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Tours

Gardens staff, instructors and docents share with you their knowledge of and passion for plants, horticulture and art. We offer a variety of guided tours at our urban site and throughout the Front Range.

 

Tours at York Street:

Guided tours are an insightful view of the Gardens and its collections. These informative conversations also allow you to share your thoughts, ask questions, and uncover lesser-known spaces.

 

Offsite Tours:

Explore the beauty of Colorado! These guided walks take you away from the bustling of the city to learn from and reconnect with nature.

 

Tour Policy:

Payment for pre-scheduled tours is required upon registration.

Payment for private group tours requires a deposit (15% of your total cost) at the moment of reservation and payment of the balance five business days before your tour.

 

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellations more than one business week prior to a tour are subject to a 15% cancellation fee.

Cancellations with less than one business week prior to a tour are non-refundable.

 

Garden Guru Tour

Immerse yourself in the Gardens with a horticulturist as your guide. Gain insight into living museum collections and walk away with gardening tips from an expert. Please note that every tour has its own emphasis and is led by a different horticulturist.

 

March 7, 2 p.m.: Bromeliads with Scott Preusser, conservatory horticulturist

March 28, 10 a.m.: Spring garden preparation with Dan Johnson, associate director of horticulture and curator of native plants

April 26, 2 p.m.: Bulbs with Sonya Anderson, horticulture specialist, Plant Select/pollinator gardens

June 3, 10 a.m.: Hardy cacti with Nick Daniel, horticulture specialist, cactus and succulent collection

July 25, 9:30 a.m.: Medicinal plants with Blake Burger, specialty horticulturist

September 10, 11 a.m.: Bonsai with Larry Jackel, bonsai specialist

 

Price: $17, $15 member

 

Special instructions: Tours can be both indoors and 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. Tours are one hour long.

 

Notes: Prices include admission to the Gardens. Tours with low registration are subject to cancellation. These tours are not available for private parties.

Historical Uses of Edible and Medicinal Wild Plants of the Prairie Grasslands

Presented and managed by the City of Aurora.

Are you curious about the plants you see on the outskirts of the city? It may just be that those plants were once used to treat headaches, stop bleeding or aid in sleep. Take a hike to learn how these plants were once used by Native Americans and Western colonizers.

The City of Aurora Parks, Recreation & Open Space Department's mission is to encourage active lifestyles and create healthy environments for people, nature and community.

Price: Adults $10 Child $10

Location: Plains Conservation Center, 21901 E. Hampden Avenue, Aurora, CO 80013

 

Human | Nature: Figures from the Craig Ponzio Sculpture Collection Tour

Human | Nature: Figures from the Craig Ponzio Sculpture Collection presents sculptures that explore the human form in both classical and abstract styles, from the early 20th century to today. Featured artists hail from around the world and include Eric Fischl, Jacques Lipchitz, Sassona Norton, Beverly Pepper, Auguste Rodin, and Manolo Valdés.

From sculpture to selfies to dance, the power of the human figure conveys and conjures a range of emotions. Human | Nature shares the expressive capacity of the human form against the backdrop of the Gardens’ diverse botanical environments.

Explore the sculptures with a docent who can share information about the artists and their styles as well as stories behind the sculptures.

 

Price: $14, $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.

Lavender Festival - Chatfield Farms Gardens and Historical Tour

 

*This class takes place at Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms located at C-470 & Wadsworth*

This class takes place during Lavender Festival

 

Come and see the newly renovated gardens and learn about the history of Chatfield Farms. Our property has a rich history of pioneering and farming in Colorado that started long before Denver Botanic Gardens managed the land. Tours begin in the Colorado Native Plant Garden, continuing through Hildebrand Ranch, the Prairie Garden, the new Riparian Demonstration Garden and conclude in the Lavender Garden.

The one-hour tour is led by two Chatfield Farms horticulturists who share history, garden details and answer questions along the way.

Dress appropriately for walking and sun exposure. Please meet in front of the Hildebrand Ranch house.

This tour is free, but will be capped at 25 participants. It will display sold out here if it fills before the time of the event.

 

Lavender Festival - Farm Tour

 

*This class takes place at Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms located at C-470 & Wadsworth*

This class takes place during Lavender Festival

 

Take a closer look at food production at Chatfield Farms. We will explore the Market Garden and discuss small scale farming at a public garden. The tour will also cover the historical ranch area, the herb garden, cutting garden and farm animals.

Special Instructions: This is a 45 minute walking tour around the Hildebrand Ranch. Please bring water, sunscreen, bug spray and wear comfortable shoes. Meet in front of the Hildebrand Ranch house.

 

This tour is free, but will be capped at 25 participants. It will display sold out here if it fills before the time of the event.

 

Lavender Festival - Growing Lavender in Your Landscape

*This class takes place at Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms located at C-470 & Wadsworth*

This class takes place during Lavender Festival

Classes sell out quickly. Walk-ins will be accepted only if class is not sold out.

 

In this class, students will learn all about growing lavender in your garden. This class will explore the different attributes of the different species and cultivars that we can grow in the Rocky Mountains and high desert. We will explore how to maintain your plant to encourage long life, review watering, and pruning and growing requirements. Learn how to incorporate lavender in a xeriscape garden and which plants compliment lavender. Each student will go home with their own lavender plant, hand sickle, and growing guide.

 

Price: $35, $30 member

Instructor: Paola Legarre

 

Owner of Sage Creations Organic Farm, Paola Legarre has worked in organic farming and marketing for the last 25 years. In looking to continue Paola’s commitment to organic farming and raising her family in Colorado’s clean air and wholesome way of life, her and her family moved to Palisade in 2005.

Paola’s first lavender planting was in 2006. As her lavender fields grew, she extended her product line to include certified organic essential oil, bath and body products, and lavender plant starts. Sage Creations currently has 5 acres in lavender production and grows 3 species and 50 different cultivars of lavender. Paola manages the farm and maintains lavender fields, medicinal herb crops, heirloom vegetables and a cherry orchard by using sustainable farming practices; nourishing soil life, not using herbicides or synthetic fertilizers and encouraging the beneficial insects through diversified plant hedge rows, companion planting and insect releases.

Prairie Homestead Self-Guided Tour

Presented and Managed by the City of Aurora

Join us at the Plains Conservation Center for a self-guided tour of our historical sod village and tipis. See what a Native American tipi camp might have looked like in the early 1800s. Immerse yourself in a replication of an 1880s prairie homestead village with authentic artifacts and, depending on the season, real farm animals.

Please Note: All guests must check in at the PCC Visitor Center with purchase confirmation prior to beginning self-guided tour in order to receive site condition updates and the actual self-guided brochure.

For a more in-depth experience, sign up for a guided tour or program! Schedule a private tour by contacting Denver Botanic Gardens at info@botanicgardens.org or 720-865-3500.

The City of Aurora's Parks, Recreation & Open Space department's mission is to encourage active lifestyles and create healthy environments for people, nature and community.

 

Location: Plains Conservation Center, 21901 E. Hampden Avenue, Aurora, CO 80013

 

Hours for Self-Guided Tours:

Monday-Tuesday: Closed

Wednesday-Friday: 2-4:30 p.m.

Saturday: Noon - 4:30 p.m.

Sunday: 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

Relational Rewilding: Positively Poisonous - Befriending Toxic Plants for Greater Safety

Does the fear of poisonous plants hinder your engagement with nature? Cultivate greater safety and confidence in your outings through awareness and identification of toxic plants. Many Colorado species contain potent toxins that are dangerous for people to touch or consume. Yet, most also have beneficial qualities ecologically, medicinally and/or spiritually. Take a gentle walk to open your senses and engage your mind with an exploration of both toxic and non-toxic plant families. 

 

Price: $30, $25 member

Instructor: Kimberly Beck is passionate about facilitating deep relationships between people, nature and animals. Kimberly holds a Masters degree in Counseling and a Bachelors degree in Outdoor Education and Plant Biology. Currently she is owner and operator of both The Canine Effect, her dog training business, and Relational Rewilding Nature Guiding. Kimberly has designed and led environmental and humane education programs at state parks, outdoor education centers and animal shelters throughout the country. She is a Master Naturalist, a Native Plant Master, and has participated in continuing education programs through Wilderness Awareness School, 8 Shields Institute, and The Tracking Project - training in cultural and natural awareness, animal tracking, plant studies, bird language, primitive skills, and community building.

Special Instructions: Walk will take place exclusively outdoors; please dress accordingly for weather, bring sunscreen, hat, water, and lunch if desired. Be prepared for walking and light hiking.

Class length does NOT include drive time to or from our meeting place to the hiking location.

Location:

Sunday, July 7 Clear Creek Trail, Golden

Friday, July 26, Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield

Specific location details will be sent out about a week prior to the hike.

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