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Contain Those Perennials; But Not Yourself!

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.

 

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.

Container Gardens Tour

Do you need fresh ideas for your pots and containers? Here at the Gardens, we have outdoor containers year-round that go beyond the expected with novel texture and color combinations. Explore the variety of fun and unexpected container gardens at the Gardens with a docent-led tour to learn how to create your own edible, fragrant or pollinator-attracting containers.

 

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. Meet guide in the lobby of the Boettcher Memorial Center after entering through the Gardens main entrance.

 

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

Converting Lawn to Xeriscape

Rocky Mountain Gardening Elective

Do you want to beautify your landscape and save water at the same time?

Prepare to go into detail about how to replace some of your Kentucky bluegrass lawn with water-smart perennial and ornamental grasses, discuss soil types and irrigation adjustment requirements, and dream up some design ideas in this exciting class.

 

Price: $29, $24 member

Instructor: Curtis Manning

 

 

Photo: Winger Photography

CSA Farm Tour and Discussion - Chatfield Farms

Tour the vegetable production areas at Chatfield Farms and taste some fresh flavors. Learn about small-scale farming in the Colorado region, food production and other farm related topics.

Finish the morning with a tasting from of the farm - fresh tomatoes, cheese and herbs - to discuss the flavors of fresh foods.

 

Price: $28, $24 member

Instructor: Josie Hart

Denver Rose Society Show

Join us for this fun and educational Expo. Roses accepted from 6:30-10 a.m. Bring blooming roses from your garden to display without the formality of a judged rose show. Vases provided. Enjoy speakers and information panels from 1-3 p.m. Ask our experts about your roses, new roses for your garden and rose culture. Included with admission.

  

 

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

 

Easy Drawing in the Gardens

Learn the basics of perspective, composition and methods to capture forms through simplification, reference points and lines. After classroom instruction, students will move into the gardens to put their new drawing techniques into practice.

 

Price: $44, $36 member

Instructor: Mitch Caster teaches drawing at the Art Students League of Denver, and before that, at Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design. He started his career as a news artist and courtroom illustrator. Mitch now works as a fine artist and shows his paintings in galleries in Colorado, New Mexico and Texas.

Edible Wild Foods Gourmet Workshop - Identification, Harvesting and Use of Wild Plants

Explore the fascinating world of wild edibles. Start with an herb walk to identify common tasty plants. Make refreshing teas, nutritious salads, savory soups and delicious additions to pasta, veggies and side dishes. Discover how to locate, identify harvest and prepare wild edibles to add nutrition and flavor to your meals. We end by dining on delicious, vegetarian, wild foods, featuring nopalita salsa, nettle pesto pasta, wild greens salad bar and lavender and dandelion petal shortcake cookies. Experience the fun and health benefits of eating on the wild side! Handout with plant descriptions and uses, recipes and meal included.

Instructor: Susan Evans

Price: $55, $50 members, $30 materials fee included

Special Instructions: Part of the class will be held outdoors; please dress accordingly for weather and bring water and sunscreen.

Enjoying Nature with Fountain Pens

Using fountain pens is a wonderfully different and relaxing way to write and draw, especially when combined with nature! This course will teach you the basics of using and maintaining a fountain pen. You will also have an opportunity to sample various types of pens, paper and ink to help you decide which you prefer. You’ll even receive a fountain pen and notebook that are yours to keep! Open to all skill levels. Lecture style class with a hands-on portion that allows students to try out different fountain pens, inks and papers.

 

Price: $49, $45 member

Instructor: John Bosley is a professional photographer in Denver, CO. He is also a long-time collector of fountain pens and is the creator of FountainPenLove.com, a site dedicated to people who love using, collecting and learning about fountain pens.

Evening 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.

 

Instructor: Blake Burger

Skill level: All levels welcome

Price: $12, $10 members

Special Instructions: Please bring a mat, a towel and water. Please register online in advance of class. This class will be located in the Morrison Center (north end of the Children's Garden).

 

Photo: Perfecto Insecto (Flickr)

 

Explore the Galleries and Living Collections (Charcoal)

Drawing at a large scale can be daunting, but with charcoal it is surprisingly quick! Charcoal is easier to control than most media, and in this class you will get your hands dirty while we complete four large, loose drawings. Modeled after a classic figure drawing class, we will work at standing easels (perhaps working up to 22” x 30”) and focus on single central subjects from the Ursula von Rydingsvard: The Contour of Feeling exhibition. Afterward, we will go outside and concentrate on the Gardens’ conifers.

Note: We will be standing for the entirety of each three-hour class (no drawing horses are available for seated drawing).

Ursula von Rydingsvard: The Contour of Feeling is organized by The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia.

No prerequisites.

Fee: $275 member, $325 non-member.

Date(s):

Tue, May 12, 19, 26, June 2, 9, 9 a.m. – noon

Instructor: Meredith Feniak

 

Family Fun Night: Pollination Party

Celebrate the importance of pollinators as you play games, observe pollinators in their natural habitat and plant a pollinator seed mix to take home. Special guest storyteller Cliff Davidson will join us and share family friendly stories.

 

Family Fun Nights are a unique opportunity to explore the Children's Garden after-hours. Families are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner to enjoy in the Children's Garden.

 

Price: $10 nonmember child, $8 member child; $10 nonmember adult, $8 member adult. Children 2 and under are free. Preregistration is required.

 

Special Instructions: Entrance to Family Fun Night is through the Morrison Gate located at 11th Ave. and York St. Gate will open at 5:30 p.m.

Family Fun Night: Stories and S'mores

Say goodbye to spring and celebrate the start of summer! Make s’mores, play games and explore Mordecai Children’s Garden as a family. Special guest storyteller Cliff Davidson will join us and share family friendly stories.

 

Family Fun Nights are a unique opportunity to explore the Children's Garden after-hours. Families are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner to enjoy in the Children's Garden.

 

Price: $10 nonmember child, $8 member child; $10 nonmember adult, $8 member adult. Children 2 and under are free. Preregistration is required.

 

Special Instructions: Entrance to Family Fun Night is through the Morrison Gate located at 11th Ave. and York St. Gate will open at 5:30 p.m.

Family Make and Take: Build a Fairy Garden

Join us as we create miniature lands for our mystical garden friends. Discover which plants fairies fancy as you design, plant and landscape a tiny fairy oasis. Materials provided are appropriate for families with children ages 5 and up. Preregistration is required.

 

Family 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 family provide the ideas and creativity!

 

Price: $15 per project fee non-members; $12 per project fee members. Each project fee includes one garden container, plant and access to a variety of natural and manmade materials to use for decoration.

Family Workshop at Plains Conservation Center: Birds of a Feather

Come out to the Plains Conservation Center and learn about the birds that frequent the prairie and then complete a bird project 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 hands on 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

 

Family Workshop at Plains Conservation Center: Biscuits and Butter in the Homestead

Learn how homesteading families cooked on a wood burning stove and bake biscuits and make butter together in our sod house.

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 hands on 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

 

Family Workshop at Plains Conservation Center: Homestead Crafting

Learn how homesteading families spent some of their time 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 hands on 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

 

Family Workshop at Plains Conservation Center: Homestead Gardening

Get your hands dirty in our homestead garden and plant a mini garden of your own.

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 hands-on 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

 

Family Workshop at Plains Conservation Center: Prairie Plant Project

Learn a bit 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 hands-on 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

 

Family Workshop: Garden Grub

Explore the plants growing in the Home Harvest Garden and discover how to make tasty and fun snacks that can fit in a lunchbox. We will chop and dice our way through recipes to taste and plant a seedling to take home for your own creations.

 

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

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