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Relational Rewilding: Bird Language and the Quiet Mind

A Rewilding walk. Rewild yourself, improve your birding success and see more wildlife by learning the language of the birds! If you enjoy time watching birds, at some point you have probably wondered what they are saying. This spring morning outing is not about identification through vocalizations, but rather is an introduction to a common language birds use to speak to each other about the landscape, predators and even YOU. This ancient survival skill is about  what  is being communicated   not  who  is communicating. By learning some bird language basics, energizing your senses and quieting the mind we can better understand the tweets, chirps and whistles of our feathered friends while enriching life in practical and surprising ways.

Price: $30, $25 member

Instructor: Kimberly Beck is passionate about facilitating deep relationships between people, nature and animals. Kimberly holds a Masters degree in Counseling and a Bachelors degree in Outdoor Education and Plant Biology. Currently she is owner and operator of both The Canine Effect, her dog training business, and Relational Rewilding Nature Guiding. Kimberly has designed and led environmental and humane education programs at state parks, outdoor education centers and animal shelters throughout the country. She is a Master Naturalist, a Native Plant Master, and has participated in continuing education programs through Wilderness Awareness School, 8 Shields Institute, and The Tracking Project - training in cultural and natural awareness, animal tracking, plant studies, bird language, primitive skills, and community building.

 

Special Instructions: Walk will take place exclusively outdoors; please dress accordingly for weather, bring sunscreen, hat, water, and lunch if desired. Be prepared for walking and light hiking.

Class length does NOT include drive time to or from our meeting place to the hiking location.

Location: Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield. All location details and directions will be sent the week before class.

 

Therapeutic Thursdays

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 on the day of the program.

 

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.

 

Urban Farm Tour - Grow + Gather

Housed in a renovated historic auto shop, Grow + Gather has preserved the architectural legacy while re-imagining the original property to serve the needs of our urban farming operations, market and restaurant. From our rooftop greenhouse to our solar panels, beehives and gray water system, we are committed to creating a more local, sustainable and creative food experience. Guests will join us for a tour of our facility, followed by a rooftop greenhouse food tasting creatively curated by The Feedery's Executive Chef Jeff Schwing.

 

Special Instructions: A portion of the tour is not ADA accessible.

If you would like to enjoy brunch or lunch at The Feedery, we do encourage you to make a reservation ahead of time, which can be done online here.

 

Price: $28, $25 member

Instructor: George Gastis, Founder + Owner

 

George is a Cleveland, OH native and graduate of Denison University, transplanted and living in Denver since 1995. Prior to this latest venture, George was a marketing and tech-industry veteran, most recently as the owner of BrainSpark Media, which he founded in 2005 and then sold in 2015. As a lifelong gardener and food enthusiast, he has merged these passions with nearly three decades of professional experience to form Grow + Gather and The Feedery.

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 well 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 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

 

Wagon and Walk Explorations at Plains Conservation Center: Geology

Visit an interesting rock outcrop at the Plains Conservation Center as you join us for a tour of the property that will include a wagon ride (weather permitting) and some walking to specific locations on the property to explore the topic in-depth. Appropriate for all ages. Closed-toe footwear, water bottle, sunscreen and hat recommended.

Price:  $10/person, ages 2 and under free

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

 

Wagon and Walk Explorations at Plains Conservation Center: Homestead

Visit the Plains Conservation Center's sod homestead and homestead garden as you join us for a tour of the property that will include a wagon ride (weather permitting) and some walking to specific locations on the property to explore the topic in-depth. Appropriate for all ages. Closed-toe footwear, water bottle, sunscreen and hat recommended.

Price:  $10, ages 2 and under free

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

 

Wagon and Walk Explorations at Plains Conservation Center: Prairie Animals

Focus on the animals that call the prairie home at the Plains Conservation Center as you join us for a tour of the property that will include a wagon ride (weather permitting) and some walking to specific locations on the property to explore the topic in-depth. Appropriate for all ages. Closed-toe footwear, water bottle, sunscreen and hat recommended.

Price:  $10, ages 2 and under free

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

 

Wagon and Walk Explorations at Plains Conservation Center: Prairie Plants and Flowers

Explore the shortgrass prairie at the Plains Conservation Center and learn about specific grasses and flowers as you join us for a tour of the property that will include a wagon ride (weather permitting) and some walking to specific locations on the property to explore the topic in-depth. Appropriate for all ages. Closed-toe footwear, water bottle, sunscreen and hat recommended.

Price:  $10, ages 2 and under free

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

 

Wagon and Walk Explorations at Plains Conservation Center: Riparian Scavenger Hunt

Explore the riparian area of the Plains Conservation Center and learn more about this important ecosystem as you join us for a tour of the property that will include a wagon ride (weather permitting) and some walking to specific locations on the property to explore the topic in-depth. Appropriate for all ages. Closed-toe footwear, water bottle, sunscreen and hat recommended.

Price:  $10, ages 2 and under free

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

 

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.

Wild Wednesday Hikes Through Colorado's Life Zones - Foothills

Foothills Native Plants Hike

Spend the morning with a guide learning about the foothills life zone and searching for foothills wildflowers. This hike will occur at the JeffCo Open Space Park, Deer Creek Canyon, which is approximately a 27-mile drive from Denver. Deer Creek Canyon Park boasts diverse plant communities including Gambel oak groves, ponderosa pine forests, Douglas-fir forests, grasslands, and riparian. The park is one of the choicest locations to see wildflowers in late spring, including larkspur, Yucca, locoweed, several species of Penstemon and Astragalus. The participants will be provided with a plant list which includes scientific and common names of some of the plants that may be encountered on the hike. The hike itself is approximately 2.5 miles and is rated as moderate, due to a few steep, rocky sections.

 

Price: $25, $20 member

Instructor: Jen Toews

 

Jen Toews joined the Gardens in 2015 as the Plant Recorder and is responsible for researching nomenclature and the accessioning of all plants entering the Gardens. She is an author of the recently published field guide Wildflowers of the Rocky Mountain Region (2018) and has developed content for and taught native plants classes at the Gardens. She holds a BA in Biology from Metropolitan State University of Denver, an MA in English from CU Denver, and is a Native Plant Master®. Outside of work Jen enjoys hiking and photographing Colorado's diverse plants and their habitats and writing about nature-themed adventures in her blog, Telesonix Times.

Wild Wednesday Hikes Through Colorado's Life Zones - Montane

Montane Native Plants Hike - Reynolds Park

Spend the morning with a guide learning about the montane life zone and searching for wildflowers. This hike will occur at Reynolds Park, which is approximately a 40-mile drive from Denver. This park showcases ponderosa pine forests, a riparian corridor, scenic overlooks, and an array of wildflowers including paintbrush, pinedrops, wild currants, scarlet gilia, and native thistle. The participants will be provided with a plant list which includes scientific and common names of some of the plants that may be encountered. Exact trail TBD, but will be moderate and 4 miles or fewer.

 

Price: $25, $20 member

Instructor: Jen Toews

 

Jen Toews joined the Gardens in 2015 as the Plant Recorder and is responsible for researching nomenclature and the accessioning of all plants entering the Gardens. She is an author of the recently published field guide Wildflowers of the Rocky Mountain Region (2018) and has developed content for and taught native plants classes at the Gardens. She holds a BA in Biology from Metropolitan State University of Denver, an MA in English from CU Denver, and is a Native Plant Master®. Outside of work Jen enjoys hiking and photographing Colorado's diverse plants and their habitats and writing about nature-themed adventures in her blog, Telesonix Times.

Wild Wednesday Hikes Through Colorado's Life Zones - Plains/Steppe

Green Mountain - William Frederick Hayden Park

Spend the morning with a guide learning about the plains life zone and the flora of Colorado's prairie wildflowers. This hike will take place at William Frederick Hayden Park which encompasses Green Mountain, a 6,800 foot mesa on the west side of Denver. Expect to see beautiful wildflowers including Oenothera, Astragalus, and Lupine as well as learn to identify some of the major grasses and shrubs of the plains life zone. This hike will take us to the summit of Green Mountain and along the way we will see different exposures and microclimates in which dramatically different plant communities exist; these ecotones (transitional biological communities) will represent a transition between plains and foothills flora. The participants will be provided with a plant list which includes scientific and common names of some of the plants that may be encountered on the hike. This hike is 6 miles in length with 500 feet of elevation gain.

 

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.

Wild Wednesday Hikes Through Colorado's Life Zones - Subalpine

 

Lake Isabelle

Spend the morning with a guide learning about Colorado's subalpine life zone and searching for wildflowers. Lake Isabelle is situated at 11,000 feet in the heart of the Indian Peaks Wilderness. Framed by Navajo, Apache, and Shoshoni peaks, this beautiful lake offers some of the most spectacular mountain scenery close to the front range. Just as spectacular are the abundant wildflowers along the trail and surrounding the lake. Along the way, the trail moves through subalpine forest of spruce and fir, crosses several wildflower-bordered streams, and eventually opens up to wide subalpine meadows surrounding the lake. Stands of bluebells, Penstemon, Erigeron, Paintbrush and Pedicularis will keep us busy on the 4.1 mile hike up to the lake.

 

This hike will take place at moderately high elevation, from 10,500 to 11,000 feet 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.

Workshop - Festival of Flowers: Floral Designing and Flower Feast

Spend an enchanting Denver evening celebrating the sensory delights of flowers, as we begin to welcome in autumn. Led by the designers from Designs Inspired by You, create a lovely floral centerpiece. Then indulge in a delicious farm-to-table dinner featuring edible flowers and fresh, organic produce. Discover how to incorporate edible flowers, the scrumptious flavors of summer and the art of flower arranging, for a delighful effect.

Recipes, beverage, dinner and floral centerpiece included.

 

Price: $80, $75 member

Instructors: Lisa Weddel, Laura Tonner, Susan Evans

 

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 5 years. Her favorite part has been designing for weddings and events, but she has done just about everything. She has experience is 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 two years.

 

Susan Evans specializes in empowering people to improve their health and lifestyle through herbal and wellness education. Let Susan introduce you to herbs for healing, cooking, gardening and crafting.

Susan has been cultivating and working with herbs for more than 30 years. She managed garden centers and greenhouses in Denver before starting her own organic landscaping business, Flowerscapes, which she owned and operated for 12 years. She has worked as a master gardener and volunteer naturalist for Jefferson County, Colorado.

She has a certificate in advanced clinical herbalism from the Rocky Mountain Center for Botanical Studies in Boulder and has over 1,500 hours of clinical study and experience in the uses of medicinal plants. After attaining her certification in 1997, she founded Chrysalis Herbs. Since then, she has devoted herself to sharing her love and knowledge of herbs and gardening, helping people to reconnect with the beauty and healing aspects of the natural world.

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