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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: $265 member, $315 non-member.

Date(s):

Tue, Jan. 14, 21, 28, Feb. 4, 11, 9 a.m. – noon

Instructor: Constance Sayas

 

Fri-Sun, March 13-15, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Randy Raak

 

Tue, Oct. 20, 27, Nov. 3, 10, 17, 24, 6-9 p.m.

Instructor: Constance Sayas

 

Thu, Oct. 22, 29, Nov. 5, 12, 19, 1-4 p.m.

Instructor: Laurence Pierson

 

Fri-Sun, Dec. 4-6, 9 a.m.  2:30 p.m.

Instructor: TBA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Literature of the Land Book Club - Fall

Join us for the Fall 2020 session of Literature of the Land, a book club series hosted by the Helen Fowler Library. We will read three books over three months, focusing on a specific topic of interest.

This fall we will be exploring the world alongside the people who brought us our rich cornucopia of food and digging deep into the symbiotic relationships between people and our edible plants. We’ll be asking the questions on how these foods were discovered, why they became staples, and what the future of our food looks like.

 

September 16:  "The Food Explorer,"  by Daniel Stone

 

October 14:  "The Fruit Hunters,"  by Adam Leith Gollner

 

November 18:  "Lost Feast,"  by Lenore Newman

 

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.

 

Literature of the Land: Spring Book Club - ONLINE

Join us for the spring 2020 session of Literature of the Land, a book club series hosted by the Helen Fowler Library. We read three books over three months, focusing on a specific topic of interest.

This spring we read the words of land stewards who have directly felt the changes brought on by colonization and industrialization. The conversation is a global one, but these local and native activists share, through the knowledge of their peoples  ties to the land, what it means to be a true environmentalist in a culture that demands for us to be anything but.  

 

Dates:

April 15: "Unbowed: My Autobiography" by Wangari Maathai

*This session will be held online in a Zoom meeting. Details on how to join the webinar will be emailed on the day of the program.

 

May 13: "The Right to Be Cold" by Sheila Watt-Cloutier

*This session will be held online in a Zoom meeting. Details on how to join the webinar will be emailed on the day of the program.

 

June 17: "As Long as the Grass Grows: The Indigenous Fight for Environmental Justice, from Colonization to Standing Rock" by Dina Gilio-Whitaker

 

Registration is mandatory as attendance is limited in number to allow for interactive discussion in a friendly group setting. The cost is $5 per session, $15 for all three sessions.

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 per session

Member Fob- Renew

Important Update: Denver Botanic Gardens is gradually re-opening to the public. We look forward to welcoming you back! Member fob access at Cheesman Gate remains closed at this time. All entry will be through the Gardens' York Street group gate just south of the Bonfils-Stanton Visitor Center on York Street. You must make a member reservation online for a specific date and time to visit. Tickets will not be available onsite.

A member fob allows you to gain access through the Cheesman Gate. Fobs may only be purchased and used by active members of the Gardens. This is an added benefit of membership for all levels. Non¬-members or lapsed members may not purchase or renew fobs unless a membership is also processed at the time of the transaction. By purchasing a fob, you agree to take responsibility for any misuse. Entry is limited to the number of people you are normally allowed with your membership. Fobs must be renewed annually for a fee of $10.00.

 

Midsummer Nights Tour

In Elizabethan times in England, midsummer’s eve (also known as the summer solstice) was a night to revel. This tour celebrates the long days of summer by focusing on the edible, medicinal and mischievous properties of the plants that played important roles in Shakespeare's works. Guided by quotes from his plays, expect to hear about the life and times of Elizabethan England and of plants such as love-in-idleness, tickle my fancy, gillyvor and heartsease.

 

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.

Old and Original: Focus on Jurassic Flora

The Jurassic period began over 200 million years ago. When you think of the Jurassic, you might think of plant-eating brachiosaurs and diplodocus ... most people do. But these massive plant-eating dinosaurs could not have survived without a food source. In this class, learn about the flora that covered the subtropical Earth during this period, then select and illustrate one of its modern relatives. Whether defining the fine detail of ginkgo leaves or the complexity of cycads and yews, combine line techniques acquired in Botanical Illustration in Pen and Ink I and II with newly mastered quill pen finesse to create a pen and ink illustration you’re sure to frame.

Prerequisite: Botanical Illustration in Pen and Ink II.

Fee: $265 member, $315 non-member.

Date(s):

Mon, March 16, 23, 30, April 6, 13, 9 a.m. – noon

Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt

 

Perfecting Perspective

Do you shy away from complicated plants? Even experienced illustrators sometimes struggle with foreshortening and simplify their subjects to eliminate difficult elements. Work with botanical subjects that demonstrate each aspect of perspective and learn techniques for seeing and depicting perspective accurately. The class will work entirely in graphite pencil, but the principles apply to all art media. Gain confidence in your drafting skills and improve your drawings from this class forward.

Prerequisite: Light on Form.

Fee: $265 member, $315 non-member.

Date(s):

Mon, Jan. 13, 20, 27, Feb. 10, 17, 9 a.m. – noon

Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt

 

Fri-Sun, Sep. 25-27, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt

 

Perspective Drawing in the Gardens

Learn the basics of depicting objects in space, and one-, two- and three-point perspective. Learn about elliptical and aerial perspective. 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.

Petrified Wood Tour and Investigation - At Cherokee Ranch and Castle

Join members of the Cherokee Ranch Science Institute on a tour of one of the oldest petrified wood sites in North America. Large trees were deposited along the meandering river 55 million years ago. This petrified wood preserved cell structure allows scientists to identify several different families of deciduous trees and to make assumptions about the climate during the Paleocene Epoch.

Price: $45, $40 member

Tour Guides: John McKinney

Special Instructions: The hike is off trail and of moderate difficulty. Please wear appropriate clothing. Closed-toe hiking shoes and long pants are highly recommended. Please also bring plenty of water, your lunch, sunscreen and a hat.

 

Location:

Cherokee Ranch and Castle

6113 N Daniels Park RD

Sedalia, CO 80135

 

Putting Your Rose Garden to Bed

Rocky Mountain Gardening Elective

Just about everyone grows a rose bush or two.Congress designated the rose as America s national floral emblem in 1986.The popularity of growing roses began thousands of years ago and continues today.The rose growing series offered by American Rose Society Consulting Rosarians and experts from the Denver Rose Society will cover how to grow healthy, easy care beautiful roses for years to come. The series covers secrets to successful rose growing, no pain pruning, versatile shrub roses, fragrant roses, and winter care. Choose one class or take them all and come away with confident rose growing skills and greater appreciation for the  Queen of Flowers. 

Preparing your roses for winter is the key to growing those fabulous flowers in the spring. Learn why fall and winter care keeps your roses healthy from year to year and how to prepare new rose beds for spring planting. Get tips on early transplanting or rearranging the rose bed. A recommended list of roses that do well along the Front Range and higher altitudes will be included to take home.

 

Instructor: Peggy Williams, Consulting Rosarian

Price: $32, $27 members

Rocky Mountain Bonsai Society Show & Sale

This is the annual show of the best bonsai in the Denver region, as presented by members of the Rocky Mountain Bonsai Society. Sept. 5: 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Sept. 6: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Included with admission.

 

Rocky Mountain Horticulture II - ONLINE

Rocky Mountain Gardening Required Course Group I

Rocky Mountain Horticulture II is an introduction to general information on plant management. Each of these four classes will present an overview by an expert from the Colorado State University Cooperative Extension Service. Topics include the identification and control of lawn and garden weeds, diseases and insects, and integrated pest management.

This session will be held online in a Zoom meeting. Details on how to join the class will be emailed on the first day of the program.

 

Instructor: Thaddeus Gourd attended New Mexico State University where he graduated with a B.S. degree in Pest Management and Horticulture. He earned a Master's Degree with thesis study in Entomology at New Mexico State University and a Ph.D. in Plant Pathology with emphasis on plant parasitic nematodes at North Carolina State University. Thaddeus has worked over 19 years in the private sector of the plant science business and since 2000, has worked at Colorado State University Extension as an Agriculture Agent and Director for Adams County. He has extensive experience of gardening and greenhouse management and has been involved in the practice of Integrated Pest Management for over 30 years.

Price: $161, $135 member

Special instructions: Instructor will provide material and specimens for the participants to examine during this 4 session course.  The class is also encouraged to bring in specimens that can be used for class diagnostics. 

Roses in Reality

Native to the Northern Hemisphere, roses evolved millions of years ago, before North America separated from Eurasia. Of the estimated 159 species of wild roses, more than half are endemic to China. Ever since the Greek and Roman Empires, no flower has captured the human imagination in quite the same way. Start by studying rose paintings from masters of the past such as Alfred Parsons and Pierre-Joseph Redouté. Learn how to draw the complex petal configurations, contrasting luminous and velvety petal textures, prickles and thorns. Practice techniques from wet-on-wet to drybrush and learn how to use them appropriately. You will leave this class with a finished, exquisite rose painting!

Prerequisite: Botanical Illustration in Watercolor I.

Fee: $265 member, $315 non-member.

Date(s):

Wed, Nov. 11, 18, 25, Dec. 2, 9, 1-4 p.m.

Instructor: Constance Sayas

 

 

 

 

SCFD Free Day at Chatfield Farms

Free days for Colorado residents are held throughout the year at Denver Botanic Gardens and Chatfield Farms, thanks to funding from the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). The event offers everyone a chance to appreciate our collections and explore the living museum. Free Days occur during regular Gardens hours only, and do not include ticketed events.

SCFD Free Day at York Street

Free days for Colorado residents are held throughout the year at Denver Botanic Gardens and Chatfield Farms, thanks to funding from the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). The event offers everyone a chance to appreciate our collections and explore the living museum. Free Days occur during regular Gardens hours only, and do not include ticketed events. Included with admission.

Science Studio: Junior Botanists

What is called by three letters, but actually has a very long name, is in all of us, but is never the same? That's right, DNA! Delve into the world of botany as we study some interesting plant DNA and even perform our very own extraction!

 

Science Studio inspires children to investigate the connections between scientific concepts, the arts and their natural world.  Each Studio program delves into a different discipline of sciences associated with the natural world. Each session provides learners with the opportunity for hands on investigations experiments and more.

 

Ages: This program is designed for children ages 7-10.

 

Price: $14, $12 member; one adult per child is admitted free of charge. Adults are required to stay onsite during the program.

Science Studio: Junior Dendrologists

Dendro-who?? Dendro-what?? Dendrologists! Come with us as we explore a world full of tree-mendously fun facts! You will be surprised to learn what stories a tree can tell if we just stop, look, and listen!

 

Science Studio inspires children to investigate the connections between scientific concepts, the arts and their natural world.  Each Studio program delves into a different discipline of sciences associated with the natural world. Each session provides learners with the opportunity for hands on investigations experiments and more.

 

Ages: This program is designed for children ages 7-10.

 

Price: $14, $12 member child; one adult per child is admitted free of charge. Adults are required to stay onsite during the program.

Science Studio: Junior Ethnobotanists

Ethnobotanists help us to understand how peoples from all over the world use plants to create necessities such as food, clothing, and shelter. Come with us to take a closer look at how plants are involved in the process of textile creation from the most basic woven shirt to decorated tapestries.

 

Science Studio inspires children to investigate the connections between scientific concepts, the arts and their natural world.  Each Studio program delves into a different discipline of sciences associated with the natural world. Each session provides learners with the opportunity for hands on investigations experiments and more.

 

Ages: This program is designed for children ages 7-10.

 

Price: $14, $12 member; one adult per child is admitted free of charge. Adults are required to stay onsite during the program.

Science Studio: Junior Mycologists

Wanna be a fun-gi or gal? Come with us as we investigate the wonderful world of mycology! We will explore whether a mushroom is a plant, an animal, or something all of its own!

 

Science Studio inspires children to investigate the connections between scientific concepts, the arts and their natural world.  Each Studio program delves into a different discipline of sciences associated with the natural world. Each session provides learners with the opportunity for hands on investigations experiments and more.

 

Ages: This program is designed for children ages 7-10.

 

Price: $14, $12 member; one adult per child is admitted free of charge. Adults are required to stay onsite during the program.

Science Studio: Junior Paleobotanists

What do you think the plants in Colorado looked like millions of years ago? Join us as we travel back in time as Paleobotanists to study fossils from ancient plants and unlock the secrets of Colorado's past! You'll be surprised to find that some fossils are still living today!

 

Science Studio inspires children to investigate the connections between scientific concepts, the arts and their natural world.  Each Studio program delves into a different discipline of sciences associated with the natural world. Each session provides learners with the opportunity for hands on investigations experiments and more.

 

Ages:This program is designed for children ages 7-10.

 

Price: $14, $12 member; one adult per child is admitted free of charge. Adults are required to stay onsite during the program.

 

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