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Seedlings: Painting With Plants

Create a masterpiece as we turn plants and natural objects into art tools.

• Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, January 9, 9:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.

• Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, January 10, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

• Ages 18-24 months: Friday, January 11, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Seedlings: Roses are Red, Violets are Blue

Discover the sweet scent and beautiful colors of these famous February flowers.

• Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, February 13, 9:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.

• Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, February 14, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

• Ages 18-24 months: Friday, February 15, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Seedlings: Signs of Spring

Get close to the ground to find bright green shoots, spring crocus and other new discoveries that signal the start of spring.

• Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, March 20, 9:30 or 11 a.m.

• Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, March 21, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

• Ages 18-24 months: Friday, March 22, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Seedlings: Super Succulents

Take a closer look at what makes succulents so unique.

• Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, March 27, 9:30 or 11 a.m.

• Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, March 28, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

• Ages 18-24 months: Friday, March 29, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Seedlings: The Alphabet Garden

Explore the alphabet while you wander your way through the world of plants and flowers.

• Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, February 27, 9:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.

• Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, February 28, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

• Ages 18-24 months: March 1, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Seedlings: The Dinosaur Garden

Take a journey back in time and discover the plants that dinosaurs liked to eat.

• Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, January 23, 9:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.

• Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, January 24, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

• Ages 18-24 months: Friday, January 25, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

 

Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, January 23, 9:30 or 11 a.m. Meet relatives of prehistoric plants, investigate plant fossils and discover how plant-eating dinosaurs digested their favorite plants.

 

Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, January 24, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m. Roar like a dinosaur as we discover the soft mosses, feathery ferns and ancient plants the dinosaurs ate.

 

Ages 18-24 months: Friday, January 25, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m. Roar like a dinosaur as we discover the soft mosses, feathery ferns and ancient plants the dinosaurs ate.

 

Seedlings: Three Cheers for Evergreens

Explore the world of these special trees that stay green all year long.

• Ages 3-6 years: Tuesday, December 11, 9:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.

• Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, December 12, 9:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.

• Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, December 13, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

• Ages 18-24 months: Friday, December 14, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Seedlings: Tropical Fruit Salad

Discover the delicious treats that come to us from the rainforest as we journey deep into the jungle.

• Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, February 20, 9:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.

• Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, February 21, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

• Ages 18-24 months: Friday, February 22, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Seedlings: Winter Greenhouse Gardens

Bring a little green indoors this winter as we use our hands to create a beautiful terrarium to take home.

• Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, January 30, 9:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.

• Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, January 31, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

• Ages 18-24 months: Friday, February 1, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Seedlings: Winter Wonderland

What happens in the garden under a blanket of snow? Discover what plants and animals do when it is cold outside.

• Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, January 16, 9:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.

• Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, January 17, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

• Ages 18-24 months: Friday, January 18, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Seeing in Black and White

Before we create photos in black and white, we must first learn to see and think in black and white. This class will be a look at the aesthetics and creative possibilities of digital black and white photography with a slight nod to the technical aspects of converting images to black and white.

Price: $47, $42 members

Instructor: Scott Dressel-Martin began his career as a photojournalist and has spent countless hours creating black and white images in the darkroom and on the computer. He is the official photographer of the Denver Botanic Gardens.

 

Spring Self Renewal Mini Retreat

 

Spring is a time of renewal and reawakening. Take some time off to discover herbal tonics, health boosting super foods and natural skin products you can make yourself. Learn simple self-care practices to regain balance and vibrant health. Bring home a soothing skin salve, a cleansing face mask and a detoxifying spring tonic along with recipes and lots of new ideas for becoming your best self. Super foods lunch and all materials included. Treat yourself!

Instructor: Susan Evans

Price: $69, $64 members

Photo credit: Smoobs

Starting Your Garden from Seed

Rocky Mountain Gardening Elective

Few things excite a gardener more than buying new plants for their gardens, especially if the plants are exotics, unusual or heirlooms. Second-only to the creation of new plants is the financial benefit of growing your own plants, whether flowers, herbs or vegetables.

This class will demystify the seed-starting process primarily focused to the novice gardener, but a good review of the best success tips if a more advanced gardener needs a refresher. Learn simple seed botany and the process of best practices for successful seed germination, successful transplanting, and seed collection and storage and cover some of the reasons seeds and seedlings fail.

After discussion, participants will get a hands-on demonstration and students will leave with seed trays and seeds to return home and practice what you have learned in class. This class will help you up your game to produce all the transplants you could possibly need and set you up for upcoming classes on spring and summer vegetable gardening and succession planting.

 

Instructor: Patti O'Neal

Price: $37, $32 members, includes $5 for materials.

Special Instructions: Each participant will get a seed tray for seed starting, with all necessary materials to get your garden going this year!

Image Courtesy of: photofarmer (flickr)

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.

 

Instructor: Blake Burger

Skill level: All levels welcome

Price: $12, $10 members

Special Instructions: Please bring a mat, a towel and water. Walk-ins are welcome for members or non-members! Please bring cash if possible but credit cards are also accepted. Location will vary depending on temperature and time of year.

 

SCHEDULE DETAILS:

October 1, 2018- May 14, 2019 (7:30 - 8:30am): Enter through the gate on the east side of York St and yoga will be in the Morrison Center.

May 15, 2019 - September 30, 2019 (8 - 9am): Enter through the Pinon Gate on the west side of York St. In the late summer and fall, class will meet in the ampitheatre. When it is chilly, we will meet in the Orangery (front of the greenhouse complex). There will be signs starting from the after-hours entrance on the north side of the main entry that will direct participants.

October 1, 2019 - Dec 31, 2019 (7:30 - 8:30am): Enter through the gate on the east side of York St and yoga will be in the Morrison Center.

 

 

Photo: Perfecto Insecto (Flickr)

 

Sustainable Greenhouse Design

Rocky Mountain Gardening Elective

Have you ever wondered if a greenhouse that needs NO supplemental heating or cooling could be made? The answer is yes!

No more over-heating and freezing in all-glazed greenhouses. The sustainable design balances the use of thermal mass, glazing, insulation and sun angles to achieve the stabilization needed in our extreme climate without the use of fossil fuels. Learn how to design a sustainable greenhouse from the ground up, using salvaged or new materials to achieve the look and performance you want. You can also use these techniques to improve an existing greenhouse.

This class is a comprehensive look at how passive solar greenhouses work and covers topics such as how to orient the building, basic principles of passive solar design including the use of stored water as thermal mass, simple math formulas to help guide your design, a materials list and drawings and calculations for a 13’ x 15’ greenhouse.

In 2000, the Parmenters built their first greenhouse out of 90% recycled materials on top of an 8,120 ft. elevation decomposed granite mountain. Since then, they have designed and built many more and are ready to share what they have learned about state-of-the-art materials and cost-saving strategies. Lose yourself in a year round garden sanctuary.

 

Price: $160, $150 members

Instructors: Penn and Cord Parmenter are high altitude food growers. They live in the Wet Mountains in South Central Colorado and they apply a multitude of techniques to overcome the challenges of the high country. Their totally sustainable greenhouse provides food year round for them and their three boys.

 

Teaching Plant Science Through Math and Literacy

Plants can be used to teach math, literature, writing, and social studies, and this class will teach you how to do it! We’ll explore a variety of hands-on learning opportunities using garden and classroom plants to teach content requirements in a variety of subjects. Appropriate for K-6 teaches.

The Cook's Herb Garden Workshop and Dinner

Discover the numerous health and taste benefits of your own herb garden. We'll cover growing, harvesting and culinary uses of 7 of the most popular culinary herbs including marjoram, parsley, sage, rosemary, thyme, chives, basil and more.We'll make an all purpose garden seasoning blend and have a delicious herbal meal. Take home an herb blend and an extensive handout with recipes and growing instructions.

 

Instructor: Susan Evans

Price: $54, $49 members, $25 materials fee included

The Growing Classroom - how to successfully grow plants in your classroom

Have you always wanted to grow plants in your classroom but don’t have a green thumb? We’ll go over techniques to successfully grow plants indoors along with activities for students to learn about plants and planting. Appropriate for all classroom teachers.

$55 member, $65 nonmember.

 

One-half semester hour of graduate level relicensure credit from the Colorado School of Mines is available on the day of the class for an additional $40 (payable by check only).

 

The Sustainable Garden: Year-Round Beauty with Waterwise Plants

Rocky Mountain Gardening Required Course Group II

Sustainable gardening means many things. First and foremost, it means a garden that is in tune with its climate and conditions, with plants and practices that minimize use of scarce resources. It also means choosing plants and growing them in ways that nurture our aesthetic spirit as well as the web of life around us.

Lauren will explore the rich palette of such plants--those that need little if any water, soil amendment or fertilizers, that attract pollinators and beneficial wildlife, and require little effort to keep happy and beautiful.

 

Instructor: Lauren Springer Ogden is a long-time instructor at DBG and internationally known garden designer, author, and speaker. She designed several gardens at DBG, including the popular WaterSmart Garden.

Price: $156, $130 member

Photo: Courtesy of Lauren Springer Ogden

Tibetan Singing Bowls Concert

The Denver Botanic Gardens will be hosting its annual Tibetan Singing Bowls Concert to help you relax and get away from all of the holiday stress. Tibetan singing bowls are musical instruments that have been used for thousands of years to promote healing. Bring your yoga mat, a blanket, and your cluttered mind for a relaxing night of sound healing.

 

Denver yoga instructor and sound healer Chris Anne Coviello and her husband Jason Coviello will be performing together in this warming winter concert. The concert will begin with Jason playing his Hang Drum, which is a very rare steel drum that some say sounds like a stringed instrument. Jason’s Hang Drum is tuned to notes that vibrationally correspond to the heart chakra. When you hear this drum, you will be taken on a heart-opening journey.

 

Jason and Chris Anne will then begin playing the Tibetan singing bowls, which are tuned to musical notes that correspond to the different chakras of the body – restoring your balance of energy. Since the body is made up of mostly water, the vibrational effect of the Tibetan singing bowls feels like a full body cellular massage.

 

So come, relax, close your eyes, and drift into a state of calm. Make sure to wear comfortable clothes and bring a yoga mat or blanket so that you may lie down. As your chakras re-align, breathe peace and enter the profound state of physical, mental, and emotional well-being.

 

Price: $18, $15 members

Special Instructions: No children under twelve years of age are permitted in this program. Talking, cell phones, and other distractions are not permitted.

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