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Cafe Botanique - Botanical Illustration and the Prairie: A Tale of Two Sisters - ONLINE

Botanical Illustration Diploma presentation

Learn about the collaboration of sisters Linda Forbess (illustrator) and Helen Alexander (ecologist and writer) to produce Tallgrass Prairies in Mid-America: A Guide to Common Plants and Reflections on Prairie Landscapes of the Past, Present, and Future. Botanical illustration requires observational skill, artistic talent, and a willingness to work closely with scientists—and all three were important in this endeavor. In this program you’ll explore the drawings, fieldwork, and review process that celebrates the tallgrass prairie, the book’s inspiration.

Linda Forbess earned her Foundational Certificate in Botanical Art and Illustration from Denver Botanic Gardens in 2015. She plans to complete the Gardens’ Diploma in Botanical Illustration in 2020.

Helen Alexander is an ecology professor at the University of Kansas. She is currently collaborating with Forbess and biologist W. Dean Kettle on a book about environments and environmental history of the central United States.

Creative Oxygen Bubble: Explore the Color Green - ONLINE

The serene green color has a rich history filled with challenges. Learn about its poisonous past, then take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate in its nuances as you experiment with flowing green watercolor shades.

No Prerequisites

Fee: $25/session member, $35/session non-member

Date/Time: August 11, 1-2PM

Instructor: Laurence Pierson


Seedlings Show and Share - ONLINE

Seedlings Show and Share is a remote opportunity for families to connect with each other and nature from the comfort of home! Join Denver Botanic Gardens' Family Program Team to sing songs, listen to stories, and share natural items you find around your home or neighborhood. This 20-30 minute live program is held virtually using Zoom.


Audience: Families with children 18 months to 6 years


Price: Free, registration is required.


Registration Instructions: Only one registration is needed per household. Registration closes at 4:00 p.m. the day before program.


The day before the Seedlings Show and Share session you will receive email on how to join the program electronically.


If the program is sold out, we encourage you to add your family's name to the waitlist. More program times will be added to accommodate waitlists.


The Biggest Little Farm Film – Online Screening and Discussion

92 mins | Rated PG| Documentary
Directed by John Chester
Starring John and Molly Chester

Join Denver Botanic Gardens in a virtual screening of The Biggest Little Farm with a post screening panel discussion with local Colorado Farmers.


The Biggest Little Farm chronicles the eight-year quest of John and Molly Chester as they trade city living for 200 acres of barren farmland and a dream to harvest in harmony with nature. Through dogged perseverance and embracing the opportunity provided by nature's conflicts, the Chesters unlock and uncover a biodiverse design for living that exists far beyond their farm, its seasons and our wildest imagination. Featuring breathtaking cinematography, captivating animals, and an urgent message to heed Mother Nature's call, The Biggest Little Farm provides us all a vital blueprint for better living and a healthier planet.


How it works: Denver Botanic Gardens will provide a password protected link on Wednesday (8/12) at 5 p.m. to stream this film at home. This link will be active for 24-hours. Then join us Thursday (8/13) for a panel discussion moderated by Brien Darby, Manager of Urban Food Programs, talking with our group of panelists about their experiences farming on the Front Range.


Price: $15, $12 member

*Only one ticket needed per household

Workshop - Floral Transformation - ONLINE

When we think of floral design, we think of a traditional bouquet in a vase for your table. In this transformative floral workshop we will make use of non-traditional containers, manipulate traditional flowers and colors, or a combination of all three. This class will stretch our creative minds and talents!


This session will be held online. Details on how to join the live session streamed through Vimeo will be emailed the day before the program.

A full material list is provided below, and will be sent to participants again, prior to the program. This way, you can follow along from the safety of your home!


Price: $60, $55 member

Instructors: Lisa Weddel and Laura Tonner


Supply List:

  • One unique vase of your choice. Think outside the box - a cowboy boot, water pitcher, bucket, basket, birdhouse, etc.
  • A few pliable branches from a bush or tree (roughly 1-2 ft long) - remove all the leaves OR a block of floral foam (available at most craft stores)
  • 1 bundle of flowers from the grocer or a variety from your local florist - look for bundles that include roses, Gerbera daisies, daisy poms, alstroemeria and filler flowers
  • About 6-9 stems of greenery - eucalyptus, leatherleaf, salal leaf or other greenery
  • 1-3 Hydrangea
  • Plastic bags or trash bags, in case your container needs to be lined. You could also use other lining options such as an empty plastic tub or container that fits your chosen "vase".
  • 1 set of sharp clippers or scissors
  • A few wire twist ties


  • Wire cutters
  • Some type of tall, linear material - similar to curly or pussy willow - adding height and movement to your arrangment.
  • Anything else you find interesting! (butterflies, birds, ribbons, jewels, etc.)


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 five years. Her favorite part has been designing for weddings and events, but she has done just about everything in the floral industry. She has experience in 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 for two years.

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