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Webinar Series

Join Denver Botanic Gardens' horticultural therapists from your home or office as we share techniques used in the Therapeutic Horticulture program. Engage your senses each week as we guide you in how to connect with plants in your everyday life.

All ages and abilities are welcome to participate. Only one registration is needed per family, household or organization.

Details on how to join the webinar will be emailed 30 minutes before the start of the program. Program time is 2 p.m. Mountain Time.

 

April 9: Building a Relationship With Plants

In this session we demonstrate repotting a houseplant into a new container and introduce observation skills for assessing the needs of your plant. This includes watering tips, pest management techniques and how to mindfully build a connection with your plants. This is a great introduction to horticultural mastery of your house plants. If you have a houseplant and potting supplies at home, feel free to join in along with us.

 

April 16: Tree Cookies

Tree cookies are segments sliced from trees. Segments of trees can show you the story of a tree's life. In this session, hear stories of a tree's lifespan with examples from the Gardens' collection of tree stories. We then use these principles to look at the rings in our own lives and stories.

 

April 23: Meet a Tree

Building off the Tree Cookie session, we put into practice our skills of observing plants and trees. We discuss the architecture of trees, the rootedness and connectivity of trees to the Earth and other trees, and how trees grow in different environmental conditions and with age. Then, we look at how these observations apply to our own lives. This practice can be applied to any plant, whether on your neighborhood streets, at the park or in the forest.

 

April 30: Virtual Meditative Plant Walk at the Gardens

Learn to walk mindfully among plants. In this session, we pause to engage with plants and connect with the different sensations we feel on our own bodies as we isolate our senses to feel the temperature of the air and the warmth of the sun, tune into the sounds and scents of our surroundings, and take in the abundance of life surrounding us that we are sometimes too busy to notice. This is also an opportunity to see what is blooming in April at the Gardens.

 

May 7: Thorns and the Protection They Offer

Virtually join Angie in the Ellipse garden as she explains why roses have thorns and how sometimes we put our own thorns up to protect ourselves. Learn how to prepare rose plants for the coming season to produce bountiful blooms. Roses are considered a memory plant: Their scent may help us recall positive memories and be transported to these moments in our lives, which can stimulate conversations about these experiences.

 

May 14: Herbal Tea Blending

Herbal tea blending has quickly become one of our most popular therapeutic horticulture group activities. Learn about different herbs and their tea blending properties as well as how to make your own tea bags out of coffee filters and twine. Learn which herbs are used to soothe our moods and nerves, what can calm us or stimulate our senses. Many of these herbs stimulate fond memories and the sharing of stories.

 

May 21: Lotus, Water Lilies and Grief

Meet Tamara Kilbane, the Gardens' curator of aquatic collections, for a behind-the-scenes look at our aquatic collections. These plants grow out of muddy waters, endure the cold winters, protect themselves with thorns, and through all of this produce beautifully delicate blossoms. We can use these plants as guides for our own resilience and navigating the murky waters and situations in our lives.

 

May 28: Virtual Meditative Plant Walk at the Gardens

Learn to walk mindfully among plants. We pause to engage with plants and connect with the different sensations we feel on our own bodies as we isolate our senses to feel the temperature of the air and the warmth of the sun, tune into the sounds and scents of our surroundings, and take in the abundance of life surrounding us that we are sometimes too busy to notice. This is also an opportunity to see what is blooming in May at the Gardens.

 

 

Price per session: $8, $5 member

Instructors: Angie Andrade and Catharine McCord

Angie Andrade, HTR is a senior horticulturalist at the Gardens and manager of the Therapeutic Horticulture Program. Angie is a registered horticultural therapist through the American Horticultural Therapy Association.

Catharine McCord is a program coordinator at the Gardens for adult education programs and the Therapeutic Horticulture Program. She is also the recipient of the 2020 American Horticultural Society’s Great American Gardeners Award for Horticultural Therapy.

 

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