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Colorado Ecosystems Field Trip at Denver Botanic Gardens (meet in Morrison)

May 31, 2014 from 8:30am to 3pm
Saturday, May 31, 2014 - 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.Rocky Mountain Gardening ElectiveThe ecosystems of Colorado range from plains grasslands to the alpine tundra, mountain meadows to sub-alpine forests and all the points in between.This field trip allows students to study the amazing diversity of plant and animal life that co-exist within these ecosystems and be able to identify each community by physical appearance and other site characteristics.The class starts and ends in Morrison and we will survey…See More
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New Gardener Boot Camp at Denver Botanic Gardens

March 1, 2014 from 9am to 4pm
Are you a blank slate when it comes to starting your very own garden? Worried about ending the growing season with a pile of dead plants and sad vegetables? Join us at Denver Botanic Gardens for a full day event, packed with answers to all those looming and mysterious gardening questions. Get started on the right foot this year with all of our best beginner’s classes, carefully designed to equip you with all the tools you’ll need to master that garden once and for all!See More
Jan 31
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Save a Seed Save the Future at Denver Botanic Garden

August 14, 2013 from 6pm to 8:30pm
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.Rocky Mountain Gardening ElectiveThis course will discuss the botany of seeds and the impending threat of genetic modification to our seed supply and how it affects the genetics of the seed and the food that is grown from it.We will talk about the progress of this threat to date and how we can manage it in a changing world. You will also learn how to collect seeds from your own garden and how to clean and package them for use next year as well as…See More
Jul 3, 2013
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Water Wise Landscape Planning for Non-Designers at Denver Botanic Garden

July 20, 2013 from 9am to 12pm
Saturday, July 20, 2013 - 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.This class will show you how to begin planning a landscape better suited to drought AND your needs. While low water use plants are great, they’re only as good as how you use them in the garden. This class explains how to think through your landscape before you plant to insure success and a put-together look. It will help if you want to plant a landscape yourself or before hiring a designer/contractor to do the work for you. Take home materials give you…See More
Jun 21, 2013
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Sustainable Greenhouse Design at Denver Botanic Garden

March 13, 2013 from 6pm to 7pm
Saturday, May 4, 2013 - 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.Have you ever wondered if it could be done? Can you create a greenhouse that needs NO SUPPLEMENTAL HEATING OR COOLING YEAR ROUND? The answer is yes!!No more over-heating and freezing as is common in all-glazed greenhouses – this design balances the use of thermal mass, glazing, insulation and sun angles to achieve the stabilization needed in our extreme climate without the use of fossil fuels.You will learn how to design a sustainable greenhouse from the…See More
Mar 13, 2013
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Passive Solar Greenhouse Growing at Denver Botanic Garden

May 1, 2013 from 6pm to 8pm
Friday, May 3, 2013 - 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.Ever feel like you don’t know what you are doing in your greenhouse? Or perhaps you have plans to build one and what then? Penn Parmenter has been growing food in her passive solar sustainable greenhouse for 12 years with the help of her husband Cord, who has been documenting the success of his 4 year-old sustainable greenhouse.This class will help take some of the mystery out of something that should be so easy and yet can seem so hard. Matching…See More
Mar 12, 2013
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Composting and Soil Building at Denver Botanic Garden

April 27, 2013 from 10am to 4pm
Saturday, April 27, 2013 - 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.Trying to improve the quality of the dirt in your yard? Want to know how to keep your compost from stinking? Interested in learning more about what makes your plants grow?Join us for this interactive workshop as we get down and dirty with the mysterious and fascinating world of the soil food web. Through information-packed lecture and hands-on activities, we’ll explore:• Tools for understanding the composition and health of your soil• Strategies for…See More
Mar 5, 2013
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Backyard Goat Keeping at Denver Botanic Gardens

February 9, 2013 from 9am to 12pm
An accessible introduction for anyone who is interested in raising backyard dwarf  dairy goats.  Join Sundari Kraft of EatWhereULive for an accessible introduction to raising backyard  dwarf dairy goats. Topics covered will include:  - Choosing the perfect goats (best breeds and how/where to purchase)  - Housing and fencing  - Feeding  - Medical care & hoof trimming  - Common goat challenges  - All about the milk and milking  - Breeding and kidding  - Financial considerations (initial…See More
Feb 4, 2013
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Growing in Raised Beds (FREE) at Denver Botanic Gardens

October 24, 2012 from 10am to 11am
FREE Gardening Workshop Presented by Chipotle Mexican Grill Start your vegetable garden this fall with an exciting class on building your own raised beds. Instructor Patti O’Neal will be onsite to demonstrate how to build a raised garden bed and teach students how to start the perfect herb and salsa garden from seed! It is never too early to start thinking about your spring salsa garden! This program is free and open to the public, thanks to Chipotle Mexican Grill. Space is limited - please…See More
Oct 15, 2012
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Boulder County Farm Bike Tour at Lone Hawk Farms (starting point)

August 19, 2012 from 7:45am to 1:15pm
Denver Botanic Gardens and Slow Food Boulder invite you to learn more about the wonderful sustainable agricultural projects that are happening in Boulder! Hop on your bike, tour some farms and  meet some of the people who are growing our food, learn about their projects and enjoy a delicious lunch.See More
Jul 30, 2012

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How are you currently involved in the Transition movement?
Denver Botanic Gardens offers an array of classes within our Urban Homestead Series.
In what ways do you identify with the Transition movement? Why are you interested?
One of our organization's four core values is sustainability. We believe strongly in promoting measures for the general public to learn and become excited about what they can do to preserve our natural environment.
How can you help the growth/acceptance/vitality of the Transition movement?
Denver Botanic Gardens can assist teh Transition movement in its growth and vitality through offering educational classes to the general public within the areas of urban homesteading and botanical appreciation and preservation.
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Waste-Less Holiday Gift Giving

Want to be known as the “thoughtful and clever gift-giver” this holiday season AND not contribute to the over-consumption and waste typical of the season? Like the idea of giving your loved one a gift that curls their toes and makes them appreciate you just a smidgen more? Let Denver Botanic Gardens help facilitate the crowning of this new holiday title for you.

Here’s the answer… sign up a loved one (or two) for a class at the Gardens for next year. The Gardens offers a plethora of…


Posted on December 11, 2010 at 11:04am

The Little Greenhouse That Could

I’m a spoiled kept woman on top of a mountain. Ever since my husband, Cord, and I built our first sustainable greenhouse out of 90% reclaimed materials on the very peak of our mountain, I have reigned as queen. Thirteen years later it is still rocking out food 365 days a year. We turned materials headed for the landfill into organic, year-round food for our family and friends.

Stored water as thermal mass does all the work. All you need is sun and, boy, do we have it here in the west.… Continue

Posted on October 12, 2010 at 3:30pm

Fermentation Station: Kimchi, Yogurt and Kombucha

Somewhere in the jungles of Indonesia, soybeans wrapped in banana leaves are curing into soft, tart tempeh. In backyards across the Korean peninsula, families faithfully set their spiced seasonal vegetables into kimchi pits underground. In Ethiopia, ground teff grain…


Posted on October 2, 2010 at 2:00pm

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At 12:44pm on April 16, 2012, Catherine Albert said…

Wow - thanks so much for the follow-up and the resources!  I'll do some inquiries.  Have a great day!!

At 9:45am on April 14, 2012, Catherine Albert said…

Thanks - I look forward to what you might find out.

At 9:42am on April 11, 2012, Catherine Albert said…

I'm looking for this plant: Desert hyacinth  (Cistanche tubulosa) or any of the other 8 or so Cistanche species (salsa, sinensis, etc.)  If any of you know where I can source it, please let me know.   Also, if you have any precautions or other data pertinent to growing it here in Colorado high desert areas, that would be helpful as well.  Many thanks, in advance.  Cate


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