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. The inaugural program offers a unique learning experience to transform each student into a confident, knowledgeable and resourceful steward of plants by providing a strong foundation of practical and powerful herbalism knowledge.

Over 75 medicinal plants are studied, including some grown on site at the Gardens and those native to Colorado. Other areas of study include herb gardening in Colorado, plant identification and wildcrafting. With some of the region’s finest herbalists assembled to lead, students learn in the classroom, in the Gardens and out in the field.

350 Hour Certificate Program

2019 Herbalism Certificate Program begins in April and ends in October. Classes are held every Thursday at 6 p.m. and one weekend a month, both Saturday and Sunday.

  • 200 hours of class time
    • Basic anatomy
    • Herbal remedies
    • Monographs
    • Gardening techniques
    • Botany
  • 100 hours of extra-curricular activities/homework
    • Monographs
    • At home herbal remedy preparation
    • Gardening principles
    • Plant identification
    • Reading
    • Presentation preparation
    • Assignments
  • 50 hours volunteering

Here is the 2019 program syllabus. 2020 program syllabus will be announced soon.

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