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Homeschool Day: Be A Botanist

Spend a day in the boots of a botanist and investigate plants like a scientist. Discover how plants are classified, examine herbarium specimens, and design an experiment as you get a behind-the-scenes look at some of the things a botanist might do.

 

Homeschool Days offer families the opportunity to explore plant-based themes through a variety of hands-on activities, tours and take-home projects that families can do together. Activities are designed for children ages five and up, however all ages are welcome to attend.

 

Price: $12 per day per child; One adult per child is free of charge. Additional adults and non-participating siblings over the age of two will need to pay $7 each, payable on the day of the program. The program fee includes admission to the Gardens.

Homeschool Day: Nature's Art

Join us for a day of creating, designing and crafting. Learn how nature’s colors, shapes and patterns inspire works of art as you spend the day investigating natural dyes, discovering hidden mathematical patterns and creating one-of-a-kind works of art.

 

Homeschool Days offer families the opportunity to explore plant-based themes through a variety of hands-on activities, tours and take-home projects that families can do together. Activities are designed for children ages five and up, however all ages are welcome to attend.

 

Price: $12 per day per child; One adult per child is free of charge. Additional adults and non-participating siblings over the age of two will need to pay $7 each, payable on the day of the program. The program fee includes admission to the Gardens.

Homeschool Day: Tree-mendous Trees

Explore the tree-mendous world of trees at Denver Botanic Gardens. Become a tree detective as you learn basic tree identification skills, discover the story told by a tree’s rings and investigate why leaves change color in the fall.

 

Homeschool Days offer families the opportunity to explore plant-based themes through a variety of hands-on activities, tours and take-home projects that families can do together. Activities are designed for children ages five and up, however all ages are welcome to attend.

 

Price: $12 per day per child; One adult per child is free of charge. Additional adults and non-participating siblings over the age of two will need to pay $7 each, payable on the day of the program. The program fee includes admission to the Gardens.

Homeschool Make and Take: Bird Habitats

See how plants support bird habitats during the Colorado winter as you explore the mutualistic relationship between plants and birds. Use a variety of natural and manmade objects to design and create a bird feeder to support your own backyard bird habitat.

 

Homeschool Make and Take Programs offer a space for children and their grownups to connect with natural materials and create together! These self-guided and self-paced programs are designed to provide a creative environment that sparks imagination. The Gardens provides the space and supplies, you and your homeschooler provide the ideas and creativity!

 

Special Instructions: Choose a 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., or 12:30 p.m. start time. The make and take project will be available to you and your family from the admission time you choose until 2:00pm.

 

Price: $12 per child; One adult per child is free of charge. Additional adults and non-participating siblings over the age of two are $7. The program fee includes admission to the Gardens.

Ikebana International - Denver Chapter Show

View about 30 arrangements made by the Ikebana Society, as well as a large group display. Ikebana is the art of arranging flower stems, seed stalks, branches, grasses and leaves in harmony with each other. Included with admission.

 

Illustrated Recipe

Apple pie? Borscht? Herbed muffins? Choose a favorite recipe and create an illustration as the perfect companion. See how other artists have illustrated recipes in cookbooks old and new. Composition is key as you arrange fruits, vegetables, herbs and cooking tools to enhance the text. Working in the color medium of your choice, create a piece that would be a delicious holiday gift or card.

 

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

 

Fee: $260 member, $310 non-member.

 

 

Date(s): Tue, Oct. 15, 22, 29, Nov. 5, 12, 9 a.m. – noon

 

Instructor: Susan DiMarchi

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

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 Botanical Illustration

Start at the beginning. Whether you’ve had no experience with drawing or have forgotten what you learned way back when, this is the class for you. Learn drawing basics step by step in this gently paced course. Carefully explained demonstrations, simple exercises and helpful critiques will show you how to draw what you see. Build your drawing skills to enter the School of Botanical Art and Illustration with confidence.

No prerequisites. Note: If you have had some drawing experience, please go directly to Botanical Illustration in Pencil I.

Fee: $260 member, $310 non-member.

Date(s):

Mon, Sep. 9, 16, 23, 30, Oct. 14, 9 a.m. – noon

Instructor: Renee Jorgensen

 

Date(s):

Thu, Nov. 7, 14, 21, Dec. 5, 12, 9 a.m. – noon

Instructor: Renee Jorgensen

 

Invitation to Ikebana: Contemporary

 

Ikebana is an expression of our respect and appreciation towards nature. We observe life through the arrangement of plants. During each class, participants receive hands-on instruction to put together an arrangement to take home.

This class is an introduction to the Sogetsu School of Ikebana. This will be a hands-on workshop open to all skill levels. The instructor will demonstrate the art form and then the students will proceed to make an arrangement. After creating an arrangement the instructor will do a critique.

 

Price: $44, $39 member price

 

Instructor: Midori Allmeyer

 

Special Instructions: Students are encouraged to bring their own Ikebana container (vase) and a large Kenzan (Pin-frog, 3.5" diameter or larger) as well as garden clippers (or Ikebana scissors) so that they can take home their finished arrangement. The Kenzan and Ikebana vase can be reused for future arrangements again and again for years. Container, Kenzan, and scissors will be lent during the class for those who don't bring their own.

 

 

 

Invitation to Ikebana: Modern

 

Ikebana is an expression of respect and appreciation towards nature. We observe life through the arrangement of plants. During each class, participants get hands-on instruction to put together an arrangement to take home.

Moribana-style Ikebana was developed in the late 19th century in Japan and became very popular because of its flexibility without losing natural atmosphere. During each class, participants will get hands-on instruction to put together an arrangement to take home.

If a participant has enough experience on Moribana, she /he could go forward to Nageire arrangement during class.

 

Instructor: Akiko Buckmaster, born in Japan, is a master teacher of Ohara Ikebana School. She has been teaching Ikebana in the Denver area for forty years.

 

Price: $44, $39 member

 

Special Instructions:

Students are encouraged to bring their own Ikebana container (vase) and a large Kenzan (Pin-frog, 3.5" diameter or larger) as well as garden clippers (or Ikebana scissors) so that they can take home their finished arrangement. The Kenzan and Ikebana vase can be reused for future arrangements again and again for years. Container, Kenzan, and scissors will be lent during the class for those who don't bring their own.

 

Invitation to Ikebana: Traditional

Ikebana is an expression of our respect and appreciation towards nature. We observe life through the arrangement of plants. During each class, participants receive hands-on instruction to put together an arrangement to take home.

Shoka (or Seika, depending on each Ikebana school) is today's name for original "Ikebana" style which started in Japan in the early 17th century. Shoka expresses the life and the beauty of plants in nature.

We will make a Shoka arrangement to show a deepening autumn feeling.

 

Price: $44, $39 member

Instructor: Kazuko Kozai is a Senior Professor of Ikenobo Ikebana School, which is the largest Ikebana school begun in Japan in 1462. She has studied Ikebana for more than 40 years and teaches enthusiastically in the Denver and Boulder area.

 

Special Instructions:

Students are encouraged to bring their own Ikebana container (vase) and a large Kenzan (Pin-frog, 3.5" diameter or larger) as well as garden clippers (or Ikebana scissors) so that they can take home their finished arrangement. The Kenzan and Ikebana vase can be reused for future arrangements again and again for years. Container, Kenzan, and scissors will be lent during the class for those who don't bring their own.

Jams and Jellies

 

In this class we will focus on making fruit preserves that we can use on our toast, ice cream, mixed in yogurt, and used to flavor cocktails. We will make jam using fresh fruit, and we will make jelly using juice. If time allows we will also be making no cook freezer jam. Each student will be able to take home at least one jar of each fruit preserve we make. Recipes and ideas on how to use our creations will also be discussed. We will discuss canning basics and food safety, but this class is ideal for students who have had some experience canning using a boiling water bath canner.

 

Price: $56, $51 member price

Instructor: Kathy Lee

 

 

Japanese Garden - History in the Details

Denver Botanic Gardens is home to the beautiful Shofu-en, or the Garden of Pine and Wind, a traditional Japanese stroll garden. Shofu-en draws inspiration from the climate and plants of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains and features 130 character pines transplanted from the foothill region. It was designed by Koichi Kawana and built in 1979. This class explores the symbolism and culture that shapes Shofu-en’s design. Participants also explore the Ella Mullen Weckbaugh Tea House and the Roji, or tea ceremony garden, that surrounds it. Learn about the development of the tea ceremony, how its principles support and inform traditional Japanese arts and shape Japanese aesthetic and cultural values in the modern world. Tea and sweets are served as part of the gathering.

 

Price: $35, $30 member

Japanese Tea Ceremony

For centuries, the tea ceremony has been considered the epitome of Japanese life, based on harmony, respect, purity, tranquility and elegant simplicity. Come experience the real thing - a traditional ceremony inside our authentic Japanese Tea House in the Japanese Garden.

Each ceremony is held in the Ella Mullen Weckbaugh Tea House in Shofu-En, the Japanese Garden, at Denver Botanic Gardens.

 

The format of the class consists of four parts:

1) Guide the guests through the tea garden and teach them how to use the washbasin (tsukubai).

2) An introduction to the history and philosophy of tea ceremony.

3) Demonstration of the tea ceremony in the tea room.

4) Serve Japanese sweets (okashi) and tea to the guests. Some guests might volunteer to practice as guests. They will have to be able to sit in seiza (traditional formal way of sitting in Japan).

 

Price: $35, $30 members

 

Special Instructions: Meet at the tea house at 9:45 a.m, with a pair of white socks. Jeans, shorts, short skirts, or sleeveless tops are not permitted. Please turn off all cell phones during the ceremony.

 

 

Kundalini Yoga - Single Session

Kundalini yoga focuses on awakening energy and unlocking our inner potential through breathing techniques, movements, stretching, meditation and mantra. This ancient and sacred practice is the oldest form of yoga and is an effective way to recharge and heal the body.

The class, taught by Yogi Bhajan, Ph.D., Master of Kundalini yoga, starts and ends with beautiful and ancient chants which open and calm the heart. A carefully planned sequence of postures, movements and breathing exercises, called a kriya, follows. The techniques stimulate the nervous and immune systems, while improving strength and flexibility. Participants may find a peace of mind and experience benefits including relief from back pain, stress, addiction, depression, insomnia and weight control.

For more information on Instructor Chris Anne Coviello please visit www.chrisannecoviello.com

Price: $10, $8 members

Instructor: Chris Anne Coviello

Skill level: All levels welcome, no experience required.

Special Instructions: Each session is unique; we recommend that you try at least two or three sessions. Please bring water and a yoga mat. If you have trouble sitting on the floor for extended periods of time, please bring a blanket and pillows to provide comfort. Please bring cash if possible but credit cards are also accepted.

Class is located in Morrison Center which is on the North side of Children’s Garden. The gate for entry is near the corner of 11th and York Street. This location is across the street from the main garden entry.

 

Parking may be challenging on concert dates: 8/5, 8/12, 8/19

Light on Form

Take your drawings from flat to fabulous. The secret to portraying light and shadow on your subjects lies in understanding the scientific method of lighting as it applies to different forms. Beginning with basic geometric shapes, refine your skills in showing light and volume on any subject. The class will work entirely in graphite pencil, but the principles apply to all other media. As you progress from fruits and vegetables to leaves and flowers to entire plants with complex shapes, you will overcome the obstacles in creating three-dimensional drawings.

Prerequisite: Botanical Illustration in Pencil I

Fee: Member $260 Non-Member $310

Date(s):

Thu, July 25, Aug. 8, 15, 22, 29, 6-9 p.m.

Instructor: Constance Sayas

 

Fri-Sun, Aug. 23-25, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt

 

Fri-Sun, Sep. 27-29, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Randy Raak

 

Mon, Oct. 28, Nov. 4, 11, 18, 25, 1-4 p.m.

Instructor: Constance Sayas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Literature of the Land Book Club - Fall

 

Join us for the Fall 2019 session of Literature of the Land, a book club series hosted by the Helen Fowler Library. We’ll read three books over three months, focusing on a specific topic of interest. This fall we will be discussing farmland in America. What does it mean to farm, and how can we sustainably feed a nation? Learn if we can harvest while addressing issues of chemical waste, loss of topsoil, and the ever-changing landscape of corporate agriculture from the experiences of family farms and land workers who care about what they grow from soil to seed.

Starting in September, we will discuss This Blessed Earth by Ted Genoways. October will bring us to Farming for the Long Haul by Michael Foley, and we’ll wrap up in November with Lentil Underground by Liz Carlisle.

 

September: This Blessed Earth by Ted Genoways

 

October: Farming for the Long Haul by Michael Foley

 

November: Lentil Underground by Liz Carlisle

 

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 general public

Special Instructions: Registration is mandatory as attendance will be limited in number to allow for interactive discussion in a friendly group setting.

 

Lone Pine: A Study of Rozashi Patterns with Margaret Kinsey

The pine tree (matsu) is a much-revered symbol in Japanese culture. In this class, make a pine tree sampler using the basic stitches of Rozashi, a traditional form of Japanese embroidery. The stitches you learn and employ are ichi dan and ni dan straight stitch, irregular stitch (similar to long and short embroidery) and a step stitch as the background stitch. Incorporate Rozashi silk threads and gold thread into your sampler for a beautiful result. The ro, or linen fabric, comes attached to a frame, ready for you to begin stitching. The sampler kit, included in the price of the class, is complete with a needle and supplies for finishing after stitching.

No prerequisites

Fee: $300 member, $340 non-member

Date(s): Fri-Sun, Sep. 20-22, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Margaret Kinsey, Deltona, FL

 

Margaret Kinsey is certified by the Embroiderers’ Guild of America (EGA) to teach silk and metal thread techniques. She is also certified to teach traditional Japanese embroidery. Margaret is the designated U.S. teacher for the Kunimitsu Rozashi Studio and studies with Fumiko Ozaki. She has taught and lectured in the United States, Canada and New Zealand. She chaired the EGA 2018 International Embroidery Conference and is the coordinator for its silk and metal thread embroidery master craftsman program.

 

Lotion Making and Spirit Herbal Remedies

The first portion of this class focuses on making your own hydrating herb-infused lotion. Incorporate infused herbal oils for an added skin replenishing boost. The second portion of class focusses on learning to work with flower essences and herbs for the dream-space. Tying together the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of working with plants we can see a broader view their impact in our lives. We explore the ways plants have been traditionally used to connect us to spiritual guidance through dreams.

 

Price: $94, public

Instructors: Raven Rose and Blake Burger

Raven is a menstrual health herbalist who intertwines Western herbalism with traditional healing practices. At her practice, Moon Medicine, she addresses menstrual and hormonal issues, from fibroids to hot flashes. Raven has studied herbalism, nutrition and spiritual healing in the United States, Mexico and Peru. Her teachings are focused on natural healing through the integration of herbalism with emotional and spiritual healing. Catch her in a class on herbs for hormonal balance or connecting with plant spirits.

 

Blake Burger's passion for plants began at a young age gardening in Illinois and only grew stronger once he moved to Colorado in 2000 and began hiking in the wilderness areas of Colorado. There, he began to cultivate a great curiosity and appreciation for the diverse flora found along the hiking trails. In 2007, he left his career as a food scientist and worked as a seasonal gardener for Denver Botanic Gardens. After one year, he was hired full time as a horticulturalist. Throughout his years at the Gardens he has worked with tropical plants, native plants, vegetables and herbs. After receiving his Herbalist Certification here in Denver, Blake immediately began working with the vast array of medicinal plants growing in the Gardens. He founded the Denver Medicinal Plant Society in 2015, created and maintains several medicinal plant beds at the Gardens  York Street location, and has laid the foundation for the Gardens  first Herbalist Certificate Program. As a certified yoga instructor, Blake has led more than 1,000 yoga classes over six years and created a nationally recognized yoga program here at the Gardens. Blake believes in a multifaceted approach to health and wellness: eat well, move your body, never stop learning, get outside and connect.

 

 

Love Potions from the Vine Tour

Celebrate the month of love with an enticing tour of exotic plants to tease the senses and spark the imagination.

February brings Valentines, sweets and roses to entice our loved ones. Roses aren’t the only plants of love and romance. The steamy jungle has no shortage of plants thought to have powers to inspire or sustain desire. Escape the winter chill in the Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory with this tour of purported aphrodisiacs and learn about the secret romantic lives of tropical plants.

Tour participants will receive a romantic souvenir to take home.

 

Price: $14, $12 member, $10 student

 

Special instructions: Parental guidance advised; some tour content might not be appropriate for young children. Tours take place indoors in the Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory. Please bring booking confirmation. Meet guide in the lobby of the Boettcher Memorial Center after entering through the Gardens main entrance. Tours are one-hour long.

 

Notes: Prices include admission to the Gardens. Tours with low registration are subject to cancellation.

 

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