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Advanced Photo Editing in Adobe Lightroom - ONLINE

Have you used Adobe Lightroom for basic photo editing but want to get more out of your images? Learn advanced photo editing using one of the most popular and versatile photography programs on the market today, Adobe Lightroom. Gain an understanding of the different develop submodules with a focus on the tone curve, HSL and split toning submodules.

Open to anyone with a good understanding of using Lightroom for basic photo editing. This is a lecture style class with review of images, discussion and a Q&A session.

 

This session will be held online through Zoom. Details on how to join the class will be emailed the day prior to the program.

 

Price: $41, $36 member

Instructor: John Bosley is a wedding and portrait photographer in Denver, CO. He is also a writer for PhotographyLife.com, a top-ranked photography blog, and co-creator of an educational video series about photography.

 

Special Instructions: Students must bring a laptop with a paid version of Adobe Lightroom or Lightroom Classic (Version 6 or higher) installed. The free version (Lightroom CC) will not work for this class. Students can bring their own images, but will also be provided with some images to edit, so they should have an available USB port to download images.

Architectural Photography Exploration

Explore some of the unique challenges of architectural photography while experiencing the iconic architecture of the Gardens. This class is great for anyone aspiring to improve their skills in shooting built spaces. We'll learn about choosing the right equipment, lenses, perspective, point of view, time of day and use of existing lighting to create compelling images of the buildings of the Gardens. We'll start with a one hour in-class session followed by a shooting experience in the Gardens.

 

Price: $47, $42 member

Instructor: Scott Dressel-Martin

 

Scott Dressel-Martin is a principal at Dressel-Martin MediaWorks, Inc. Scott has photographed around the world, including the Middle East, Mongolia, South Africa, Mexico, Spain, Singapore and all around the United States. Currently based in Denver, Colorado Scott began his career in newspaper photojournalism and has been published internationally. He is the official photographer of the Denver Botanic Gardens and also works with a select group of important institutions helping them tell promote their mission and tell relevant and moving stories. Many of Scott’s clients are in the not-for-profit world such as Denver Botanic Gardens, Children’s Hospital Colorado, Colorado Housing and Finance Authority, Denver Health, VISIT Denver. Scott also works with corporate clients such as Level 3, Hensel Phelps Construction Company, Hyatt Hotels and Vail Resorts. Scott is a passionate teacher and speaker on photography and creativity. He has a Master’s from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, New York.

Basic Photo Editing in Adobe Lightroom - ONLINE

Have you used Adobe Lightroom for simple edits but want to learn more about what is possible for your images? Learn the basics of photo editing using this popular and versatile photography program. In this course, you will learn how to use the basic develop submodule, how to create a develop preset and get a functional introduction to the tone curve, HSL, split toning and lens correction submodules.

 

Open to all skill levels. Lecture style class with review of images, discussion and Q&A session.

 

This session will be held online in a Zoom meeting. Details on how to join the class will be emailed the day before the program.

 

Price: $41, $36 member

Instructor: John Bosley is a wedding and portrait photographer in Denver, CO. He is also a writer for PhotographyLife.com, a top-ranked photography blog, and co-creator of an educational video series about photography.

 

Special Instructions: Students should bring a laptop with Adobe Lightroom, Lightroom CC or Lightroom Classic (Version 6 or higher) installed. Students can bring their own images, but will also be provided with some images to edit, so they should have an available USB port to download images.

Creating a Hobby Greenhouse

Come learn how to take your master outdoor gardening skills to the next level and extend your growing season and increase your green thumb skills. Is the next step in your horticulture experience maintaining a greenhouse? Before building or buying a greenhouse, learn the benefits and the liabilities of owning a greenhouse.

This program covers common questions and ideas surrounding the addition of a season extension structure, such as a greenhouse, to your property. During this session, the location, costs, logistics and practicality of each structure and device will be covered. The course is designed to allow the participant to explore their options with the use of a greenhouse or other season extending structures.

 

Price: $31, $26 members

 

Special Instructions: Please bring paper and pen to write down notes. No experience with greenhouses is needed.

 

Instructor: Thaddeus Gourd attended New Mexico State University where he graduated with a B.S. degree in Pest Management and Horticulture. He earned a Master’s Degree with thesis study in Entomology at New Mexico State University and a Ph.D. in Plant Pathology with emphasis on plant parasitic nematodes at North Carolina State University. Thaddeus has worked over 19 years in the private sector of the plant science business and since 2000, has worked at Colorado State University Extension as an Agriculture Agent and Director for Adams County. He has extensive experience of horticulture, gardening, weed science, entomology, plant pathology and greenhouse management and has been involved in the practice of Integrated Pest Management for over 30 years.

Creative Basics of Photography-Classroom Session

 

 

 

 

Cutting Gardens

* This class takes place at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, C-470 and Wadsworth *

 

Join Chatfield Farms’ longtime cutting garden volunteer Peg Montagne, in the Farm’s special Flower Cutting Garden. Learn now what you’ll need to grow your own Cutting Garden next spring, including which varieties work best for long stem length, long-lasting bouquets, and regenerative qualities to keep your flowers producing all season long. Learn tips on planting methods, fertilizing and recognizing insect and disease problems. You’ll then cut your own bouquet to take home. See you on the Farm!

 

Price: $29, $24 member

Instructor: Peg Montagne

 

Special Instructions: Class will take place outdoors; please dress accordingly for weather and bring water and sunscreen.

If you have them, please bring a bucket and pruners for a hands on activity. Extras will be available to share.

 

Derby Days - Floral Hat Design

Design your very own floral hat, the perfect topper for your Derby ensemble.

Attach floral ribbon, special mementos and silk flowers to keep your hat looking flawless well beyond race day.

 

Special instructions: Participants should each bring a hat to decorate. We will provide everything else. The hats will get glue on them, as that is how decorations are attached.

 

Price: $60, $55 member

Instructors: Lisa Weddel and Laura Tonner

 

Lisa Weddel AIFD PFCI has been in the floral industry for over 30 years.  She has been active in all areas of the industry from designer, teacher to owner of several businesses. Lisa has a floriculture degree, is an Iowa Master florist, as well as being an accredited member of the American Institute of Floral Designers organization where she currently holds the position of President of the South-Central Chapter.  In addition, Lisa has served on the Board of Trustees of the Professional Floral Communicators International as Chairman.This is an organization under the umbrella of the Society of American Florists.

Past floral accomplishments include designing at the prestigious Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, CA for over 16 parades as a designer as well as a team leader.  She designed on the floral team for President George W. Bush's 2005 Presidential Inauguration, designed at the 2019 Kentucky Derby and has the same honor this coming May.

 

Laura Tonner has enjoyed working in the floral industry for five years. Her favorite part has been designing for weddings and events, but she has done just about everything in the floral industry. She has experience in retail, deliveries and the day-to-day operations of a small flower shop. All of this has led to her latest endeavor as the co-owner of Designs Inspired by You, the first of its kind floral experience studio.

Laura has a floral certificate from a local design school, won an academic scholarship from FAR (Floral Association of the Rockies) and has attended the Rose Parade as a designer for two years.

DIY Herbal Tincture Making

Herbal tinctures are an easy and therapeutically effective way to administer botanical remedies, and they are simple to make at home. We will discuss and explore a variety of different menstruums, including alcohol, vinegar and honey, using both fresh and dried herbs. Each student will make two tinctures using the ‘folk method’ to take home.

 

Price: $57, $52 member

Instructor: Cat Pantaleo

Cat is a holistic practitioner and wellness educator with 19 years of professional experience assisting people to achieve optimal physical and emotional health. Utilizing her skills as a certified herbalist, nutritionist, nature and forest therapy guide, and practitioner of nonviolent communication, she skillfully incorporates a combination of wellness practices into her work with the intention of empowering people to co-create optimal wellness for themselves and their communities. Currently, her focus is facilitating resilience, restoration and deep nourishment for body, mind and spirit through optimal nutrition, plant medicine and nature immersion. She offers a variety of community classes, plant walks and nature connection experiences, and is pursuing a master s degree in ecopsychology in alignment with her commitment to bridge the perceived gap between humans and the natural world for the benefit of both.

 

Edible Wild Foods Gourmet Workshop - Identification, Harvesting and Use of Wild Plants

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

 

Explore the fascinating world of wild edibles. Start with an herb walk to identify common tasty plants. Learn how to use them in refreshing teas, nutritious salads, savory soups, and pasta, veggie, and side dishes. Discover how to locate, identify, harvest, and prepare wild edibles to add nutrition and flavor to your meals. Make a tonic wild weeds vinegar to take home. We’ll end by dining on a delicious, vegetarian, wild foods lunch, featuring nopalita salsa, nettle pesto pasta, wild greens salad bar and lavender and dandelion petal shortcake cookies. Experience the fun and health benefits of eating on the wild side! Handout with plant descriptions and uses, take home vinegar, recipes, and meal included.

 

Special Instructions: This class will be held outdoors at Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms; please dress accordingly for the weather and bring water, sunscreen and bug spray is recommended.

 

Price: $55, $50 member

Instructor: Susan Evans

 

Susan specializes in empowering people to improve their health and lifestyle through herbal and wellness education. Let Susan introduce you to herbs for healing, cooking, gardening and crafting.

Susan has been cultivating and working with herbs for more than 30 years. She managed garden centers and greenhouses in Denver before starting her own organic landscaping business, Flowerscapes, which she owned and operated for 12 years. She has worked as a master gardener and volunteer naturalist for Jefferson County, Colorado.

She has a certificate in advanced clinical herbalism from the Rocky Mountain Center for Botanical Studies in Boulder and has over 1,500 hours of clinical study and experience in the uses of medicinal plants. After attaining her certification in 1997, she founded Chrysalis Herbs. Since then, she has devoted herself to sharing her love and knowledge of herbs and gardening, helping people to reconnect with the beauty and healing aspects of the natural world.

Finding Inspiration in Photography

Energize your photography and find sources of inspiration all around you. In this course we’ll cover places where you can find inspiration, subjects to inspire your photography and challenges to get you to see the world with fresh eyes.

 

Price: $26, $22 member

Instructor: John Bosley

 

John Bosley is a wedding and portrait photographer in Denver, CO. He is also a writer for PhotographyLife.com, a top-ranked photography blog, and co-creator of an educational video series about photography.

Growing A Business

 

 

 

Growing Great Garlic

Expand your selection and culinary experiences by planting and growing your own garlic. Betty will lead you through tried and true garlic planting care, harvest, culinary tips and recipes. She’ll share the best places and on-line resources to purchase top quality planting stock. Enjoy some delicious garlic appetizers and bonus tips on how to grow indoor garlic chives all winter.

 

Instructor: Betty Cahill

Price: $31, $26 members

Healing the Spirit with Plant Brushing

Learn the art of spiritual healing with plants as we practice the traditional art of plant brushing. Discover about how herbs can be used to cleanse and strengthen the spirit. Play with different plants, including basil, which has long been considered “the herb of humility,” helps us open to the wisdom of life’s lessons and allows us to listen to the working of the divine.

Price: $42, $37 member

Instructor: Shelley Torgove is a practicing Clinical Herbalist and was one of Denver's first herbal teachers, helping cultivate awareness of the power of plants to heal. Shelley is a leader of the grass-roots western herbal medicine movement in Denver. She is an international teacher and a nationally recognized botanical medicine practitioner with over 25 years of experience, specializing in bio-regional herbal medicine and women's health. She works and teaches both in Denver and the Yucatan. Shelley is the owner of Artemisia & Rue Herbal Studies Program in Denver. In addition to being a guest lecturer at Denver Botanic Gardens for the last 20 years, Shelley grew up in the backyard of the Gardens around Cheeseman Park and began frequenting the Gardens when she was seven years old.

Herbal Allies for Optimal Vitality

 Adaptogen  is a term coined by Russian scientists in the 1960s and refers to botanicals that have been used for centuries to increase vitality and the capacity to endure life's stressors. In this class we discuss the basic anatomy of function of the endocrine system, the vast array of detrimental effects of stress on health, and the efficacy and safety of five well known adaptogens and how best to use them for optimal health and longevity. This is a lecture style class that includes sampling a variety of different herbal remedies prepared from the five herbs. 

 

Price: $57, $52 member

 

Instructor: Cat Pantaleo

Cat is a holistic practitioner and wellness educator with 19 years of professional experience assisting people to achieve optimal physical and emotional health. Utilizing her skills as a certified herbalist, nutritionist, nature and forest therapy guide, and practitioner of nonviolent communication, she skillfully incorporates a combination of wellness practices into her work with the intention of empowering people to co-create optimal wellness for themselves and their communities. Currently, her focus is facilitating resilience, restoration and deep nourishment for body, mind and spirit through optimal nutrition, plant medicine and nature immersion. She offers a variety of community classes, plant walks and nature connection experiences, and is pursuing a master s degree in ecopsychology in alignment with her commitment to bridge the perceived gap between humans and the natural world for the benefit of both.

 

How to Create and Lead a Community Herbal Gathering Circle

 

Welcome to the Herb Circle! These practical and inspiring teachings are designed so you can bring forth a safe and inspiring circle for your community. We talk about how to hold the container for sharing, the simple ceremony of smudging for collective well-being and how to bring to life a group altar. This class covers the energies of the Four Directions and how to open and close a circle. Learn favorite medicine songs, passed down and sung by our elders in circles around the world, in healing sessions and classes, outdoors in wild places and to our children.

Price: $42, $37 member

Instructor: Shelley Torgove is a practicing Clinical Herbalist and was one of Denver's first herbal teachers, helping cultivate awareness of the power of plants to heal. Shelley is a leader of the grass-roots western herbal medicine movement in Denver. She is an international teacher and a nationally recognized botanical medicine practitioner with over 25 years of experience, specializing in bio-regional herbal medicine and women's health. She works and teaches both in Denver and the Yucatan. Shelley is the owner of Artemisia & Rue Herbal Studies Program in Denver. In addition to being a guest lecturer at Denver Botanic Gardens for the last 20 years, Shelley grew up in the backyard of the Gardens around Cheeseman Park and began frequenting the Gardens when she was seven years old.

 

How to Plant a Tree: Tree and Shrub Selection and Planting

Rocky Mountain Gardening Elective

Trees and shrubs are one of the greatest property investments and can greatly increase a home’s value. Trees are also expensive, so learn how to determine what species is best for your yard, where and when to plant it plant and how to care for it. Evergreens, deciduous trees and shrubs have varying preferred planting times and care strategies.

This class also shares tips on what to look for when you go to the nursery, how to dig a proper hole to ensure the best root spread in the appropriate amount of time and when and how to prune. Also learn how to properly care for your tree to avoid transplant shock or winter desiccation injury. This class can make homeowners more confident when choosing or planting trees and shrubs or when supervising contractors.

 

Price: $44, $39 members

Infusions and Nutritive Herbs

Learning the basics of infusing herbs is an important stepping stone on the path to becoming a great herbalist. The valuable information provided in this class creates a foundation for making herbal remedies at home. Learn about water, vinegar, oil, honey and witch hazel infusions and which herbs are best for infusing. We also discuss the benefits of nutritive herbs. Nutritive herbs are high in vitamins and minerals, feed gut flora and provide deep nourishment for the body, mind and soul.

 

Price: $35, $29 member

Instructor: Blake Burger

Blake Burger's passion for plants began at a young age gardening in Illinois and only grew stronger once he moved to Colorado in 2000 and began hiking in the wilderness areas of Colorado. There, he began to cultivate a great curiosity and appreciation for the diverse flora found along the hiking trails. In 2007, he left his career as a food scientist and worked as a seasonal gardener for Denver Botanic Gardens. After one year, he was hired full time as a horticulturalist. Throughout his years at the Gardens he has worked with tropical plants, native plants, vegetables and herbs. After receiving his Herbalist Certification here in Denver, Blake immediately began working with the vast array of medicinal plants growing in the Gardens. He founded the Denver Medicinal Plant Society in 2015, created and maintains several medicinal plant beds at the Gardens  York Street location, and has laid the foundation for the Gardens  first Herbalist Certificate Program. As a certified yoga instructor, Blake has led more than 1,000 yoga classes over six years and created a nationally recognized yoga program here at the Gardens. Blake believes in a multifaceted approach to health and wellness: eat well, move your body, never stop learning, get outside and connect.

 

Invitation to Ikebana: Contemporary

Ikebana, the art of Japanese flower arranging, has a worldwide appeal due to the uniqueness and simplicity of the style. Sogetsu School of Ikebana was founded in 1927 in Japan by Sofu Teshigahara whose vision was to adapt traditional Ikebana to more contemporary times. The guiding principles are that anyone may create, using any materials, anywhere at anytime. While retaining traditional Ikebana concepts such as asymmetry, open space, and depth, he explored new dimensions of creativity and design. Join us for an introductory Ikebana workshop. We will begin with a demonstration of the art form followed by participants each creating their own arrangement. Special Instructions: Students are encouraged to bring their own Ikebana container and a large Pin-Frog, 3.5” diameter or larger as well as

garden clippers/Ikebana scissors so that they can take home their finished arrangement. Container, pin-frog and scissors will be lent during the class for those who don't bring their own, but then they will bring home only flowers.

 

This course in an ntroduction to the Sogetsu School of Ikebana. This will be a hands-on workshop open to all skill levels. The instructor will demonstrate the art form and then the students will proceed to make an arrangement. After creating an arrangement, the instructor will do a critique.

 

Price: $44, $39 member

Instructors:

July Session: Jane Carpenter Cohn, MA is an Associate Professor in Contemplative Psychology and Director of the Naropa Center for Bhutan Partnerships at Naropa University. For over thirty years she has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in Buddhism, Buddhist Psychology, Contemplative Education and the Arts. As a contemplative artist practitioner and teacher, she began her study of Ikebana, Japanese art of flower arranging, in 1987. Jane is considered higher-grade teachers in the Sogetsu School of Ikebana. She teaches graduate and undergraduate Ikebana courses, leads workshops and offers demonstrations at Naropa University. She exhibits and offers demonstrations at the annual Sogetsu Colorado Spring Show and Ikebana International Exhibit at the Denver Botanic Gardens. Additionally, she has offered demonstrations at the Modern Art Museum in Colorado Springs and teaches at various venues along the front range.

 

August Session: Kimiko Kuno currently holds a grade one teaching diploma from Sogetsu Ikebana and has been teaching Ikebana for 6 years. She is a native of Japan and began learning Sogetsu Ikebana 30 years ago, obtaining her teacher’s diploma in Japan in 1993. After moving to the U.S., she continued learning and started teaching Ikebana. Her love of Ikebana is from the depth of her heart and she enjoys teaching Ikebana and inspiring the creativity of nature and art.

 

Invitation to Ikebana: Modern

Sangetsu Ikebana expresses a love of nature in simplicity and naturalness. It is the highest achievement in Sangetsu to create an arrangement that retains the life force of the materials used. Life filled flowers can facilitate healing to bring about happiness. This will be attempted using a Moribana flat vase with pin frog. Rhythmical lines-either parallel, lively motion or plane and mass may be offered for the class.

 

Price: $44, $39 member

Instructor: Natalie Montecalvo, a certified Sangetsu Associate Professor since April 2014. Natalie began her Sangetsu study while living in the Western Pacific island of Guam. When she moved to Colorado, she continued her studies and received her instructor certificate in 1998. Since the late 90's has taught workshop, classes and presented demonstrations in Colorado. She is also a member of the Ikebana International chapter in Denver, Colorado and has participated in their exhibits since 2010 as well as those sponsored by the Sangetsu School in Colorado, California and in Arizona. Now retired as a high school teacher, she explores a deeper connection with floral design. She especially enjoys working with tropical materials.

 

Special Instructions: Students are encouraged to bring their own Ikebana container and a large Pin-Frog, 3.5 diameter or larger as well as

garden clippers/Ikebana scissors so that they can take home their finished arrangement. Container, pin-frog and scissors will be lent during the class for those who don't bring their own, but then they will bring home only flowers.

 

Jams and Jellies

 

In this class we will focus on making fruit preserves that we can use on our toast, ice cream, mixed in yogurt, and used to flavor cocktails. We will make jam using fresh fruit, and we will make jelly using juice. If time allows we will also be making no cook freezer jam. Each student will be able to take home at least one jar of each fruit preserve we make. Recipes and ideas on how to use our creations will also be discussed. We will discuss canning basics and food safety, but this class is ideal for students who have had some experience canning using a boiling water bath canner.

 

Price: $56, $51 member price

Instructor: Kathy Lee

 

 

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