Lecture - Resource Harvesting for Dynamic Gardens and Neighborhoods: Simple and Effective Ways to En

This dynamic presentation shares strategies to harvest, integrate and enliven free local resources such as rain-, grey- and storm waters; sun, wind and shade; along with soil fertility, wild foods and community fun. This talk is both an invitation to engage and partner with natural surroundings and the community, and a treasure map showing the way by planting the rain, dancing with the sun, growing fertile shade and more.


Brad Lancaster

Brad Lancaster is the author of the award-winning “Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond” and co-founder of DesertHarvesters.org. Since 1993, Lancaster has run a successful permaculture education, design and consultation business focused on integrated regenerative approaches to landscape design, planning and living. In the Sonoran Desert, with just 11 inches of annual rainfall, he and his brother harvest about 100,000 gallons of rainwater a year on an eighth-acre urban lot and adjoining right-of-way. This harvested water is turned into living air conditioners of food-bearing shade trees, abundant gardens and a thriving landscape incorporating wildlife habitat, beauty, medicinal plants and more. The goal of his books and work is to empower clients and the community to make positive change in their own lives and neighborhoods by harvesting and enhancing free on-site resources such as water, sun, wind, shade, and more. It’s catching on, as evidenced by tens of thousands of practitioners and the demand for Lancaster’s work around the world.



6 p.m. Social hour and tasting hosted by Slow Food Denver (included in price)

6:30 p.m. Program and lecture

8:00 p.m. Book signing by author

All lecture programs: $15 member, $20 non-member. Space is limited so register early!

Slow Food Members are welcome to register for the discounted member price of $15, please click on reciprocal member price, no identification required.


Water, water, water...There is no shortage of water in the desert but exactly the right amount, a perfect ratio of water to rock, water to sand, insuring that wide free open, generous spacing among plants and animals, homes and towns and cities, which makes the arid West so different from any other part of the nation. There is no lack of water here unless you try to establish a city where no city should be.    Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness

With the support of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation and in line with the Gardens  mission of connecting people with plants, we are excited to bring you a series designed to explore water as it relates to our ability to thrive in Colorado s dry environment.

Throughout the 2017 series, we explore the importance of water through the lens of art, home gardening, conservation and home ownership. The lecture series includes topics such as enhancing the abundance of water throughout the world, rock gardening and water quality of the Colorado River through underwater photography.

A parallel series of intimate workshops, tours and trips further the exploration. Workshops include water-harvesting, aquaponics, photogram water camera-less photography, insect home building and many other hands-on opportunities. The Gardens offers day-long tours of Habitat Hero Gardens, gardens that provides resources and habitat for insects. A self-guided water wise home garden tour allows participants to explore ways in which their fellow Denverites use low water plants and water conservation techniques. Further your water experience by joining the Gardens on multi-day trips, including a canoe trip down the Gunnison River alongside a wetland ecologist and a photography trip to view the stunning water features around Vail.