Denver/Boulder

October at Denver Botanic Gardens

WINTER HOURS BEGIN SEPT 29
Daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Last entry 4 p.m.

EXHIBITIONS
CHIHULY
Through November 30
Free with admission
Denver Botanic Gardens presents the Rocky Mountain Region’s first major outdoor exhibition of artwork by celebrated American artist Dale Chihuly.

CHIHULY DOCENT-LED TOURS
Fri, Sat & Sun, June 14 – November 30, 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.
$17, $10 member
Participants enjoy a guided tour featuring impressive site-specific artwork by Dale Chihuly. Experienced docents lead guests through the Gardens to learn more about the artist and the exhibition. Drop-ins not permitted.

MAKE IT RAIN: PAINTINGS BY IAN FISHER
August 13 – November 9
Free with admission
Gates Garden Court Gallery
Denver-based Ian Fisher’s large-scale cloud paintings have a Western, big-sky quality. They are intended not only as sublime representations of what clouds actually are – formations as a result of amassed water droplets – but also as an expression of the creativity and timelessness these forms reveal.

CHIHULY NIGHTS
October 3 – November 30 (closed November 1, 8, 13 and 27), 5:30-9 p.m.
$10, $5 member
The Chihuly exhibition is illuminated for a unique, after-dark viewing opportunity.

KIDS & FAMILY PROGRAMS
CHIHULY FAMILY TOURS
Saturdays, October 4, 11, 18 & 25, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
$26 (adult/child combo), $18 member; additional adult or child $13, $9 member
This one-hour guided walk offers children the opportunity to experience Chihuly’s art in an inspiring and active way. Tours are recommended for families with children ages 4-12; children must be accompanied by an adult.

HOMESCHOOL DAY: CHIHULY EXHIBITION EXPLORATION
Mon, October 20, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
$11 children two and older, one adult per family and children two and under free; $6.50 additional adults
Children and families enjoy an exploration of Denver Botanic Gardens’ Chihuly exhibition, learning how art intermingles with science, and creating an art piece inspired by Chihuly. Families are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy.

CHATFIELD PROGRAMS
CORN MAZE
Fri-Sun, Sept. 19 – Nov. 1, Fri, 4-9 p.m.; Sat, noon-9 p.m.; Sun, noon-6 p.m.
$12; $10 adult member, student, senior, military; $8 child; $6 child member; free for children two and under
Participants wind through acres of corn, and can view the maze design from two 15-foot tall illuminated bridges. A mini-maze is designed for younger children. Hayrides and pony rides are available for an additional cost. An array of food vendors offer a variety of foods, including freshly squeezed lemonade, funnel cakes, hot dogs and kettle corn.

DEAD ZONE HAUNTED MAZE
Friday & Saturday, October 3, 4, 10 & 11, Nightly October 17 – November 1
Fri & Sat 7-11 p.m., Sun-Thu 7-10 p.m. | $22, $2 off for members, seniors & military
The Dead Zone haunted maze is a 3-acre maze separate from the regular 8-acre maze. To get to the Dead Zone, patrons must make their way through the Glow Maze to the Dead Zone entrance. Ticket price includes the Glow Maze adventure with a glow stick. Not recommended for young children.

BUILD A HOOPHOUSE
Sat, October 4, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
$39, $34 member
Participants learn how to build hoop houses for a vegetable garden to extend the growing season.

PUMPKIN FESTIVAL
Fri-Sun, Oct. 10-12, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
$7, $6 member adult, $5 children ages 3-12, $4 member children, free for children two and under
The Gardens’ annual three-day Pumpkin Festival presents 10 acres of pumpkins. Families enjoy live music, express face painting, pumpkin carving demonstrations, pumpkin bowling, pony and amusement rides and a cookie decorating station.

CHIPOTLE SUSTAINABLE FOOD FILM SERIES
FOOD PATRIOTS
Wed, October 15, 6 p.m. complimentary food | 6:30 p.m. film, $5
Touched by their teenage son’s battle with a foodborne superbug, filmmakers Jeff & Jennifer Spitz document their family’s struggle to raise backyard chickens, grow food and transform into food patriots. “Food Patriots” features people from all walks of life who are trying to change the way Americans eat and buy food, and educate the next generation of consumers.

ART CLASS
DIA DE LOS MUERTOS WORKSHOP: MAKING SUGAR SKULLS
Fri, October 11, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
$42, $37 member
This two-hour workshop presents an introduction to Dia de los Muertos customs, and the symbolism of the sugar skull. Participants are taken through the sugar skull-making process step by step, creating skull art; each receives two sugar skulls and the materials to make additional skulls at home.

FOOD CLASS
CANNING FOR THE HOLIDAYS
Sun, October 12, 2-5 p.m., Denver Botanic Gardens
$45
Sundari Kraft of EatWhereULive leads this course covering the basic principals of water bath canning. Participants learn to make pear and vanilla bean jam, caramelized onion confit and spicy jalapeno jelly. Participants receive a jar of each.

GARDENING CLASSES
BEGINNING ROCKY MOUNTAIN GARDENING
Tues, October 7, 6-8:30 p.m.
$90, $80 member
Participants learn to adjust gardening skills to the Colorado climate; plant selection, planting techniques and troubleshooting are discussed. Participants are asked to bring a clear jar of soil from their home gardens to class to be analyzed.

BONFIL-STANTON LECTURE SERIES: NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE – THE WINTER HARVEST HANDBOOK
Thurs, October 9, 6-8:30 p.m.
$25, $20 member, $15 Slow Food member
Celebrated farming expert Eliot Coleman shares innovative and highly successfully methods for raising crops throughout the coldest of winters. Coleman offers clear, concise details on greenhouse construction and maintenance, planting schedules, crop management, harvesting practices and more. Participants are invited to enjoy a social hour and winter food tasting hosted by Slow Food Denver at 6 p.m., followed by the program at 7 p.m., and a book signing at 8:30 p.m.

TOUR: THE WINTER HARVEST HANDBOOK
Thurs, October 9, 4:15 or 5:30 p.m.
$12, $10 member
Senior Horticulturist Angie Andrade Foster leads a pre-lecture tour around the Gardens to see how we creatively provide interest in our collections through the slower and colder months.

WORKSHOP: BUILDING YOUR OWN GREENHOUSE
Fri, October 10, 9-11 a.m.
$39, $34 member
Celebrated farming expert Eliot Coleman shares his tips and techniques for building a 14-foot x 16-foot greenhouse system from scratch.

TRIPS & TOURS
URBAN AGRICULTURE TOUR OF NORTHWEST DENVER
Sat, October 4, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
$32, $28 Denver Botanic Gardens and Slow Food Denver members
Denver Botanic Gardens, Slow Food Denver and Grow Local Colorado showcase three different urban farms in northwest Denver, with a delicious, seasonal lunch at the last stop.

WINTER HARVESTS AND GARDENS
Thurs, October 9, 4:15-5:15 p.m. and 5:30-6:30 p.m.
$12, $10 member
Senior Horticulturist Angie Andrade Foster leads a pre-lecture tour of Denver Botanic Gardens, to demonstrate how the Gardens creatively provides interest in its collections through the slower, colder months.

CHEROKEE FALL NATURE HIKE
Sat, October 11, 10 a.m.- noon
$25, $20 member
Guides Panayoti Kelaidis and Lynn Willcockson lead hikers through a wealth of habitats, viewing native flora and birds along the way. Participants should wear muted colors for best bird viewing, and comfortable shoes. Binoculars and bottled water are also recommended.

GHOSTS IN THE GARDENS
Fridays and Saturdays, October 17, 18, 24 & 25, 9-11 p.m.
$27, $23 member adults and children 12 years old and older
More than one hundred years ago, Denver Botanic Gardens’ land was the Mile High City’s first cemetery. Guides share the true story of its macabre history, and recount decades of reported paranormal activity as the tour travels through the Gardens.

HEALTH & FITNESS CLASSES
EVENING VINYASA YOGA IN THE GARDENS
Wednesdays, October 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29, 6-7 p.m.
$12, $10 member
Instructor Blake Burger teaches vinyasa yoga against the stunning backdrop of the Gardens. All levels welcome. Participants are asked to bring water and a yoga mat.

KUNDALINI YOGA
Mondays, October 6, 13, 20 & 27, 6-7:30 p.m.
$10, $8 member
Instructor Chris Anne Coviello teaches Kundalini, the oldest form of yoga. All levels welcome. Participants are asked to bring water and a yoga mat.

URBAN HOMESTEAD CLASSES
ALL NATURAL SKIN CARE
Sat, October 4, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
$63, $58 member
Instructor Christina Blume demonstrates methods to create moisturizers, facial steams, cleansing creams, masques, herbal toners and more. Participants receive recipes, steaming herbs, a jar of moisturizer and a pot of lip balm.

BACKYARD GOAT KEEPING
Sat, October 4, 2-5 p.m.
$35
Sundari Kraft of Heirloom Gardens offers a comprehensive introduction to raising backyard dwarf dairy goats in an urban setting.

MAKING GOAT’S MILK SOAP
Sun, October 26, 2-5 p.m.
$40
Sundari Kraft of Heirloom Gardens and EatWhereULive provides step-by-step instruction in the cold-process technique for making goat’s milk soap, with information on oils that can be used in soap making, ways in which to use additives, molds and cutting, and more. Participants receive a bar of goat’s milk soap, as well as a basic soap recipe with suggested variations.

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