Colorado Botanic Gardens classes 2016

Full calendar:

York St: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. through September
Chatfield Farms: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

York St: September 14

Butterflies at Chatfield
Through September, closed on Aug. 4
$4, $2 member child/adult, free kids under 2
This seasonal habitat is home to hundreds of native butterflies, such as swallowtails, monarchs, mourning cloaks and painted ladies. There are more than 50 native plant species in this garden. The rest of the plants (about 20 species) were chosen for the nectar production for butterfly food and are not native species in Colorado. In partnership with Butterfly Pavilion.

Corn Maze at Chatfield Farms
September 16- October 30
Sept. 18 & Sept. 23-25: Fridays & Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Sundays, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sept. 30 – Oct. 2: Friday & Saturday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
$13 adult; $11 adult member; $12 student, senior (65+), military; $10 child (ages 3-¬12); $8 child member; free for children 2 and younger
Life-size animal cutouts are hidden throughout the eight-acre maze for fun photo opportunities. The maze can be viewed from two 15-foot tall illuminated bridges. Visitors under the age of 10 can explore the mini-maze. 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.Colorado Botanic Gardens classes

Food Preservation Bootcamp at Chatfield Farms
September 24-25 at Chatfield Farms
Four class package $168, $153 member; individual class $56, $51 member
This two-day beginner food preservation is taught by four of popular cooking instructors. Learn the basics of four preservation methods: drying, canning, freezing and fermenting. All classes are held outside at Chatfield Farms’ outdoor kitchen and include recipes, take home items and generous tasting samples!



Rocky Mountain Bonsai Society Show and Sale
Saturday, September 10, 9 a.m.
Free with admission
View majestic trees on a miniature scale at the 45th annual show that features about 80 of the society’s finest specimens, including mature Ponderosa Pine that would normally grow to more than 100 feet. Attend demonstrations, visit vendors of bonsai supplies and talk to experts in the West Terrace.

Chipotle Sustainable Food Film Series: In Habit: A Permaculture Perspective
September 20, 6 p.m.
The Sustainable Food Film Series, presented by Chipotle Mexican Grill, features films relating to sustainable food practices, organic farming and community agriculture. Each evening includes food provided by Chipotle, a screening of the film and a post-film panel discussion. “In Habit: A Permaculture Perspective” is a documentary that talks about the design method that offers an ecological lens for solving issues related to agriculture, economics and governance.

Fall Plant and Bulb Sale
September 23-24, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Get a jump¬-start on your spring garden at the Fall Plant and Bulb Sale. Hundreds of bulbs and Grown at the Gardens plants are offered, along with expert advice from our horticulturists. Members receive 10% off all purchase.


Stories in Sculpture: Selections from the Walker Art Center Collection
Through October 2
Organized by the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Stories in Sculpture presents selections from the institution’s renowned permanent collection. It is a special occasion to feature 13 seminal modern and contemporary sculptures in Denver while the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden undergoes the first major reconstruction project since opening in 1988. Artists presented in the exhibition include Henry Moore, Louise Nevelson, Isamu Noguchi, George Segal, Saul Baizerman, Deborah Butterfield, Barry Flanagan and Judith Shea.

From the Garden: Works by Heidi Jung
August 11 – November 6
Denver-born artist Heidi Jung’s fascination with plants and insects began at an early age and serves as inspiration for work. Trained as a photographer, light, detail and movement are key elements in her work. The mystery and ferocity of nature is represented in a new body of work done in ink and charcoal on Mylar that showcases edible plants from her home garden, as well as images from photographs taken at Denver Botanic Gardens. The exhibition is organized in collaboration with Michael Warren Contemporary, Denver.


Wednesday Hikes with the Gardens: Mountain Bird Hike (Offsite)
Wednesday, September 7, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
$50, $45 member
Join expert birder, Lynn Willcockson, to for an easy hike to explore the Lair o’ the Bear Park and Red Rocks Park to see birds such as White-throated Swifts, Spotted Towhee, Scrub Jay, Black headed Grosbeak, Goldfinch and many more species.

Tour: Curator Conversations: Stories in Sculpture
Thursday, September 8, 9:30-10-:30 a.m.
$17, $10 member
Stroll through the Gardens with a curator to hear a behind-the-scenes perspective to uncover connections and narratives within the Stories in Sculpture exhibition. This one-hour tour deepens understanding of the sculptures, the artists and the development of the exhibit.

Denver Urban Homestead Tour (Offsite)
Saturday, September 10, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., $5
Self-guided tour of local urban homesteads to see food production, chickenkeeping, beekeeping, goatkeeping, natural building, composting, sustainable design and more. A map provides tour stops and descriptions of each homestead. A food truck party with conversation commences at Jefferson Park Farm & Flea.

Cherokee Ranch and Castle Hike: Medicinal Plants (Offsite)
Saturday, September 10, 8 a.m.
$30, $25 member
Join the Gardens’ horticulturist Blake Burger to wander the beautiful Cherokee Ranch & Castle property to search for medicinal plants. Learn how to identify these plants, what their healing properties are and how to use them.

Garden Guru Tour
Thursday, September 15, 10-11 a.m.
$17, $10 member
Immerse yourself in the Gardens with a horticulturist as your guide.


Understanding Essential Oils
Thursday, Sept. 6, 6-8 p.m.
$34, $29 member
Essential oils have been around since the Ancient Egyptians, but in the last 20 years, they have become nearly a billion dollar industry. Learn why some plants produce essential oils and how the oils are sourced and produced. Scientifically, the compounds found in essential oils have importance in many areas. Discover some essential oil personal care uses.

Indoor Urban Garden
Saturday, September 10, 10 a.m.
$44, $36 member
Discuss the art and science of houseplants, terrariums and dish gardens and which is appropriate and how to do it, as well as learning about the light you requirements. Pests, diseases and cultural care will be covered. The class will conclude with a demonstration of building a terrarium and dish garden and repotting and taking cuttings from a houseplant.

The Art of Pressed Flowers
Saturday, September 10, 10 a.m.
$44, $39 member
Discover how to collect and preserve those summer flowers and fall leaves for use in creating your own floral masterpieces. Learn the best flowers to grow and how to press for optimal color, durability and longevity. Participants will make beautiful bookmarks, cards, a dipped candle and floral votive container to take home. All materials and handouts are included. Easy and fun!

Lecture: Denver Botanic Gardens, a History in the Heart of the City
Thursday, September 15, 6-8 p.m.
$20, $15 member
Only a few centuries ago, the land on which the Gardens sits was nothing but dust and the occasional prairie dog. Professor Tom “Dr. Colorado” Noel shares how it evolved into an urban oasis, from a barren landscape, to contended cemetery, to one of America’s greatest botanical gardens. Food tasting from Slow Food Denver takes place 6-7 p.m.

The Best Fall Bulbs
Saturday, September 17, 10 a.m. – noon
$31, $26 member
Want more than one year of spring bloom from your fall-planted bulbs? Come learn about the best bulbs and varieties for year after year of bloom in our area. Species from early blooming Galanthus, Crocus, Chionodoxa, Scilla and Narcissus through Tulipa, Hyacinthoides, Allium and Colchicum will be discussed. Whether for perennial beds or naturalized landscapes, you will learn planting and cultural tips for maintaining long life.

Lecture: The Botanical Paradises of Greece
September 28, 6:30-8 p.m.
$19, $16 member
Greece has the largest number of species of native plants of any country in Europe, and many Greek wildflowers are “endemic”: Eleftherios Dariotis (better known as Liberto Dario) will be the botanist on the Gardens’ April 2017 trip to Greece—and his talk provides a sense of the many habitats and ecosystems that are found in this remarkable country—from exotic sand-lilies on the sea shore the diverse alpine plants on the mountain summits.


Seedling Classes
Tue: 18-24 mo. old, 9:30 & 10:45 a.m.; Weds: 3-6 year old, 9:30 & 11 a.m.; Thu: 24-36 mo. old, 9:30 & 10:45 a.m.
$11 for 18-36 month old, $9 member; $13 for 3-6 year old, $11 member
Seedlings classes offer a fun, hands-on way for young children to explore the plant world, while developing an understanding and appreciation for plants. Seedlings programs are offered for three different age groups and are modified to fit the developmental needs of each group. Week of Sept. 1: Berry Bonanza, Sept. 6: Flowers for the Fall, Sept. 13: Curious Corn, Sept. 20: Apples and Cinnamon; Sept. 27: Glorious Grasses

Homeschool Day: Renewable Energy
Monday, September 12, 10 a.m.
$12 for child/adult combo; $7 additional person
Discover the many ways we use energy and simple ways you can save energy around the house. Explore how some of earth’s natural resources are used as forms of renewable energy through hands-on exploration. Homeschool Days offer families the opportunity to explore plant-based themes through a variety of hands-on activities, tours and take-home projects that families can do together. Activities are designed for children ages five and up, however all ages are welcome to attend.

Family Fun Night: Campfire Tales
Saturday, September 17, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
$25, $20 member for family of four; $4, $3 member for each additional person. Children two and under free.
Gather around the campfire to celebrate the end of summer. Make s’mores, investigate signs of fall throughout the Children’s Garden and plant a house plant to take home with you. Special guest storyteller Cliff Davidson shares family-friendly stories. Families are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner.

Evening Kundalini Yoga
Mondays, 6-7 p.m.
$10, $8 member, in the Morrison Center
Kundalini yoga focuses on awakening energy and unlocking our inner potential through breathing techniques, movements, stretching, meditation and mantra. This ancient and sacred practice is the oldest form of yoga and is an effective way to recharge and heal the body.

Sunrise Vinyasa Yoga
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8-9 a.m.
$12, $10 member
Start the day with vinyasa yoga outside in the Gardens. 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.

Evening Vinyasa Yoga
Wednesdays, 6-7 p.m.
$12, $10 member
Instructor Blake Burger teaches vinyasa yoga against the stunning backdrop of the Gardens. All levels welcome. Participants are asked to bring water and a yoga mat.

Gentle Vinyasa and Meditation

Thursdays, 8-9 a.m.
Gentle vinyasa is an all-levels practice, open to everyone! Unwind through gentle movement, stretching, pranayama and guided meditation. This class holds space to allow the student to gain strength and flexibility at their own pace with an emphasis on safety and alignment.

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