Hands holding a seedling

Adult Programs

Choose from hands-on workshops, certificate courses, public lectures, professional development seminars or learning for personal enrichment. The Gardens offers programs year-round at York Street, Chatfield Farms and Plains Conservation Center. Admission to the Gardens is included with program registration.

Certificate Programs

The Gardens offers certificates in Herbalism, Rocky Mountain Gardening and Beginning Market Farming. Multi-session programming includes in-depth learning from many guest speakers on topics. 


Rocky Mountain Gardening Certificate

Denver Botanic Gardens' Certificate in Rocky Mountain Gardening is a comprehensive study of specific gardening practices for Front Range gardening practices. 

Water-Smart Garden

Rocky Mountain Gardening Short Course Certificate

The Short Course Certificate is a self-paced, hybrid learning experience with in-person and recorded content.

Lavender and yellow flowers in a field with buildings behind them.

Herbalism Certificate Program

This program is designed to inspire each student to be more connected to nature, learn the powers of plants and become healthier and happier: mind, body and soul.

Spinach in a field with mountains in the background

Beginning Farmers Core Curriculum & Hands-On Workshops

Denver Botanic Gardens and Colorado State University Extension partner to deliver a certificate program that will introduce you to the ins and outs of becoming a successful market farmer on five acres or less.

Classes & Workshops

Classroom and hands-on learning on a wide variety of topics taught by local experts and Denver Botanic Gardens horticulture staff.

Gardening tools


Yoga at the Gardens

Health & Wellness

Cooking class

Food & Cooking

Walking at Chatfield Farms

Tours, Walking & Hikes

Other Adult Programs

Virtual Learning

Virtual, Hybrid & Online Programs 

Online and hybrid learning opportunities to increase accessibility, limit travel and accommodate busy schedules. 

Sturm Family Auditorium

Symposia & Lectures

Seasonal events designed to highlight well-known experts and in-depth symposia programming.

Women in brightly colored dresses walking through the streets of Oaxaca, Mexico at night with baskets of flowers balanced on their heads during the Día de los Muertos festival.

Trips & Travel

Exploring horticulture, conservation, agriculture and botany opportunities beyond our gardens.

Laura Quann, “Calla Lily,” colored pencil, 2022.

School of Botanical Art & Illustration

Botanical art and illustration is the well-established tradition of portraying plants for scientific purposes, recording vanishing species for historical record or rendering the beauty and inspiration we experience in the flora around us.

Nick Elias, “Monet Pool,” watercolor, 2022.

Art Exploration 

In addition to botanical illustration classes, our program offerings deliver opportunities for students to try various media and techniques harnessing the inspiration of the natural world. These classes are open to all regardless of previous art experience.

Brittany Hass, “Understory,” ink and watercolor, 2022.

Engage & Connect

We invite you to explore with us through our series of lectures and lunch-and-learn sessions about professional practices and creative gatherings.

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