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Revitalize and Realign with Ayurveda

Cooking for renewal and breathing into transitions. Shed your winter coat and prepare for spring with these tips and recipes from time-tested Ayurvedic principles. This class covers some of the basic principles of Ayurveda with a brief introduction of the doshas: Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Learn the tools you need to plan out your springtime renewal ritual and how to customize it for your own constitution, including which foods and spices are appropriate for you. Learn different breathing exercises (pranayama) for each of the different doshas. At the end of the class, enjoy a warm bowl of kitchari and a cup of chai. Take home the recipes so you can make them yourself.

 

Price: $44, $39 member

Instructor: Farnosh Family
Farnosh was a long time student and teacher of yoga before turning to the sister science of yoga, Ayurveda, for help in healing after the birth of her first child. What she learned in those transformational months led her to a life guided by the principles of Ayurveda for herself and her family. She has studied with many teachers of yoga, ayurveda, and sanskrit including Dr. Vasant Lad, Shiva Rea, Sonia Massoco, Maria Garre, Patricia Wickman, and Dr. Bharat Vaidya. She holds an MA in organic chemistry from UCLA and a BA in environmental chemistry from Columbia University.

Rocky Mountain Horticulture I: Gardening Principles

Rocky Mountain Gardening Required Course Group I

This class details all the specifics necessary to grow plants successfully in the Rocky Mountain region. Soil preparation, plant choice and location, planting techniques and year-round maintenance specific to Colorado will be covered. We'll review plant growth, fertilizers, microclimates and more.

Price: $161, $135 members

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.

Special Instructions: All students are requested to bring graph paper and pencils to the first class

Photo courtesy of: Soil Science (flickr)

Rocky Mountain Horticulture II

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.

 

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 members

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. 

Rosemaling in the Os Style

Rosemaling in the Os Style

Although folk art flourished throughout Europe in the 18th and 19th centuries, it achieved its highest level of creativeness in the remote valleys of Norway from 1750 on. From its origins in the Telemark and Hallingdal, regional styles developed as generations of itinerant painters spread their trade westward to the fjord districts. Latest to develop was folk art in the area south of Bergen known as Os. This style features bright, colorful flowers painted on cupboards, trunks, beds and smaller traditional baskets and boxes. During this class you will create an Os design on a small box using typical flower motifs and a colorful palette. These designs are especially attractive to the modern eye. You will also learn about the traditional Norwegian rosemaling styles and how interest in this vigorous art form continues to the modern era.

Prerequisites: Botanical Illustration in Watercolor I or equivalent.

Fee: $295 member, $355 non-member (Box and paints included).

Date(s): Thu, Feb. 20, 27, March 5, 12, 19, 1-4 p.m.

Instructor: Louise Bath, Colorado

 

Louise Bath has been studying the Norwegian art form of rosemaling for 30 years. In 2017, she was awarded a Gold Medal in Rosemaling from Vesterheim, the Norwegian American Museum in Decorah, Iowa. That same year she graduated with a certificate in botanical art and illustration from the Denver Botanic Gardens program. She now teaches rosemaling in Colorado and across the United States. Three trips to Norway in 2013, 2016 and 2018 have given her a wealth of rosemaling knowledge and ideas.

 

Roses in Reality

Roses in Reality

Native to the Northern Hemisphere, roses evolved millions of years ago, before North America separated from Eurasia. Of the estimated 159 species of wild roses, more than half are endemic to China. Ever since the Greek and Roman Empires, no flower has captured the human imagination in quite the same way. Start by studying rose paintings from masters of the past such as Alfred Parsons and Pierre-Joseph Redouté. Learn how to draw the complex petal configurations, contrasting luminous and velvety petal textures, prickles and thorns. Practice techniques from wet-on-wet to drybrush and learn how to use them appropriately. You will leave this class with a finished, exquisite rose painting!

Prerequisite: Botanical Illustration in Watercolor I.

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

Date(s):

Wed, June 3, 10, 17, 24, July 1, 1-4 p.m.

Instructor: Constance Sayas

 

 

 

 

Sacred Doorways- Byzantine Iconography

Sacred Doorways: Byzantine Iconography

More than a decorative element, color plays a very important role in Byzantine iconography, which is one of the oldest art forms to survive unchanged for the past 2,000 years. Students are introduced to both the practical and the theoretical part of the iconographic tradition (iconology). You’ll use natural materials: wood panels gessoed with naturally ground, genuine gold leaf and egg tempera made from natural pigments. You’ll learn the language of light, color, image and symbol, with the iconic symbolism explained alongside the technical instruction.

Prerequisite: Open for beginners as well as more experienced icon painters.

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

Date(s):

Thu, May 21, 28, June 4, 11, 18, 1-4 p.m.

Instructor: Laurence Pierson

 

 

 

SCFD Free Day at Chatfield Farms

Free days for Colorado residents are held throughout the year at Denver Botanic Gardens and Chatfield Farms, thanks to funding from the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). The event offers everyone a chance to appreciate our collections and explore the living museum. Free Days occur during regular Gardens hours only, and do not include ticketed events.

SCFD Free Day at York Street

Free days for Colorado residents are held throughout the year at Denver Botanic Gardens and Chatfield Farms, thanks to funding from the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). The event offers everyone a chance to appreciate our collections and explore the living museum. Free Days occur during regular Gardens hours only, and do not include ticketed events. Included with admission.

Science Studio: Junior Chemists

Don't be basic! Learn how you can use your senses to unlock the secrets of pH. We will perform science experiments with everyday kitchen and food items and even complete a taste test that will really make you pucker!

 

Science Studio inspires children to investigate the connections between scientific concepts, the arts and their natural world.  Each Studio program delves into a different discipline of sciences associated with the natural world. Each session provides learners with the opportunity for hands on investigations experiments and more.

 

Ages: This program is designed for children ages 7-10.

 

Price: $14, $12 member; one adult per child is admitted free of charge. Adults are required to stay onsite during the program.

Science Studio: Junior Ecologists

From the rolling prairies in the east to the sagebrush in the west, Colorado is home to plants and animals that have adapted to live in many different environments and ecosystems. But what makes up an ecosystem? Join us as we learn how Ecologists use ecosystems to understand the connections between plants, animals, and the physical world.

 

Science Studio inspires children to investigate the connections between scientific concepts, the arts and their natural world.  Each Studio program delves into a different discipline of sciences associated with the natural world. Each session provides learners with the opportunity for hands on investigations experiments and more.

 

Ages: This program is designed for children ages 7-10.

 

Price: $14, $12 member; one adult per child is admitted free of charge. Adults are required to stay onsite during the program.

Science Studio: Junior Paleobotanists

What do you think the plants in Colorado looked like millions of years ago? Join us as we travel back in time as Paleobotanists to study fossils from ancient plants and unlock the secrets of Colorado's past! You'll be surprised to find that some fossils are still living today!

 

Science Studio inspires children to investigate the connections between scientific concepts, the arts and their natural world.  Each Studio program delves into a different discipline of sciences associated with the natural world. Each session provides learners with the opportunity for hands on investigations experiments and more.

 

Ages:This program is designed for children ages 7-10.

 

Price: $14, $12 member; one adult per child is admitted free of charge. Adults are required to stay onsite during the program.

 

Scratching the Surface

Scratching the Surface

Discover the potential and excitement of scratchboard, where contrasts in textures and values produce dramatic, luminous effects. Unlike any other medium, ink is correctible and, by using a blade, you can combine black-and-white lines and dots, which are the basis of ink textures. Students will add color as an accent to highlight areas of specific botanical interest or to create a compositional element. Demonstrations and examples show you how to create a vast range of textures to portray subjects with detail and accuracy. Choose favorite subjects from nature to create a composition, then sketch, transfer and render them in ink or pencil on white scratchboard using techniques to convey form, shading, textures and spatial placement. Students will work toward completing at least one final illustration.

Prerequisites: Botanical Illustration in Pen and Ink I, entry-level color media.

Fee: $280 member, $330 non-member.

Date(s):

Fri-Sun, April 24-26, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Randy Raak

Seasonal Discoveries Tour

No matter the time of year, botanical treasures await your discovery with these guided tours of gardens at their seasonal peaks. Experience the Gardens’ landscape at its best, whether through the early bulbs of spring or the crackling beauty of fall.

 

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

 

Special instructions: Tours are 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.

 

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

 

Seed to Table Gardening Series for Homeschoolers

Calling all aspiring gardeners! In this five-week series of classes, homeschoolers will deepen their understanding of planting and growing a successful garden in Colorado. Grow plants from start to finish while learning to sow your own seeds and developing gardening techniques. Each week, children will engage in active hands-on learning both in and out of the classroom. At the end of five weeks each young aspiring gardener will take home a seasonal container garden.

 

Ages: This program series is designed for children ages 8-12.

 

Price: $100 per child for 5-week series. One adult per child is free of charge. Adults are required to stay onsite during the program.

Seedlings: A Log's Life

Look closely as we examine what happens to a tree when it becomes a log on the forest floor.

Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, April 1, 9:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.

Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, April 2, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Ages 18-24 months: Friday, April 3, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Seedlings: April Showers Bring May Flowers

Discover the spring weather that a garden loves!

Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, April 29, 9:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.

Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, April 30, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Ages 18-24 months: Friday, May 1, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Seedlings: Cool Season Veggies

Investigate the tasty vegetables you can grow in April.

Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, April 8, 9:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.

Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, April 9, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Ages 18-24 months: Friday, April 10, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Seedlings: Curious Clover

Join us as we take a close look at these three-leafed wonders and discover what makes this plant so special.

Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, March 11, 9:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.

Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, March 12, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Ages 18-24 months: March 13, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Seedlings: Earth Day

Celebrate Earth Day while learning about compost and how we can use garbage to help plants grow!

Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, April 22, 9:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.

Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, April 23, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Ages 18-24 months: Friday, April 24, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Seedlings: Garden Detectives

Discover the Gardens with the tools of a detective! We will look at what a winter garden looks like and find clues of living plants.

Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, February 19, 9:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.

Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, February 20, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Ages 18-24 months: Friday, February 21, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

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