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York St. General Admission

 

Visitor Information: The top level of the parking garage will be closed October 1 - 3. Please use the lower levels of the parking garage during this time. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.

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.

*Tickets are non-refundable

*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.

 

Chatfield Farms General Admission

**General Admission tickets are not available Friday - Sunday during Corn Maze (Sept. 18th - Oct. 31st). Find more information on Corn Maze here.**

 

Important Update: Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield Farms 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 at Chatfield Farms. All ticket purchases must be made in advance either online or over the phone. No tickets will be available for purchase onsite.

Entry is located at the southeast-end of the gravel parking lot. Please show your tickets at the ticket booth located here.

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

 

Entry will be timed in 30-minute blocks. Please arrive within 30 minutes of your selected time.

*Last entry is at 4 p.m. 

*Tickets are non-refundable.

*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.

*Tickets are not required for children 2 years old and under.

"The Kiss": Klimt's Masterpiece

Back by request!

Austrian painter Gustav Klimt created his most iconic painting, “The Kiss,” between 1907 and 1908. After studying Klimt's painting in detail, we will design, paint and embellish our own work in his style. Linear elements from Vienna art nouveau, organic forms from the arts and crafts movement, metallic components and textural embellishments will blend to create pattern-rich works sure to enchant.

Prerequisite: Entry-level color media.

Fee: $285 member, $335 non-member.

Date(s):

Fri-Sun, November 13-15, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Meredith Feniak

 

2020 Rocky Mountain Steppe Summit - ONLINE

YEAR ZERO: STEPPE GENESIS

 

How it works:

Details on how to join the program streamed live through Vimeo will be emailed 30 minutes before the start of the program. Program time is 6 p.m. Mountain Time.

Here are a few important things to know:

Only one registration is needed per streaming device. Advanced registration is required.

You do not need a Vimeo account in order to watch the livestream. Simply click on the link, enter the password, and you will be ready to watch!

If you would like to ask questions or participate in any interactive polls, you can either participate as a guest or login to a Vimeo account or login with a Facebook account in order to do so. There will be Q&A portion at the end, so we highly encourage your participation!

 

Denver Botanic Gardens’ Director of Outreach Panayoti Kelaidis, Associate Director of Horticulture and Curator of Steppe Collections Mike Bone and videographer Scott Dressel-Martin have traveled to Mongolia to experience life on the steppe. These travels as part of Denver Botanic Gardens’ Center for Global Initiatives were meant to guide and influence our Central Asian steppe collections and displays, but inspired so much more.

 

Inspirations from The Great Mongolian Steppe – Virtual Lecture

Mike Bone

Scott Dressel-Martin

Join Mike and Scott as they bring you on a journey through the beautiful culture, flora and landscapes of the Mongolian steppe.

 

Steppe Garden Glow Up – Virtual Tour

Sonya Anderson

Mike Bone

Panayoti Kelaidis

Kevin Philip Williams

 

The endless thoughts, actions and processes that define the life of a garden often begin with a singular, passionate vision—but sometimes they do not. Although the Steppe Garden opened to the public in 2016, it was nowhere near completed and had already been decades in the making. Join the Steppe Garden’s major dreamers and influencers as they walk through the garden pondering its history, exploring its design, revealing hidden gems and discussing its dramatic changes over the past four seasons.

 

 

Mike Bone

Mike is the associate director of horticulture and curator of Steppe Collections for Denver Botanic Gardens. His career has been spent studying the plants and ecology of the great steppe regions of the world. Mike is coauthor of “Steppes: The Plants and Ecology of the World’s Semi-arid Regions” as well as several other publications produced by the Gardens. His passion for collaboration with scientists and plants experts from steppe regions has taken him all over the globe as an explorer and a speaker.

 

Scott Dressel-Martin

Scott is a principal at Dressel-Martin MediaWorks, Inc. He has photographed around the world, including the Middle East, Mongolia, South Africa, Mexico, Spain, Singapore and all around the United States. Based in Colorado, Scott began his career in newspaper photojournalism and has been published internationally. He is the official photographer of Denver Botanic Gardens and also works with a select group of important institutions, helping them promote their mission and tell relevant and moving stories. In addition to the Gardens, many of Scott’s other clients are in the nonprofit world, such as Children’s Hospital Colorado, Colorado Housing and Finance Authority, Denver Health and Visit Denver. Scott also works with corporate clients such as Hensel Phelps Construction Company, Hyatt Hotels and Vail Resorts. Scott is a passionate teacher and speaker on photography and creativity. He has a master’s from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, New York.

 

Kevin Philip Williams

Kevin is a horticulture specialist at Denver Botanic Gardens where he stewards the Steppe Garden, Dwarf Conifer Collection, Lilac Collection, Josephine Streetscape Gardens and co-coordinates Denver Botanic Gardens’ horticulture internship program. Since joining the Gardens in 2015, he has explored and collected plants throughout the North American and Central Asian steppes. Kevin is an alumnus of the Longwood Graduate Program in public horticulture, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Horticulture Internship Program and is a former horticulturist for The High Line in Manhattan, New York.

 

Sonya Anderson

Sonya is a Horticulture Specialist who has been with Denver Botanic Gardens for 14 years. She specializes in the Plant Select program and gardening for pollinators. She maintains Darlene Radichel Plant Select Garden, the Birds and Bees Walk, as well as the Steppe Garden.

 

Price: $22, $19 member

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Birds in Graphite and Color

This class teaches common approaches to illustrating birds and how to overcome the challenging proportions and perspective of bird illustration. Start with a how-to session on bird photography and learn how to effectively use photographic references in artwork. Learn bird anatomy and physical characteristics through group instruction and individual attention. Using provided props, reference sketches and/or photos, you will create a sophisticated bird portrait ready to be framed, submitted to an exhibit or included in a portfolio.

Prerequisite: Entry-level color media.

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

Date(s):

Thu, Oct. 29, Nov. 5, 12, 19, Dec. 3, 10, 9 a.m.-noon

Instructor: Heidi Snyder

 

Botany for Gardeners - ONLINE

Rocky Mountain Gardening Required Course Group I

This class provides an overview of basic plant biology, including structure, development, transpiration, photosynthesis and plant chemistry.

Students will gain essential knowledge for acquiring high-level pruning skills, for designing gardens based on specific plant requirements of the Rocky Mountain region, and for understanding interactions between plants and their microenvironments.

Required Text- Botany for Gardeners by Brian Capon, found online or in most book stores.

This session will be streamed live online through Vimeo. Details on how to join the class will be emailed the day before the program.

 

Price: $255, $213 member

Instructor: Sheridan Samano

 

Botany for the Botanical Illustrator - ONLINE

What is the difference between a carpel and a pistil? Where can I find the stamen? The science of the subjects you draw determines what you see! Put away your pencils for this enlightening lab class designed specifically for students of botanical illustration. Take a close look at plant anatomy and learn to recognize botanical details that will make your drawings more accurate and realistic. Learn plant morphology through detailed instruction and supporting visuals. Your botanical art will improve when you understand the subjects.

No prerequisites.

Fee: $315 member, $370 non-member (18 hours).

Date(s):

Tue, Oct. 13, 20, 27 Nov. 3, 10, 1-4 p.m.

Instructor: Jennifer Ackerfield

 

Botany in a Box Family Activity Kit: Create a Plant Press

Become a botanist in your own home as you create a plant press to preserve flowers and leaves. Use your preserved plant specimens to create an herbarium collection or create beautiful dried flower and leaf artwork!

 

Botany in a Box Family Activity Kits provide families the opportunity to take hands on learning into the comfort of their own homes! Each Activity Kit includes background information, project instructions and materials needed to complete an activity or exploration at home.

 

Audience: Families with children ages 5 and up.

 

Kit Fee: $20.00 per kit, $18.00 per kit member; kit fee includes shipping

 

Create a Plant Press Kit includes:

- Materials and hardware needed to create a 6" x 6" hardwood plant press

- Paint to decorate your plant press

- Mini collection notebook

- Plant identification labels

- Pollinator seeds pack

- Information sheet and activity instructions to guide your exploration

 

Shipping Information: Botany in a Box orders are processed on Mondays and Thursdays. Orders placed Thursday 9 a.m. - Monday 9 a.m. are processed and shipped on Mondays. Orders placed Monday 9 a.m - Thursday 9 a.m. are processed and shipped on Thursdays. Once your order has been process and shipped, you will receive an email confirmation with tracking information.

 

Cherokee Winter Nature Tour - At Cherokee Ranch and Castle

Those lucky enough to have hiked Cherokee Ranch know that there are a wealth of habitats and a rich flora that distract your eyes downwards, even as the vistas of the rugged backbone of the Rockies and distant misty towers of downtown Denver tempt you to look further away.

 

Whoever says winter is the “dormant” season? Wise naturalists know that nature does not sleep, you can now SEE those birds flitting in the bare branches. Buds are set on everything, and there is much more than just bark, branches and berries to liven a walk. You can see two species of Chickadees and Nuthatches that never stop in their search for food and there are a few last lingering hints of flowers. You will be surprised at how many evergreens there really are; not just pines and junipers and Oregon Grape, but many of our native shrubs and forbs keep living foliage and rosettes through the winter: they are still hard at work chlorophyll pumping! You might also be surprised to know that some Dark-eyed Juncos fly all the way from the Pacific Northwest and even Canada to winter at Cherokee. Other winter species include Flicker, Woodpeckers and a resident Red-tailed Hawk. What better time and place than Cherokee Ranch in the bright, winter light. One thing is for sure, you will never be bored outside at Cherokee! This adventure is a walking tour, allowing time to observe and learn about the plants and birds found in this environment.

Price: $25, $20 member

* Plants do not really care how you dress for the field trips but BIRDS DO!! It is easier to see birds if you DO NOT wear white or other very bright colors –i.e. yellow, orange or red. Also, bring your binoculars: they can be used for both birds and plants.

* Please wear comfortable shoes and bring your own supply of water for a 2 hour adventure.

Children over10 years of age are permitted in this program.

Directions and details for your hike will be emailed to your email address approximately one week before your hike.

Tour location:

Cherokee Ranch and Castle

6113 N Daniels Park RD

Sedalia, CO 80135

 

 

 

 

 

 

Color Layering for Colored Pencil Session Two- ONLINE

Colored pencil presents a special challenge: mixing color directly on your drawing! Learn to use a simple color-mixing method adapted to the application of colored pencils. Two-, three- and four-color mixing will get you to the gorgeous greens, radiant reds and luscious lilacs you have been missing. Learn to determine shadow colors for vibrant results. Practice color matching with a variety of plant material as you create your own extensive color workbook to speed color selection and application for all future colored pencil drawings.

ONLINE Zoom-session

No prerequisites.

Fee: $370 member, $420 non-member. Fee includes supplies (specified in the supply list).

Date(s):

 

Fri-Sun, Sep. 25-27, 9 a.m.  2:30 p.m. - ONLINE

Instructor: Susan DiMarchi

Colorado Ecosystems - ONLINE

Rocky Mountain Gardening Required Course Group II

Study the native ecosystems of Colorado that range from plains grasslands to the alpine tundra, mountain meadows to sub-alpine forests. Learn to gauge your elevation and location by looking at the plant communities around you and explore the complex relationships between the plants and wildlife of Colorado.

This session will be streamed live online through Vimeo. Details on how to join the class will be emailed the day before the program.

 

Price: $88, $78 member

Instructor: Sheridan Samano

 

 

Connecting With Nature

Presented and Managed by the City of Aurora

Nature can be a safe and restorative place to find solace during the difficult times that are currently affecting us all. Discover ways you can connect with the natural world while still being in the city by attending one or all programs of our connecting with nature series.

Prairie Bathing

Date: Sunday, September 20, 2020

Time: 8 a.m.

Connecting with Nature by Ear: Learn how to experience the outdoors in a whole new way by opening your awareness of nature using your hearing. 

Date: Sunday, October 4, 2020

Time: 10 a.m.

Reading the Signs of Nature: Develop techniques to read the stories written by wildlife by learning to recognize clues they ve left behind.

Date: Sunday, October 18, 2020

Time: 10 a.m.

Immersing in Nature with Writing: Using writing prompts, we  focus on different aspects of nature to express emotion, discovery and awareness.  

Date: Sunday, November 8

Time: 2 p.m.

Price: $10

Location: Plains Conservation Center, 21901 E. Hampden Avenue, Aurora, CO 80013 Phone 303-326-8380

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.

 

Corn Maze

Wind your way through seven acres of corn. The maze can be viewed from two 15-foot tall illuminated bridges. Visitors under the age of 10 can explore the corn mini-maze. Pumpkins in the pumpkin patch are available for purchase during Corn Maze hours in October.

In an effort to reduce waste, printed maps will not be available at Corn Maze.

Dates & Hours

Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays; Sept. 18 - Oct. 31

September- last entry at 6 p.m.

Events close at 7 p.m.

October- last entry at 5:30 p.m.

Events close at 7 p.m.

Only one trip allowed through the maze.

Event is rain, snow or shine.

You must purchase a ticket online for a specific date and time to visit. Tickets go on sale Monday, Aug. 17. Tickets will not be available onsite.

 

-Please practice social distancing – staying at least six feet away from visitors not in your party.

-Municipal requirements for masks will be enforced.

-Visitors will not be allowed entry without adequate masks covering their mouth and nose, which must be worn at all times by adults and children 3 and over, except while eating or drinking.

-Halloween masks and costumes are not permitted on the premises.

-Here are details on what to expect upon visiting Chatfield Farms.

Curator Conversations

Denver Botanic Gardens is a premier venue for art exhibitions including bronze sculpture, botanical illustration, photography, site-specific installations and more. Join us for a walk through the galleries with one of our curators and learn behind-the- scenes information about how these exhibitions came to be.

 

Exhibitions change regularly. Here is information about current and upcoming art exhibitions.

 

Price: $19, $15 member, $13 student

 

Special instructions: Please bring booking confirmation. Masks are required.

 

Notes: Prices include admission to the Gardens. Tours with low registration are subject to cancellation. For safety reasons, tours are currently limited to four participants. To schedule a docent-guided tour for your small group, please contact tours@botanicgardens.org.

 

Image credit: The Night-Blowing Cereus, from Robert John Thornton’s “Temple of flora, or, Garden of the botanist, poet, painter and philosopher: being, picturesque botanical plates of the New illustration of the sexual system of Linnæus”, ca. 1798 - 1807, London.

 

Dia de Mole Negro - ONLINE

**Registration will close on Wednesday, October 28 at noon**

 

Bring the essence of Día de los Muertos into the kitchen by balancing the bitter with the sweet.

Día de los Muertos celebrates loved ones who have passed. An important part of this celebration is the creation of altars, filled with ofrendas that feature the loved ones’ favorite earthly treats, such as sweets, fine cigars, chocolate, mezcal, beer and favorite foods.

Mole, a traditional food of Día de los Muertos, originated in the town of Oaxaca, Mexico, where it is still a huge part of the culture, and recipes are passed down throughout generations. Oaxaca’s population is nearly 50% indigenous and its celebration of Día de los Muertos is renowned.

As loved ones make their way into the afterlife, those who are left behind remember them by cooking their favorite variation of a perfectly balanced mole. The secret to mole is to balance sweet and savory while incorporating flavors preferred by the person cooking the dish. Chef Sandoval’s version of mole uses Latin American chocolate, spices and ripe plantains.

 

Menu:

Chicken Mole Negro - inspired by a classic mole poblano, with a Honduran twist

Turmeric rice with aromatics

Cabbage slaw with citrus vinaigrette

Red bean puree with cilantro and olive oil

 

**Special Notes**

The cost of this program includes a take-home kit with the necessary ingredients, available for pick-up at Denver Botanic Gardens York Street location. Kit pick-up details will be sent to participants at least one week prior to the program.

The pick-up date is Sunday, November 1, 2020 from 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m..

 

Each kit includes enough supplies for two individuals.

 

This program takes place entirely online. Details on how to join the class will be emailed the day of the program.

 

Price: $120, $110 member

Instructor: Chef Edwin Sandoval

 

Honduras-born and Colorado-raised, Edwin Sandoval is a modern multicultural creator of food. Chef Sandoval spent the past 13 years moving through the ranks of professional kitchens in famed restaurants such as Le Grand Bistro & Oyster Bar, Spuntino, Beatrice & Woodsley, and Telegraph Bistro.

Recently, Chef Sandoval launched Xatrucho with the vision to become one of the premier private cooking concepts in Denver. With XATRUCHO, Chef Sandoval creates experiences allowing guests from different walks of life to come together through food.

Early Morning Sunday Strolls

Presented and Managed by the City of Aurora

Immerse yourself in the beauty and history of the high plains shortgrass prairie through a guided nature hike. Experience the prairie in the soft morning light while catching some breathtaking views of the Colorado front range and the chance to view resident wildlife.

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.

Price: $5

Location: Plains Conservation Center, 21901 E. Hampden Avenue, Aurora, CO 80013 Phone 303-326-8380

 

Ecology for Gardeners - ONLINE

Rocky Mountain Gardening Required Course Group I

Ecology is the study of interactions in nature. It seeks to understand the relationship between organisms to their environment and to each other. Successful gardening involves understanding and applying these principles. Basic principles of ecology will be explored in relationship to conditions in the Rocky Mountain region. Current environmental issues of the region will also be considered.

This session will be streamed live online through Vimeo. Details on how to join the class will be emailed the day before the program.

 

Price: $91, $81 member

 

Instructor: Sheridan Samano

 

Family Workshop at Plains Conservation Center: Be a Homesteader

Learn about how homesteading families lived on the plains in the 1800's and make a homestead craft together.

Family Workshops at Plains Conservation Center offer families a fun, hands-on guided opportunity to learn about the prairie and the people, plants and animals that live or have lived on the prairie. Workshops include a guided exploration of the topic and a project for adults and children to create together. This workshop is designed for families with children ages 4-10.

Price:  $12 per person

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

Registration Instructions: Pre-registration is required. Program registration will not be available onsite. Due to social distancing and group size restrictions you must register all members of your party ages 3 and up.

The following safety procedures and requirements are in place for attending onsite classes during COVID-19:

All adults and children ages 3 and older are required to wear a mask.

Class sizes are reduced to follow social distancing protocols. Materials used during the program will not be shared between participant groups and will be disinfected between each use.

The program will take place entirely outdoors.

Please practice social distancing  keep at least six feet away from visitors not in your party.

If the program is sold out, we encourage you to add your family's name to the waitlist.

 

Family Workshop at Plains Conservation Center: Creepy Crawlers and Spooky Critters

Learn about some critters like snakes and spiders, and do some exploration and crafting together in Halloween.

Family Workshops at Plains Conservation Center offer families a fun, hands-on guided opportunity to learn about the prairie and the people, plants and animals that live or have lived on the prairie. Workshops include a guided exploration of the topic and a project for adults and children to create together. This workshop is designed for families with children ages 4-10.

Price:  $12 per person

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

Registration Instructions: Pre-registration is required. Program registration will not be available onsite. Due to social distancing and group size restrictions you must register all members of your party ages 3 and up.

The following safety procedures and requirements are in place for attending onsite classes during COVID-19:

All adults and children ages 3 and older are required to wear a mask.

Class sizes are reduced to follow social distancing protocols. Materials used during the program will not be shared between participant groups and will be disinfected between each use.

The program will take place entirely outdoors.

Please practice social distancing  keep at least six feet away from visitors not in your party.

If the program is sold out, we encourage you to add your family's name to the waitlist.

 

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