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York St. General Admission

Important Update: Denver Botanic Gardens is open to the public. We look forward to welcoming you back! It is only with your cooperation as a visitor that we can remain open. 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 more than 10 must call to reserve tickets.

 

Blossoms Of Light

*Tickets are date and time specific. Please plan to arrive within the 30 minute window listed on your ticket.*

The Gardens’ signature event for over three decades, this annual holiday lights extravaganza transforms our York Street location into a twinkling winter wonderland. Join us for this family-friendly event that has become a holiday tradition for thousands of Front Range families. Holiday treats and warm drinks will be available for purchase at the Hive Garden Bistro.

*Tickets are non-refundable.

*SNAP discount does not apply to Blossoms of Light entry.

*Five by Five program does not apply to Blossoms of Light entry.

 

 

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.

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.

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 in a Box Family Activity Kit: Create a Plant Press

Become a botanist in your own home as you create a plant press to preserve flowers and leaves. Use your preserved plant specimens to create an herbarium collection or create beautiful dried flower and leaf artwork!

 

Botany in a Box Family Activity Kits provide families the opportunity to take hands on learning into the comfort of their own homes! Each Activity Kit includes background information, project instructions and materials needed to complete an activity or exploration at home.

 

Audience: Families with children ages 5 and up.

 

Kit Fee: $20.00 per kit, $18.00 per kit member; kit fee includes shipping

 

Create a Plant Press Kit includes:

- Materials and hardware needed to create a 6" x 6" hardwood plant press

- Paint to decorate your plant press

- Mini collection notebook

- Plant identification labels

- Pollinator seeds pack

- Information sheet and activity instructions to guide your exploration

 

Shipping Information: Botany in a Box orders are processed on Mondays and Thursdays. Orders placed Thursday 9 a.m. - Monday 9 a.m. are processed on Mondays. Orders placed Monday 9 a.m - Thursday 9 a.m. are processed on Thursdays. Once your order has been process and shipped, you will receive an email confirmation with tracking information.

 

Cafe Botanique

Café Botanique is a part of the Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate Program and is open to Botanical Art and Illustration students, Gardens' members, the general public, academia and artists. The 30-40 minute talk starts at 6:30 p.m. and is followed by a discussion. This lecture offers one elective credit hour in the BI-program. Fee: $5.

 

 

Curator Conversations

Denver Botanic Gardens is a premier venue for art exhibitions including bronze sculpture, botanical illustration, photography, site-specific installations and more. Join us for a walk through the galleries with one of our curators and learn behind-the-scenes information about how these exhibitions came to be.

 

Exhibitions change regularly. Learn about current and upcoming art exhibitions.

 

Price: $19, $15 member, $13 student

 

Special instructions: Please bring booking confirmation. Masks covering nose and mouth 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 four participants. To schedule a docent-led tour for your small group, please contact tours@botanicgardens.org.

 

Image credit: The Night-Blowing Cereus, from Robert John Thornton's “Temple of flora, or, Garden of the botanist, poet, painter and philosopher: being, picturesque botanical plates of the New illustration of the sexual system of Linnaeus”, ca. 1798 - 1807, London.

 

Family Make and Take: Winter Wreaths

Create a seasonal wreath using wintry colors, pinecones, evergreen boughs and more! After you complete your wreath, bundle up and stroll around the Gardens with a scavenger hunt that explores the common varieties of evergreens onsite.

 

Family Make and Take programs offer a space for children and their grownups to connect with natural materials and create together. These self-guided and self-paced programs are designed to provide a creative environment that sparks imagination. The Gardens provides the space and supplies. You and your family provide the ideas and creativity!

 

Program Location: Weather depending, this program will take place outdoors. In the event of weather that prohibits the conformable use of our outdoor spaces, you have the choice of working in our indoor workspace or taking the materials home with you to complete your project.

 

Audience: Materials provided are appropriate for families with children ages 5 and up.

 

Price: $15 per project fee non-members; $12 per project fee members. Each project fee includes one undecorated wreath form and access to a variety of natural and manmade materials to use for decoration.

 

Registration Instructions: The number of project fees should equal the number of people making an individual wreath. You will be asked to provide the number of adults and the number children who will be part of your group during the check out process. The project fee includes admission to the Gardens for your family group.

 

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 workspaces will be disinfected between each use.

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

 

Family Workshop at Plains Conservation Center: Nature and Art

Create nature art at the beautiful Plains Conservation Center through mud painting, yucca braiding, and an explorative wildlife walk.

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 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

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 ages 3 and up.

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.

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

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

 

membership card (Only valid for named card holder)

1 person admitted per visit (card holder)

Advance ticketing for Summer Concert Series (Day 5)

3 one-time use guest passes

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

Access to the Gardens' quarterly magazine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guided Homeschool Exploration at Plains Conservation Center: Nature Art

Create nature art at the beautiful Plains Conservation Center through mud painting, yucca braiding, and an explorative wildlife walk.

Audience: Families with children ages 5-12

Program Fee: $8 per child, $6 per member child; $8 per adult, $6 per member adult

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 ages 3 and up.

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.

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

Guided Homeschool Exploration at Plains Conservation Center: Prairie Dogs

Come explore the key stone species of the shortgrass prairie and learn what makes prairie dogs so special to their ecosystem.

Audience: Families with children ages 5-12

Program Fee: $8 per child, $6 per member child; $8 per adult, $6 per member adult

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 ages 3 and up.

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.

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

Homeschool Make and Take: Evergreens Up Close

Explore how winter looks at the Gardens. Take a walk through the trees and learn more about our favorite evergreens. Along with being the perfect homes for wildlife, explore what makes an evergreen special. Finish your exploration by building your own wreath to take home! This program is a self-guided experience.

 

Make and Take programs offer a space for children and their grownups to connect with natural materials and create together. These self-guided and self-paced programs are designed to provide a creative environment that sparks imagination. The Gardens provides the space and supplies. You and your family provide the ideas and creativity!

 

Program Format: This program includes a self-guided exploration of the Gardens’ outdoor spaces followed by the opportunity to use one of our outdoor workspaces to create your wreath. In the event of weather that prohibits the comfortable use of our outdoor spaces, you have the choice of working in our indoor workspace or taking the materials home with you to complete your project.

 

Audience: Materials provided are appropriate for families with children ages 5 and up.

 

Price: $15 per project fee non-members; $12 per project fee members. Each project fee includes one undecorated wreath form and access to a variety of natural and manmade materials to use for decoration.

 

Registration Instructions: The number of project fees should equal the number of people making an individual wreath. You will be asked to provide the number of adults and the number children who will be part of your group during the check out process. The project fee includes admission to the Gardens for your family group.

 

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 workspaces will be disinfected between each use.

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

 

Individual

1 membership card (Only valid for named card holder)

1 person admitted per visit (card holder)

Advance ticketing for Summer Concert Series (Day 5)

3 one-time use guest passes

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

Access to the Gardens' quarterly magazine

Receipt of our monthly Botanic Buzz e-newsletter

*Member benefits are subject to change without notice

 

 

 

Jody Guralnick: Virtual Studio Visit & Artist Talk - ONLINE

Join artist Jody Guralnick in her studio for a virtual visit and artist talk to hear about her approach to making art and how she harnesses the power of nature’s details as inspiration. A program complement to the exhibition “Prima Lingua,” which runs December 19, 2020 – March 14, 2021.

Light on Form - ONLINE

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.

Please note this is an Online course.

Prerequisite: Botanical Illustration in Pencil I.

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

Date(s):

Tuesdays October 20, 27, November 10, 17, 24 6-9 p.m.

Wednesdays November 18, 25, December 2, 9, 16, 1-4 p.m.

Friday-Sunday December 3, 4, 5, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nature Writing with Lighthouse - ONLINE

In these informal writing sessions, meet with Lighthouse Writers Workshop instructor Mary Harpin once a month via Zoom. Discuss a theme connected to writing in the outside world and work with writing prompts. For part of the session, head outside to write, then return to share your work. A one-time-use pass to Denver Botanic Gardens is included with each month’s session. As part of this program, you're invited to visit the Gardens and write outdoors. Ditch the screen! See where writing among the flora and fauna takes you.

For more than 20 years, Lighthouse Writers Workshop has provided the Denver area community and beyond with creative support to writers and readers of all levels, ages and backgrounds.

 

Price: $20, public

Instructor: Mary Harpin

Mary Harpin is the author of Óhadowrise, a poetry collection (Dos Madres Press, 2019). She facilitates Drop in Writing with Denver Botanic Gardens in partnership with Lighthouse Writers Workshop. Mary also taught Picture Me Here, a writing and photography course for refugees, and helped facilitate classes at the Gardens for the Hard Times Writers Workshop. A certified intuitive medium, Mary works as an intuitive development mentor. She also creates content for Fortune 500 medical device companies. You can find her work in Terrain, Fourteen Hills, Tinderbox and elsewhere. Learn more at maryharpin.com.

Seedlings: Garden Hibernation

Help Mordecai Children’s Garden get ready for winter as you discover what plants and animals do when it gets cold.

  • Ages 18-24 months: Wednesday, December 2, 9:15 a.m.
  • Ages 2-6 years: Wednesday, December 2, 10:30 a.m. or 1:00 p.m.
  • Ages 2-6 years: Thursday December 3, 9:15 a.m., 10:30 a.m. or 1:00 p.m.

 

Seedlings classes offer a fun, hands-on way for young children to explore the plant world while developing an understanding and appreciation for plants and their importance. Programs include stories, nature walks, art projects, and planting projects.

 

Program Location: Winter Seedlings programs will take place outdoors as much as possible. All or portions of the program may be moved indoors as needed, without prior notice.

 

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.

 

Registration Instructions: Pre-registration is required. Program registration will not be available onsite. One adult per child is admitted free of charge. Please use the Adult Ticket option to register the free adult. 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.

 

  • 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.

Seedlings: Pine Cones Galore!

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

  • Ages 18-24 months: Wednesday, December 9, 9:15 a.m.
  •  Ages 2-6 years: Wednesday, December 9, 10:30 a.m. or 1:00 p.m.
  • Ages 2-6 years: Thursday, December 10, 9:15 a.m., 10:30 a.m. or 1:00 p.m.

 

Seedlings classes offer a fun, hands-on way for young children to explore the plant world while developing an understanding and appreciation for plants and their importance. Programs include stories, nature walks, art projects, and planting projects.

 

Program Location: Winter Seedlings programs will take place outdoors as much as possible. All or portions of the program may be moved indoors as needed, without prior notice.

 

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.

 

Registration Instructions: Pre-registration is required. Program registration will not be available onsite. One adult per child is admitted free of charge. Please use the Adult Ticket option to register the free adult. 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.

  

 • 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.

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