Denver Botanic Gardens' dye garden at our Chatfield location

Growing and Using Plants for Dyeing

July 1, 2015 | Featured Instructor
Dyeing with plants is an ancient craft. While the origin of dyeing is not known, archaeological finds indicate dyes to color textiles from natural sources date back at least 6000 years. The discovery of cheap convenient synthetic dyes in 1856 replaced the use of natural dyes for commercial use...Read more

Start a Front Yard Farmers' Market

June 24, 2015 | Featured Instructor
Whenever I plant summer squash in my vegetable garden, I can’t help but think of that old gardener’s saying: “If you don’t have any zucchini, you don’t have any gardening friends – or sneaky neighbors.” Then I let out a fiendish laugh. Perhaps you’ve been surprised to find a gigantic zucchini on...Read more
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Gardening with Native Plants

June 3, 2015 | Featured Instructor
We read disturbing news everyday about the fate of our honeybees and the demise of the iconic Monarch butterfly. It’s enough to make any dedicated gardener feel helpless! But there is something we can do to help solve the problem. Establishing and growing native plant gardens can provided critical...Read more

Making the Most of Out of Your CSA

May 20, 2015 | Featured Instructor
Is this the first year you’ve joined a CSA and you’re a little worried about what you’re going to do with all that produce? Or have you been hearing lots about CSAs lately and you’re wondering if a CSA would be a good fit for your family? Wonder no further - Denver Botanic Gardens and Chef...Read more

Beekeeping Basics

January 7, 2015 | Featured Instructor
In winter, there isn't much a beekeeper can do to help the bees other than watch your hive entrances, keep them clear of snow, inspect the bottom board for activity in the hive and be sure the hives are protected from the wind! If you have a window in a top bar hive, you can sometimes catch a...Read more

Healthy Cooking at Home: How to Stock Your Pantry

December 3, 2014 | Featured Instructor
Is it likely that you will be making a New Year’s resolution to start eating better and cooking at home more? If you find it challenging to come up with a constant array of new recipes, this class is perfect for you, whether cooking for yourself or your family. The best cooks don’t base their meals...Read more

The Ancient Art of Wild Fermentation: Preserving Fall's Abundance

September 12, 2014 | Featured Instructor
What’s old is new again! Transforming vegetables into wild-crafted, nutrient rich creations through fermentation is back in vogue. Personally, I was drawn to the art by a love of botany, an interest in ancient traditions and in all things food. Once hooked, I quickly discovered the transformative...Read more
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Three Girls, Three Gardens, Thirty Days

August 10, 2014 | Featured Instructor
One hot summer day I went to visit my former client’s organic garden and she said to me, “One day I want to eat just from my garden. I wonder if I could do it for a month?” I quickly responded that I loved the idea and wanted to try it. Our friend, who is an organic urban grower, wanted to take...Read more

Revisiting the past: Centennial Gardens

July 29, 2014 | Panayoti Kelaidis
Centennial Gardens Many members of Denver Botanic Gardens are probably not aware that the Gardens helped create one of Denver's most remarkable gardens. Deep in the heart of LODO, next to Elitch's, there was a derelict area that was full of toxic waste and refuse: Wellington Webb, mayor at the end...Read more
Mountain Ash in bloom at the Plant Sale

Spring Plant Sale Busy and Gardens Still Beautiful

May 9, 2014 | Matt Cole
Just when you see the Gardens is busy, busy, busy with shoppers and sellers, it takes a matter of a few steps to disappear away from the crowds. At Spring Plant Sale , I certainly drooled my share over the water-smart plants and flirted with other blooms in the diversity of sections. But I wound my...Read more