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Therapeutic Thursdays - ONLINE

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 streaming device. Advanced registration required.


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


July 9: A Seed's Journey

Join Denver Botanic Gardens’ Therapeutic Horticulture Intern Rudi Wimberley from the University of Tennessee Knoxville in learning about the journey of a seed. Seeds are the beginning of almost all plant life. From a seed, plants send out their first roots and sprout their first leaves. For germination to happen, sometimes harsh circumstances are necessary. During this session, learn how seeds germinate and how they relate to the seasons of life we all go through. Rudi will demonstrate how to make seed bombs and teach us how they are used.


July 16: Protecting our Pollinators

Pollinators are essential to human life. Flowering plants that are pollinated by insects and animals provide us with food that we eat and clean air that we breathe. In this session learn about some of the unique pollinators that visit Denver Botanic Gardens and their amazing journeys. These magnificent journeys can often teach us about our own stories of transformation or struggle. We discuss tips on how to attract and protect these pollinators in our own backyards.


July 23: The Lavender Fields at Chatfield Farms

Meet Zephrine Hanson, a graduate of the Veterans Farm Program and one of the farmers at our Chatfield Farms location, for a behind-the-scenes look at our lavender fields. Zephrine, who now leads the wellness portion of the Veterans Farm Program, shares how her experience with farming has been a therapeutic aspect in her life. She teaches how to harvest and use lavender in a variety of ways.


July 30: Virtual Meditative Plant Walk at the Gardens

Learn to walk mindfully among plants. Pause to engage with plants and connect with different physical sensations, isolating the senses to feel the temperature of the air and the warmth of the sun, tune into sounds and scents, and take in the abundance of life all around that we are sometimes too busy to notice. This is also an opportunity to see what is blooming in July at the Gardens.


Price: Complimentary, registration required

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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