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Advanced Bonsai Design - A Performance

Larry Jackel leads a demonstration and discussion of techniques used to develop wild/collected material from the Front Range into bonsai. Three artists from the Rocky Mountain Bonsai Society develop the plant material as Larry describes and discusses their work.

  

Presenting Artists:

Todd Schlafer  - Todd is a past president of the Rocky Mountain Bonsai Society, was named the 2012 Rocky Mountain Bonsai Society Artist of the Year and is the 2016 winner of Best North American Species Award for his Colorado Blue Spruce at the National Bonsai Exhibition in Rochester, New York.

Adam Johnson - Adam first studied Bonsai under artist Hal Sasaki, soon after meeting Larry Jackel to become part of the Rocky Mountain Bonsai Society. He was named the 2019 Rocky Mountain Bonsai Society Artist of the Year.

Paul Koenning - As an arborist, Paul loves studying tree growth patterns and how specific species respond to environmental conditions. Realizing similarities in growth patterns between differing species guides Paul s approach to styling bonsai and pushing their boundaries. Investigating and understanding how trees respond to environmental conditions, is for Paul, where beauty is captured.

Larry Jackel - Larry saw his first bonsai at the Midwest Show in 1972 and has been actively studying bonsai and acquiring trees ever since. A move to Denver in 1976 connected Larry with the Rocky Mountain Bonsai Society, which provided the nurturing necessary for Larry to become proficient in the art and craft of bonsai. Larry chooses trees from the Front Range for bonsai, particularly the ponderosa pine but also the limber pine, bristlecone pine, pinion pine, Douglas fir and the Rocky Mountain juniper. Larry has had the opportunity to teach about these conifers in lectures, demonstrations and workshops across the country. In the spring of 2012, he joined the horticulture staff at Denver Botanic Gardens as its bonsai specialist. He develops and maintains the bonsai collection displayed in the Bill Hosakawa Bonsai Pavilion.

 

All lecture programs: $40 member, $45 non-member. Space is limited so register early!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Battling the Japanese Beetle

Rocky Mountain Gardening Elective

The Japanese beetle – found in many Front Range areas - is moving to new communities. This unwelcome beetle is concerning home owners with serious damage to plants. Instructor Betty Cahill takes the class through the management options for the Japanese beetle during its adult and larval stages. She provides tips on how to protect your favorite plants, including a plant list that Japanese beetles prefer and mostly avoid.

Instructor: Betty Cahill

Price: $31, $26 member

Beginning Bonsai

Are you mystified by the many centuries old Japanese tradition of bonsai? Join us for an entertaining and informative class with nationally recognized bonsai masters Harold Sasaki and Larry Jackel as they debunk the myths, fictions and misconceptions surrounding this living art form. Each participant receives a tree, pot, wire, soil and gravel in this hands-on experience of creating a finished bonsai, which you can home.

 

** this class sells out very quickly, class size is very small for hands on instruction and attention from instructors, please register early

 

Instructors: Harold Sasaki and Larry Jackel

Price: $105, $95 member, $30 materials fee included

Special Instructions: There will be a break for lunch, please bring lunch or there is a cafe onsite for you to purchase lunch.

 

*instructor change possible due to availability

Beginning Mushroom Identification

 

Whether you want to collect mushrooms to learn about them or to eat them, you will want to be able to identify them. These two evening lectures cover how to properly collect and identify mushrooms using their features and environment.

Take a field trip to collect mushrooms and practice identifying them. The location will be based on Ed's scouting trip the day before to ensure there are mushrooms available for collection.

 

August 27, evening lecture, 6-8 p.m.

September 3, evening lecture, 6-8 p.m.

September 5, scouting trip, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

 

Price: $67, $60 member

Instructor: Ed Lubow has been hunting mushrooms since the 1970s and has been volunteering in the Sam Mitchel Herbarium of Fungi at Denver Botanic Gardens since 2008.

Special instructions: All levels welcome. Students will be notified of the location for the trip the day before the trip.

Recommended reading materials:

Mushrooms of the Rocky Mountain Region  by Vera Stucky Evenson & Denver Botanic Gardens

(This book can be purchased from many of different places, including the Shop at the Gardens)

 

 

 

 

 

Conifer Collection Walkabout

Experience the beautiful world of conifers in this two-hour walk through the Gardens. Discover ways to identify various genera through hands-on activities, and explore areas of the Gardens you may not have seen before in search of new and unusual varieties. We'll also discuss choosing the right plant for the right right place including growth rates and care requirements. This will be a walking-only class open to all skill levels.  

 

Price: $30, $25 member

Instructor: Pat Hayward has spent 40 years in the Colorado horticulture industry, serving on boards of the Colorado Tree Coalition and the Colorado Nursery & Greenhouse Association, and was a two-time winner of the CNGA “Person of the Year.” Most recently she was director of Plant Select, a nonprofit organization working with Colorado State University and Denver Botanic Gardens to trial (and make available) adaptable and beautiful plants for our high plains and mountain gardening conditions. She has taught the all-day “Conifers for Colorado Gardens and Landscapes” class for DBG for 21 years, and lives and gardens in Masonville.

Conifers for Colorado Landscapes & Gardens

Rocky Mountain Gardening Required Course Group II

Discover the beautiful and easy-care world of conifers in this all-day session. Starting in the classroom, we'll cover a wide range of species and varieties suitable to our Colorado conditions and climate, including their selection, planting and care. There's plenty of time for discussion and hands-on activities in addition to slides and lecture. We'll then explore the Gardens' outdoor living conifer collection, tying the day together with in-person discovery and a new appreciation for the diversity this group of plants can offer to our gardens and landscapes.

 

Price: $105, $95 member

Instructor: Pat Hayward has spent 40 years in the Colorado horticulture industry, serving on boards of the Colorado Tree Coalition and the Colorado Nursery & Greenhouse Association, and was a two-time winner of the CNGA “Person of the Year.” Most recently she was director of Plant Select, a nonprofit organization working with Colorado State University and Denver Botanic Gardens to trial (and make available) adaptable and beautiful plants for our high plains and mountain gardening conditions. She has taught the all-day “Conifers for Colorado Gardens and Landscapes” class for DBG for 21 years, and lives and gardens in Masonville.

 

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.

CSA Farm Tour and Discussion - Chatfield Farms

Tour the vegetable production areas at Chatfield Farms and taste some fresh flavors. Learn about small-scale farming in the Colorado region, food production and other farm related topics.

Finish the morning with a tasting from of the farm - fresh tomatoes, cheese and herbs - to discuss the flavors of fresh foods.

 

Price: $28, $24 member

Instructor: Josie Hart

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.

 

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.

 

Tuesday, July 7, 10 a.m.: “Annuals” with Bridget Blomquist, horticulture specialist - annuals

Wednesday, July 22, 10 a.m.: “Medicinal Plants” with Blake Burger, horticulture specialist

Tuesday, September 15, 9:30 a.m.: “Fall Garden Preparation” with Mike Bone, curator of steppe collections

 

Price: $19, $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.

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

Herbal Home and Garden Workshop

Wondering what to do with all those overgrown herbs languishing in your garden? Learn the multiple ways you can use these easy-to-grow, fragrant plants to enrich your home and lifestyle. Herbs have multiple uses in the kitchen, medicine cabinet, spa, and cleaning cupboard. Discover herbs for culinary teas and seasoning blends, spa body and bath care, first aid and green cleaning. Enjoy a delicious, three-course herbal lunch featuring Roasted Tomato Gazpacho with Parmesan Crisps, Herbed Chicken Salad with Green Goddess Dressing, and Rosemary Peach Cobbler. From an herbal ingredient buffet, make and take home an herbal seasoning blend, blossoms tea blend, infused vinegar, exfoliating body scrub, soothing lip balm, and immune tonic. Discover the fascinating world of herbs! Gourmet lunch, take-home samples, extensive handout with growing instructions, and recipes are included.

 

Price: $79, $74 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.

 

 

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

Lavender Harvesting at Chatfield Farms

Learn how to harvest lavender on site in Chatfield s popular lavender fields. Discuss the uses and products made from Lavender.Each participant harvests themselves and will go home with a bundle to keep. All skills and no experience required.

 

Instructor - Zephrine Hanson

 

Outdoor Winter Containers

Tired of looking at dried, dead foliage from last summer's containers all through the winter? There are inexpensive and creative ways to fill outdoor containers from fall to early spring Betty Cahill, garden  Punch List  writer for the Denver Post, reveals how easy it is to assemble and create decorative pots to chase away the fall and winter blahs. Cahill shares seasonal decorating ideas, too!

 

Instructor: Betty Cahill

Price: $41, $36 member

Putting Your Rose Garden to Bed

Rocky Mountain Gardening Elective

Just about everyone grows a rose bush or two.Congress designated the rose as America s national floral emblem in 1986.The popularity of growing roses began thousands of years ago and continues today.The rose growing series offered by American Rose Society Consulting Rosarians and experts from the Denver Rose Society will cover how to grow healthy, easy care beautiful roses for years to come. The series covers secrets to successful rose growing, no pain pruning, versatile shrub roses, fragrant roses, and winter care. Choose one class or take them all and come away with confident rose growing skills and greater appreciation for the  Queen of Flowers. 

Preparing your roses for winter is the key to growing those fabulous flowers in the spring. Learn why fall and winter care keeps your roses healthy from year to year and how to prepare new rose beds for spring planting. Get tips on early transplanting or rearranging the rose bed. A recommended list of roses that do well along the Front Range and higher altitudes will be included to take home.

 

Instructor: Peggy Williams, Consulting Rosarian

Price: $32, $27 members

Rocky Mountain Horticulture II - ONLINE

Rocky Mountain Gardening Required Course Group I

Rocky Mountain Horticulture II is an introduction to general information on plant management. Each of these four classes will present an overview by an expert from the Colorado State University Cooperative Extension Service. Topics include the identification and control of lawn and garden weeds, diseases and insects, and integrated pest management.

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

 

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 gardening and greenhouse management and has been involved in the practice of Integrated Pest Management for over 30 years.

Price: $161, $135 member

Special instructions: Instructor will provide material and specimens for the participants to examine during this 4 session course.  The class is also encouraged to bring in specimens that can be used for class diagnostics. 

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

Urban Farm Tour - Grow + Gather

Housed in a renovated historic auto shop, Grow + Gather has preserved the architectural legacy while re-imagining the original property to serve the needs of our urban farming operations, market and restaurant. From our rooftop greenhouse to our solar panels, beehives and gray water system, we are committed to creating a more local, sustainable and creative food experience. Guests will join us for a tour of our facility, followed by a rooftop greenhouse food tasting creatively curated by The Feedery's Executive Chef Jeff Schwing.

 

Special Instructions: A portion of the tour is not ADA accessible.

If you would like to enjoy brunch or lunch at The Feedery, we do encourage you to make a reservation ahead of time, which can be done online here.

 

Price: $28, $25 member

Instructor: George Gastis, Founder + Owner

 

George is a Cleveland, OH native and graduate of Denison University, transplanted and living in Denver since 1995. Prior to this latest venture, George was a marketing and tech-industry veteran, most recently as the owner of BrainSpark Media, which he founded in 2005 and then sold in 2015. As a lifelong gardener and food enthusiast, he has merged these passions with nearly three decades of professional experience to form Grow + Gather and The Feedery.

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