a designer, author, and plantswoman. She designed several gardens at DBG including the popular WaterSmart Garden and the native Visitors’ Center gardens at Chatfield Farm. She is on staff at the Gardens on Spring Creek in her hometown of Fort Collins, creating and tending the new ½ acre waterwise Undaunted Garden. Her work has appeared in books, magazines, and on television, and her plant introductions are available at regional nurseries.

 

Tibetan Singing Bowls Concert

Join us for a Tibetan singing bowls experience with Denver yoga instructor and sound healer Chris Anne Coviello of the Healing Space Wellness Center in Denver. Chris Anne has been performing Tibetan bowls concerts and teaching weekly kundalini yoga classes at Denver Botanic Gardens since 2009. The concert will begin with a symphonic gong and a Venus gong that are played gently with the intention to relax the nervous system.

 

The singing bowls are tuned to musical notes that correspond to the different chakras of the body and are played to balance energy in the body. Because we are made up of mostly water, the vibrational effect will be a full body cellular massage.

Tibetan singing bowls have been used for thousands of years as instruments of healing. So come relax, close your eyes and drift into an altered state which facilitates the body to heal. Wear comfy clothes and bring a yoga mat or blanket so that you may lie down and let the bells carry away with them all that no longer serves you. As the chakras re-align, breathe in peace and enter a profound state of physical, mental and emotional well-being. Feel as if you are 10 pounds lighter as stress, anxiety and fear melt from your system.

 

Special Instructions: No children under 12 years of age are permitted in this program. Talking, cell phones and other distractions are not permitted.

 

Price: $18, $15 members

Instructor: Chris Anne Coviello

 

Tour to The International Folk Art Market in Santa Fe

For more information or to register, call Mervi (720-865-3653)

Tour includes (in addition to the travel, accommodation):

- Behind the scenes tour of Georgia O’Keeffe Home and Studio in Abiquiu

- Visit to New Mexico Historical Museum and Palace of the Governors

- Tour of El Rancho de las Golondrinas

- Saturday Early Bird Entry to the Folk Art Market

- Entry to the Sunday Market

Friday Market Opening party ($250) extra

Tour fee $670:

-Nonrefundable deposit $300

-Remaining $370 by May 1st.

Friday Market Opening party ($250) extra

 

For more information or to register, call Mervi (720-865-3653)

 

 

 

 

Urban Farm Tour - Grow + Gather

Housed in a renovated historic auto shop, Grow + Gather has preserved the architectural legacy while re-imagining the original property to serve the needs of our urban farming operations, market and restaurant. From our rooftop greenhouse to our solar panels, beehives and gray water system, we are committed to creating a more local, sustainable and creative food experience. Guests will join us for a tour of our facility, followed by a rooftop greenhouse food tasting creatively curated by The Feedery's Executive Chef Jeff Schwing.

 

Special Instructions: A portion of the tour is not ADA accessible.

If you would like to enjoy brunch or lunch at The Feedery, we do encourage you to make a reservation ahead of time, which can be done online here.

 

Price: $28, $25 member

Instructor: George Gastis, Founder + Owner

 

George is a Cleveland, OH native and graduate of Denison University, transplanted and living in Denver since 1995. Prior to this latest venture, George was a marketing and tech-industry veteran, most recently as the owner of BrainSpark Media, which he founded in 2005 and then sold in 2015. As a lifelong gardener and food enthusiast, he has merged these passions with nearly three decades of professional experience to form Grow + Gather and The Feedery.

Urban Fruit Film

91 mins | Rated Not Rated | Documentary
Directed by Roman Zenz
Rishi Kumar, Ron Finley, Adam and Jenna Barber

Told through the stories of city dwellers growing food in Los Angeles,  Urban Fruit sheds light on the resurgence of urban farming in American cities. This diverse group fights to reclaim a skill that has been lost to the industrial food complex.

 

Vegetable Gardening on the High Plains - Series

$92, $78 member for all three sessions

Session 1: Saturday March 28- Seed Starting and Garden Planning Learn how to start your veggie garden entirely from seeds! This class will go over seed starting basics and home propagation techniques. We will also look at how to maximize your garden space at home through efficient garden planning and you'll learn how many of each variety to start based on your needs, scheduling your seed starting, as well as the best ways to organize your vegetable beds.

Session 2: Saturday June 6 - Learn the best way to plant your veggie garden and the basics of garden maintenance, including soils and fertilization, watering and pest management. We'll also learn about crop selection and vegetable varieties that are well suited to the climate of Colorado's front range. Get your hands dirty as we practice the basics of planting and garden soil prep in the garden.

Session 3: Saturday August 8 - This class will go over the basics of harvesting from your veggie garden. Proper harvest techniques and ongoing plant maintenance (including trellising, pruning, etc.) will be covered. We'll also look ahead at how to extend the growing season and transition a vegetable garden into the autumn with hardy leafy greens and other fall crops.

Instructor: Michael Guidi

Michael is a horticulturist at Denver Botanic Gardens and oversees Mordecai Children³ Garden, a diverse garden showcasing Colorado life zones ranging from the plains to the alpine tundra; it also contains a demonstration vegetable garden. Ecological gardening and native plants are his main area of interest, but he is passionate about growing food and urban agriculture. In the past, he has worked in hydroponic food production, greenhouse production and organic farming. Michael holds a B.S. in b\Biology with a focus on plant physiology and ecology. He currently sits on the board of directors of the North American Rock Garden Society.

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

 

Vegetable Gardening on the High Plains: Heirloom and Beyond

*all sessions are individual registrations, students can take the full series or individual classes based on your interest

$34, $29 member for each session

Session 1: Saturday March 28- Seed Starting and Garden Planning Learn how to start your veggie garden entirely from seeds! This class will go over seed starting basics and home propagation techniques. We will also look at how to maximize your garden space at home through efficient garden planning and you'll learn how many of each variety to start based on your needs, scheduling your seed starting, as well as the best ways to organize your vegetable beds.

Session 2: Saturday June 6– Learn the best way to plant your veggie garden and the basics of garden maintenance, including soils and fertilization, watering and pest management. We'll also learn about crop selection and vegetable varieties that are well suited to the climate of Colorado's front range. Get your hands dirty as we practice the basics of planting and garden soil prep in the garden.

Session 3: Saturday August 8– This class will go over the basics of harvesting from your veggie garden. Proper harvest techniques and ongoing plant maintenance (including trellising, pruning, etc.) will be covered. We'll also look ahead at how to extend the growing season and transition a vegetable garden into the autumn with hardy leafy greens and other fall crops.

 

Instructor: Michael Guidi

Michael is a horticulturist at Denver Botanic Gardens and oversees Mordecai Children’s Garden, a diverse garden showcasing Colorado life zones ranging from the plains to the alpine tundra; it also contains a demonstration vegetable garden. Ecological gardening and native plants are his main area of interest, but he is passionate about growing food and urban agriculture. In the past, he has worked in hydroponic food production, greenhouse production and organic farming. Michael holds a B.S. in Biology with a focus on plant physiology and ecology. He currently sits on the board of directors of the North American Rock Garden Society.

 

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

 

Vines and Groundcovers

 

 

 

 

Vinyasa, Violins and Vino

Yoga with a twist. Enjoy vinyasa yoga, live violin music and a picnic! Relax in nature as Blake Burger, certified instructor and Gardens’ horticulturist, leads an hour-long class in the Gardens. Conclude the evening with a bring your own picnic and music performance. BYOB wine and beer is permitted.

 

Instructor: DBG's own horticulturalist and yoga instructor Blake Burger

Musician: Brittany Erickson is a classical violinist living in Denver, Colorado. She has performed chamber music and orchestral works across the country including with the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, The Curtis Institute, and the Harvard University Orchestra. By day, Brittany is an educator who supports school districts to design innovative new schools, and in her spare time, she can be found enjoying the Colorado mountains or tending her vegetable garden with her partner, John.

Price: $18 general public

Special Instructions: Please bring your own yoga mat, water, picnic and a beverage or adult beverage of your choosing. Please be sure to bring valid ID if consuming alcohol.

This is a rain or shine event, both the yoga class and picnic will be held under the clear tent and lights of the amphitheater. Class will begin promptly at 6:30pm, so please arrive early enough to get settled in.

Wagon and Walk Explorations at Plains Conservation Center: Geology

Visit an interesting rock outcrop at the Plains Conservation Center as you join us for a tour of the property that will include a wagon ride (weather permitting) and some walking to specific locations on the property to explore the topic in-depth. Appropriate for all ages. Closed-toe footwear, water bottle, sunscreen and hat recommended.

Price:  $10/person, ages 2 and under free

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

 

Wagon and Walk Explorations at Plains Conservation Center: Homestead

Visit the Plains Conservation Center's sod homestead and homestead garden as you join us for a tour of the property that will include a wagon ride (weather permitting) and some walking to specific locations on the property to explore the topic in-depth. Appropriate for all ages. Closed-toe footwear, water bottle, sunscreen and hat recommended.

Price:  $10, ages 2 and under free

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

 

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