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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

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.

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.

Bonsai Exhibition

 

In addition to its virtual show on the Rocky Mountain Bonsai Society website, rmbonsai.org, a special exhibition will be presented in the Bill Hosokawa Bonsai Pavilion featuring selected outstanding trees by RMBS bonsai artists. Included with admission.

 

Conifers for Colorado Landscapes & Gardens - ONLINE

Rocky Mountain Gardening Required Course Group II

Discover the beautiful and easy-care world of conifers in this three-hour online session. We will cover a wide range of species and varieties suitable to our Colorado conditions and climate, including their selection, planting and care. There will be opportunities for questions throughout, and at the end we will tie it all together with a short, interactive review. Our goal is to give each student a new appreciation for the diversity this group of plants can offer to our local gardens and landscapes.

 

Price: $48, $45 member

Instructor: Pat Hayward has spent 40 years in the Colorado horticulture industry, serving on boards of the Colorado Tree Coalition and the Colorado Nursery & Greenhouse Association, and was a two-time winner of the CNGA “Person of the Year.” Most recently she was director of Plant Select, a nonprofit organization working with Colorado State University and Denver Botanic Gardens to trial adaptable and beautiful plants for our high plains and mountain gardening conditions. She has taught the “Conifers for Colorado Gardens and Landscapes” class at the Gardens for 21 years, and lives and gardens in Masonville.

Skill level: A Rocky Mountain Gardening Certificate Group II required course, this program is also intended for landscape designers and nursery professionals.

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.

Family Workshop at Plains Conservation Center: Prairie Plant Project

Learn about the shortgrass prairie we call home and complete a project together using plants.

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.

 

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 Homeschool Exploration at Plains Conservation Center: The Cheyenne

Join us to learn about the Cheyenne and how utilized the natural resources to survive on the prairie in the 1800s. Explore our replica Cheyenne tipi camp with a guide, discover how the Cheyenne made items for their homes from parts of the bison, and create something using the prairie plants to take home with you.

Audience: Families with children ages 5-12

Program Fee: $8 per child, $6 per member child; $8 per adult, $6 per member adult

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 as more dates and times may be scheduled.

 

Homeschool Investigations: Mud, Dirt or Soil?

Explore the differences between the earthly elements our plants grow in as we take a closer look at soil and learn about the nutrients needed to for plants to thrive. Investigate the properties and composition of soil, get messy with some mud and discover the value of compost and the helpful critters making it!

 

Homeschool Investigations offer families a hands-on guided opportunity to learn about the science and importance of plants. These hour-long programs are designed to engage both adults and children together through a variety of investigative garden explorations, games and activities.

 

Audience: Families with children ages 7-12

 

Program Fee: $8 per child, $6 per member child; $8 per adult, $6 per member adult

  

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.

 

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

 

 

 

Pumpkin Patch: Guided Family Exploration

Kick off fall with a fun family exploration at Chatfield Farms! Navigate the pumpkin patch and mini corn maze in a small group led by a Denver Botanic Gardens instructor. Investigate signs of fall and pick the perfect mini pumpkin to take home. Recommended for families with children ages 4-12, but all ages welcome.

60-minute program. Select Thursdays in September and October, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Price: $8 per child, $6 per member child, $8 per adult, $6 per member adult (includes admission to Chatfield Farms plus 1 mini pumpkin per registrant. In October additional pumpkins may be purchased onsite.)

 

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.

 

 

Seasonal Discoveries Tour

No matter the time of year, botanical treasures await your discovery with these guided tours of gardens at their seasonal peaks. Experience the Gardens’ landscape at its best, whether through the early bulbs of spring or the crackling beauty of fall.

 

Price: $16, $12 member, $10 student

 

Special instructions: Tours are outdoors; dress accordingly for the weather. Water, sunscreen and sunglasses are recommended. 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 five participants.

 

Seedlings: Fall Frolic

Explore the gardens to see what seasonal changes are happening as we welcome the official start of fall! Discover the season’s unique natural materials and create a fall collection of your own.

  • Ages 18-24 months: Wednesday, September 23, 9:15 a.m.
  • Ages 2-6 years: Wednesday, September 23, 10:30 a.m. or 1:00 p.m.
  • Ages 2-6 years: Thursday, September 24, 9:15 a.m., 10:30 a.m. or 1:00 p.m.

 

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 nature. Classes include interactive explorations, nature walks and stories for children and their caregivers.

 

Program Fee: $10 per toddler/preschooler, $8 per toddler/preschooler member; one adult per child is admitted free of charge. Additional adults and non-participating siblings (children over the age of 6 years) are $5 each. Non-participating infants (children under the age of 18 months) are free.

  

Registration Instructions: Pre-registration is required. Program registration will not be available onsite.

One adult per child is admitted free of charge. Please use the Adult Ticket option to register the free adult. Additional adults and non-participating siblings (children over the age of 6 years) are $5 each.

Due to social distancing and group size restrictions you must register all members of your party 18 months and older.

 

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. Access to buildings will be limited to restrooms only.

 

  • 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.

Strolling Stories Along Deer Creek

Storytime and nature hikes unite in this program at Chatfield Farms. Each week we venture out around the grounds of Chatfield Farms and investigate nature as it changes with the seasons. Along the trail we stop to read a seasonally themed story and then continue our adventure with an exploration based on the day's book.

 

Audience: Recommended for ages 3-6 years.

 

Special Instructions: This program takes place at Denver Botanic Gardens' Chatfield Farms located at 8500 W Deer Creek Canyon Road, Littleton, CO 80128.

 

Program Fee: $10 preschooler, $8 preschooler member; one adult per child is admitted free of charge. Additional adults and non-participating siblings (children over the age of 6 years) are $5 each. Non-participating children under the age of 3 are free.

  

Registration Instructions: Pre-registration is required. Program registration will not be available onsite.

One adult per child is admitted free of charge. Please use the Adult Ticket option to register the free adult. Additional adults and non-participating siblings (children over the age of 6 years) are $5 each.

Due to social distancing and group size restrictions you must register all members of your party 3 years and older.

 

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.

Sunrise Vinyasa Yoga at the Gardens

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

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

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

 

ONSITE PROGRAMMING

A limited offering of adult education programming will follow social distancing protocols, with advanced registration and seating in a room or outdoors with students separated by at least six feet and wearing face coverings.

 

Instructor: Blake Burger

Skill level: All levels welcome

Price: $12, $10 member

Special Instructions:

Advanced registration is required.

Please bring a mat, a towel and water.

Enter through the Pinon Gate on the west side of York Street. Class will meet in the UMB Bank Amphitheater.

 

Photo: Perfecto Insecto (Flickr)

 

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 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 program streamed live through Vimeo will be emailed 30 minutes before the start of the program. Program time is 2 p.m. Mountain Time.

 

September 24: Exploring Floriography and the Victorian Language of Flowers

Join us as we take a look into the Victorian language of flowers and learn how to make your own flower message bouquet. Meet the Gardens librarians and tour the Helen Fowler Library in the new Freyer – Newman Center to research the language of flowers, then take a trip to visit local florists at Sacred Thistle to learn how to put together your own secret message in a floral arrangement.

 

Price: Complimentary, advanced registration required.

Instructors: Catharine McCord

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.

 

Vinyasa, Violins and Vino

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

 

ONSITE PROGRAMMING

A limited offering of adult education programming will follow social distancing protocols, with advanced registration and seating in a room or outdoors with students separated by at least six feet and wearing face coverings.

 

 

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

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

Price: $18 general public

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

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

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)

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

 

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