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Botany Fresh-Up

Refresh your memory about flower structure, aestivation, leaf venation, bracts and stipules. During this one-day fresh-up, we dissect flowers, examine plant details closely and get more botanically prepared for the coming classes.

Prerequisite: Botany for the Botanical Illustrator.

Fee: $10 member (supplies only), $15 non-member (supplies only).

Date(s):

Thu, Sep. 19, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Instructor: Mervi Hjelmroos-Koski

 

Tue, Nov. 19, 26, 6-9 p.m.

Instructor: Mervi Hjelmroos-Koski

Bracts and Bromeliads: Perspective Lover's Dream Come True!

Bromeliads, a family of more than 3,300 species, provide the most amazing collection of foliage colors and patterns found in the plant world. The foliage takes many different shapes, from needle thin to broad and flat, symmetrical to bizarre, soft to spiky. Bromeliads provide a habitat for many thousands of species of other plants, as well as reptiles, amphibians, crustaceans, insects and other creatures. The relationship is often symbiotic, with the plant supplying water and shelter and the other organism providing protein or nutrients. These fascinating ornamental plants offer an exciting challenge in perspective, pattern and value and an outstanding opportunity to take your pen and ink skills to a new level of sophistication.

Begin the class by practicing and refining perspective skills as you work in pencil to construct a botanically correct “linear scaffold” and value map. Next, using ink, discover advanced techniques that turn stipple patterns into color and mimic variegated leaf markings. Learn how to layer and manipulate lines and stipples to develop a full range of values and atmospheric perspective. Go one step further and add a surprise inhabitant! Build a new appreciation for what can be achieved using black and white as you develop an elaborate final pen and ink plate.

 

Prerequisites: Botanical Illustration in Pen and Ink I, Perfecting Perspective.

 

Fee: $260 member, $310 non-member.

 

Date(s): Tue, Oct. 15, 22, 29, Nov. 5, 12, 6-9 p.m.

Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt

Cacao Ceremony with Tibetan Singing Bowls and Movement

Drink ceremonial-grade, responsibly sourced cacao from Guatemala and be guided into a ceremonial experience with chocolate! This ceremony will be complimented by Tibetan singing bowls, which have been used for thousands of years to promote healing.

There is a reason that cacao has been used medicinally and spiritually for nearly 3,000 years there is more to this small bean than meets the eye. Native to Central and South America, cacao was used by the Aztecs and Mayans in sacred ceremonies. The cacao tree was one of these ancient peoples' most prized, and chocolate was the drink of choice. Chocolate was used as preventative medicine as well as healing purposes. Historical texts contain an enormous list of medical uses for cacao among them are increased libido, fertility and abetted longevity, as well as improved energy, reduced fever and asthma, heart-opening, and having an overall calming effect. Most cacao that is easily found today has been processed and roasted in such a way that it loses many of its health benefits. Slow down and open your heart; learn about this sacred plant.

 

ALL levels welcome and no experience required.

Please bring a yoga mat, blanket and any props or pillows needed to make yourself comfortable for meditation and a deep relaxation lying on the floor for 45-60 minutes. We recommend wearing comfortable clothing.

 

Price: $54, $50 members

Instructor: Chris Anne Coviello

Cafe Botanique

Café Botanique is a part of the Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate Program and is open to Botanical Art and Illustration students, Gardens' members, the general public, academia and artists. The 30-40 minute talk starts at 6:30 p.m. and is followed by a discussion. This lecture offers one elective credit hour in the BI-program. Fee: $5.

 

 

Carbon Dust

Push your drawing skills into a new realm. Carbon dust has been a mainstay medium for medical and scientific illustrators for more than 75 years. Using a combination of pencil lines and dust washes applied with brushes, this medium produces rich tonal renderings with the value range of charcoal and the precision of watercolor. Get introduced to the various tools associated with carbon dust, including carbon pencils, dust, brushes, blenders and fixative. Choose a subject well-suited to the technique and learn to use methodical layering to create a flawless continuous tone. Complete the finer details with pencil for a finished carbon-dust rendering.

Prerequisite: Botanical Illustration in Pencil II.

 

Fee: $260 member, $310 non-member.

 

Date(s):

Tue, Nov. 19, 26, Dec. 3, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Randy Raak

 

Cherokee Fall Nature Hike - At Cherokee Ranch and Castle

Those lucky enough to have hiked Cherokee Ranch know that there are a wealth of habitats and a rich flora that distract your eyes downwards, even as the vistas of the rugged backbone of the Rockies and distant misty towers of downtown Denver tempt you to look further away. One thing is for sure you will never be bored on a Cherokee hike! This year we are starting much earlier for better birding. But the plants will already be awake!

 

In Fall the Sumac and plums are turning color in the gullies, and the oaks are showing some burnished bronze. Fall is a fabulous season on Cherokee Ranch: Senecio, Aster and Goldenrod are everywhere. Blazing star paints purple spikes in the tousled mats of buffalo grass. The Spotted Towhee bird can be overlooked in the spring and summer, is more visible now since many of the spring and summer residents have started their fall migration. Two species of Jays – Scrub and Steller’s can now get the attention they deserve. They can be “missed” in spring and summer as we look at the other species.

 

Tour Guides: Panayoti Kelaidis and Lynn Willcockson

Price: $25, $20 members

Special Instructions: Please wear comfortable shoes and bring your own supply of water for a 2 hour adventure. Plants don't really care how you dress for the field trips but BIRDS DO!! It is easier to see birds if you DO NOT wear white or other very bright colors i.e. yellow, orange or red. Also, bring your binoculars: they can be used for both birds and plants.

 

Directions and details for your hike will be emailed to your email address approximately one week before your hike.

Hike location:

Cherokee Ranch and Castle

6113 N Daniels Park RD

Sedalia, CO 80135

Cherokee Winter Nature Tour - At Cherokee Ranch and Castle

Those lucky enough to have hiked Cherokee Ranch know that there are a wealth of habitats and a rich flora that distract your eyes downwards, even as the vistas of the rugged backbone of the Rockies and distant misty towers of downtown Denver tempt you to look further away.

 

Whoever says winter is the “dormant” season? Wise naturalists know that nature does not sleep, you can now SEE those birds flitting in the bare branches. Buds are set on everything, and there is much more than just bark, branches and berries to liven a walk. You can see two species of Chickadees and Nuthatches that never stop in their search for food and there are a few last lingering hints of flowers. You will be surprised at how many evergreens there really are; not just pines and junipers and Oregon Grape, but many of our native shrubs and forbs keep living foliage and rosettes through the winter: they are still hard at work chlorophyll pumping! You might also be surprised to know that some Dark-eyed Juncos fly all the way from the Pacific Northwest and even Canada to winter at Cherokee. Other winter species include Flicker, Woodpeckers and a resident Red-tailed Hawk. What better time and place than Cherokee Ranch in the bright, winter light.

 

Price: $20 member, $25 non-member

 

 

 

* Plants don’t really care how you dress for the field trips but BIRDS DO!! It is easier to see birds if you DO NOT wear white or other very bright colors –i.e. yellow, orange or red. Also, bring your binoculars: they can be used for both birds and plants

* Please wear comfortable shoes and bring your own supply of water for a 2 hour adventure

*Directions and details for your hike will be emailed to your email address approximately one week before your hike

 

 

Color Mixing

The first step to watercolor painting is mixing colors. Learn a system for combining colors consistently to eliminate frustrating trial and error. Exercises, demonstrations and discussion will show you how to achieve the broadest possible spectrum. Learn about paint properties and important information about choosing pigments. Practice mixing colors to match a variety of plant material. You’ll gain confidence and skills to improve your color work.

No prerequisites.

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

Date(s): 

Tue, Oct. 15, 22, 29, Nov. 5, 12, 1-4 p.m.

Instructor: Constance Sayas

 

Colorado Ecosystems

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.

 

Price: $88, $78 member

 

Instructor: Sheridan Samano

 

 

Composition for Botanical Illustration

The arrangement of line, shape and color in artwork is itself an art form. The difference between a pleasant picture and amazing artwork is often found in composition. This course begins with a study of recognized masters and contemporary illustrators. Learn how to use compositional elements and principles in your botanical illustration. Create your own thumbnail compositions and develop insight and expertise to enhance your future illustrations.

No prerequisites.

Fee: $260 member, $310 non-member.

 

Date(s): Mon, Sep. 16, 23, 30, Oct. 14, 21, 1-4 p.m.

Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt

 

Date(s): Fri-Sun, Oct. 25-27, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt

 

Container Garden Tour

Do you need fresh ideas for your pots and containers? Here at the Gardens, we have outdoor containers year-round that go beyond the expected with novel texture and color combinations. Explore the variety of fun and unexpected container gardens at the Gardens with a docent-led tour, and learn how to create your own edible, fragrant or pollinator-attracting containers.

 

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.

Cooking on the Wood Burning Stove

You don’t need a modern kitchen to cook delicious food. Join us for an afternoon of tea and working together to bake yummy, period-appropriate treats on the wood burning stove in the McClean Soddy at the Plains Conservation Center. Recipes and all supplies provided. This class is geared towards adults and children 10 years and older.

 

 

Price:  Member $20, Non-member $24

 

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

 

Corn Maze

Wind your way through seven acres of corn. The maze can be viewed from two 15-foot tall illuminated bridges. Visitors under the age of 10 can explore the mini-maze.

In an effort to reduce waste, printed maps will not be available at the mazes.

Tickets include one hayride, barrel train ride (for children 12 and under) and unlimited jumping on a giant pillow. Pony rides and hamster balls are available for an additional fee. An array of food vendors sell favorite fall foods such as funnel cakes, hotdogs, freshly squeezed lemonade and kettle corn.

Last ticket sold at 5 p.m. Events close at 6 p.m.

Members receive complimentary admission tickets based on membership level and may use them Sept. 20-22 or Sept. 27-29. Online ticket redemption is required. 

Membership Levels

Individual and Individual Plus: 2 complimentary tickets

Friends & Family: 6 complimentary tickets

Gardens Plus and above: 8 complimentary tickets

Tickets are date specific and non-refundable.

Event is rain, snow or shine.

Pumpkin Festival is Oct. 11-13. Discounted Corn Maze tickets can be added for an additional $8 per adult or child and may be purchased online when you purchase Pumpkin Festival tickets.

PLEASE NOTE: The weekend of Pumpkin Festival, Oct. 11-13, you will need to purchase a ticket to the Pumpkin Festival to gain entry to Corn Maze.

 

Creating a Hobby Greenhouse

Come learn how to take your master outdoor gardening skills to the next level and extend your growing season and increase your green thumb skills. Is the next step in your horticulture experience maintaining a greenhouse? Before building or buying a greenhouse, learn the benefits and the liabilities of owning a greenhouse.

In this class participants will experience everything they ever wanted to know about building or buying a greenhouse, but were afraid to ask. The purpose of this class is to cover the true costs of owning a hobby greenhouse and let participants determine if a greenhouse is really something you really need.

 

Price: $31, $26 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 horticulture, gardening, weed science, entomology, plant pathology and greenhouse management and has been involved in the practice of Integrated Pest Management for over 30 years.

Dead Zone Scream Park

Dead Zone Scream Park includes admission into Corn Stalkers Haunted Maze and After Dark Maze. Recommended for ages 13 and up.

*Masks and costumes are not permitted on the premises.

*Tickets are date specific and non-refundable.

*Event is rain, snow or shine.

 

Fridays & Saturdays, Oct. 4-26

7-11 p.m.

Thursdays, Oct. 17 & 24

7-10 p.m.

Sundays, Oct. 13, 20 & 27

7-10 p.m.

Gates open at 7 p.m. End times listed are last ticket sold. Events close 1 hour after time listed.

 

Drawing on Tradition: In the Footsteps of Margaret Mee

Margaret Mee began her painting expeditions in the Amazon in the 1950s. Her beautiful botanicals are her legacy to rainforest education and conservation. Learn about her remarkable story and work as you direct your painting skills to bromeliads. Focus on leaves for composition, form, color, pattern and shine. Refine your skills at washes, as they will form the foundation for your finished botanical plate that follows in the footsteps of Margaret Mee.

 

Prerequisite: Botanical Illustration in Watercolor I.

 

Fee: $260 member, $310 non-member.

 

Date(s): Mon, Oct. 21, 28, Nov. 4, 11, 18, 6-9 p.m.

 

Instructor: Constance Sayas

 

Drawing on Tradition: The Sketchbook of Isabel Adams

Botanical artist Harriet Isabel Adams (1863-1952), member of the Botanical Society of the British Isles, fellow of the Linnean Society and a graduate of the Birmingham School of Art, produced and published a full and expressive body of botanical art. Isabel’s drawings and illustrations were developed out of the Arts and Crafts movement, including distinctive lettering for labeling. Learn about the artist’s working style and practice her techniques. Plan to sketch throughout the Gardens and finish with a botanical plate drawn in graphite and enhanced with color.

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

 

Prerequisite: Botanical Illustration in Watercolor Pencil I.

 

Date(s): Wed, Oct. 23, 30, Nov. 6, 13, 20, 6-9 p.m.

 

Instructor: Renee Jorgensen

Ecology for Gardeners

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.

 

Price: $91, $81 member

 

Instructor: Sheridan Samano

 

Enjoying Nature with Fountain Pens

Using fountain pens is a wonderfully different and relaxing way to write and draw, especially when combined with nature! This course will teach you the basics of using and maintaining a fountain pen. You will also have an opportunity to sample various types of pens, paper and ink to help you decide which you prefer. You’ll even receive a fountain pen and notebook that are yours to keep! Open to all skill levels. Lecture style class with a hands-on portion that allows students to try out different fountain pens, inks and papers.

 

Price: $49, $45 member

Instructor: John Bosley is a professional photographer in Denver, CO. He is also a long-time collector of fountain pens and is the creator of FountainPenLove.com, a site dedicated to people who love using, collecting and learning about fountain pens.

Evening 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. Walk-ins are welcome for members or non-members! Please bring cash if possible but credit cards are also accepted. This class will be located in the Morrison Center (north end of the Children's Garden).

 

Photo: Perfecto Insecto (Flickr)

 

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