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Seedlings: Owls!

Discover whooooooo flies around Mordecai Children’s Garden at night.

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

• Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, November 7, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

• Ages 18-24 months: Friday, November 8, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Seedlings: Pine Cones Galore!

Explore the garden and discover the importance of the pine cone.

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

• Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, December 12, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

• Ages 18-24 months: Friday, December 13, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Seedlings: Prairie Plants

Explore the many different colors, textures and sizes of Colorado grasses!

• Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, October 2, 9:30 or 11 a.m.

• Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, October 3, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

• Ages 18-24 months: Friday, October 4, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Seedlings: Pumpkin Arts!

Let’s get creative and make a masterpiece with the plant of the season!

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

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

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

Seedlings: Pumpkin Parts

What does a pumpkin look like inside and out?

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

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

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

Seedlings: Three Sisters Garden

Join us as we explore this famous vegetable trio of corn, squash and beans.

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

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

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

Seven Principles of Water-Smart Gardening

Rocky Mountain Gardening Required Course Group I

Gardening remains high and dry in the Rocky Mountain region! Water-Smart Gardening is an environmentally friendly way to create a beautiful home landscape that will thrive under low water conditions. Join this class to learn the principles of Water-Smart Gardening and some of the many plants that you can incorporate into your yard.


Instructor: David Winger

Price: $62, $55 members

Sip and Stroll

Join Horticulturalist and Herbalist Blake Burger on a walking tour of the gardens featuring medicinal plants. Pour a glass of your favorite summer drink and reconnect with nature as we take a beautiful summer stroll! This informative and practical tour will showcase a few of the many medicinal plants growing throughout the Denver Botanic Gardens. Learn about the healing connection between humans and plants, and how to turn garden grown plants into medicine right in your own home.

Price: $15, $10 members

Instructor: Blake Burger, Denver Botanic Gardens horticulturist, herbalist, and resident yogi.


Special Instructions: Please feel free to BYO picnic and drink to enjoy in the Gardens for the stroll.

Participants should meet in the Boettcher Lobby.

Smartphone Photography: Photo Editing for the iPhone

Would you like to take your iPhone photos to a new level? Go beyond the basic editing tools on the iPhone and explore various IOS editing apps available for your iPhone from the App Store. Learning to use these apps and their tools will fine tune your photography and editing skills, creating a stronger visual impact for all your photos.


Price: $29, $24 member

Instructor: Jeanette Burkle


Jeanette Burkle is a commercial and editorial photographer with extensive experience in teaching, lecturing, and consulting. Since 2003, Jeanette has successfully owned and managed Galie Photography, while designing and delivering seminars on a wide range of photography topics. An award winning-photographer, Jeanette combines an engineering background with a strong artistic sense. With the belief that photography is part art and part science, she strives to use her unique background to produce art that is infused with a creative vision and improved by knowledge of the underlying scientific principles of photography. She has worked with many corporate clients including ExxonMobil, George Mason University, American Red Cross, John Marshall Bank, AmeriChoice, Medtronic, Harris Corporation, and Long & Foster Realty. Jeanette’s work has been honored through the Virginia Professional Photographers Association with such recognition as the highly distinguished Fuji Masterpiece Award and the Kodak Gallery Award.

Jeanette has been teaching photography since 2005. Her students respond well to her fun, upbeat classes, and Jeanette loves to see this passion be reflected in her students’ increased confidence as photographers.

STEAM in the Gardens

Bring a little STEAM into your classroom curriculum using inquiry methods to teach a variety of subjects using the Gardens as a resource. Appropriate for elementary and middle school levels.

0.5 semester hours of graduate level relicensure credit from the Colorado School of Mines is available on the day of the class for an additional $40.

Steppe into History: Ecological Impacts on the Colorado Short Grass Prairie

Connect history with geography and investigate the impacts humans have made on Colorado’s eastern plains. We’ll be exploring how to use the natural landscape to approach historical and ecological concepts around the short grass prairie.

0.5 semester hours of graduate level relicensure credit from the Colorado School of Mines is available on the day of the class for an additional $40.


**This course will take place off site at Plains Conservation Center, 21901 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80013**

Strolling Stories Along Deer Creek

Storytime and nature hikes unite in this new program at Chatfield Farms. Each week we venture out along Deer Creek 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. 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.

Price: $10, $8 member; includes free admission for one adult. Ticket includes admission to Chatfield Farms so you can further explore after the event.

Succulent Centerpiece

Learn how to design and plant your own living succulent centerpiece using gorgeous, fresh succulents. Hardy and water-wise, succulents are perfect for our wild Colorado climate. The diversity of shapes and textures will set your imagination on fire! We discuss succulent care, propagation techniques, varieties of succulents and principles of design. Some fun, reflective wordplay awakens our creative soul. Push pause on the hustle and take a few hours to play with succulents. You will rediscover your creative spirit (its in there, I promise!) and take home your own living succulent centerpiece to enjoy. Note: Instructor provides 5 specialty succulents, a 6-inch container, soil and tools. Please bring a journal and pen. If you would like to personalize your creation, please bring seedpods, shells, dried flowers, sea glass, additional succulents or other special small objects of your choice.


Price:$69, $64 member

Instructor: Christine Bayles Kortsch, PhD, is the writer, designer, and photographer behind Tiny Dino Worlds: Create Your Own Prehistoric Habitats (forthcoming with Roost Books, spring 2020). She has published essays on family and gardening in Taproot and 5280 Magazine. You may have read her interview in VoyageDenver or seen her succulent designs in The Denver Post. Christine holds a PhD in English Literature, and she teaches writing at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design. Her Ink & Stem Workshops (combining creative writing with succulent and terrarium design) have been named one of the “top 38 cool classes for adults” by 5280 Magazine. Christine is a gentle and enthusiastic teacher with a deep passion for inspiring people to fight for beauty in their everyday lives.

Summer Low Sensory Mornings and Evenings

Experience Denver Botanic Gardens without the crowds.

The Gardens will open early on select mornings and will stay open later on select evenings for those who wish to connect with plants in a safe, restful location.

This therapeutic horticulture program is intended to give individuals and families who prefer a quiet, less crowded environment a chance to experience the Gardens with limited attendance. During sensory mornings/evenings you are invited to explore on your own or participate in various hands-on activities at the Gardens that will inspire curiosity and awaken your senses.


2019 Schedule


Saturday, May 18, 8 a.m.
York Street Main Gardens

Saturday, June 15, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Mordecai Children's Garden at York Street


Saturday, July 27, 8 a.m.
York Street Main Gardens


Saturday, August 10, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Mordecai Children's Garden at York Street


Saturday, September 14, 8 a.m.
York Street Main Gardens


Please sign up online or call 720-865-3500 with any questions.


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.



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 Street. In the late summer and fall, class will meet in the UMB Bank Amphitheater. 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 Plants from Root to Seed

Discover methods of integrating plant science into your classroom curriculum with a detailed look at what each plant part does. Also learn about plant classification and experience hands-on activities that you can easily transfer to your classroom.


$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.


Textures in Watercolor Pencil

Explore the versatility of watercolor pencils. Begin with color studies to explore the qualities of watercolor pencils as they translate from pencil into liquid color. Experiment with graphite, ink and colored pencil as complementary media. These new skills are used to create a finished botanical plate in this fresh and fluid medium.


Prerequisites: Light on Form, Color Mixing, Color Layering for Colored Pencil.


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


Date(s): Mon, Oct. 28, Nov. 4, 11, 18, 25, 9 a.m. – noon


Instructor: Renee Jorgensen

The Ins, Outs, Ups & Downs of Prairie Dogs

Presented and Managed by the City of Aurora

Have you ever been curious about those mound-building rodents you sometimes see around Aurora? Whether you think they are cute or a nuisance, there is no denying that they play a big role in shaping the prairie. Participate in an informative presentation on prairie dogs followed by a wagon tour of the Plains Conservation Center. Appropriate for ages 12 and up.

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.

Date: September 22, 2019

Time: 2 p.m.

Price: $10

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


Tibetan Singing Bowls Concert

Denver yoga instructor and sound healer Chris Anne Coviello and her husband Jason Coviello will be performing together to bring you this experience. The concert will begin with Jason playing his Hang Drum which is a very rare steel drum that is made by only two people in the world. Some say it sounds like a stringed instrument. Jason's Hang Drum is tuned to the note that vibrationally corresponds to the heart chakra and when he plays the drum, he takes you on a heart-opening journey.

Jason and Chris Anne will then begin playing the singing bowls which are tuned to all the different musical notes that correspond to the different chakras, so they will balance the energy in the body. And since we are made up of mostly water, the vibrational effect will be a full body cellular massage.

Tibetan Singing bowls have been used for thousands of years as instruments of healing. So come relax and close your eyes and drift into an altered state which facilitates the body to heal. Make sure you wear comfy clothes and bring a yoga mat or blanket so that you may lie down and let the bells carry away with them all that no longer serves you. As your chakra's re-align, breathe peace and enter the profound state of physical-mental and emotional well-being. Leave as if you were 10 lbs. lighter, because that is exactly what will happen as the pounds of stress, anxiety and fear melt from your system.


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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