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York St. General Admission

Important Update: Denver Botanic Gardens is gradually re-opening to the public. We look forward to welcoming you back! But it is only with your cooperation as a visitor that we can succeed in this re-opening. Below you will find important information you will need for your first visit back!

 

Capacity is now limited and a timed ticket is required for entry to Denver Botanic Gardens. All ticket purchases must be made in advance either online or over the phone. No tickets will be available for purchase onsite.

 

Tickets will be available two weeks at a time.

 

Entry will be timed in 30-minute blocks. Please arrive within 30 minutes of your selected time. Your time is not limited once inside the Gardens.

Enter through the Group Gate just south of the Visitor Center on York Street.

View or print an updated map of the Gardens here. Physical maps will not be available onsite.

 

*Members: Please reserve your tickets in advance online or over the phone. You will not be able to check-in onsite. Reserve early before tickets sell out.

*Groups of 10 or more must call to receive group rates and reserve tickets.

 

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.

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."

 

Botanical Illustration in Pen and Ink I- ONLINE

Pen and ink is at the heart of botanical illustration. Expand your drawing repertoire as you learn techniques to create line, form and texture in black and white. Expressive line and stipple  become part of your artistic vocabulary as you practice this traditional medium with modern and versatile technical pens. Step-by-step instruction, demonstration and practice will give you the foundation you need to draw any botanical subject accurately and skillfully.

 

**ONLINE ZOOM SESSION**

Prerequisites: Light on Form.

Fee: $310 member, $405 non-member

Date(s): Fri-Sun, June 19-21, 9a.m.- 1p.m., Mon. July 20, 1-4 pm

 

Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt

The student must send a scan of the final plate to the instructor and the school manager prior the last session, latest by July 19th 2020 for the final evaluation and in order to receive credit for the course.

 

Cafe Botanique

Café Botanique is a part of the Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate Program and is open to Botanical Art and Illustration students, Gardens' members, the general public, academia and artists. The 30-40 minute talk starts at 6:30 p.m. and is followed by a discussion. This lecture offers one elective credit hour in the BI-program. Fee: $5.

 

 

Cafe Botanique - ONLINE

Ernest Thompson Seton: A Legacy of Wildlife Conservation

Join historian David L. Witt to learn about the work and legacy of Ernest Thompson Seton (1860-1946), influential naturalist, author and artist who elevated wild animal preservation to a national cause. A popular educator and wildlife illustrator, Seton helped establish an important foundation for today’s environmentalism.

 

Witt is curator of the Seton Legacy Project at the Academy for the Love of Learning in Santa Fe, where he oversees research, collections, exhibitions, and programs related to Ernest Thompson Seton. He founded the Southwest Art History Conference and was the curator of the University of New Mexico’s Harwood Museum of Art in Taos from 1979-2005.

Fee- $7

 

Contain Those Perennials; But Not Yourself! - ONLINE

Rethink those container gardens! Yes, perennials can be used successfully in containers and provide long lasting color. Learn how to utilize them and which varieties are best suited for container gardening.

 

This session will be held online in a Zoom meeting. Details on how to join the class will be emailed the day before the program.

 

Price: $18, $16 member

Instructor: Debi Borden-Miller

 

Debi Borden-Miller is a University of Vermont graduate with a bachelor’s in plant and soil science.

Since moving to Colorado, she has worked at Fruehauf’s Garden Center, Wilmore Nursery, Little Valley Wholesale Nursery and Welby Gardens Company where she spent a total of 28 years in sales and marketing.

Debi is a board member of the Colorado Garden & Home Show and represents the Colorado Nursery and Greenhouse Association on the management team of ProGreen Expo. She also serves on several CO Nursery and Greenhouse Association committees and is a long-time board member and former president of the Colorado Greenhouse Growers Association and GreenCo.

Cosmic Cosmos Session One - ONLINE

Immerse yourself in a creative flow and create a vibrant cosmos flower collage. You will be playing with flowing paint to create star-filled watercolor galaxies. After cutting up these paintings you’ll compose cosmos flower collages. You will be guided carefully through the process. The class culminates in a colorful piece that might provide a cosmic inspiration for your next art project.

 

Each of the 60-minute sessions is separate and requires its own registration. Note: Your supply list for each session is attached to your registration confirmation and includes the information how to join the Zoom session.

Fee: $30/session member, $40/session non-member

No Prerequisites

 

Dates:

1. Thu, June 11, 11a.m.-Noon MDT

2. Thu, June 18, 11a.m.-Noon MDT

3. Thu, July 9, 11a.m.-Noon MDT

4. Thu, July 16, 11a.m.-Noon MDT

 

Instructor: Meredith Feniak

 

Cosmic Cosmos Session Two - ONLINE

Immerse yourself in a creative flow and create a vibrant cosmos flower collage. You will be playing with flowing paint to create star-filled watercolor galaxies. After cutting up these paintings you¬l compose cosmos flower collages. You will be guided carefully through the process. The class culminates in a colorful piece that might provide a cosmic inspiration for your next art project.

Each of the 60-minute sessions is separate and requires its own registration. Note: Your supply list for each session is attached to your registration confirmation and includes the information how to join the Zoom session

Fee: $30/session member, $40/session non-member

No Prerequisites

Dates:

1. Thu, June 11, 11a.m.-Noon MDT

2. Thu, June 18, 11a.m.-Noon MDT

3. Thu, July 9, 11a.m.-Noon MDT

4. Thu, July 16, 11a.m.-Noon MDT

Instructor: Meredith Feniak

 

Creative Oxygen Bubbles: Explore the Color Yellow - ONLINE

Yellow color is present in some of the oldest paintings and it is often seen as a warm color, however some of its symbols are the opposite.

Learn about the history and symbolism of yellow color and then, with wet-on-wet watercolor technique, explore the nuances and variations of this primary color.

Fee $25/session member, $35/session non-member

No Prerequisites

 

Family Workshop: Pollination Exploration!

What do bees, beetles, bats and birds have in common? They all help our plants grow! Join us as we observe pollinators and learn about the process of pollination. Create a pollinator habitat to take home with you.

 

Workshops offer families a hands-on opportunity to learn about the science and enchantment behind the plants in our everyday lives, create tasty treats from scratch and explore the natural world. Classes are designed for families with children ages 6-10.

 

All adults attending the workshop must register for the program. Non-participating siblings do not participate in the activities.

 

Price: $12 non-member adult, $10 member adult; $17 non-member child, $15 member child

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

 

membership card (Only valid for named card holder)

1 person admitted per visit (card holder)

Advance ticketing for Summer Concert Series (Day 5)

3 one-time use guest passes

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

Access to the Gardens' quarterly magazine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guided Meditation Walk - Loving Kindness - ONLINE

Fire is one of the five Taoist Elements, and is at the heart of the transformational cycle. Fire embodies the yin and yang of life. A guided walking meditation will focus on the dichotonous nature of the fire element and encourage loving kindness toward all sentient beings.

 

This session will be held online in a Zoom meeting. Details on how to join the class will be emailed the day of the program. Since we cannot be at the Gardens, the instructor will use guided imagery for this meditation.

 

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)

3 one-time use guest passes

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

Access to the Gardens' quarterly magazine

Receipt of our monthly Botanic Buzz e-newsletter

 

 

 

Literature of the Land: Spring Book Club - ONLINE

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 held online in a Zoom meeting. 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

*This session will be held online in a Zoom meeting. Details on how to join the webinar will be emailed on the day of the program.

 

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- Renew

Important Update: Denver Botanic Gardens is gradually re-opening to the public. We look forward to welcoming you back! Member fob access at Cheesman Gate remains closed at this time. All entry will be through the Gardens' York Street group gate just south of the Bonfils-Stanton Visitor Center on York Street. You must make a member reservation online for a specific date and time to visit. Tickets will not be available onsite.

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.

 

Seedlings Show and Share - ONLINE

Seedlings Show and Share is a remote opportunity for families to connect with each other and nature from the comfort of home! Join Denver Botanic Gardens' Family Program Team to sing songs, listen to stories, and share natural items you find around your home or neighborhood. This 20-30 minute live program is held virtually using Zoom.

 

Audience: Families with children 18 months to 6 years

 

Price: Free, registration is required.

 

Registration Instructions: Only one registration is needed per household. Registration closes at 4:00 p.m. the day before program.

 

The day before the Seedlings Show and Share session you will receive email on how to join the program electronically.

 

If the program is sold out, we encourage you to add your family's name to the waitlist. More program times will be added to accommodate waitlists.

 

Smartphone Photography: Photo Editing for the iPhone - ONLINE

Would you like to take your iPhone photos to a new level? Go beyond the basic editing tools on the iPhone and explore various IOS editing apps available for your iPhone from the App Store. Learning to use these apps and their tools will fine tune your photography and editing skills, creating a stronger visual impact for all your photos.

 

This session will be held online through Zoom. Details on how to join the class will be emailed the day of the program.

 

Price: $34, $29 member

Instructor: Jeanette Burkle

 

Jeanette 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.

Therapeutic Thursdays - ONLINE

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 streaming device. Advanced registration required.

 

Details on how to join the Zoom webinar will be emailed 30 minutes before the start of the program. Program time is 2 p.m. Mountain Time.

 

June 4: Therapeutic Aspects of the Japanese Garden

Join Japanese Garden Curator Ebi Kondo as he demonstrates the practice of seasonal de-candling of the evergreens and shearing of shrubs into semi-spherical shapes, known as tamamono karikomi. Kondo discusses the design concepts of Japanese gardens: nature, seasons, moment and boundaries. Our Japanese Garden is one of our most therapeutic gardens and brings visitors into the present moment with its thoughtful design features.

 

June 11: Wisdom in Weeding

Ralph Waldo Emerson described a weed as a plant whose virtue has not been discovered. When weeds are taking over your garden, it’s hard to see anything positive in them. During this session learn about the common weeds that are in your garden, how to remove them and some of the lessons they can teach us. Weeding can be a mindful experience that can teach us about the “weeds” in our lives and the work it takes to control them.

 

June 18: The Art in Bonsai

Join Bonsai Specialists Larry Jackel as we look at a bonsai tree the way a bonsai artist would. Learn about bonsai styles and pruning to unlock the masterpiece within. Bonsai teach us a great lesson in pruning: removing and letting go of what no longer serves us so we may tap in to our full potential.

 

June 25: Virtual Meditative Plant Walk at the Gardens

Learn to walk mindfully among plants. Pause to engage with plants and connect with different physical sensations, isolating the senses to feel the temperature of the air and the warmth of the sun, tune into sounds and scents, and take in the abundance of life all around that we are sometimes too busy to notice. This is also an opportunity to see what is blooming in June at the Gardens.

 

Price: Complimentary, registration required

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

 

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