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Pollinators: Guided Family Exploration

What’s the buzz around the Gardens? Pollinators! Join us as we celebrate the importance of pollinators with a fun engaging exploration of the Gardens and the amazing creatures that help our plants grow!

 

Audience: Families with children ages 6 - 12 years

 

Program Fee: $10 child, $8 member child, $10 adult, $8 member adult. Non participating-Infants (children 2 and under) are free.

 

Registration Instructions: Pre-registration is required. Program registration will not be available onsite. Due to social distancing and group size restrictions you must register all members of your party over the age of 2.

 

Registration Instructions: Pre-registration is required. Program registration will not be available onsite. Due to social distancing and group size restrictions you must register all members of your party 18 months and older.

 

The following safety procedures and requirements are in place for attending onsite classes during COVID-19:

  • All adults and children over the age of 2 are required to wear a mask.

 

  • Class sizes are reduced to follow social distancing protocols. Materials used during the program will not be shared between participant groups and will be disinfected between each use.

 

  • The program will take place entirely outdoors. Access to buildings will be limited to restrooms only.

 

  • Please practice social distancing  keep at least six feet away from visitors not in your party.

 

If the program is sold out, we encourage you to add your family's name to the waitlist.

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

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

 

 

 

 

Saturday Evening Guided Hikes at the Plains Conservation Center

Join us for engaging and educational evening hikes on the prairie with an experienced guide and end with one of the most spectacular sunsets in the Front Range. Hikes start at the Visitor Center, but our destination will change for each session based on the wildlife and weather at the Plains Conservation Center. For example, if the herd of pronghorn are out, we will hike in that direction to observe them and learn some cool facts about them; or we may hike to the tipis or homestead village and learn about the history of the Colorado prairie.

Participants should arrive prepared to walk up to 2 miles round-trip and bring sunscreen, hats, water, cameras, and if you have them, field guides and binoculars. Binoculars will be available to borrow if you don't have your own to bring, which will be sanitized before and after each use. Hikes can be for all ages, but participants need to be aware that there are unpaved paths, uneven ground, no shade and the hikes are all on foot.

All participants need to wear masks at all times while on the property and maintain appropriate social distancing from other hikers who are not part of their groups throughout the program. Preregistration is required for this program.

Dates: July 11, July 25, August 8 and August 22, 2020

Times: 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Price: $10

Location: Plains Conservation Center, 21901 E Hampden Ave Aurora, CO 80013 (Entrance is at the corner of E Hampden Ave and S Picadilly Rd)

 

 

 

 

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.

Seasonal Discoveries Tour

No matter the time of year, botanical treasures await your discovery with these guided tours of gardens at their seasonal peaks. Experience the Gardens’ landscape at its best, whether through the early bulbs of spring or the crackling beauty of fall.

 

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. Masks are required.

 

Notes: Prices include admission to the Gardens. Tours with low registration are subject to cancellation. For safety reasons, tours are currently limited to five participants.

 

Seed to Table Gardening Series for Homeschoolers

Calling all aspiring gardeners! In this five-week series of classes, homeschoolers will deepen their understanding of planting and growing a successful garden in Colorado. Grow plants from start to finish while learning to sow your own seeds and developing gardening techniques. Each week, children will engage in active hands-on learning both in and out of the classroom. At the end of five weeks each young aspiring gardener will take home a seasonal container garden.

 

Ages: This program series is designed for children ages 8-12.

 

Price: $100 per child for 5-week series. One adult per child is free of charge. Adults are required to stay onsite during the program.

Seedlings Show and Share - ONLINE

Seedlings Show and Share is a remote opportunity for families to connect with each other and nature from the comfort of home! Join Denver Botanic Gardens' Family Program Team to sing songs, listen to stories, and share natural items you find around your home or neighborhood. This 20-30 minute live program is held virtually using Zoom.

 

Audience: Families with children 18 months to 6 years

 

Price: Free, registration is required.

 

Registration Instructions: Only one registration is needed per household. Registration closes at 4:00 p.m. the day before program.

 

The day before the Seedlings Show and Share session you will receive email on how to join the program electronically.

 

If the program is sold out, we encourage you to add your family's name to the waitlist. More program times will be added to accommodate waitlists.

 

Seedlings: Garden Explorers

Seedlings: Garden Explorers offer young children and their caregivers the opportunity to explore the wonders of nature while developing an understanding and appreciate for plants and their importance. Each program includes songs, stories and a nature exploration in Mordecai Children's Garden. This 30-40 minute program is held onsite at Denver Botanic Gardens’ York Street location. Each week features a different story and exploration.

 

Weekly Exploration Themes

  • July 21 and 22: Parts of a Plant
  • July 28 and 29: Colors, Shapes and Patterns
  • August 4 and 5: Insects and Bugs
  • August 11 and 12: Trees
  • August 18 and 19: Birds
  • August 25 and 26: Textures

 

Audience: Families with children ages 18 months to 6 years

  

Program Fee: $10 per toddler/preschooler, $8 per toddler/preschooler member; one adult per child is admitted free of charge. Additional adults and non-participating siblings (children over the age of 6 years) are $5 each. Non participating-Infants (children under the age of 18 months) are free.

  

*Please note, the program fee does not include admission to the main Gardens. Both members and non-members must reserve or purchase general admission tickets to the Gardens if you plan to visit them before or after your program.

  

Registration Instructions: Pre-registration is required. Program registration will not be available onsite. Due to social distancing and group size restrictions you must register all members of your party 18 months and older.

 

The following safety procedures and requirements are in place for attending onsite classes during COVID-19:

  • All adults and children ages 3 and older are required to wear a mask.

 

  • Class sizes are reduced to follow social distancing protocols. Materials used during the program will not be shared between participant groups and will be disinfected between each use.

 

  • The program will take place entirely outdoors. Access to buildings will be limited to restrooms only.

 

  • Please practice social distancing – keep at least six feet away from visitors not in your party.

 

If the program is sold out, we encourage you to add your family's name to the waitlist.

 

Spines and Shadows: The Magic is in Perspective

Cacti are botanical subjects that present all kinds of fun perspective challenges! In this class, discover how cacti conform to basic geometric forms. Practice building a realistic linear model using the three-step perspective method. Learn about the principles of cast shadows through observing the effects of light falling on spines. Experiment with combining watercolor, graphite and hints of colored pencil to create a colorful composition of a cactus of your choice.

Prerequisites: Color Layering for Colored Pencil, Color Mixing, Perfecting Perspective.

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

Date(s):

Wed, Oct 14, 21, 28, Nov. 4, 11, 9 a.m. - noon

Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt

 

Steppe Symposium 2020: Visions of Mongolia

Join us for an evening of steppe education with a live raptor demonstration, followed by the lecture “Observations of the Great Mongolian Steppe” by Scott Dressel-Martin and Mike Bone along with a viewing of the film “The Eagle Huntress.”

 

Golden Eagle Demonstration

Anne Price, president of the Raptor Education Foundation, introduces one of the Foundation’s golden eagles and talks about the ancient fascination with this bird, which has been popularized in the movie “The Eagle Huntress.”

 

Observations of the great Mongolian Steppe - Lecture

Both Scott Dressel-Martin and Mike Bone have traveled to Mongolia to experience life on the steppe. These travels as part of Denver Botanic Gardens Center for Global Initiatives help guide and influence our central Asian steppe collections and displays. Join Scott and Mike as they bring you on a journey through the beautiful Mongolian steppe in culture, flora and landscapes.

 

The Eagle Huntress - Film

Rated G | Sport/Adventure Documentary

Directed by Otto Nell

Narrated by Daisy Ridley

 

“The Eagle Huntress” follows 13-year-old Aisholpan as she trains to become the first female in 12 generations of her Kazakh family to become an eagle hunter, and rises to the pinnacle of a tradition that has been handed down from father to son for centuries. Set against the breathtaking expanse of the Mongolian steppe, “The Eagle Huntress” features some of the most awe-inspiring cinematography ever captured in a documentary, giving this intimate tale of a young girl's quest the dramatic force of an epic narrative film.

 

While there are many old Kazakh eagle hunters who vehemently reject the idea of any female taking part in their ancient tradition, Aisholpan's father believes that a girl can do anything a boy can, as long as she's determined. The story begins after Aisholpan has been training with her father's eagle for many months. As every eagle can only have one master, the time has come for Aisholpan to capture an eagle of her own. Clambering down a sheer rock cliff with a rope, Aisholpan retrieves a fledgling eagle from its nest as its mother circles overhead. Her eagle will live, train and hunt with her, until she releases it into the wild years later, so the cycle of life can continue.

 

After months of training her eagle with her father, Aisholpan is ready to test her abilities. She enters a renowned competition, the Golden Eagle Festival, and faces off against 70 of the greatest Kazakh eagle hunters in Mongolia. The most arduous challenge is yet to come, as the rite-of-passage for every young eagle hunter is to take part in a hunt. Aisholpan must ride with her father deep into the frigid mountains and endure freezing temperatures and perilous landscapes to prove she is a true eagle huntress.

 

Price: $42, $39 member

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.

 

ONSITE PROGRAMMING

A limited offering of adult education programming will follow social distancing protocols, with advanced registration and seating in a room or outdoors with students separated by at least six feet and wearing face coverings.

 

Instructor: Blake Burger

Skill level: All levels welcome

Price: $12, $10 member

Special Instructions:

Advanced registration is required.

Please bring a mat, a towel and water.

Enter through the Pinon Gate on the west side of York Street. Class will meet in the UMB Bank Amphitheater.

 

Photo: Perfecto Insecto (Flickr)

 

The Biggest Little Farm Film – Online Screening and Discussion

92 mins | Rated PG| Documentary
Directed by John Chester
Starring John and Molly Chester

Join Denver Botanic Gardens in a virtual screening of The Biggest Little Farm with a post screening panel discussion with local Colorado Farmers.

 

The Biggest Little Farm chronicles the eight-year quest of John and Molly Chester as they trade city living for 200 acres of barren farmland and a dream to harvest in harmony with nature. Through dogged perseverance and embracing the opportunity provided by nature's conflicts, the Chesters unlock and uncover a biodiverse design for living that exists far beyond their farm, its seasons and our wildest imagination. Featuring breathtaking cinematography, captivating animals, and an urgent message to heed Mother Nature's call, The Biggest Little Farm provides us all a vital blueprint for better living and a healthier planet.

 

How it works: Denver Botanic Gardens will provide a password protected link on Wednesday (8/12) at 5 p.m. to stream this film at home. This link will be active for 24-hours. Then join us Thursday (8/13) for a panel discussion moderated by Brien Darby, Manager of Urban Food Programs, talking with our group of panelists about their experiences farming on the Front Range.

 

Price: $15, $12 member

*Only one ticket needed per household

The Magic of Moths in Ink and Color

William H. Lizars (1788-1859) of Edinburgh was an established portrait and genre painter who went to work in the book trade and created plates for “British Butterflies” and J.J. Audubon's “The Birds of America.” Lizars experimented with new techniques and is perhaps best known for his colored insect and bird illustrations on monochromatic habitat backgrounds. During this class we concentrate on moths. Moths are masters of disguise. They can camouflage to hide from predators, and, because of their large numbers, moths are a significant source of food to other species in the ecosystem. These nocturnal insects are as beautiful as butterflies but are hidden from us in the dark. Working in ink and your choice of color media, design a final plate in the scientific style of Lizars.

Prerequisites: Botanical Illustration in Pen and Ink I, Botanical Illustration in Colored Pencil I or Botanical Illustration in Watercolor I.

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

Date(s):

Mon, Oct. 26, Nov. 2, 9, 16, 23, 6-9 p.m.

Instructor: Susan DiMarchi

 

The Skin of Trees: Expressive Ink Textures in Bark on Mylar

We often overlook bark, the structured and always important part of the plant, and only focus on leaves and flowers. You will discover the diversity of tree bark while stepping away from tradition to try new techniques and learn about this essential protective element of the tree. Trade your technical pen for a quill and brush and learn to express ink lines in a relaxed and painterly fashion. Begin with a look at how other artists have used ink expressively. Demonstration and practice with the new tools and colored inks prepares you to start your own drawing. Choose a botanical subject and experiment with techniques for successfully depicting line, form and texture. Make a mistake? No problem! You can erase ink from Mylar and try again. Complete a botanical study and enjoy a fresh, fun way to approach this time-honored medium.

Prerequisite: Botanical Illustration in Colored Pencil II.

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

Date(s):

Thu, Nov. 5, 12, 19, Dec. 3, 10, 9 a.m. - noon

Instructor: Susan DiMarchi

 

Therapeutic Thursdays - ONLINE

Join Denver Botanic Gardens' horticultural therapists from your home or office as we share techniques used in the Therapeutic Horticulture program. Engage your senses as we guide you in how to connect with plants in your everyday life.

All ages and abilities are welcome to participate. Only one registration is needed per streaming device. Advanced registration required.

Details on how to join the program streamed live through Vimeo will be emailed 30 minutes before the start of the program. Program time is 2 p.m. Mountain Time.

 

August 13: Taking the Tropics Home

Join Conservatory Horticulturist Nicholas Giaquinto for a session focusing on tropical houseplants. Learn about basic care for houseplants, how to repot your overgrown plants, and propagation methods to use at home to expand your collection.

 

August 27: Virtual Meditative Plant Walk at the Gardens

Learn to walk mindfully among plants. Pause to engage with plants and connect with different physical sensations, isolating the senses to feel the temperature of the air and the warmth of the sun, tune into sounds and scents, and take in the abundance of life all around that we are sometimes too busy to notice. This is also an opportunity to see what is blooming in August at our Chatfield Botanic Gardens location.

 

Price: Complimentary, advanced registration required.

Instructors: Catharine McCord

Catharine McCord is a program coordinator at the Gardens for adult education programs and the Therapeutic Horticulture Program. She is also the recipient of the 2020 American Horticultural Society’s Great American Gardeners Award for Horticultural Therapy.

 

This Mountain Life Film

71 mins | Rated Not Rated | Documentary
Directed by Grant Baldwin
Starring Tania Halik, Martina Halik, Barry Blanchard

The awe that mountainous landscapes evoke is universal. Yet in a province that is 75% mountains, most of us seldom venture into true wilderness. Living amongst us is a special breed of people. They are undefined by age, gender, profession or background, but for them, the draw of the mountains is so strong that their lives must revolve around it. Martina Halik and her 60-year-old mother, Tania, attempt a bitterly cold 2,300-kilometer ski trek from Canada to Alaska through the treacherous Coast Mountains; a journey that has been completed only once before, and never by a female duo.

Their adventure is interspersed with beautifully crafted portraits of high-altitude human endurance: the gripping story an avalanche burial; a group of nuns who inhabit a mountain retreat to be closer to God; an impassioned alpinist; a focused snow artist; a couple who has been living off grid in the mountains for nearly 50 years. Shot in cinematic detail,  This Mountain Life  is a riveting examination of human passion set high in the peaks of British Columbia, Canada.

 

Price: $15, $12 member

Vinyasa, Violins and Vino

Yoga with a twist. Enjoy vinyasa yoga, live violin music and a picnic! Relax in nature as Blake Burger, certified instructor and Gardens’ horticulturist, leads an hour-long class in the Gardens. Conclude the evening with a bring your own picnic and music performance. BYOB wine and beer is permitted.

 

ONSITE PROGRAMMING

A limited offering of adult education programming will follow social distancing protocols, with advanced registration and seating in a room or outdoors with students separated by at least six feet and wearing face coverings.

 

 

Instructor: DBG's own horticulturalist and yoga instructor Blake Burger

Musician: Brittany Erickson is a classical violinist living in Denver, Colorado. She has performed chamber music and orchestral works across the country including with the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, The Curtis Institute, and the Harvard University Orchestra. By day, Brittany is an educator who supports school districts to design innovative new schools, and in her spare time, she can be found enjoying the Colorado mountains or tending her vegetable garden with her partner, John.

Price: $18 general public

Special Instructions: Please bring your own yoga mat, water, picnic and a beverage or adult beverage of your choosing. Please be sure to bring valid ID if consuming alcohol.

This is a rain or shine event, both the yoga class and picnic will be held under the clear tent and lights of the amphitheater. Class will begin promptly at 6:30pm, so please arrive early enough to get settled in.

Workshop - Floral Transformation - ONLINE

When we think of floral design, we think of a traditional bouquet in a vase for your table. In this transformative floral workshop we will make use of non-traditional containers, manipulate traditional flowers and colors, or a combination of all three. This class will stretch our creative minds and talents!

 

This session will be held online. Details on how to join the live session streamed through Vimeo will be emailed the day before the program.

A full material list is provided below, and will be sent to participants again, prior to the program. This way, you can follow along from the safety of your home!

 

Price: $60, $55 member

Instructors: Lisa Weddel and Laura Tonner

 

Supply List:

  • One unique vase of your choice. Think outside the box - a cowboy boot, water pitcher, bucket, basket, birdhouse, etc.
  • A few pliable branches from a bush or tree (roughly 1-2 ft long) - remove all the leaves OR a block of floral foam (available at most craft stores)
  • 1 bundle of flowers from the grocer or a variety from your local florist - look for bundles that include roses, Gerbera daisies, daisy poms, alstroemeria and filler flowers
  • About 6-9 stems of greenery - eucalyptus, leatherleaf, salal leaf or other greenery
  • 1-3 Hydrangea
  • Plastic bags or trash bags, in case your container needs to be lined. You could also use other lining options such as an empty plastic tub or container that fits your chosen "vase".
  • 1 set of sharp clippers or scissors
  • A few wire twist ties

Optional:

  • Wire cutters
  • Some type of tall, linear material - similar to curly or pussy willow - adding height and movement to your arrangment.
  • Anything else you find interesting! (butterflies, birds, ribbons, jewels, etc.)

 

Lisa Weddel AIFD PFCI has been in the floral industry for over 30 years.  She has been active in all areas of the industry from designer, teacher to owner of several businesses. Lisa has a floriculture degree, is an Iowa Master florist, as well as being an accredited member of the American Institute of Floral Designers organization where she currently holds the position of President of the South-Central Chapter.  In addition, Lisa has served on the Board of Trustees of the Professional Floral Communicators International as Chairman.This is an organization under the umbrella of the Society of American Florists.

Past floral accomplishments include designing at the prestigious Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, CA for over 16 parades as a designer as well as a team leader.  She designed on the floral team for President George W. Bush's 2005 Presidential Inauguration, designed at the 2019 Kentucky Derby and has the same honor this coming May.

 

Laura Tonner has enjoyed working in the floral industry for five years. Her favorite part has been designing for weddings and events, but she has done just about everything in the floral industry. She has experience in retail, deliveries and the day-to-day operations of a small flower shop. All of this has led to her latest endeavor as the co-owner of Designs Inspired by You, the first of its kind floral experience studio.

Laura has a floral certificate from a local design school, won an academic scholarship from FAR (Floral Association of the Rockies) and has attended the Rose Parade as a designer for two years.

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