Water-Smart Garden

Rocky Mountain Gardening Short Course

Denver Botanic Gardens is proud to offer a new hybrid learning experience for those looking to grow in the Front Range. Regardless of your location, transportation or time constraints we can prepare you for your best growing season yet. Join us for a better understanding of Colorado ecology and how to have a successful garden with stunning native plants despite Colorado's short growing season and extreme weather. Whether you are looking to break into the world of horticulture or want a stunning backyard, we have something for you.

Three sessions are conducted live, giving participants the option to attend these sessions virtually or in person at Denver Botanic Gardens in the new Freyer – Newman Center. In between each live session, students are required to watch five class videos on their own time. Each in-person class begins with a short question and answer period that is open to online and live participants.

Price includes all onsite and all web programming. Instructors for this program include Denver Botanic Gardens' staff members, authorities in the Green Industry and other regional experts in horticulture and natural sciences.


Contact us at adult.programs@botanicgardens.org or 720-865-3500 with any questions about the Rocky Mountain Gardening Short Course programs.


Beginning Rocky Mountain Gardening

Live In Person or Online
Session 1: Thursday, Feb. 16
4:30-7 p.m.

Interim Self-Paced Online Web Programming:

  • Rocky Mountain Horticulture I
  • Rocky Mountain Horticulture II
  • Botany 101
  • Propagation
  • Soils 101


Native Plants for Colorado

Live In Person or Online
Session 2: Thursday, March 9
4:30-7 p.m.

Interim Self-Paced Online Web Programming 

  • Ecology
  • Basics of Pruning
  • Colorado Ecosystems
  • Water-wise Horticulture for the Western Landscape
  • Perennials for the Front Range


Containers for Colorado

Live In Person or Online
Session 3: Thursday, March 30
4:30-7 p.m.

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