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2020 Rocky Mountain Steppe Summit - ONLINE

YEAR ZERO: STEPPE GENESIS

 

How it works:

Details on how to join the program streamed live through Vimeo will be emailed 30 minutes before the start of the program. Program time is 6 p.m. Mountain Time.

Here are a few important things to know:

Only one registration is needed per streaming device. Advanced registration is required.

You do not need a Vimeo account in order to watch the livestream. Simply click on the link, enter the password, and you will be ready to watch!

If you would like to ask questions or participate in any interactive polls, you can either participate as a guest or login to a Vimeo account or login with a Facebook account in order to do so. There will be Q&A portion at the end, so we highly encourage your participation!

 

Denver Botanic Gardens’ Director of Outreach Panayoti Kelaidis, Associate Director of Horticulture and Curator of Steppe Collections Mike Bone and videographer Scott Dressel-Martin have traveled to Mongolia to experience life on the steppe. These travels as part of Denver Botanic Gardens’ Center for Global Initiatives were meant to guide and influence our Central Asian steppe collections and displays, but inspired so much more.

 

Inspirations from The Great Mongolian Steppe – Virtual Lecture

Mike Bone

Scott Dressel-Martin

Join Mike and Scott as they bring you on a journey through the beautiful culture, flora and landscapes of the Mongolian steppe.

 

Steppe Garden Glow Up – Virtual Tour

Sonya Anderson

Mike Bone

Panayoti Kelaidis

Kevin Philip Williams

 

The endless thoughts, actions and processes that define the life of a garden often begin with a singular, passionate vision—but sometimes they do not. Although the Steppe Garden opened to the public in 2016, it was nowhere near completed and had already been decades in the making. Join the Steppe Garden’s major dreamers and influencers as they walk through the garden pondering its history, exploring its design, revealing hidden gems and discussing its dramatic changes over the past four seasons.

 

 

Mike Bone

Mike is the associate director of horticulture and curator of Steppe Collections for Denver Botanic Gardens. His career has been spent studying the plants and ecology of the great steppe regions of the world. Mike is coauthor of “Steppes: The Plants and Ecology of the World’s Semi-arid Regions” as well as several other publications produced by the Gardens. His passion for collaboration with scientists and plants experts from steppe regions has taken him all over the globe as an explorer and a speaker.

 

Scott Dressel-Martin

Scott is a principal at Dressel-Martin MediaWorks, Inc. He has photographed around the world, including the Middle East, Mongolia, South Africa, Mexico, Spain, Singapore and all around the United States. Based in Colorado, Scott began his career in newspaper photojournalism and has been published internationally. He is the official photographer of Denver Botanic Gardens and also works with a select group of important institutions, helping them promote their mission and tell relevant and moving stories. In addition to the Gardens, many of Scott’s other clients are in the nonprofit world, such as Children’s Hospital Colorado, Colorado Housing and Finance Authority, Denver Health and Visit Denver. Scott also works with corporate clients such as 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.

 

Kevin Philip Williams

Kevin is a horticulture specialist at Denver Botanic Gardens where he stewards the Steppe Garden, Dwarf Conifer Collection, Lilac Collection, Josephine Streetscape Gardens and co-coordinates Denver Botanic Gardens’ horticulture internship program. Since joining the Gardens in 2015, he has explored and collected plants throughout the North American and Central Asian steppes. Kevin is an alumnus of the Longwood Graduate Program in public horticulture, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Horticulture Internship Program and is a former horticulturist for The High Line in Manhattan, New York.

 

Sonya Anderson

Sonya is a Horticulture Specialist who has been with Denver Botanic Gardens for 14 years. She specializes in the Plant Select program and gardening for pollinators. She maintains Darlene Radichel Plant Select Garden, the Birds and Bees Walk, as well as the Steppe Garden.

 

 

 

 

Bonsai Exhibition

 

In addition to its virtual show on the Rocky Mountain Bonsai Society website, rmbonsai.org, a special exhibition will be presented in the Bill Hosokawa Bonsai Pavilion featuring selected outstanding trees by RMBS bonsai artists. Included with admission.

 

Botany for Gardeners - ONLINE

Rocky Mountain Gardening Required Course Group I

This class provides an overview of basic plant biology, including structure, development, transpiration, photosynthesis and plant chemistry.

Students will gain essential knowledge for acquiring high-level pruning skills, for designing gardens based on specific plant requirements of the Rocky Mountain region, and for understanding interactions between plants and their microenvironments.

Required Text- Botany for Gardeners by Brian Capon, found online or in most book stores.

This session will be streamed live online through Vimeo. Details on how to join the class will be emailed the day before the program.

 

Price: $255, $213 member

Instructor: Sheridan Samano

 

Colorado Ecosystems - ONLINE

Rocky Mountain Gardening Required Course Group II

Study the native ecosystems of Colorado that range from plains grasslands to the alpine tundra, mountain meadows to sub-alpine forests. Learn to gauge your elevation and location by looking at the plant communities around you and explore the complex relationships between the plants and wildlife of Colorado.

This session will be streamed live online through Vimeo. Details on how to join the class will be emailed the day before the program.

 

Price: $88, $78 member

Instructor: Sheridan Samano

 

 

Ecology for Gardeners - ONLINE

Rocky Mountain Gardening Required Course Group I

Ecology is the study of interactions in nature. It seeks to understand the relationship between organisms to their environment and to each other. Successful gardening involves understanding and applying these principles. Basic principles of ecology will be explored in relationship to conditions in the Rocky Mountain region. Current environmental issues of the region will also be considered.

This session will be streamed live online through Vimeo. Details on how to join the class will be emailed the day before the program.

 

Price: $91, $81 member

 

Instructor: Sheridan Samano

 

Putting Your Rose Garden to Bed - ONLINE

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.

This session will be streamed live online through Zoom. Details on how to join the class will be emailed the day before the program.

 

Price: $32, $27 member

Instructor: Peggy Williams, Consulting Rosarian

 

Workshop - Grab & Go Flower Arrangements - ONLINE

Learn tricks of the trade to make those colorful bunches of flowers from the farmers market or local grocer into professional arrangements.

 

This program will be held entirely online. Details on how to join the class will be emailed the day of the program.

 

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.

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