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A New Gardener Boot Camp - Webinar

*This session will now be held online, in a webinar format. Details on how to join the webinar will be sent to all participants via email.

 

Are you a blank slate when it comes to starting your very own garden? Worried about ending the growing season with a pile of dead plants and sad vegetables? Join us at Denver Botanic Gardens for two evenings packed with answers to all those looming and mysterious gardening questions. Get started on the right foot this year with all of our best beginner classes, carefully designed to equip you with all the tools you will need to master that garden once and for all!

 

This series occurs on two evenings, two boot camp classes will be covered each evening.

 

Classes include:

Garden Planning 101 - Where do I Start?

This beginner class will take you step by step through the process of laying out a plan of attack for your garden! Whether you are starting with a blank slate garden or working with an old outdated garden this class will give you the basics on where to start. It will discuss needs and planning tools for raised beds, container gardens and in-ground vegetable gardens. We will discuss the basics of garden locations, sun requirements, water needs, starting from seed, transplanting and the basics of planning the organization of perennials and annuals, trees and shrubs. This class is the perfect fit for anyone needing to understand how the garden works together as a whole.

Soils 101

Soils will always be the first place to start when building a beautiful garden. This class will cover the best management practices for building your soil for in-ground beds, containers and raised beds. It will discuss the basics of composting as well as demonstrate the value of soil testing.

Beginning Vegetable Gardening

If you have never planted edible plants or had little success at growing your own vegetables, our instructor will walk you through the ABCs from planning, soil preparation, crop selection, watering, fertilizing, pest protection, and harvesting your first vegetable garden. We will cover tips on the most popular vegetables to grow, including leafy salad greens, tomatoes, squash, peppers, and more. You'll leave with a comprehensive understanding of how to successfully do each gardening task, and take home a planting guide that will help you through the entire growing season.

Annuals and Perennials for Color in the Garden

Plants provide the backbone of the garden with vibrant colors, textures, and forms that weave together to create your own personal oasis. Learn the basics of perennials, annuals and biennials, how to make the best selections for your garden and how to best maintain your plants throughout the season. From the traditional to the unusual we will explore the limitless varieties of plants and send you into the growing season prepared.

These classes combined usually cost more then $200 but with New Gardener Boot Camp event will be $60 members, $80 non-members. Register Early as space is limited.

Advanced Photo Editing in Adobe Lightroom

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.

 

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.

Art of Smartphone Photography

This is the class for anyone who uses their smartphone camera to create photographs. Whether you’re new to photography or a seasoned pro, there’s more to learn about leveraging this accessible digital technology. You’ll gain insight into the photography skills necessary to make the most out of your images - from shooting to editing. Next, you will also learn the various platforms to share and print your images, and how to keep all of your precious memories safe. Whether you have an iPhone or an Android, join us for a fun-filled class!

 

Price: $36, $31 member

 

Instructor: Jeanette Galie 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.

 

At Home - Grab & Go Flower Arrangements

Right now most of us are confined to our homes with limited trips to the store, so join us for easy tips and tricks to brighten your home with flowers! Make use of simple items found around the house and some flowers from your local grocer.

 

This 30 minute program will be held online in a webinar format. Details on how to join the webinar will be sent to all participants via email.

 

If you would like to follow along and make an arrangement, here are some items to have on hand:

- $15-$20 bundle of flowers, mixed with floral greens

- Scissors or clippers

- Vase or container

 

No time to go to the store? No problem! Join us anyway, and learn a few things for next time.

 

Price: Complementary, Registration Required

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 in 2020.

 

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.

Basic Photo Editing in Adobe Lightroom

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.

 

 

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.

Converting Lawn to Xeriscape

Rocky Mountain Gardening Elective

Do you want to beautify your landscape and save water at the same time?

Prepare to go into detail about how to replace some of your Kentucky bluegrass lawn with water-smart perennial and ornamental grasses, discuss soil types and irrigation adjustment requirements, and dream up some design ideas in this exciting class.

 

Price: $29, $24 member

Instructor: Curtis Manning

 

 

Photo: Winger Photography

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

Explore the fascinating world of wild edibles. Start with an herb walk to identify common tasty plants. Make refreshing teas, nutritious salads, savory soups and delicious additions to pasta, veggies and side dishes. Discover how to locate, identify harvest and prepare wild edibles to add nutrition and flavor to your meals. We end by dining on delicious, vegetarian, wild foods, 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, recipes and meal included.

Instructor: Susan Evans

Price: $55, $50 members, $30 materials fee included

Special Instructions: Part of the class will be held outdoors; please dress accordingly for weather and bring water and sunscreen.

Enjoying Nature with Fountain Pens

Using fountain pens is a wonderfully different and relaxing way to write and draw, especially when combined with nature! This course will teach you the basics of using and maintaining a fountain pen. You will also have an opportunity to sample various types of pens, paper and ink to help you decide which you prefer. You’ll even receive a fountain pen and notebook that are yours to keep! Open to all skill levels. Lecture style class with a hands-on portion that allows students to try out different fountain pens, inks and papers.

 

Price: $49, $45 member

Instructor: John Bosley is a professional photographer in Denver, CO. He is also a long-time collector of fountain pens and is the creator of FountainPenLove.com, a site dedicated to people who love using, collecting and learning about fountain pens.

Garden to Glass, Summer Drinks and Tapas Workshop

Grow your own cocktail garden with herbs, fresh fruits and veggies that make the perfect base for hydrating. Learn the secrets to making refreshing aqua frescas, simple syrups, shrubs, bitters, infused alcohol, mixers and concentrates. Create your own take-home bitters from a bitters bar. For our tapas tasting we enjoy smoked salmon mousse, cheese/pistachio and fruit truffles, citrus herbed olives, creamy baba ghanoush and spicy cowboy caviar. Dazzle your family and guests with custom-crafted cocktails and delicious thirst quenchers. Handout with plant list and growing instructions, recipes, generous drink samples and tasty tapas included. Susan s book,  The Herbalist s Happy Hour  is available at class.

*No alcohol will be served in class.

Price: $65, $60 member, $30 included for materials

Instructor: Susan Evans

Image: Courtesy of Amy Stewart

 

Growing A Business

 

 

 

Growing Food in Raised Vegetable Garden Beds

It has never been easier to grow your own food and there is no easier way than in a raised vegetable garden bed!

Join me to learn about how to build your raised bed and look at raised beds we've built in the Denver metro area. We will also discuss soils to fill the beds and methods of irrigating your vegetables. Finally, top that off with real tried and true tips on which vegetables to grow and how to grow them! Seriously, you couldn't find a more comprehensive course on raised vegetable gardening . . .

 

Price: $29, $24 members

Instructor: Curtis Manning

 

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.

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.

 

Introduction to Xeriscape

Thursday, April 23rd at 10 a.m. our class session will be in a webinar format. Details on how to join the webinar will be emailed on the day of the program.

 

Xeriscape is not only a concept, it should be a way of life in Colorado.

Gardening in a way that conserves water and enhances our lives seems like a no-brainer. But, breaking the paradigm of landscapes dominated by Kentucky bluegrass has been slow in coming. However, since the early '90s, we've been making progress and people have been implementing beautiful, low water consuming, low maintenance, wildlife attracting, jaw dropping beautiful gardens.

In this course I will de-mystify low water landscapes by explaining the seven principles of xeriscape and answering every question you can throw my way. Oh, and we'll look at some beautiful Denver area xeriscape gardens while we're at it!

 

Price: $29, $24 members

Instructor: Curtis Manning

 

Invitation to Ikebana: Modern

Ikebana is an expression of respect and appreciation towards nature. We observe life through the arrangement of plants. During each class, participants get hands-on instruction to put together an arrangement to take home.

Moribana-style Ikebana was developed in the late 19th century in Japan and became very popular because of its flexibility without losing natural atmosphere. During each class, participants will get hands-on instruction to put together an arrangement to take home.

If a participant has enough experience on Moribana, she /he could go forward to Nageire arrangement during class.

 

Instructor: Akiko Buckmaster, born in Japan, is a master teacher of Ohara Ikebana School. She has been teaching Ikebana in the Denver area for forty years.

 

Price: $44, $39 member

 

Special Instructions:

Students are encouraged to bring their own Ikebana container (vase) and a large Kenzan (Pin-frog, 3.5" diameter or larger) as well as garden clippers (or Ikebana scissors) so that they can take home their finished arrangement. The Kenzan and Ikebana vase can be reused for future arrangements again and again for years. Container, Kenzan, and scissors will be lent during the class for those who don't bring their own.

 

Invitation to Ikebana: Traditional

Ikebana is an expression of our respect and appreciation towards nature. We observe life through the arrangement of plants. During each class, participants receive hands-on instruction to put together an arrangement to take home.

Shoka (or Seika, depending on each Ikebana school) is today's name for original "Ikebana" style which started in Japan in the early 17th century. Shoka expresses the life and the beauty of plants in nature.

We will make a Shoka arrangement representing the coolness of water on a hot summer day. Please bring two kenzans and a deep dish-style container with wide opening, similar to a baking dish.

 

Price: $44, $39 member

Instructor: Kazuko Kozai is a Senior Professor of Ikenobo Ikebana School, which is the largest Ikebana school begun in Japan in 1462. She has studied Ikebana for more than 40 years and teaches enthusiastically in the Denver and Boulder area.

 

Special Instructions:

Students are encouraged to bring their own Ikebana container (vase) and a large Kenzan (Pin-frog, 3.5" diameter or larger) as well as garden clippers (or Ikebana scissors) so that they can take home their finished arrangement. The Kenzan and Ikebana vase can be reused for future arrangements again and again for years. Container, Kenzan, and scissors will be lent during the class for those who don't bring their own.

Lavender Festival - Grab & Go Lavender Arrangements

Learn tricks of the trade to make those colorful bunches of flowers from the farmers market or local grocer into professional arrangements. Leave with your very own lavender vase arrangement.

 

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.

Lecture – The Kitchen Mycologist

This illustrated presentation by Eugenia Bone explains basic mycology through the lens of the kitchen, covering how mushrooms grow, why some mushrooms are only collected in the wild, and why cultivated and wild types taste so different. It delves into the various lifestyles of fungi, the impact fungi have on healthy gardens and crops, all about truffles, mushroom nutrition and poisoning. A great talk for beginners!

 

Eugenia Bone is a nationally known nature and food writer and author. Her work has appeared in many magazines and newspapers, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Saveur, Food & Wine, and Gourmet. A member of the American Society of Science Writers and former president of the New York Mycological Society, Eugenia has lectured widely in venues such as the New York Public Library, and has been a guest on radio programs and podcasts, most recently on Wisconsin Public Radio’s “To The Best of Our Knowledge” and Mushroom Revival’s podcast “Mushrooms and Microbes with Eugenia Bone.” She is a member of the faculty at the New York Botanical Garden where she teaches classes on microbial ecology, psychedelic mushrooms, mycology and food preservation.

 

Eugenia Bone

Eugenia is the author of six books. At Mesa’s Edge was nominated for a Colorado Book Award. Italian Family Dining was written with her father, celebrated chef Edward Giobbi. Her book Well-Preserved was nominated for a James Beard award and was on many Best Cookbooks of 2009 lists. Eugenia is featured in the documentary directed by Louie Schwartzberg, Fantastic Fungi (2019) along with mycologist Paul Stamets, Dr. Andrew Weil, and author Michael Pollan, which is currently touring the United States, Canada, and overseas, and a contributor to the companion book.

Eugenia lives in New York City and Western Colorado.

 

 

 

All lecture programs: $15 member, $20 non-member. Space is limited so register early!

 

 

Macramé Air Plant Hanger Workshop

In this introductory workshop with Amie Krug of Boriya + Co, we will learn four basic knots of macramé. We will then use these knots to craft a plant hanger for an airplant! Also covered will be the history of macramé and the steps necessary to create macramé pieces including: planning a pattern, measuring and sourcing rope.

All materials to fashion your plant hanger and an air plant will be provided.

 

Price: $65, $60 member

 

Instructor: Amie Krug is a fiber artist currently living and working in Denver. She received her BFA in art from Palm Beach Atlantic University, and developed a love for textile design during her years spent in Rajasthan, India. After spending three summers as a river guide on the Arkansas, she repurposed her knotting skills to create artistic and utilitarian pieces. Amie has taught macramé workshops since 2015, and recently had her first solo exhibition in Buena Vista entitled "Rivers Edge."

Macramé Plant Hanger Workshop

In this introductory workshop with Amie Krug of Boriya + Co, we will learn four basic knots of macramé. We will then use these knots to craft a plant hanger! Also covered will be the history of macramé and the steps necessary to create macramé pieces including: planning a pattern, measuring and sourcing rope.

All materials to fashion your plant hanger will be provided.

 

Price: $65, $60 member

Instructor: Amie Krug is a fiber artist currently living and working in Denver. She received her BFA in art from Palm Beach Atlantic University, and developed a love for textile design during her years spent in Rajasthan, India. After spending three summers as a river guide on the Arkansas, she repurposed her knotting skills to create artistic and utilitarian pieces. Amie has taught macramé workshops since 2015, and recently had her first solo exhibition in Buena Vista entitled "Rivers Edge."

 

 

 

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