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Seedlings: Apples and Cinnamon

Discover more about apples as we make some fun treats from the fabulous spices in our lives.

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

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

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

Seedlings: Cornucopia

Our budding gardeners look at the last harvest of the season.

• Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, November 20, 9:30 or 11 a.m.

• Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, November 21, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

• Ages 18-24 months: Friday, November 22, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Seedlings: Curious Corn

Take an up-close look at an ear of corn and discover its many unusual uses.

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

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

• Ages 18-24 months: Friday, October 11, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Seedlings: Fall Frolic

Kick off the official start of the fall season in the garden!

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

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

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

Seedlings: Harvest Treasures

Roll up your sleeves for some harvest fun! We explore the many ways autumn plants inspire art and fun.

• Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, November 13, 9:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.

• Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, November 14, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

• Ages 18-24 months: Friday, November 15, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Seedlings: Holiday Treats - The Plants We Eat!

Discover where some of our favorite flavors come from.

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

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

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

Seedlings: Magical Woods

Explore the world of special trees that stay green all year long.

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

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

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

Seedlings: Owls!

Discover whooooooo flies around Mordecai Children’s Garden at night.

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

• Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, November 7, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

• Ages 18-24 months: Friday, November 8, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Seedlings: Pine Cones Galore!

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

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

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

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

Seedlings: Prairie Plants

Explore the many different colors, textures and sizes of Colorado grasses!

• Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, October 2, 9:30 or 11 a.m.

• Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, October 3, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

• Ages 18-24 months: Friday, October 4, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Seedlings: Pumpkin Arts!

Let’s get creative and make a masterpiece with the plant of the season!

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

• Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, October 31, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

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

Seedlings: Pumpkin Parts

What does a pumpkin look like inside and out?

• Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, October 23, 9:30 or 11 a.m.

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

• Ages 18-24 months: Friday, October 25, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Seedlings: Three Sisters Garden

Join us as we explore this famous vegetable trio of corn, squash and beans.

• Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, October 16, 9:30 or 11 a.m.

• Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, October 17, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

• Ages 18-24 months: Friday, October 18, 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.

STEAM in the Gardens

Bring a little STEAM into your classroom curriculum using inquiry methods to teach a variety of subjects using the Gardens as a resource. Appropriate for elementary and middle school levels.

0.5 semester hours of graduate level relicensure credit from the Colorado School of Mines is available on the day of the class for an additional $40.

Steppe into History: Ecological Impacts on the Colorado Short Grass Prairie

Connect history with geography and investigate the impacts humans have made on Colorado’s eastern plains. We’ll be exploring how to use the natural landscape to approach historical and ecological concepts around the short grass prairie.

0.5 semester hours of graduate level relicensure credit from the Colorado School of Mines is available on the day of the class for an additional $40.

 

**This course will take place off site at Plains Conservation Center, 21901 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80013**

Strolling Stories Along Deer Creek

Storytime and nature hikes unite in this new program at Chatfield Farms. Each week we venture out along Deer Creek and investigate nature as it changes with the seasons. Along the trail we stop to read a seasonally themed story and then continue our adventure with an exploration based on the day’s book. Recommended for ages 3-6 years.

Special Instructions: This program takes place at Denver Botanic Gardens' Chatfield Farms located at 8500 W Deer Creek Canyon Road, Littleton, CO 80128.

Price: $10, $8 member; includes free admission for one adult. Ticket includes admission to Chatfield Farms so you can further explore after the event.

Succulent Centerpiece

Learn how to design and plant your own living succulent centerpiece using gorgeous, fresh succulents. Hardy and water-wise, succulents are perfect for our wild Colorado climate. The diversity of shapes and textures will set your imagination on fire! We discuss succulent care, propagation techniques, varieties of succulents and principles of design. Some fun, reflective wordplay awakens our creative soul. Push pause on the hustle and take a few hours to play with succulents. You will rediscover your creative spirit (its in there, I promise!) and take home your own living succulent centerpiece to enjoy. Note: Instructor provides 5 specialty succulents, a 6-inch container, soil and tools. Please bring a journal and pen. If you would like to personalize your creation, please bring seedpods, shells, dried flowers, sea glass, additional succulents or other special small objects of your choice.

 

Price:$69, $64 member

Instructor: Christine Bayles Kortsch, PhD, is the writer, designer, and photographer behind Tiny Dino Worlds: Create Your Own Prehistoric Habitats (forthcoming with Roost Books, spring 2020). She has published essays on family and gardening in Taproot and 5280 Magazine. You may have read her interview in VoyageDenver or seen her succulent designs in The Denver Post. Christine holds a PhD in English Literature, and she teaches writing at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design. Her Ink & Stem Workshops (combining creative writing with succulent and terrarium design) have been named one of the “top 38 cool classes for adults” by 5280 Magazine. Christine is a gentle and enthusiastic teacher with a deep passion for inspiring people to fight for beauty in their everyday lives.

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