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A New Gardener Boot Camp - Webinar

*This session will now be held online, in a webinar format. Details on how to join the webinar will be sent to all participants via email.

 

Are you a blank slate when it comes to starting your very own garden? Worried about ending the growing season with a pile of dead plants and sad vegetables? Join us at Denver Botanic Gardens for two evenings packed with answers to all those looming and mysterious gardening questions. Get started on the right foot this year with all of our best beginner classes, carefully designed to equip you with all the tools you will need to master that garden once and for all!

 

This series occurs on two evenings, two boot camp classes will be covered each evening.

 

Classes include:

Garden Planning 101 - Where do I Start?

This beginner class will take you step by step through the process of laying out a plan of attack for your garden! Whether you are starting with a blank slate garden or working with an old outdated garden this class will give you the basics on where to start. It will discuss needs and planning tools for raised beds, container gardens and in-ground vegetable gardens. We will discuss the basics of garden locations, sun requirements, water needs, starting from seed, transplanting and the basics of planning the organization of perennials and annuals, trees and shrubs. This class is the perfect fit for anyone needing to understand how the garden works together as a whole.

Soils 101

Soils will always be the first place to start when building a beautiful garden. This class will cover the best management practices for building your soil for in-ground beds, containers and raised beds. It will discuss the basics of composting as well as demonstrate the value of soil testing.

Beginning Vegetable Gardening

If you have never planted edible plants or had little success at growing your own vegetables, our instructor will walk you through the ABCs from planning, soil preparation, crop selection, watering, fertilizing, pest protection, and harvesting your first vegetable garden. We will cover tips on the most popular vegetables to grow, including leafy salad greens, tomatoes, squash, peppers, and more. You'll leave with a comprehensive understanding of how to successfully do each gardening task, and take home a planting guide that will help you through the entire growing season.

Annuals and Perennials for Color in the Garden

Plants provide the backbone of the garden with vibrant colors, textures, and forms that weave together to create your own personal oasis. Learn the basics of perennials, annuals and biennials, how to make the best selections for your garden and how to best maintain your plants throughout the season. From the traditional to the unusual we will explore the limitless varieties of plants and send you into the growing season prepared.

These classes combined usually cost more then $200 but with New Gardener Boot Camp event will be $60 members, $80 non-members. Register Early as space is limited.

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, lecture and demonstration to keep you engaged.

 

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".

 

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

 

Price: $120, $110 members

Instructor: Patti O'Neal

 

Session 1: The Garden Build

March 31, 2020- 6 p.m.

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 2020 vegetable garden. Every season is a Do-Over!

 

Session 2: Planting

April 7, 2020- 6 p.m.

Planting is the focus of this session. How to decide what to plant, 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

April 14, 2020- 6 p.m.

Keeping the Garden going for three 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

April 21, 2020- 6 p.m.

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.

At Home - Grab & Go Flower Arrangements

Right now most of us are confined to our homes with limited trips to the store, so join us for easy tips and tricks to brighten your home with flowers! Make use of simple items found around the house and some flowers from your local grocer.

 

This 30 minute program will be held online in a webinar format. Details on how to join the webinar will be sent to all participants via email.

 

If you would like to follow along and make an arrangement, here are some items to have on hand:

- $15-$20 bundle of flowers, mixed with floral greens

- Scissors or clippers

- Vase or container

 

No time to go to the store? No problem! Join us anyway, and learn a few things for next time.

 

Price: Complementary, Registration Required

Instructors: Lisa Weddel and Laura Tonner

 

Lisa Weddel AIFD PFCI has been in the floral industry for over 30 years.  She has been active in all areas of the industry from designer, teacher to owner of several businesses. Lisa has a floriculture degree, is an Iowa Master florist, as well as being an accredited member of the American Institute of Floral Designers organization where she currently holds the position of President of the South-Central Chapter.  In addition, Lisa has served on the Board of Trustees of the Professional Floral Communicators International as Chairman.This is an organization under the umbrella of the Society of American Florists.

Past floral accomplishments include designing at the prestigious Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, CA for over 16 parades as a designer as well as a team leader. She designed on the floral team for President George W. Bush's 2005 Presidential Inauguration, designed at the 2019 Kentucky Derby and has the same honor in 2020.

 

Laura Tonner has enjoyed working in the floral industry for five years. Her favorite part has been designing for weddings and events, but she has done just about everything in the floral industry. She has experience in retail, deliveries and the day-to-day operations of a small flower shop. All of this has led to her latest endeavor as the co-owner of Designs Inspired by You, the first of its kind floral experience studio.

Laura has a floral certificate from a local design school, won an academic scholarship from FAR (Floral Association of the Rockies) and has attended the Rose Parade as a designer for two years.

Ayurveda Four-Part Series

Ayurveda is the sister science of yoga that deals directly with healing the mind and body. Through diet, lifestyle, breathing exercises, herbal medicine and spiritual practices, Ayurveda offers a unique set of tools for individuals to regain balance with their own true nature. Ayurveda is centered on the idea that all beings are a unique composition of the five natural elements (space, air, fire, water and earth) which make up the three doshas (vata, pitta and kapha). Learning how the different doshas function and how they impact the mind and body, you can begin to recognize signs of imbalances early on and implement Ayurvedic practices to bring yourself back to balance.

In this four-part series, each class gives you some examples of what Ayurveda has to offer for your wellness routine. The series begins with an exploration of what the doshas are and how they affect you on an individual level. With that foundational knowledge, the second class is a yoga practice that flows through the five elements and three doshas within all of us to prepare for a blissful resting pose. Receive yoga sequences to take home to continue to practice on your own.

A major concept of Ayurveda is maintaining health through lifestyle protocols and eating seasonally with good food combinations to prevent illness or disturbance to your health. In the third class, explore some herbal remedies prepared in a kitchen for the purpose of preventing disease. In the fourth class, we cook with the six different tastes of Ayurveda and feast together. Take home recipe ideas from the last two classes to keep the exploration going at home.

 

Your Mind-Body Constitution. What Is Your Dosha?

Wed. Jul 15, 2020, 6-8 p.m.

Your dosha is your mind-body type and it is determined by factors such as your genetic makeup and when you were born. This workshop briefly covers the basics of Ayurveda and how to determine your dosha, as well as includes some pranayama (or breath-work) that is balancing for all three doshas.

 

Ayurveda and Vinyasa Yoga: Flow Through the Five Elements of Nature in a Movement Meditation

Wed. Aug 26, 2020, 6-8 p.m.

Yoga is the sister science of Ayurveda. By incorporating the Ayurvedic principles of the five elements in the natural world into a yoga practice, this class serves to connect us to our own true nature. The two complementary sciences are combined to create an illuminating and slow-moving meditation with yoga postures that can be modified for all levels. View the healing art of yoga through an Ayurvedic lens with some take-home practices for each season and mind-body type.

 

Ayurvedic At Home Remedies: How to Use Your Kitchen for Simple Remedies

Wed. Sept 16, 2020, 6-8 p.m.

Explore the common spices and herbs found in most kitchens and how they can be used for remedies and incorporated into your daily diet to address imbalances. Sample some concoctions that are suitable for each dosha. Class concludes with meditation tools that you can use at home.

 

Igniting the Fire within: How to Eat in Balance with Ayurveda

Wed. Oct 21, 2020, 6-8 p.m.

This class covers the Ayurvedic principle of Agni, the digestive fire, and how to cultivate it in order to nourish your body fully. Learn to assess the different digestive symptoms and how you can adjust your lifestyle to address them. Sample the different tastes associated with each dosha and see how to create a balanced meal.

 

Price: $131, $113 member

Instructor: Farnosh Family
Farnosh was a long time student and teacher of yoga before turning to the sister science of yoga, Ayurveda, for help in healing after the birth of her first child. What she learned in those transformational months led her to a life guided by the principles of Ayurveda for herself and her family. She has studied with many teachers of yoga, ayurveda, and sanskrit including Dr. Vasant Lad, Shiva Rea, Sonia Massoco, Maria Garre, Patricia Wickman, and Dr. Bharat Vaidya. She holds an MA in organic chemistry from UCLA and a BA in environmental chemistry from Columbia University.

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 "Ayurveda Four-Part Series."

 

Gift of Individual

Gift memberships take up to 72 hours to be activated. Please allow 7-10 business days for the gift packet to be mailed to your gift recipient.

If you are renewing a gift membership click here

 

 

 

1 membership card (Only valid for named card holder)

1 person admitted per visit (card holder)

Advance ticketing for Summer Concert Series (Day 5)

2 complimentary tickets to Blossoms of Light at York Street

3 one-time use guest passes

Entry to our Member Mornings where the Gardens are open just to members

Subscription to the Gardens' quarterly printed magazine

Receipt of our monthly Botanic Buzz e-newsletter

 

Guided Sitting Meditation: Three Tenets

Not Knowing, Bearing Witness and Taking Action are the foundations of the Three Tenets. With regular practice, the Three Tenets can become a way of living from the center at all times.

Appropriate for adults of all abilities.

 

*This session will now be held online, in a webinar format. Details on how to join the webinar will be sent to all participants via email.

 

Price: $10, $8 member

Instructor: Denise Bickel, PhD, MSW, LCSW

 

 

Individual

1 membership card (Only valid for named card holder)

1 person admitted per visit (card holder)

Advance ticketing for Summer Concert Series (Day 5)

2 complimentary tickets to Blossoms of Light at York Street

2 complimentary tickets to Corn Maze at Chatfield Farms

3 one-time use guest passes

Entry to our Member Mornings where the Gardens are open just to members

Subscription to the Gardens' quarterly printed magazine

Receipt of our monthly Botanic Buzz e-newsletter

 

Introduction to Xeriscape

Thursday, April 23rd at 10 a.m. our class session will be in a webinar format. Details on how to join the webinar will be emailed on the day of the program.

 

Xeriscape is not only a concept, it should be a way of life in Colorado.

Gardening in a way that conserves water and enhances our lives seems like a no-brainer. But, breaking the paradigm of landscapes dominated by Kentucky bluegrass has been slow in coming. However, since the early '90s, we've been making progress and people have been implementing beautiful, low water consuming, low maintenance, wildlife attracting, jaw dropping beautiful gardens.

In this course I will de-mystify low water landscapes by explaining the seven principles of xeriscape and answering every question you can throw my way. Oh, and we'll look at some beautiful Denver area xeriscape gardens while we're at it!

 

Price: $29, $24 members

Instructor: Curtis Manning

 

Literature of the Land: Spring Book Club

Join us for the spring 2020 session of Literature of the Land, a book club series hosted by the Helen Fowler Library. We read three books over three months, focusing on a specific topic of interest.

This spring we read the words of land stewards who have directly felt the changes brought on by colonization and industrialization. The conversation is a global one, but these local and native activists share, through the knowledge of their peoples  ties to the land, what it means to be a true environmentalist in a culture that demands for us to be anything but.  

 

Dates:

April 15: "Unbowed: My Autobiography" by Wangari Maathai

*This session will be in a webinar format. Details on how to join the webinar will be emailed on the day of the program.

 

May 13: "The Right to Be Cold" by Sheila Watt-Cloutier

 

June 17: "As Long as the Grass Grows: The Indigenous Fight for Environmental Justice, from Colonization to Standing Rock" by Dina Gilio-Whitaker

 

Registration is mandatory as attendance is limited in number to allow for interactive discussion in a friendly group setting. The cost is $5 per session, $15 for all three sessions.

Each session has individual registration; please select all three date options with separate registration if you would like to attend the entire series.

Price: $5 per session

Member Fob- New

A member fob allows you to gain access through the Cheesman Gate. Fobs may only be purchased and used by active members of the Gardens. This is an added benefit of membership for all levels. Non­-members or lapsed members may not purchase or renew fobs unless a membership is also processed at the time of the transaction. By purchasing a fob, you agree to take responsibility for any misuse. A membership fob fee is $25. Entry is limited to the number of people you are normally allowed with your membership. Fobs must be renewed annually.

 

Member Fob- Renew

 

A member fob allows you to gain access through the Cheesman Gate. Fobs may only be purchased and used by active members of the Gardens. This is an added benefit of membership for all levels. Non­-members or lapsed members may not purchase or renew fobs unless a membership is also processed at the time of the transaction. By purchasing a fob, you agree to take responsibility for any misuse. Entry is limited to the number of people you are normally allowed with your membership. Fobs must be renewed annually for a fee of $10.00.

 

SCFD Free Day at Chatfield Farms

Free days for Colorado residents are held throughout the year at Denver Botanic Gardens and Chatfield Farms, thanks to funding from the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). The event offers everyone a chance to appreciate our collections and explore the living museum. Free Days occur during regular Gardens hours only, and do not include ticketed events.

SCFD Free Day at York Street

Free days for Colorado residents are held throughout the year at Denver Botanic Gardens and Chatfield Farms, thanks to funding from the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). The event offers everyone a chance to appreciate our collections and explore the living museum. Free Days occur during regular Gardens hours only, and do not include ticketed events. Included with admission.

Seedlings: 2020 Summer Series Package

Register for all 17 classes offered May through August, and receive a $34 savings over the individual price.

Seedlings classes offer a fun, hands-on way for young children, ages 18 months to six years, to explore the plant world while developing an understanding and appreciation for plants and their importance. Classes include interactive explorations, nature walks, and stories for children and their caregivers.

You will need to choose a date and time for each of the 17 classes. Please keep in mind that classes are offered for three different age groups and are modified to fit the developmental needs of each group. Please select the session appropriate for your child's age.

No partial registrations.

 

Starting Your Garden from Seed

Rocky Mountain Gardening Elective

*This session will now be held online, in a webinar format. Details on how to join the webinar will be sent to all participants via email.

Few things excite a gardener more than buying new plants for their gardens, especially if the plants are exotics, unusual or heirlooms. Second-only to the creation of new plants is the financial benefit of growing your own plants, whether flowers, herbs or vegetables.

This class will demystify the seed-starting process primarily focused to the novice gardener, but a good review of the best success tips if a more advanced gardener needs a refresher. Learn simple seed botany and the process of best practices for successful seed germination, successful transplanting, and seed collection and storage and cover some of the reasons seeds and seedlings fail.

This class will help you up your game to produce all the transplants you could possibly need and set you up for upcoming classes on spring and summer vegetable gardening and succession planting.

 

Instructor: Patti O'Neal

 

 

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Therapeutic Thursdays

Webinar Series

Join Denver Botanic Gardens' horticultural therapists from your home or office as we share techniques used in the Therapeutic Horticulture program. Engage your senses each week as we guide you in how to connect with plants in your everyday life.

All ages and abilities are welcome to participate. Only one registration is needed per family, household or organization. Details on how to join the webinar will be emailed on the day of the program.

 

April 9: Building a Relationship With Plants

In this session we demonstrate repotting a houseplant into a new container and introduce observation skills for assessing the needs of your plant. This includes watering tips, pest management techniques and how to mindfully build a connection with your plants. This is a great introduction to horticultural mastery of your house plants. If you have a houseplant and potting supplies at home, feel free to join in along with us.

 

April 16: Tree Cookies

Tree cookies are segments sliced from trees. Segments of trees can show you the story of a tree's life. In this session, hear stories of a tree's lifespan with examples from the Gardens' collection of tree stories. We then use these principles to look at the rings in our own lives and stories.

 

April 23: Meet a Tree

Building off the Tree Cookie session, we put into practice our skills of observing plants and trees. We discuss the architecture of trees, the rootedness and connectivity of trees to the Earth and other trees, and how trees grow in different environmental conditions and with age. Then, we look at how these observations apply to our own lives. This practice can be applied to any plant, whether on your neighborhood streets, at the park or in the forest.

 

April 30: Virtual Meditative Plant Walk at the Gardens

Learn to walk mindfully among plants. In this session, we pause to engage with plants and connect with the different sensations we feel on our own bodies as we isolate our senses to feel the temperature of the air and the warmth of the sun, tune into the sounds and scents of our surroundings, and take in the abundance of life surrounding us that we are sometimes too busy to notice. This is also an opportunity to see what is blooming in April at the Gardens.

 

May 7: Thorns and the Protection They Offer

Virtually join Angie in the Ellipse garden as she explains why roses have thorns and how sometimes we put our own thorns up to protect ourselves. Learn how to prepare rose plants for the coming season to produce bountiful blooms. Roses are considered a memory plant: Their scent may help us recall positive memories and be transported to these moments in our lives, which can stimulate conversations about these experiences.

 

May 14: Herbal Tea Blending

Herbal tea blending has quickly become one of our most popular therapeutic horticulture group activities. Learn about different herbs and their tea blending properties as well as how to make your own tea bags out of coffee filters and twine. Learn which herbs are used to soothe our moods and nerves, what can calm us or stimulate our senses. Many of these herbs stimulate fond memories and the sharing of stories.

 

May 21: Lotus, Water Lilies and Grief

Meet Tamara Kilbane, the Gardens' curator of aquatic collections, for a behind-the-scenes look at our aquatic collections. These plants grow out of muddy waters, endure the cold winters, protect themselves with thorns, and through all of this produce beautifully delicate blossoms. We can use these plants as guides for our own resilience and navigating the murky waters and situations in our lives.

 

May 28: Virtual Meditative Plant Walk at the Gardens

Learn to walk mindfully among plants. We pause to engage with plants and connect with the different sensations we feel on our own bodies as we isolate our senses to feel the temperature of the air and the warmth of the sun, tune into the sounds and scents of our surroundings, and take in the abundance of life surrounding us that we are sometimes too busy to notice. This is also an opportunity to see what is blooming in May at the Gardens.

 

 

Price per session: $8, $5 member

Instructors: Angie Andrade and Catharine McCord

Angie Andrade, HTR is a senior horticulturalist at the Gardens and manager of the Therapeutic Horticulture Program. Angie is a registered horticultural therapist through the American Horticultural Therapy Association.

Catharine McCord is a program coordinator at the Gardens for adult education programs and the Therapeutic Horticulture Program. She is also the recipient of the 2020 American Horticultural Society’s Great American Gardeners Award for Horticultural Therapy.

 

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

 

Gift of Individual Plus

Gift memberships take up to 72 hours to be activated. Please allow 7-10 business days for the gift packet to be mailed to your gift recipient.

If you are renewing a gift membership click here

 

 

1 membership card (Only valid for named card holder)

2 people admitted per visit (Card holder + 1 guest)

Advance ticketing for Summer Concert Series (Day 5)

2 complimentary tickets to Blossoms of Light at York Street

3 one-time use guest passes

Entry to our Member Mornings where the Gardens are open just to members

Subscription to the Gardens' quarterly printed magazine

Receipt of our monthly Botanic Buzz e-newsletter

 

Individual Plus

1 membership card (Only valid for named card holder)

2 people admitted per visit (Card holder + 1 guest)

Advance ticketing for Summer Concert Series (Day 5)

2 complimentary tickets to Blossoms of Light at York Street

2 complimentary tickets to Corn Maze at Chatfield Farms

3 one-time use guest passes

Entry to our Member Mornings where the Gardens are open just to members

Subscription to the Gardens' quarterly printed magazine

Receipt of our monthly Botanic Buzz e-newsletter

 

Friends & Family

2 membership cards

6 people admitted per visit (Including card holders)

Advance ticketing for Summer Concert Series (Day 4)

2 complimentary tickets to Blossoms of Light at York Street

2 complimentary tickets to Corn Maze at Chatfield Farms

3 one-time use guest passes

Entry to our Member Mornings where the Gardens are open just to members

Subscription to the Gardens' quarterly printed magazine

Receipt of our monthly Botanic Buzz e-newsletter

 

 

 

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