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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 Whether you are starting with a blank slate garden or working with an old outdated garden this class will give you the basics on where to start.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 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

Best Roses For Your Garden, New and Overlooked!

Just about everyone grows a rose bush or two. Congress designated the rose as America³ 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."

 

Which rose varieties should you grow in your garden? Canadian hardies? Species? Let one of our experienced rosarians with the Denver Rose Society guide you through the palette of choices. You’ll learn the difference between a species and a hybrid tea, and when to pick one over the other. Which climbers do well here, and why? We’ll focus on varieties that thrive along the front range and in the foothills, tempt you with the newest introductions, and share key advice on plant selection and best planting techniques.

 

Price: $31, $26 members

Instructor: David Ingram

 

Contain Those Perennials; But Not Yourself!

Rethink those container gardens! Yes, perennials can be used successfully in containers and provide long lasting color. Learn how to utilize them and which varieties are best suited for container gardening.

 

Price: $18, $16 member

Instructor: Debi Borden-Miller

 

Debi Borden-Miller is a University of Vermont graduate with a bachelor’s in plant and soil science.

Since moving to Colorado, she has worked at Fruehauf’s Garden Center, Wilmore Nursery, Little Valley Wholesale Nursery and Welby Gardens Company where she spent a total of 28 years in sales and marketing.

Debi is a board member of the Colorado Garden & Home Show and represents the Colorado Nursery and Greenhouse Association on the management team of ProGreen Expo. She also serves on several CO Nursery and Greenhouse Association committees and is a long-time board member and former president of the Colorado Greenhouse Growers Association and GreenCo.

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

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

Denver Rose Society Show

Join us for this fun and educational Expo. Roses accepted from 6:30-10 a.m. Bring blooming roses from your garden to display without the formality of a judged rose show. Vases provided. Enjoy speakers and information panels from 1-3 p.m. Ask our experts about your roses, new roses for your garden and rose culture. Included with admission.

  

 

Flower Color - Uses, Meaning and Impact

This class teaches you how to choose flower color for the most impact. Learn how to use color to evoke emotion and create visual interest. Gain information about color combinations for seasonal interest and learn to think about flower color choices differently.

 

Price: $18, $16 member

Instructor: Debi Borden-Miller

 

Debi Borden-Miller is a University of Vermont graduate with a bachelor’s in plant and soil science.

Since moving to Colorado, she has worked at Fruehauf’s Garden Center, Wilmore Nursery, Little Valley Wholesale Nursery and Welby Gardens Company where she spent a total of 28 years in sales and marketing.

Debi is a board member of the Colorado Garden & Home Show and represents the Colorado Nursery and Greenhouse Association on the management team of ProGreen Expo. She also serves on several CO Nursery and Greenhouse Association committees and is a long-time board member and former president of the Colorado Greenhouse Growers Association and GreenCo.

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, March 24, 10 a.m.: “Spring Garden Preparation” with Dan Johnson, associate director of horticulture, curator of native plants

Friday, June 19, 10 a.m.: “Plant Select®” with Sonya Anderson, horticulture specialist, Plant Select and pollinator gardens

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: $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.

Go Native! Landscapes Made for Colorado

The Xeriscape concept has become mainstream, and now is the time to take the next step to develop or convert existing landscapes into native plant and insect sanctuaries. We walk through this process step-by-step together! This is a lecture style class with a tour of the gardens at the end.

Price: $46, $40 member

Instructors:
Curtis Manning and John Dunn are horticulturalists, landscape designers, landscape contractors and are the owners and operators of Meadow Pro..

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

 

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

 

Lecture - Beauty from Blight: The Flower House

 

In October 2015, 37 floral designers and more than 100 volunteers from across North America came together to fill an abandoned Detroit house with American-grown fresh flowers and living plants. An estimated 3,400 curious visitors explored the house over the three-day exhibition. Why did this project touch so many people? In this lecture, botanical installation artist Lisa Waud describes her extraordinary project from idea to exhibition, discussing what about the installation was so magnetic to so many people across the worldåxploring her thoughts on beauty blight and nostalgia, as well as the themes of risk-taking, logistics and collaboration through the lens of the large-scale installation.

 

Lisa Waud

Based in Detroit, Michigan, botanical installation artist Lisa Waud's large-scale, multi-sensory, exploratory works utilize living plants and cut flowers, exploring themes of old and new, nature as a cleansing reset and joy from beauty. Lisa is committed to producing art events that are pointedly inclusive for collaborators and spectators and accessible to all humans, with a focus on celebrating the beauty of underrepresented and marginalized people. Lisa's biophilic projects have been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, Martha Stewart, Hyperallergic, Colossal, Designboom, The Globe and Mail, The Washington Post and Travel + Leisure. She has lectured at TEDxDETROIT, the Milwaukee Art Museum, Cranbook Art Museum, Broad Museum, The Henry Ford Museum, the Cleveland botanic garden, Intermittent Tech Conference and The Slow Flowers Summit.

 

 

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

 

 

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!

 

 

Native Plant Master Course at Chatfield Farms

This course is open to the public and no volunteering is required. 

 

The Denver Botanic Gardens and CSU Extension's Native Plant Master Program are cosponsoring a Native Plant Master® course at Chatfield Farms for the first time in several years. Natives are not just for wild spaces anymore! Incorporate native bloomers into your home landscape. Enjoy the beauty of the gardens at Chatfield Farms which showcase many regional natives. During three outdoor field sessions, you will learn common and scientific names, ecological relationships and human uses of 40 - 50 plants. You will also develop skills in using family features and a botanical key to identify plants. Course includes special emphasis on natives useful for landscaping and alien invasives that threaten native ecosystems.

This program is jointly sponsored by Denver Botanic Gardens and the Native Plant Master® Program. Please visit m2mnativeplantmaster.org to explore other Native Plant Master offerings or sign up to get class announcements.

 

Price: $95, general public

 

Instructor: Beth Hanson is a life-long gardener with a BS in Horticulture from CSU, over 30 years of professional experience in the field and about 20 years as a Master Gardener and Native Plant Master. Beth is a professional educator/interpreter passionate about including native plants in our everyday lives.

 

Required Textbook: 1) Jennifer Ackerfield's Flora of Colorado available through Colorado Native Plant Society bookstore (https://conps.org/conps-bookstore/), local and online retail outlets 2) Colorado Plant Database at http://coloradoplants.jeffco.us.

 

Optional text: Colorado Flora - Eastern Slope, Fourth edition, Weber and Wittmann available at local and online retail outlets and the publisher (800-621-2736).

 

Special instructions, requests or notes:

Prerequisite: Basic Botany class is recommended for those who would like to refresh their botanical knowledge and is required for those who have minimal background in botany. Contact npmassistant@jeffco.us for questions.

 

Native Plant Master: All participants who pass three NPM courses will receive a Colorado Flora Certificate. For accepted volunteers, this course counts toward certification as a Native Plant Master. For more information on the volunteer program, see www.nativeplantmaster.org. To reduce overlap, take courses in different months and/or lifezones

 

Lifezone: Plains

 

When and where to meet: Chatfield Farms, 8500 W. Deer Creek Canyon Rd. Littleton, CO 80128 (720)865-3500. (See map.) Meet at the center of the main lot. Please park in the main lot, or in labeled overflow parking outside of the Visitor’s Center. Please arrive at 9:15 AM the first day to receive course materials. Course begins 9:30 AM sharp.

 

What to wear: Layered clothing for changing and/or severe weather conditions, hat, sturdy closed-toe footwear (suitable for cactus country), etc. Please come prepared for moderately strenuous walking on hot, cold, windy, rainy or snowy days.

 

Trail conditions: The course will take place on the paved or packed trails at Chatfield Farms, 8500 W Deer Creek Canyon Rd, Littleton, CO 80128. There is very little elevation change.

 

What to bring: Textbook, pencil, hand lens (10x), daypack, water, sack lunch, rain gear, sun and wind protection, personal items you will need, etc.

 

Carpooling: Carpooling is encouraged. Contact npmassistant@jeffco.us if you would like to carpool and your contact information will be shared with others interested in carpooling.

Native Plant Master Course at Plains Conservation Center

The Denver Botanic Gardens and CSU Extension's Native Plant Master Program are cosponsoring a Native Plant Master® course at the Plains Conservation Center.. Come experience the wide open prairies of Colorado while learning about native and alien plants that live there. During three outdoor field sessions, you will learn common and scientific names, ecological relationships and human uses of 40 - 50 plants. You will also develop skills in using family features and a botanical key to identify plants. Course includes special emphasis on natives useful for landscaping and alien invasives that threaten native ecosystems.

 

This program is jointly sponsored by Denver Botanic Gardens and the Native Plant Master® Program. Please visit https://npm.eventbrite.com to explore other Native Plant Master offerings or sign up to get class announcements.

 

Price: $95 public

 

Instructors:

Lisa Mason - Horticulture Agent in Arapahoe County

Lucinda Greene -Assistant Horticulturist and Native Plant Master Coordinator in Arapahoe County

 

Special instructions, requests or notes:

 

Prerequisite: Basic Botany class. (For those with a botany background that have not completed a Native Plant Master course, this prerequisite may be waived. Contact lgreene@arapahoegov.com to request a waiver.)

 

 

 

Native Plant Master: All participants who pass three NPM courses will receive a Colorado Flora Certificate. For accepted volunteers, this course counts toward certification as a Native Plant Master. For more information on the volunteer program, see www.nativeplantmaster.org. To reduce overlap, take courses in different months and/or lifezones

Lifezone: Plains

 

When and where to meet: Plains Conservation Center - 21901 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80018. (303) 693-3621. (See map.) Meet at the Vistor Center. Please park in the lot to the east of the picnic shelter, not directly in front of the Visitor Center. Please arrive at 7:25AM the first day to receive course materials. Course begins 8:00 AM sharp.

 

What to wear: Layered clothing for changing and/or severe weather conditions, hat, sturdy closed-toe footwear (suitable for cactus country), etc. Please come prepared for moderately strenuous walking on hot, cold, windy, rainy or snowy days.

What to bring: Textbook, pencil, hand lens (10x), daypack, water, sack lunch, rain gear, sun and wind protection, personal items you will need, etc.

 

Required Textbook: Flora of Colorado by Jennifer Ackerfield available through Colorado Native Plant Society bookstore (https://conps.org/conps-store), local and online retail outlets and the publisher (800-621-2736)

 

Carpooling: Carpooling is encouraged. Contact lgreene@arapahoegov.com if you would like to carpool and your contact information will be shared with others interested in carpooling.

 

Please visit https://npm.eventbrite.com to explore other Native Plant Master offerings or sign up to get class announcements. This program is jointly sponsored by Denver Botanic Gardens and the Native Plant Master® Program

For more information on the volunteer program, see www.nativeplantmaster.org

 

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

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