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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: Roses are Red, Violets are Blue

Discover the sweet scent and beautiful colors of these famous February flowers.

Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, February 5, 9:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.

Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, February 6, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Ages 18-24 months: Friday, February 7, 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.

Seedlings: The Dinosaur Garden

Take a journey back in time and discover the plants that dinosaurs liked to eat.

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

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

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

Seedlings: The Great Backyard Bird Count!

Learn more about the Great Backyard Bird Count while we explore birds in the wintery garden and find out what plants they use to keep snuggly and safe!

Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, February 12, 9:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.

Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, February 13, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Ages 18-24 months: Friday, February 14, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Seedlings: Winter Greenhouse Gardens

Bring a little green indoors this winter as we use our hands to create a beautiful terrarium to take home.

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

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

Ages 18-24 months: Friday, January 31, 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: $29, $24 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

 

Spirals in Nature

Spirals in Nature

Discover the beauty of mathematics—the golden ratio, phyllotaxy and the Fibonacci sequence—in botanical subject matter. Leaves, petals, seeds and other plant organs are not arranged randomly; rather, they follow well-defined rules. After learning about and observing these patterns, hands-on instruction provides the tools for illustrating inherent botanical patterns. You will focus on unusual viewpoints, perspective and composition. Start with a skeleton drawing from a live specimen and then flesh it out to generate an accurate final plate. Individual instruction helps you enhance full-value ink techniques that are applicable to future illustrations created in any other media.

Prerequisites: Botanical Illustration in Pen and Ink I.

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

Date(s):

Wed, Feb. 19, 26, March 4, 11, 18, 6-9 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

 

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