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York St. General Admission

 

Visitor Information: The top level of the parking garage will be closed October 1 - 3. Please use the lower levels of the parking garage during this time. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.

Important Update: Denver Botanic Gardens is gradually re-opening to the public. We look forward to welcoming you back! But it is only with your cooperation as a visitor that we can succeed in this re-opening. Below you will find important information you will need for your first visit back!

 

Capacity is now limited and a timed ticket is required for entry to Denver Botanic Gardens. All ticket purchases must be made in advance either online or over the phone. No tickets will be available for purchase onsite.

 

Tickets will be available two weeks at a time.

 

Entry will be timed in 30-minute blocks. Please arrive within 30 minutes of your selected time. Your time is not limited once inside the Gardens.

Enter through the Group Gate just south of the Visitor Center on York Street.

View or print an updated map of the Gardens here. Physical maps will not be available onsite.

*Tickets are non-refundable

*Members: Please reserve your tickets in advance online or over the phone. You will not be able to check-in onsite. Reserve early before tickets sell out.

*Groups of 10 or more must call to receive group rates and reserve tickets.

 

Chatfield Farms General Admission

Important Update: Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield Farms is gradually re-opening to the public. We look forward to welcoming you back! But it is only with your cooperation as a visitor that we can succeed in this re-opening. Below you will find important information you will need for your first visit back!

  

Capacity is now limited and a timed ticket is required for entry to Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield Farms. All ticket purchases must be made in advance either online or over the phone. No tickets will be available for purchase onsite.

Entry is located at the southeast-end of the gravel parking lot. Please show your tickets at the ticket booth located here.

View or print an updated map of the Gardens here. Physical maps will not be available onsite.

 

Entry will be timed in 30-minute blocks. Please arrive within 30 minutes of your selected time.

*Last entry is at 4 p.m. 

*Tickets are non-refundable.

*Members: Please reserve your tickets in advance online or over the phone. You will not be able to check-in onsite. Reserve early before tickets sell out.

*Groups of 10 or more must call to receive group rates and reserve tickets.

*Tickets are not required for children 2 years old and under.

"The Kiss": Klimt's Masterpiece

Back by request!

Austrian painter Gustav Klimt created his most iconic painting, “The Kiss,” between 1907 and 1908. After studying Klimt's painting in detail, we will design, paint and embellish our own work in his style. Linear elements from Vienna art nouveau, organic forms from the arts and crafts movement, metallic components and textural embellishments will blend to create pattern-rich works sure to enchant.

Prerequisite: Entry-level color media.

Fee: $285 member, $335 non-member.

Date(s):

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

Instructor: Meredith Feniak

 

2020 Rocky Mountain Steppe Summit - ONLINE

STEPPES SYMPOSIUM 2020

YEAR ZERO: STEPPE GENESIS

 

Join Denver Botanic Gardens for a virtual Global Steppes Symposium. 

 

How it works:

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 6 p.m. Mountain Time.

Here are a few important things to know:

Only one registration is needed per streaming device. Advanced registration is required.

You do not need a Vimeo account in order to watch the livestream. Simply click on the link, enter the password, and you will be ready to watch!

If you would like to ask questions or participate in any interactive polls, you can either participate as a guest or login to a Vimeo account or login with a Facebook account in order to do so. There will be Q&A portion at the end, so we highly encourage your participation!

 

Denver Botanic Gardens’ Director of Outreach Panayoti Kelaidis, Associate Director of Horticulture and Curator of Steppe Collections Mike Bone and videographer Scott Dressel-Martin have traveled to Mongolia to experience life on the steppe. These travels as part of Denver Botanic Gardens’ Center for Global Initiatives were meant to guide and influence our Central Asian steppe collections and displays, but inspired so much more.

 

Inspirations from The Great Mongolian Steppe – Virtual Lecture

Mike Bone

Scott Dressel-Martin

Join Mike and Scott as they bring you on a journey through the beautiful culture, flora and landscapes of the Mongolian steppe.

 

Steppe Garden Glow Up – Virtual Tour

Sonya Anderson

Mike Bone

Panayoti Kelaidis

Kevin Philip Williams

The endless thoughts, actions and processes that define the life of a garden often begin with a singular, passionate vision—but sometimes they do not. Although the Steppe Garden opened to the public in 2016, it was nowhere near completed and had already been decades in the making. Join the Steppe Garden’s major dreamers and influencers as they walk through the garden pondering its history, exploring its design, revealing hidden gems and discussing its dramatic changes over the past four seasons.

 

 

Mike Bone

Mike is the associate director of horticulture and curator of Steppe Collections for Denver Botanic Gardens. His career has been spent studying the plants and ecology of the great steppe regions of the world. Mike is coauthor of “Steppes: The Plants and Ecology of the World’s Semi-arid Regions” as well as several other publications produced by the Gardens. His passion for collaboration with scientists and plants experts from steppe regions has taken him all over the globe as an explorer and a speaker.

 

Scott Dressel-Martin

Scott is a principal at Dressel-Martin MediaWorks, Inc. He has photographed around the world, including the Middle East, Mongolia, South Africa, Mexico, Spain, Singapore and all around the United States. Based in Colorado, Scott began his career in newspaper photojournalism and has been published internationally. He is the official photographer of Denver Botanic Gardens and also works with a select group of important institutions, helping them promote their mission and tell relevant and moving stories. In addition to the Gardens, many of Scott’s other clients are in the nonprofit world, such as Children’s Hospital Colorado, Colorado Housing and Finance Authority, Denver Health and Visit Denver. Scott also works with corporate clients such as Hensel Phelps Construction Company, Hyatt Hotels and Vail Resorts. Scott is a passionate teacher and speaker on photography and creativity. He has a master’s from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, New York.

 

Kevin Philip Williams

Kevin is a horticulture specialist at Denver Botanic Gardens where he stewards the Steppe Garden, Dwarf Conifer Collection, Lilac Collection, Josephine Streetscape Gardens and co-coordinates Denver Botanic Gardens’ horticulture internship program. Since joining the Gardens in 2015, he has explored and collected plants throughout the North American and Central Asian steppes. Kevin is an alumnus of the Longwood Graduate Program in public horticulture, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Horticulture Internship Program and is a former horticulturist for The High Line in Manhattan, New York.

 

Sonya Anderson

Sonya is a Horticulture Specialist who has been with Denver Botanic Gardens for 14 years. She specializes in the Plant Select program and gardening for pollinators. She maintains Darlene Radichel Plant Select Garden, the Birds and Bees Walk, as well as the Steppe Garden.

 

 

 

 

A Guided Walk - Forest Bathing

Experience the relaxing practice of forest bathing (shinrin-yoku). Bathe in the atmosphere of the forest through mindful engagement of the senses. Studies suggest that a regular practice of forest bathing may be associated with a reduction in blood pressure, heart rate and stress hormones. You will move slowly and mindfully through the forest as you are guided through a series of invitations to engage your senses for closer connection with the surrounding nature. The walk begins promptly at the schedule start time and lasts 2.5 hours. All summer walk locations will be near the foothills, within about a one hour drive or less from Denver. Detailed information about location will be emailed out about a week before the walk. Fall and Winter programs are held at Chatfield Farms.

 

Price: $30, $25 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 will last 2.5 hours. This is not a hike. Participants will move slowly and mindfully, covering about 1/2 mile over the course of the walk. Detailed information about location will be emailed out about a week before the walk.

All summer program locations are at a park near Conifer.

All January - April program dates take place outdoors at Denver Botanic Gardens' Chatfield Farms, located at 8500 W Deer Creek Canyon Road, Littleton, CO 80128.

 

 

Amazing Vegetables A to Z Full Series

AMAZING VEGETABLES A TO Z FULL SERIES

Rocky Mountain Gardening Elective

This is the class that will hone your skills as an amazing vegetable gardener. It is designed to take beginners to a new level and remind intermediate gardeners of the success strategies that always work when we go off course and forget the science of what got us to success in the first place. We will cover the science of vegetable gardening, do some myth busting, and provide you with some clear cut strategies to get the biggest harvest from the space you have.

The classes are 2 ½ hours each and are designed so that you can take the entire series or drop in for a refresher on the single class or classes that you want to brush up on. We will use a combination of hands-on, lecture and demonstration to keep you engaged.

 

You can sign up for each individual session, or sign up for all four classes in the series at a discount by signing up for "Amazing Vegetables A to Z Full Series".

 

Please note: We will not cover gardening in containers in depth in this class. If that is your interest, please see Crops in Pots.

 

Price: $120, $110 members

Instructor: Patti O'Neal

 

Session 1: The Garden Build

March 31, 2020- 6 p.m.

Planning the best location, choosing in-ground or raised beds and the advantages and disadvantages of each. We will look at re-purposing materials to create raised beds. We will cover soil building and choosing amendments. We will build around what has not worked for you in the past and set you on a course for improvement for your 2020 vegetable garden. Every season is a Do-Over!

 

Session 2: Planting

April 7, 2020- 6 p.m.

Planting is the focus of this session. How to decide what to plant, the seasons of the vegetable garden and getting the biggest bang for your gardening buck. We will cover cool season and warm season plants and the ones that grow best here in Colorado. Then take a look at seed starting and see a demonstration of starting seeds inside and direct sowing outside as well as transplanting. Then we will cover spacing strategies designed to give you the biggest harvest for the space you have available.

 

Session 3: Extended Gardening

April 14, 2020- 6 p.m.

Keeping the Garden going for three seasons and beyond is the theme of this session. We will cover the importance of crop rotation and how to do it. We will learn different ways to succession plant and how it can maximize the harvest. We will address season extension strategies to protect your crops. We will also cover the concept of companion planting and what is true and what is not.

 

Session 4: Pests, Problems & Harvesting

April 21, 2020- 6 p.m.

The most common pests and diseases of the vegetable garden will be addressed, how to spot problems before they get away from you and good cultural practices to avoid problems, organics, watering, fertilizing and insect and disease controls. We will also discuss how to know when your veggies are ready for harvest.

Bonsai Exhibition

 

In addition to its virtual show on the Rocky Mountain Bonsai Society website, rmbonsai.org, a special exhibition will be presented in the Bill Hosokawa Bonsai Pavilion featuring selected outstanding trees by RMBS bonsai artists. Included with admission.

 

Botanical Illustration in Colored Pencil I

You’ve learned to layer colored pencil; now learn techniques to draw effectively in this medium. Apply your drawing skills and learn new methods specific to colored pencils. Techniques include layering, building and burnishing in color. This versatile, portable medium is perfect for sketching on location as well as producing studio pieces. Learn through instruction, demonstration and practice on small studies of botanical subjects. You’ll be ready to produce a finished plate in Botanical Illustration in Colored Pencil II.

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

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

Date(s):

Wed, Sep. 9, 16, 30, Oct. 7, 14, 1-4 p.m.

Instructor: Susan DiMarchi

 

Thu, Aug. 13, 20, 27, Sep. 3, 10, 1-4 p.m. (106)

Instructor: Susan DiMarchi

 

Botanical Illustration in Colored Pencil II

Take your colored pencil skills to the next level and become proficient in this fun, versatile medium. Work through a step-by-step process to create a preparatory layered drawing. Learn techniques to create texture, detail and depth to enhance your subject. Experiment with different surfaces and solvents for blending and shading. Add depth with atmospheric perspective and learn finishing techniques that will make your drawings pop. Individual attention will guide you to create a finished botanical plate.

Prerequisites: Botanical Illustration in Colored Pencil I, Botany for the Botanical Illustrator, Composition for Botanical Illustration, Perfecting Perspective.

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

Date(s):

Tue, March 17, 24, 31, April 7, 14, 6-9 p.m.

Instructor: Susan DiMarchi

 

Mon, Oct. 12, 19, 26, Nov. 2, 9, 1-4 p.m.

Instructor: Susan DiMarchi

 

Botanical Illustration in Pencil II- Online with Onsite Component

Simple and classic, pencil drawing is a timeless art form. Expand on the drawing skills you learned in Botanical Illustration in Pencil I as you reinforce and refine your knowledge of graphite pencil. Learn additional techniques for shading, texture, perspective, depth and composition. A good drawing is the basis of botanical illustration in any medium. Group instruction and individual attention are tailored to help you complete a botanical plate in this subtle and striking medium.

**Online with On-Site Component**

 

Prerequisites: Light on Form, Botany for the Botanical Illustrator, Composition for Botanical Illustration, Perfecting Perspective.

Fee: $310 member, $405 non-member
In-class sessions: Fri-Sat, Nov. 20-21, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

**All assignments are to be completed no later than December 22, 2020.**

Instructor: TBA

 

The Off-Site Learning Approach

Following the two-day concentrated classroom instruction, three internet sessions cover the remaining course elements. The successful completion of final artwork (a plate) one month (30 days) after the conclusion of the on-site session is the culmination of each of the distance learning courses.

Students must use a scanner or digital camera to record their weekly achievements and email the high-resolution image to the instructor and the school manager. All student questions, as well as instructor answers, recommendations and suggestions are handled by email. The student must send a scan of the final plate to the instructor and the school manager in order to receive credit for the course.

 

Botanical Illustration in Watercolor I

Become part of the watercolor botanical tradition. Combine drawing skills and your knowledge of color mixing as you discover the delight of putting brush to paper to learn the specific techniques of transparent watercolor. Instruction, demonstration and practical exercises will guide you through a variety of watercolor techniques: flat and graded washes, highlights and drybrush detail. Learn to build washes for depth of tone and shading, and how to create soft and hard edges. With these foundational skills, you will be ready to create a finished plate in Botanical Illustration in Watercolor II.

Prerequisites: Light on Form, Color Mixing.

Fee: $285 member, $335 non-member.

Date(s):

Fri-Sun, Feb. 21-23, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Constance Sayas

 

Thu, Sep. 10, 17, 24, Oct. 1, 8, 1-4 p.m.

Instructor: Laurence Pierson

 

Botany for Gardeners - ONLINE

Rocky Mountain Gardening Required Course Group I

This class provides an overview of basic plant biology, including structure, development, transpiration, photosynthesis and plant chemistry.

Students will gain essential knowledge for acquiring high-level pruning skills, for designing gardens based on specific plant requirements of the Rocky Mountain region, and for understanding interactions between plants and their microenvironments.

Required Text- Botany for Gardeners by Brian Capon, found online or in most book stores.

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

 

Price: $255, $213 member

Instructor: Sheridan Samano

 

Botany for the Botanical Illustrator - ONLINE

What is the difference between a carpel and a pistil? Where can I find the stamen? The science of the subjects you draw determines what you see! Put away your pencils for this enlightening lab class designed specifically for students of botanical illustration. Take a close look at plant anatomy and learn to recognize botanical details that will make your drawings more accurate and realistic. Learn plant morphology through detailed instruction and supporting visuals. Your botanical art will improve when you understand the subjects.

No prerequisites.

Fee: $315 member, $370 non-member (18 hours).

Date(s):

Tue, Oct. 13, 20, 27 Nov. 3, 10, 1-4 p.m.

Instructor: Jennifer Ackerfield

 

Cherokee Winter Nature Tour - At Cherokee Ranch and Castle

Those lucky enough to have hiked Cherokee Ranch know that there are a wealth of habitats and a rich flora that distract your eyes downwards, even as the vistas of the rugged backbone of the Rockies and distant misty towers of downtown Denver tempt you to look further away.

 

Whoever says winter is the “dormant” season? Wise naturalists know that nature does not sleep, you can now SEE those birds flitting in the bare branches. Buds are set on everything, and there is much more than just bark, branches and berries to liven a walk. You can see two species of Chickadees and Nuthatches that never stop in their search for food and there are a few last lingering hints of flowers. You will be surprised at how many evergreens there really are; not just pines and junipers and Oregon Grape, but many of our native shrubs and forbs keep living foliage and rosettes through the winter: they are still hard at work chlorophyll pumping! You might also be surprised to know that some Dark-eyed Juncos fly all the way from the Pacific Northwest and even Canada to winter at Cherokee. Other winter species include Flicker, Woodpeckers and a resident Red-tailed Hawk. What better time and place than Cherokee Ranch in the bright, winter light. One thing is for sure, you will never be bored outside at Cherokee! This adventure is a walking tour, allowing time to observe and learn about the plants and birds found in this environment.

Price: $25, $20 member

* Plants do not really care how you dress for the field trips but BIRDS DO!! It is easier to see birds if you DO NOT wear white or other very bright colors –i.e. yellow, orange or red. Also, bring your binoculars: they can be used for both birds and plants.

* Please wear comfortable shoes and bring your own supply of water for a 2 hour adventure.

Children over10 years of age are permitted in this program.

Directions and details for your hike will be emailed to your email address approximately one week before your hike.

Tour location:

Cherokee Ranch and Castle

6113 N Daniels Park RD

Sedalia, CO 80135

 

 

 

 

 

 

Color Layering for Colored Pencil Session Two- ONLINE

Colored pencil presents a special challenge: mixing color directly on your drawing! Learn to use a simple color-mixing method adapted to the application of colored pencils. Two-, three- and four-color mixing will get you to the gorgeous greens, radiant reds and luscious lilacs you have been missing. Learn to determine shadow colors for vibrant results. Practice color matching with a variety of plant material as you create your own extensive color workbook to speed color selection and application for all future colored pencil drawings.

ONLINE Zoom-session

No prerequisites.

Fee: $370 member, $420 non-member. Fee includes supplies (specified in the supply list).

Date(s):

 

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

Instructor: Susan DiMarchi

Colorado Ecosystems - ONLINE

Rocky Mountain Gardening Required Course Group II

Study the native ecosystems of Colorado that range from plains grasslands to the alpine tundra, mountain meadows to sub-alpine forests. Learn to gauge your elevation and location by looking at the plant communities around you and explore the complex relationships between the plants and wildlife of Colorado.

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

 

Price: $88, $78 member

Instructor: Sheridan Samano

 

 

Composition for Botanical Illustration - ONLINE

The arrangement of line, shape and color in artwork is itself an art form. The difference between a pleasant picture and amazing artwork is often found in composition. This course begins with a study of recognized masters and contemporary illustrators. Learn how to use compositional elements and principles in your botanical illustration. Create your own thumbnail compositions and develop insight and expertise to enhance your future illustrations.

No prerequisites.

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

Date(s):

Friday-Sunday, September 25, 26, 27 - ONLINE

 

Conifers for Colorado Landscapes & Gardens - ONLINE

Rocky Mountain Gardening Required Course Group II

Discover the beautiful and easy-care world of conifers in this three-hour online session. We will cover a wide range of species and varieties suitable to our Colorado conditions and climate, including their selection, planting and care. There will be opportunities for questions throughout, and at the end we will tie it all together with a short, interactive review. Our goal is to give each student a new appreciation for the diversity this group of plants can offer to our local gardens and landscapes.

 

Price: $48, $45 member

Instructor: Pat Hayward has spent 40 years in the Colorado horticulture industry, serving on boards of the Colorado Tree Coalition and the Colorado Nursery & Greenhouse Association, and was a two-time winner of the CNGA “Person of the Year.” Most recently she was director of Plant Select, a nonprofit organization working with Colorado State University and Denver Botanic Gardens to trial adaptable and beautiful plants for our high plains and mountain gardening conditions. She has taught the “Conifers for Colorado Gardens and Landscapes” class at the Gardens for 21 years, and lives and gardens in Masonville.

Skill level: A Rocky Mountain Gardening Certificate Group II required course, this program is also intended for landscape designers and nursery professionals.

Connecting With Nature

Presented and Managed by the City of Aurora

Nature can be a safe and restorative place to find solace during the difficult times that are currently affecting us all. Discover ways you can connect with the natural world while still being in the city by attending one or all programs of our connecting with nature series.

Prairie Bathing

Date: Sunday, September 20, 2020

Time: 8 a.m.

Connecting with Nature by Ear: Learn how to experience the outdoors in a whole new way by opening your awareness of nature using your hearing. 

Date: Sunday, October 4, 2020

Time: 10 a.m.

Reading the Signs of Nature: Develop techniques to read the stories written by wildlife by learning to recognize clues they ve left behind.

Date: Sunday, October 18, 2020

Time: 10 a.m.

Immersing in Nature with Writing: Using writing prompts, we  focus on different aspects of nature to express emotion, discovery and awareness.  

Date: Sunday, November 8

Time: 2 p.m.

Price: $10

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

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.

 

Corn Maze

Wind your way through seven acres of corn. The maze can be viewed from two 15-foot tall illuminated bridges. Visitors under the age of 10 can explore the corn mini-maze. Pumpkins in the pumpkin patch are available for purchase during Corn Maze hours in October.

In an effort to reduce waste, printed maps will not be available at Corn Maze.

Dates & Hours

Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays; Sept. 18 - Oct. 31

September- last entry at 6 p.m.

Events close at 7 p.m.

October- last entry at 5:30 p.m.

Events close at 7 p.m.

Only one trip allowed through the maze.

Event is rain, snow or shine.

You must purchase a ticket online for a specific date and time to visit. Tickets go on sale Monday, Aug. 17. Tickets will not be available onsite.

 

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

-Municipal requirements for masks will be enforced.

-Visitors will not be allowed entry without adequate masks covering their mouth and nose, which must be worn at all times by adults and children 3 and over, except while eating or drinking.

-Halloween masks and costumes are not permitted on the premises.

-Here are details on what to expect upon visiting Chatfield Farms.

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