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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

Family Workshop: Pollination Exploration!

What do bees, beetles, bats and birds have in common? They all help our plants grow! Join us as we observe pollinators and learn about the process of pollination. Create a pollinator habitat to take home with you.


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

Fantastic Fungi Film

81 mins | Rated Not Rated | Documentary
Directed by Louie Schwartzberg
Starring Paul Stamets, Tony D. Head, Michael Pollan, Eugenia Bone, Andrew Weil and Dennis J. McKenna,

Fantastic Fungi  is a descriptive time-lapse journey about the magical, mysterious and medicinal world of fungi and their power to heal, sustain and contribute to the regeneration of life on Earth that began 3.5 billion years ago.

Narrated by Academy Award-Winner Brie Larson,  Fantastic Fungi  takes us on an immersive journey into the magical earth beneath our feet: an underground network with the potential to heal and save our planet. Through the eyes of renowned scientists and mycologists, we become aware of the beauty, intelligence and solutions the fungi kingdom offers us in response to some of our most pressing medical, therapeutic and environmental challenges.


Ferns Uncovered

Ferns predate most other plant species on Earth, and the Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory is home to specimens of many varieties that continue to thrive today. Their delicate structures and textures are fascinating to study and a pleasure to illustrate—in fact, ferns have been illustrated for more than 1,500 years! Working in pencil and brush, you’ll develop pigment-free values and master seamless gradations from lightest light to darkest dark without the usual graphite sheen. Concentrate on the stem-like rhizomes, leafy fronds and sporangia underneath the leaves. Learn to draw complex detail without losing overall form. All the skills that you learn in this class can be transferred to any other medium, improving your overall confidence in your artistic skills.

Prerequisite: Botanical Illustration in Pencil II.

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


Tue, March 24, 31, April 14, 21, 28, 9 a.m. – noon

Instructor: Randy Raak


Flower Color - Uses, Meaning and Impact

This class teaches you how to choose flower color for the most impact. Learn how to use color to evoke emotion and create visual interest. Gain information about color combinations for seasonal interest and learn to think about flower color choices differently.


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.

Forest Bathing Morning Series at the Gardens

Onsite at Denver Botanic Gardens

Start your day with a relaxing, immersive sensory experience in the early morning atmosphere of the Gardens. This series of mini-forest bathing walks allows you to experience the Gardens in a whole new way. Studies show that regularly spending time immersing our senses in nature may reduce blood pressure, heart rate and stress hormones. Move slowly and mindfully through the landscape of the Gardens with guided invitations to engage your senses for closer connection to nature.

Price: $60, $55 member

Instructor: Leona Campbell

Leona is a professional photographer and owner of Wind in Pines LLC, which provides public and private forest bathing walks in the greater Denver area. Leona is a certified forest therapy guide, through the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy (ANFT).

Special Instructions: All walks begin promptly at the start time and last 90 minutes. Participants move slowly and mindfully, covering about a quarter to a half mile over the course of the walk.


Forgotten Legacy: Colorado's Lost Apples II

We continue the documentation of Colorado’s heritage apple varieties and devote this session to flowers. In Forgotten Legacy: Colorado’s Lost Apples, you visited the site of your variety during the blooming season and observed the structure of the flower in detail, including the color. During this one-day session, you’ll receive guidance on how to add the finishing touches.

Prerequisite: Forgotten Legacy: Colorado³ Lost Apples.

Fee: $85 member, $105 non-member.


Tue, June 30, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Randy Raak


Garden Guru Tour

Immerse yourself in the Gardens with a horticulturist as your guide. Gain insight into living museum collections and walk away with gardening tips from an expert. Please note that every tour has its own emphasis and is led by a different horticulturist.


Tuesday, March 24, 10 a.m.: “Spring Garden Preparation” with Dan Johnson, associate director of horticulture, curator of native plants

Friday, June 19, 10 a.m.: “Plant Select®” with Sonya Anderson, horticulture specialist, Plant Select and pollinator gardens

Tuesday, July 7, 10 a.m.: “Annuals” with Bridget Blomquist, horticulture specialist - annuals

Wednesday, July 22, 10 a.m.: “Medicinal Plants” with Blake Burger, horticulture specialist

Tuesday, September 15, 9:30 a.m.: “Fall Garden Preparation” with Mike Bone, curator of steppe collections


Price: $17, $15 member


Special instructions: Tours can be both indoors and 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. Tours are one hour long.


Notes: Prices include admission to the Gardens. Tours with low registration are subject to cancellation. These tours are not available for private parties.

Garden to Glass, Summer Drinks and Tapas Workshop

Grow your own cocktail garden with herbs, fresh fruits and veggies that make the perfect base for hydrating. Learn the secrets to making refreshing aqua frescas, simple syrups, shrubs, bitters, infused alcohol, mixers and concentrates. Create your own take-home bitters from a bitters bar. For our tapas tasting we enjoy smoked salmon mousse, cheese/pistachio and fruit truffles, citrus herbed olives, creamy baba ghanoush and spicy cowboy caviar. Dazzle your family and guests with custom-crafted cocktails and delicious thirst quenchers. Handout with plant list and growing instructions, recipes, generous drink samples and tasty tapas included. Susan s book,  The Herbalist s Happy Hour  is available at class.

*No alcohol will be served in class.

Price: $65, $60 member, $30 included for materials

Instructor: Susan Evans

Image: Courtesy of Amy Stewart


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




1 membership card (Only valid for named card holder)

1 person admitted per visit (card holder)

Advance ticketing for Summer Concert Series (Day 5)

2 complimentary tickets to Blossoms of Light at York Street

3 one-time use guest passes

Entry to our Member Mornings where the Gardens are open just to members

Subscription to the Gardens' quarterly printed magazine

Receipt of our monthly Botanic Buzz e-newsletter


Go Native! Landscapes Made for Colorado

The Xeriscape concept has become mainstream, and now is the time to take the next step to develop or convert existing landscapes into native plant and insect sanctuaries. We walk through this process step-by-step together! This is a lecture style class with a tour of the gardens at the end.

Price: $46, $40 member

Curtis Manning and John Dunn are horticulturalists, landscape designers, landscape contractors and are the owners and operators of Meadow Pro..

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Growing Food in Raised Vegetable Garden Beds

It has never been easier to grow your own food and there is no easier way than in a raised vegetable garden bed!

Join me to learn about how to build your raised bed and look at raised beds we've built in the Denver metro area. We will also discuss soils to fill the beds and methods of irrigating your vegetables. Finally, top that off with real tried and true tips on which vegetables to grow and how to grow them! Seriously, you couldn't find a more comprehensive course on raised vegetable gardening . . .


Price: $29, $24 members

Instructor: Curtis Manning


Guided Meditation Walk - Forest Bathing

A guided meditation in the Japanese practice of Shinrin-yoku, a term meaning  taking in the forest atmosphere  or  forest bathing  will connect us with the sights, smells and sounds of a natural setting to promote physiological and psychological health.


Price: $18, $15 member

Instructor: Denise Bickel, PhD, MSW, LCSW


Guided Meditation Walk - Healing Walk

Healing involves the body, mind and spirit. Through a guided meditation walk, we focus on the healing power of nature for those facing illness and their caregivers.


Price: $18, $15 member

Instructor: Denise Bickel, PhD, MSW, LCSW


Guided Meditation Walk - Loving Kindness

Fire is one of the five Taoist Elements, and is at the heart of the transformational cycle. Fire embodies the yin and yang of life. A guided walking meditation will focus on the dichotonous nature of the fire element and encourage loving kindness toward all sentient beings.


Price: $18, $15 member

Instructor: Denise Bickel, PhD, MSW, LCSW



Guided Meditation Walk - The Five Taoist Elements

Experience a transformation in mind, body and chi as we meditate on the Five Taoist Elements and their corresponding emotions of fear, anger, grief, compassion and happiness.


Price: $18, $15 member

Instructor: Denise Bickel, PhD, MSW, LCSW



Guided Meditation: Being Present

In a world of distractions and competing demands, a meditation practice focusing on the present moment enhances respite and repose. Join us as we explore the powerful benefits of practicing mindfulness with our breath and steps amid the serenity of the Gardens.


Price: $18, $15 member

Instructor: Denise Bickel, PhD, MSW, LCSW



Guided Sitting Meditation - Embracing Uncertainty

To embrace uncertainty is to embrace life. Uncertainty often brings myriad emotions   trepidation, anger, doubt, fear. Our meditation will encourage embracing uncertainty, allowing room for wonder and acceptance of all that is.


Price: $18, $15 member

Instructor: Denise Bickel, PhD, MSW, LCSW

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