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Special Events

 

 

After Dark Corn Maze

The lights are out in the maze and brave visitors can find their way through with only the light of a glow stick.

Note: this maze is not haunted.

Masks and costumes are not permitted on the premises.

Tickets are date specific and non-refundable.

Event is rain, snow or shine.

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

 

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.

 

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.

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

 

Pumpkin Festival

**Door Prices effective at 9 a.m. each day of the event (if tickets are available)**

Celebrate fall with this treasured October tradition for the entire family. Enjoy a day of fall activities at Chatfield Farms. Ticket price includes access to the 10-acre pumpkin patch and family and children's activities. Pumpkin prices vary by size; the average price is $8. Pumpkins are not included in your admission ticket, they must be purchased separately.

It is recommended to bring a wagon to transport pumpkins. Free pumpkin daycare is available while you enjoy the rest of the festival.

Festival includes:

Family and children's activities

Live music

Local craft and artisan booths

Food trucks and food vendors

Beer and wine vendors

Admission includes these activities:

Entry to the pumpkin patch

Antique tractor exhibit by Front Range Antique Power Association

Tractor-pulled parking shuttles

Pony rides and horse-drawn hayrides

Photo booths

Five carnival game tickets per child's paid admission

Barrel train rides for children 12 and younger

Mini-maze for kids 10 and younger

Jumping pillow for kids up to 54" tall.

Bouncers, slides and obstacle courses

Express face painting

Additional costs include the Corn Maze right next door, pumpkin golf cart shuttles directly to your car, stunt jump, hamster balls and additional carnival game tickets.

During Pumpkin Festival weekend, birthday parties are welcome, however Chatfield Farms does not formally reserve space or assume any coordination of these events.

 

Rocky Mountain Steppe Summit

The Gardens' Second Annual Rocky Mountain Steppe Summit features four leading speakers on the Steppe Regions. Learn about Denver's unique ecosystem, as part of one of the steppe regions of the world.

 

Schedule

9 a.m. Plants and Adventures Along the Silk Road with Nick Courtens

10 a.m. Coffee Break

10:30 a.m. From Hippodrome to Wild Peonies and Fermented Horse Milk with Mervi Hjelmroos-Koski

11:30 a.m. Lunch (provided) Interlude to Steppe Garden with Mike Bone

1 p.m. Conservation of Crop Wild Relatives in Kyrgyzstan David Gunn

2 p.m. STEPPE CULT - Three Years of Thoughts and Actions in the Steppe Garden with Kevin Williams

 

 

Tajikistan & Uzbekistan – Plants and Adventures Along the Silk Road

Nick Courtens

Curator of Plant Collections

Betty Ford Alpine Gardens

 

In April of 2018, Nick Courtens traveled to Tajikistan and Uzbekistan through a grant to learn about and document the region’s flora as research for building a new rock garden at Betty Ford Alpine Gardens dedicated to Central Asia. Through photographs and stories, Nick shares his experiences of these less travelled steppe countries full of unusual plants, colorful architecture and celebrated culture. Nick speaks in depth about how he built the new Silk Road Garden and gives an update on the successes and failures of growing unusual Central Asian plants at 8,200 feet.

 

Nick hails from the Catskill Mountains of New York where he developed a passion for plants and gardening on his family’s organic vegetable farm. Upon graduating from the Professional Gardener Training Program at Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania, Nick moved out west in search of mountains, skiing and horticulture at Betty Ford Alpine Gardens. For the past nine years, Nick has been responsible for all horticulture and maintenance at Betty Ford while also building new rock gardens, an alpine house and expanding the plant collections as well as many other major renovation projects for the gardens this past summer.

 

From Hippodrome to Wild Peonies and Fermented Horse Milk

Mervi Hjelmroos-Koski

Manager of the School of Botanical Art & Illustration

Denver Botanic Gardens

 

Mervi shares her experience on a recent School of Botanical Art and Illustration arts and archives tour along the Silk Road from Istanbul to Samarkand and the Tien Shan mountains.

 

Mervi Hjelmroos-Koski is a Finnish-born scientist with a Ph.D. in quaternary biology from the University of Lund, Sweden and D.Sc. in aeropalynology from the University of Stockholm. The author and co-author of a large number of scholarly publications, Mervi has researched and taught at universities on four continents. Since 2007 she has coordinated and managed the School of Botanical Art and Illustration at Denver Botanic Gardens.

 

Conservation of Crop Wild Relatives in Kyrgyzstan

David Gunn

English Woodland Collection

Missouri Botanical Garden

 

In 2018, the Missouri Botanical Garden formed a partnership with Gareev Botanical Garden in Bishkek to conserve the threatened and endangered tree flora of Kyrgyzstan’s ancient walnut-fruit forests. To date, teams have completed four trips to western Kyrgyzstan, scouting for and collecting seeds and vegetative material from Malus niedzwetzkyana (Niedzwetsky’s apple), Pyrus korshinski (Korzhinski pear), Amygdalus bucharica (wild almond), Armeniaca vulgaris (wild apricot) and various other wild relatives of modern fruit crops. These species are in danger of extinction due to habitat loss and other factors. This talk discusses the project’s ongoing efforts toward conservation, including the development of new infrastructure for ex-situ collections at Gareev Botanical Garden.

 

David Gunn has been with the Missouri Botanical Garden since 2012, where he manages the English Woodland Collection and leads a crew of climbing arborists to maintain the Garden’s diverse tree collection. Mr. Gunn has participated in several botanizing and plant collection trips throughout the United States and abroad, most recently a two-year project to conserve fruit tree genetics in Kyrgyzstan for in-situ and ex-situ conservation. Mr. Gunn is an ISA-certified arborist and holds a degree in horticulture.

 

 

STEPPE CULT - Three Years of Thoughts and Actions in the Steppe Garden

Kevin Philip Williams

Horticulturist

Denver Botanic Gardens

 

The Steppe Garden at Denver Botanic Gardens opened in 2016 with the mission of bringing together the floras of the major steppe regions of the world. Through four seasons of constant collection building, revision, expansion and articulation, an expanded ethos emerged. STEPPE CULT exists extranationally and interrelationally, between the garden and the gardener. It is the space in which both actors are changed by each other and the force by which the future of the Steppe Garden, the steppes and possibly all Earth biomes will be shaped.

 

Kevin Philip Williams is a horticulturist for Denver Botanic Gardens where he stewards the Steppe Garden, Dwarf Conifer Collection, Lilac Collection, Josephine Streetscape Gardens and co-coordinates Denver Botanic Gardens’ Horticulture Internship Program. Since joining the Gardens in 2015, Kevin has explored and plant-collected throughout the North American steppe. Kevin is an alumnus of the Longwood Graduate Program in public horticulture, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Horticulture Internship Program and is a former horticulturist for The High Line in Manhattan, NY.

 

*times and speakers subject to change

 

Summertime Tea in the Gardens

Denver Botanic Gardens and Denver Tea Room present a beautiful morning of tea tasting and education.

Margo Seymour, tea sommelier, pastry chef, and owner of The Denver Tea Room, will present an example of a traditional afternoon tea service, with a nod to the various cultures that also enjoy the practice of taking tea. Guests will taste several teas, traditional sandwiches, and desserts. Join us in the Solarium or the Annuals Pavilion, with fine china and linens, to learn about the tea process, the difference between "high tea" and "low tea", and how to steep the perfect cup of tea.

 

Price: $42, $38 members, includes $10 for food and tea tastings

Instructor: Margo Seymour

 

Jun 8, Jul 13, and Aug 24 - Annuals Garden and Pavilion

All other dates will be held in the Solarium.

 

 

Tibetan Singing Bowls Concert

Denver yoga instructor and sound healer Chris Anne Coviello and her husband Jason Coviello will be performing together to bring you this experience. The concert will begin with Jason playing his Hang Drum which is a very rare steel drum that is made by only two people in the world. Some say it sounds like a stringed instrument. Jason's Hang Drum is tuned to the note that vibrationally corresponds to the heart chakra and when he plays the drum, he takes you on a heart-opening journey.

Jason and Chris Anne will then begin playing the singing bowls which are tuned to all the different musical notes that correspond to the different chakras, so they will balance the energy in the body. And since 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 and close your eyes and drift into an altered state which facilitates the body to heal. Make sure you 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 your chakra's re-align, breathe peace and enter the profound state of physical-mental and emotional well-being. Leave as if you were 10 lbs. lighter, because that is exactly what will happen as the pounds of stress, anxiety and fear melt from your system.

 

Price: $18, $15 members

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

Tibetan Singing Bowls Seasonal Concert

Denver yoga instructor and sound healer Chris Anne Coviello and her husband Jason Coviello will be performing together to bring you this experience. The concert will begin with Jason playing his Hang Drum which is a very rare steel drum that is made by only two people in the world. Some say it sounds like a stringed instrument. Jason's Hang Drum is tuned to the note that vibrationally corresponds to the heart chakra and when he plays the drum, he takes you on a heart-opening journey.

Jason and Chris Anne will then begin playing the singing bowls which are tuned to all the different musical notes that correspond to the different chakras, so they will balance the energy in the body. And since 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 and relax, close your eyes and drift into an altered state which facilitates the body to heal. Make sure you 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 your chakra's re-align, breathe peace and enter the profound state of physical-mental and emotional well-being. Leave as if you were 10 lbs. lighter, because that is exactly what will happen as the pounds of stress, anxiety and fear melt from your system.

 

Price: $18, $15 members

Special Instruction: No children permitted in this program as it is a very quiet concert and any noise is distracting to other participants

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.

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