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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

Guided Sitting Meditation - Letting Go

The New Year often brings aspirations for change. Letting go of past hurts and disappointments makes space to start anew. With insight and gentleness, we are encouraged to place our hopes and dreams in the cradle of loving kindness.

Appropriate for adults of all abilities.

Price: $18, $15 member

Instructor: Denise Bickel, PhD, MSW, LCSW




Igniting the Fire within: How to Eat in Balance with Ayurveda


This class covers the Ayurvedic principle of Agni, the digestive fire, and how to cultivate it in order to nourish your body fully. Learn to assess the different digestive symptoms and how you can adjust your lifestyle to address them. Sample the different tastes associated with each dosha and see how to create a balanced meal. We will cook a warm meal with seasonal ingredients and discuss how it can be modified to suit your needs



Price: $39, $34 member

Instructor: Farnosh Family
Farnosh was a long time student and teacher of yoga before turning to the sister science of yoga, Ayurveda, for help in healing after the birth of her first child. What she learned in those transformational months led her to a life guided by the principles of Ayurveda for herself and her family. She has studied with many teachers of yoga, ayurveda, and sanskrit including Dr. Vasant Lad, Shiva Rea, Sonia Massoco, Maria Garre, Patricia Wickman, and Dr. Bharat Vaidya. She holds an MA in organic chemistry from UCLA and a BA in environmental chemistry from Columbia University.

Special Instructions: 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 "Ayurveda Four-Part Series."


Improve Your Handwriting

Handwriting is becoming a lost art since email and text messaging are now our primary written communication methods. Researchers suggest that developing writing skills will aid in the visual identification of graphic shapes. This workshop will teach you how to develop and improve your handwriting skills using simple methods. With practice, you will be able to make neater writing a habit.

No prerequisites.

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


Mon, April 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18, 9 a.m. - noon

Instructor: Renee Jorgensen











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




Introduction to Food Systems and Sustainable Agriculture Hybrid ONLINE Course

This course introduces the dual concepts of the global food system and some of the emerging trends in sustainable agriculture. Participants examine the social, economic, environmental and political dimensions of agriculture at multiple scales. Learn how our food system, from growing and processing to transportaion and disposal, is linked to global threats such as climate change, childhood obesity and malnutrition. This is a hybrid course, offered online with an optional visit to the Denver Botanic Gardens. If opting out of the onsite portion, an alternate assignment will be required to receive credit. Appropriate for K - 12 teachers.

ONLINE dates: Monday, July 13th 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. AND Monday, July 20th 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Optional onsite date: Wednesday, July 22nd (time TBD)

Price: $55 member, $65 nonmember

0.5 semester credit hours with $40 tuition fee from Colorado School of Mines


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

Plant Detectives Family Exploration

Uncover the connections between people and plants while solving botanical mysteries. Investigate medicinal plants and create riddles as you explore the Gardens. This is a self-guided experience developed for families.

Audience: Recommended for families with children ages 6-12.

Program Fee: $8 child, $6 member child, $8 adult, $6 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.

The following safety procedures and requirements will be observed for onsite classes during COVID-19:

  • Class sizes are reduced to follow social distancing protocols. Materials used during the program will not be shared between participants and will be disinfected between after each use.
  • Be prepared to wear a mask at all times
  • Bring your own water bottle as water fountains will not be available on site
  • 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. More program times will be added to accommodate waitlists.

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.


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.

Scratching the Surface

Discover the potential and excitement of scratchboard, where contrasts in textures and values produce dramatic, luminous effects. Unlike any other medium, ink is correctible and, by using a blade, you can combine black-and-white lines and dots, which are the basis of ink textures. Students will add color as an accent to highlight areas of specific botanical interest or to create a compositional element. Demonstrations and examples show you how to create a vast range of textures to portray subjects with detail and accuracy. Choose favorite subjects from nature to create a composition, then sketch, transfer and render them in ink or pencil on white scratchboard using techniques to convey form, shading, textures and spatial placement. Students will work toward completing at least one final illustration.

Prerequisites: Botanical Illustration in Pen and Ink I, entry-level color media.

Fee: $280 member, $330 non-member.


Fri-Sun, April 24-26, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Randy Raak

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.


Notes: Prices include admission to the Gardens. Tours with low registration are subject to cancellation.


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