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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. Meet guide in the lobby of the Boettcher Memorial Center after entering through the Gardens main entrance.

 

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

 

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: A Log's Life

Look closely as we examine what happens to a tree when it becomes a log on the forest floor.

Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, April 1, 9:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.

Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, April 2, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Ages 18-24 months: Friday, April 3, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Seedlings: April Showers Bring May Flowers

Discover the spring weather that a garden loves!

Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, April 29, 9:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.

Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, April 30, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Ages 18-24 months: Friday, May 1, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Seedlings: Cool Season Veggies

Investigate the tasty vegetables you can grow in April.

Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, April 8, 9:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.

Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, April 9, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Ages 18-24 months: Friday, April 10, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Seedlings: Curious Clover

Join us as we take a close look at these three-leafed wonders and discover what makes this plant so special.

Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, March 11, 9:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.

Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, March 12, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Ages 18-24 months: March 13, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Seedlings: Earth Day

Celebrate Earth Day while learning about compost and how we can use garbage to help plants grow!

Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, April 22, 9:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.

Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, April 23, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Ages 18-24 months: Friday, April 24, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Seedlings: Garden Detectives

Discover the Gardens with the tools of a detective! We will look at what a winter garden looks like and find clues of living plants.

Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, February 19, 9:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.

Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, February 20, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Ages 18-24 months: Friday, February 21, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Seedlings: Garden Tools and Trucks

Discover the tools gardeners use as we dig, dump, pick and pull in the soil.

Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, March 4, 9:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.

Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, March 5, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Ages 18-24 months: Friday, March 6, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Seedlings: Mud Pies!

Come on a sensory adventure as we explore two ingredients to help plants grow!

Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, March 25, 9:30 or 11 a.m.

Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, March 26, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Ages 18-24 months: Friday, March 27, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Seedlings: Seeds and Sprouts

How do our plants begin?

Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, April 15, 9:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.

Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, April 16, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Ages 18-24 months: Friday, April 17, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Seedlings: Signs of Spring

Get close to the ground to find bright green shoots, spring crocus and other new discoveries that signal the start of spring.

Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, March 18, 9:30 or 11 a.m.

Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, March 19, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Ages 18-24 months: Friday, March 20, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Seedlings: The Alphabet Garden

Explore the alphabet while you wander your way through the world of plants and flowers.

Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, February 26, 9:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.

Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, February 27, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Ages 18-24 months: February 28, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Seven Principles of Water-Smart Gardening

Rocky Mountain Gardening Required Course Group I

Gardening remains high and dry in the Rocky Mountain region! Water-Smart Gardening is an environmentally friendly way to create a beautiful home landscape that will thrive under low water conditions. Join this class to learn the principles of Water-Smart Gardening and some of the many plants that you can incorporate into your yard.

 

Instructor: David Winger

Price: $62, $55 members

Sip and Stroll

Join Horticulturalist and Herbalist Blake Burger on a walking tour of the gardens featuring medicinal plants. Pour a glass of your favorite summer drink and reconnect with nature as we take a beautiful summer stroll! This informative and practical tour will showcase a few of the many medicinal plants growing throughout the Denver Botanic Gardens. Learn about the healing connection between humans and plants, and how to turn garden grown plants into medicine right in your own home.

Price: $15, $10 members

Instructor: Blake Burger, Denver Botanic Gardens horticulturist, herbalist, and resident yogi.

 

Special Instructions: Please feel free to BYO picnic and drink to enjoy in the Gardens for the stroll.

Participants should meet in the Boettcher Lobby.

Smartphone Photography: Photo Editing for the iPhone

Would you like to take your iPhone photos to a new level? Go beyond the basic editing tools on the iPhone and explore various IOS editing apps available for your iPhone from the App Store. Learning to use these apps and their tools will fine tune your photography and editing skills, creating a stronger visual impact for all your photos.

 

Price: $34, $29 member

Instructor: Jeanette Burkle

 

Jeanette Burkle is a commercial and editorial photographer with extensive experience in teaching, lecturing, and consulting. Since 2003, Jeanette has successfully owned and managed Galie Photography, while designing and delivering seminars on a wide range of photography topics. An award winning-photographer, Jeanette combines an engineering background with a strong artistic sense. With the belief that photography is part art and part science, she strives to use her unique background to produce art that is infused with a creative vision and improved by knowledge of the underlying scientific principles of photography. She has worked with many corporate clients including ExxonMobil, George Mason University, American Red Cross, John Marshall Bank, AmeriChoice, Medtronic, Harris Corporation, and Long & Foster Realty. Jeanette’s work has been honored through the Virginia Professional Photographers Association with such recognition as the highly distinguished Fuji Masterpiece Award and the Kodak Gallery Award.

Jeanette has been teaching photography since 2005. Her students respond well to her fun, upbeat classes, and Jeanette loves to see this passion be reflected in her students’ increased confidence as photographers.

Spines and Shadows: The Magic is in Perspective

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):

Tue, May 5, 12, 19, 26, June 2, 1-4 p.m.

Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt

 

Spring Bouquet with Graphite and Watercolor

Spring Bouquet with Graphite and Watercolor

Challenge your drawing skills and merge them with your watercolor expertise. Your favorite flowers and botanical subjects will be analyzed for the best approach to drawing strategies. Focus on developing a delicate hand with a smooth graphite tone. You will start with a pale pencil underdrawing, or grisaille, which will allow you to tackle a watercolor painting with confidence. You’ll achieve continuous tone both in your graphite and watercolor washes. Demonstrations and individual help will guide you toward a finished work as you discover a set of new skills and tricks ready for use in your future illustrations.

Prerequisite: Botanical Illustration in Watercolor Pencil I.

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

Date(s):

Thu, May 7, 14, 21, 28, June 4, 1-4 p.m.

Instructor: Laurence Pierson

 

Spring Flowers in Watercolor with Vincent Jeannerot

Spring Flowers in Watercolor with Vincent Jeannerot

This intense three-day watercolor master workshop focuses on spring flowers. Vincent will specifically concentrate on composition, how to approach the green and brown nuances in bright but delicate spring colors and how to tackle the shadows. The workshop will conclude with specific finishing approaches. Individual guidance and demonstrations throughout the workshop will help you to complete your plate.

Prerequisite: Botanical Illustration in Watercolor I or intermediate skills in watercolor.

Fee: $365 member, $410 non-member.

Note: Choose one session only.

Date(s):

Fri-Sun, April 3-5, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Tue-Thu, April 7-9, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Instructor: Vincent Jeannerot, Lyon, France

 

Vincent Jeannerot is an internationally represented botanical artist. In addition to several French exhibitions, he has exhibited in London, Melbourne, Moscow, Seoul and Florence. He is a much sought-after botanical art instructor and has taught workshops in the United States, New Zealand, Italy, Japan, Latvia and South Korea. His gallery, Aquarelles Botaniques, is located in Lyon, France.

 

 

Spring Lilies in Acrylics

Spring Lilies in Acrylics

Lilies are some of the most loved and cherished plants in our gardens: they are delicate, intricate and perfect for capturing in a transparent medium. Although transparent acrylic looks similar to watercolor, the damp-on-damp technique offers a more controlled and methodical application process. After a guided field trip to see the blooming lily varieties at the Gardens, select a specimen of your choice. Back in the classroom, step-by-step instructions, demonstrations and exercises provide the necessary skills for you to build washes, colors, textures and details for a final lily portrait.

Prerequisites: Color Mixing, Composition for Botanical Illustration, Perfecting Perspective.

Fee: $260 member, $310 non-member.

Date(s):

Tue, May 5, 12, 19, 26, June 2, 6-9 p.m.

Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt

 

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