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.

Aloe can be used to promote healthy skin and soothe sunburn. Oatstraw can support the nervous system to promote a sense of calm. Elderberry syrup and fire cider can be used during cold and flu season. Calendula salve is soothing and can be used as an antibacterial for skin abrasions. For thousands of years plants have been used to promote healthy natural living; this is the base for the new hobby Herbalism Certificate Program at Denver Botanic Gardens.

With a hands-on teaching approach and seed-to-product goal, our instructors guide students through every step of using plants for health and wellness. This program offers a unique learning experience to transform each student into a confident, knowledgeable and resourceful steward of plants by providing an introduction to practical and powerful herbalism knowledge. 

A variety of medicinal plants are introduced, including some grown on site at the Gardens and those native to Colorado. With some of the regions finest herbalists assembled to lead, students learn in the classroom, in the Gardens and out in the field.

Program Details and Registration

Herbalism Certificate Program

2021 Program Dates and Times:

Infusions, Decoctions and Nutritive Herbs 
Saturday, June 12, 9 a.m. – noon

Herbal Allies for the Respiratory System: Prevention, Support & Recovery 
Saturday, June 26, 9 a.m. – noon

Skin Spa
Saturday, July 10, 9 a.m. – noon

Building Your Kitchen Apothecary
Saturday, July 24, 9 a.m. – noon

Natural First Aid 
Saturday, Aug. 14, 9 a.m. – noon

Hiking and Plant Identification
Saturday, Aug. 28, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Fall Foraging on the Wild Side
Saturday, Sept. 11, 9 a.m. – noon

Plant Songs and Stories
Saturday, Sept. 25, 9 a.m. – noon

Herbal Allies for Optimal Vitality and Resilience
Saturday, Oct. 9, 9 a.m. – noon

Smoke in Herbal Practice and Spirit Herbal Remedies
Saturday, Oct. 23, 9 a.m. – noon

Class time includes:

  • Historical importance and folklore
  • Plant energetics and their uses
  • Techniques to make herbal preparations and remedies
  • Harvesting fresh herbs onsite in garden 
  • Garden walks and hiking in the beautiful Rocky Mountains
  • Plant identification 
  • Discussion

For additional information or questions, please email our Adult Programs Coordinator at

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