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String Games

Winters days were long on the prairie and were a time for telling stories. String games have been part of all cultures for as long as historians know. Bring the family, enjoy some hot chocolate and learn how to make some classic string figures. Then put the figures together to illustrate a story in the the style of the Native Americans. Appropriate for ages 3 and up.

Price:  $8

Location: Plains Conservation Center, 21901 E. Hampden Avenue, Aurora, CO 80013

 

Strolling Stories Along Deer Creek

Storytime and nature hikes unite in this new program at Chatfield Farms. Each week we venture out around the grounds of Chatfield Farms and investigate nature as it changes with the seasons. Along the trail we stop to read a seasonally themed story and then continue our adventure with an exploration based on the day's book.

 

Audience: Recommended for ages 3-6 years.

 

Special Instructions: This program takes place at Denver Botanic Gardens' Chatfield Farms located at 8500 W Deer Creek Canyon Road, Littleton, CO 80128.

 

Price: $10, $8 member; includes free admission for one adult. Ticket includes admission to Chatfield Farms so you can further explore after the event.

Sunrise Vinyasa Yoga at the Gardens

Looking for an amazing place to practice your yoga skills, how about the beautiful Denver Botanic Gardens?

Vinyasa yoga weaves beautiful movement with challenging postures, and cultivates a sense of peace and calm by the end of each yoga class. Practicing vinyasa yoga on a daily basis can improve posture, flexibility, and endurance. Beyond the physical benefits, yoga helps to bring a sense of clarity to challenging situations in life, reminds us to stay present and focused in an ever-changing environment, and can help us find happiness and contentment in our surroundings.

The postures practiced in this challenging class will promote alignment, flexibility, focus, endurance and help detoxify the body.

 

Instructor: Blake Burger

Skill level: All levels welcome

Price: $12, $10 members

Special Instructions: Please bring a mat, a towel and water. Please register online in advance of class. Location will vary depending on temperature and time of year.

 

SCHEDULE DETAILS:

October 1, 2018- May 14, 2019 (7:30 - 8:30am): Enter through the gate on the east side of York St and yoga will be in the Morrison Center.

May 15, 2019 - September 30, 2019 (8-9am): Enter through the Pinon Gate on the west side of York Street. In the late summer and fall, class will meet in the UMB Bank Amphitheater. When it is chilly, we will meet in the Orangery (front of the greenhouse complex). There will be signs starting from the after-hours entrance on the north side of the main entry that will direct participants.

October 1, 2019 - Dec 31, 2019 (7:30 - 8:30am): Enter through the gate on the east side of York St and yoga will be in the Morrison Center.

 

 

Photo: Perfecto Insecto (Flickr)

Sustainable Greenhouse Design

Rocky Mountain Gardening Elective

 

Can you create a greenhouse that needs no supplemental heating or cooling year-round? The answer is yes!

No more over-heating and freezing as is common in all-glazed greenhouses   this design balances the use of thermal mass, glazing, insulation and sun angles to achieve the stabilization needed in our extreme climate without the use of fossil fuels.

This class takes a comprehensive look at how passive solar greenhouses work, how to orient the building, basic principles of passive solar design including the use of stored water as thermal mass, simple math formulas to help guide you with your design, a materials list and drawings and calculations for a 13 X15  greenhouse.

The Parmenters share what they have learned about state-of-the-art and salvaged materials and cost-saving strategies.

 

Price: $160, $150 members

Instructors: Penn and Cord Parmenter

 

Penn and Cord Parmenter are high altitude food and seed growers. In 1991, they began homesteading and growing on 43 acres in the Wet Mountains of South-Central Colorado at 8,120 ft. They apply a multitude of techniques to overcome the challenges of the high country. They are owners of Smart Greenhouses LLC, a sustainable greenhouse design company and Miss Penn s Mountain Seeds, providing regionally adapted seeds for extreme climates.

 

Teaching Plant Science Through Math and Literacy

Plants can be used to teach math, literature, writing, and social studies, and this class will teach you how to do it! We’ll explore a variety of hands-on learning opportunities using garden and classroom plants to teach content requirements in a variety of subjects. Appropriate for K-6 teaches.

Textures in Colored Pencils on Mylar

Textures in Colored Pencils on Mylar

Beauty is in the details: fuzzy, thorny, smooth, matte, shiny, crinkly or translucent. Learn to see detail in a new way that allows you to create realistic textures using a variety of colored pencil techniques. Through guided exercise and practice, assemble a collection of texture technique studies that you can reference for all future drawings. As you learn to interpret the surface of your specimen more intuitively, new methods for producing that texture in colored pencil will become rewarding and fun.

Prerequisite: Botanical Illustration in Colored Pencil II.

Fee: $265 member, $315 non-member.

Date(s):

Mon, April 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18, 1-4 p.m.

Instructor: Susan DiMarchi

 

The Cook's Herb Garden Workshop and Dinner

Discover the numerous health and taste benefits of your own herb garden. We'll cover growing, harvesting and culinary uses of 7 of the most popular culinary herbs including marjoram, parsley, sage, rosemary, thyme, chives, basil and more.We'll make an all purpose garden seasoning blend and have a delicious herbal meal. Take home an herb blend and an extensive handout with recipes and growing instructions.

 

Instructor: Susan Evans

Price: $54, $49 members, $25 materials fee included

The Growing Classroom - how to successfully grow plants in your classroom

Have you always wanted to grow plants in your classroom but don’t have a green thumb? We’ll go over techniques to successfully grow plants indoors along with activities for students to learn about plants and planting. Appropriate for all classroom teachers.

$55 member, $65 nonmember.

 

One-half semester hour of graduate level relicensure credit from the Colorado School of Mines is available on the day of the class for an additional $40 (payable by check only).

 

The Magic of Moths in Ink and Color

The Magic of Moths in Ink and Color

William H. Lizars (1788-1859) of Edinburgh was an established portrait and genre painter who went to work in the book trade and created plates for “British Butterflies” and J.J. Audubon's “The Birds of America.” Lizars experimented with new techniques and is perhaps best known for his colored insect and bird illustrations on monochromatic habitat backgrounds. During this class we concentrate on moths. Moths are masters of disguise. They can camouflage to hide from predators, and, because of their large numbers, moths are a significant source of food to other species in the ecosystem. These nocturnal insects are as beautiful as butterflies but are hidden from us in the dark. Working in ink and your choice of color media, design a final plate in the scientific style of Lizars.

Prerequisites: Botanical Illustration in Pen and Ink I, Botanical Illustration in Colored Pencil I or Botanical Illustration in Watercolor I.

Fee: $265 member, $315 non-member.

Date(s):

Mon, June 8, 15, 22, 29, July 6, 6-9 p.m.

Instructor: Susan DiMarchi

 

The Skin of Trees: Expressive Ink Textures in Bark on Mylar

The Skin of Trees: Expressive Ink Textures in Bark on Mylar

We often overlook bark, the structured and always important part of the plant, and only focus on leaves and flowers. You will discover the diversity of tree bark while stepping away from tradition to try new techniques and learn about this essential protective element of the tree. Trade your technical pen for a quill and brush and learn to express ink lines in a relaxed and painterly fashion. Begin with a look at how other artists have used ink expressively. Demonstration and practice with the new tools and colored inks prepares you to start your own drawing. Choose a botanical subject and experiment with techniques for successfully depicting line, form and texture. Make a mistake? No problem! You can erase ink from Mylar and try again. Complete a botanical study and enjoy a fresh, fun way to approach this time-honored medium.

Prerequisite: Botanical Illustration in Colored Pencil II.

Fee: $265 member, $315 non-member.

Date(s):

Wed, May 13, 20, 27, June 3, 10, 9 a.m. – noon

Instructor: Susan DiMarchi

 

Tibetan Singing Bowls Concert

Join us for a Tibetan singing bowls experience with Denver yoga instructor and sound healer Chris Anne Coviello of the Healing Space Wellness Center in Denver. Chris Anne has been performing Tibetan bowls concerts and teaching weekly kundalini yoga classes at Denver Botanic Gardens since 2009. The concert will begin with a symphonic gong and a Venus gong that are played gently with the intention to relax the nervous system.

 

The singing bowls are tuned to musical notes that correspond to the different chakras of the body and are played to balance energy in the body. Because we are made up of mostly water, the vibrational effect will be a full body cellular massage.

Tibetan singing bowls have been used for thousands of years as instruments of healing. So come relax, close your eyes and drift into an altered state which facilitates the body to heal. Wear comfy clothes and bring a yoga mat or blanket so that you may lie down and let the bells carry away with them all that no longer serves you. As the chakras re-align, breathe in peace and enter a profound state of physical, mental and emotional well-being. Feel as if you are 10 pounds lighter as stress, anxiety and fear melt from your system.

 

Special Instructions: No children under 12 years of age are permitted in this program. Talking, cell phones and other distractions are not permitted.

 

Price: $18, $15 members

Instructor: Chris Anne Coviello

 

Totally Tomato

The most sought after vegetable for home gardeners. Is the perfect tomato out of your grasp? Do you long for that sweet, juicy firm bite of tanginess and just can't make it happen in your garden?

This class is an in depth study of the most prized garden vegetable. This class explores varieties of heirloom and hybrid tomatoes and the differences in the two. You will learn how to select which are best for you to try if you are a beginner and which might be best left to the more advanced tomato grower. We will cover starting seeds v. transplants, growing challenges, pests and diseases and how to overcome them and options for organic care of your prize vegetable.

We will conclude class with a demonstration of starting tomato seeds and each student will go home seeds to begin your plants at home to be ready in time to plant this season.

 

Instructor: Patti O'Neal

Price: $36, $31 members, includes $6 for materials to start your very own tomatoes this season!

 

Tropical Trails Tour

Denver may be blanketed with snow, but the plants in the Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory enjoy a warm climate year-round. Enjoy the lush vegetation, vibrant flowers and warmth of the tropics as you stroll through the Gardens’ tropical collections. This is a one-hour tour led by experienced docents.

 

Price: $14, $12 member, $10 student

 

Special instructions: Tours are indoors. Please bring booking confirmation. Meet guide in the lobby of the Boettcher Memorial Center after entering through the Gardens main entrance.

 

Notes: Prices include admission to the Gardens. Tours with low registration are subject to cancellation.

 

 

Understanding Front Range Soils

Rocky Mountain Gardening Required Course Group I

Soil is the bottom line in starting your garden successfully, and the properties of Front Range soils present unique challenges. By learning some simple physical and chemical properties of soil, including parent material and its formation, you can gain a better understanding of how plants grow in it and what to consider in plant selection and landscape design.

 

Instructor: Jean Reeder

Price: $92, $85 members

Vegetable Gardening on the High Plains: Heirloom and Beyond

*all sessions are individual registrations, students can take the full series or individual classes based on your interest

$34, $29 member for each session

Session 1: Saturday March 28- Seed Starting and Garden Planning Learn how to start your veggie garden entirely from seeds! This class will go over seed starting basics and home propagation techniques. We will also look at how to maximize your garden space at home through efficient garden planning and you'll learn how many of each variety to start based on your needs, scheduling your seed starting, as well as the best ways to organize your vegetable beds.

Session 2: Saturday June 6– Learn the best way to plant your veggie garden and the basics of garden maintenance, including soils and fertilization, watering and pest management. We'll also learn about crop selection and vegetable varieties that are will suited to the climate of Colorado's front range. Get your hands dirty as we practice the basics of planting and garden soil prep in the garden.

Session 3: Saturday August 8– This class will go over the basics of harvesting from your veggie garden. Proper harvest techniques and ongoing plant maintenance (including trellising, pruning, etc.) will be covered. We'll also look ahead at how to extend the growing season and transition a vegetable garden into the autumn with hardy leafy greens and other fall crops.

 

Instructor: Michael Guidi

Michael is a horticulturist at Denver Botanic Gardens and oversees Mordecai Children’s Garden, a diverse garden showcasing Colorado life zones ranging from the plains to the alpine tundra; it also contains a demonstration vegetable garden. Ecological gardening and native plants are his main area of interest, but he is passionate about growing food and urban agriculture. In the past, he has worked in hydroponic food production, greenhouse production and organic farming. Michael holds a B.S. in b\Biology with a focus on plant physiology and ecology. He currently sits on the board of directors of the North American Rock Garden Society.

 

Location: Plains Conservation Center, 21901 E. Hampden Avenue, Aurora, CO 80013

 

Vines and Groundcovers

 

 

 

 

Vinyasa, Violins and Vino

Yoga with a twist. Enjoy vinyasa yoga, live violin music and a picnic! Relax in nature as Blake Burger, certified instructor and Gardens’ horticulturist, leads an hour-long class in the Gardens. Conclude the evening with a bring your own picnic and music performance. BYOB wine and beer is permitted.

 

Instructor: DBG's own horticulturalist and yoga instructor Blake Burger

Musician: Brittany Erickson is a classical violinist living in Denver, Colorado. She has performed chamber music and orchestral works across the country including with the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, The Curtis Institute, and the Harvard University Orchestra. By day, Brittany is an educator who supports school districts to design innovative new schools, and in her spare time, she can be found enjoying the Colorado mountains or tending her vegetable garden with her partner, John.

Price: $18 general public

Special Instructions: Please bring your own yoga mat, water, picnic and a beverage or adult beverage of your choosing. Please be sure to bring valid ID if consuming alcohol.

This is a rain or shine event, both the yoga class and picnic will be held under the clear tent and lights of the amphitheater. Class will begin promptly at 6:30pm, so please arrive early enough to get settled in.

Wall as Canvas: Painting Murals

Wall as Canvas: Painting Murals

Learn how to paint interior and exterior walls with your own designs in this introduction to mural painting. Students will learn about process, tools and techniques (as well as a few trade secrets), but this is also a hands-on course. You will design a wall mural and experience “going large” by painting one of our break rooms at the Gardens.

No prerequisites.

Fee: $460 member, $510 non-member.

Date(s):

Thu, June 25, July 2, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Fri-Sun, July 10-12, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (25 hours).

Instructor: Meredith Feniak

 

Water Wise Landscape Planning for Non-Designers

Rocky Mountain Gardening Elective

This class will show you how to begin planning a landscape better suited to a dry climate AND your needs. While low water use plants are great, they’re only as good as how you use them in the garden. This class explains how to think through your landscape before you plant to insure success and a put-together look. It will help if you want to plant a landscape yourself or before hiring a designer/contractor to do the work for you. Take home materials give you a way to follow-through with the beginning thoughts you have in class and make your plan.

 

Instructor: Carl Wilson

Price: $50, $46 members, includes $5 for materials

Image: Courtesy of Winger Photography

Wild Wednesday Hikes Through Colorado's Life Zones - Alpine

Loveland Pass

Spend the morning with a guide learning about Colorado's alpine life zone and searching for wildflowers. This hike will start off at Loveland Pass, a high alpine pass about 60 miles west of Denver. Here we will see several different alpine plant communities, including fell fields, dry and wet alpine meadows, and snow fields. Dozens of species of wildflowers will carpet the tundra in a short but magnificent display of color. The pass hosts moss campion, phlox, alpine forget-me-nots along with dozens of others. Afterwards, we will drive a few hundred yards down the road to Loveland Lake where riparian alpine wildflowers like Parry's primrose, gentians, and roseroot are plentiful. This hike will be moderate at 4 miles or fewer (in total).

 

This hike will take place at very high elevation, from 12,000 to 12,500 ft so be aware you may be short of breath and experience altitude-related fatigue at this elevation!

 

Price: $25, $20 member

Instructor: Michael Guidi

 

Michael Guidi joined Denver Botanic Gardens in 2017 as a horticulturist where he manages the native plant themed Mordecai Children's Garden. Rock gardening and native plants are his main areas of horticultural interest, but he is broadly interested in alpine and aridland flora and ecology. Michael holds a B.S. in biology with a focus on plant physiology and ecology and currently sits on the board of directors of the North American Rock Garden Society.

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