DENVER BOTANIC GARDENS JANUARY EVENTS EVENTS Off the Clock: Vintage Victorians Friday, January 6, 6-9:30 p.m.----
EXHIBITS + DISPLAYS Edible: Botanical Art & Illustration NoveTHRU– February 17----
Orchid Showcase January 6 – Februar
EVENTS Off the Clock: Vintage Victorians Friday, January 6, 6-9:30 p.m. Advance Tickets: $17, $14 member | Door Tickets: $22, $19 Member Back by popular demand! Celebrate an iconic age of botany and floral cultivation. Enjoy live music and hands-on activities in the Boettcher Memorial Center and savor specialty dinners and drinks from Offshoots Café and a cash bar. Compete for a top title in a Victorian costume contest; enjoy the classic melodies of the Victorian age; stroll the Orangery on opening night of the Orchid Showcase, designed this year with a Victorian theme.
EXHIBITS + DISPLAYS Edible: Botanical Art & Illustration NoveTHRU– February 17 This annual juried exhibition from the Gardens’ School of Botanical Art & Illustration features the students’ best achievements in a variety of media. The theme for this show is edible plants and highlights the artists’ technical skill and botanical knowledge.
Orchid Showcase January 6 – February 20 This annual exhibition returns to present hundreds of colorful orchid blooms in the Orangery and Marnie’s Pavilion. Common and rare species are featured, some even so special they have to remain behind the greenhouse glass. The 2017 display theme is Victorian.
ADULT CLASSES Tropical Trails Tour Saturdays, January 7 and 21, 2-3 p.m. $14, $7 member Denver may be blanketed with snow, but the plants in the Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory enjoy a warm climate year-round. Enjoy the lush vegetation, vibrant flowers and warmth of the rainforest as you stroll through the Gardens’ tropical collections. This is a one-hour tour led by experienced docents.
Botany for Gardeners Monday, January 9, 6-8 p.m. $255, $213 member This class provides an overview of basic plant biology, including structure, development, transpiration, photosynthesis and plant chemistry. Students gain essential knowledge for acquiring high-level pruning skills, for designing gardens based on specific plant requirements of the Rocky Mountain region, and for understanding interactions between plants and their microenvironments. Required Text: “Botany for Gardeners” by Brian Capon.
Sustainable Greenhouse Design Saturday, January 14, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. $160, $150 member This class is a comprehensive look at how passive solar greenhouses work and covers topics such as how to orient the building, basic principles of passive solar design including the use of stored water as thermal mass, simple math formulas to help guide your design, a materials list and drawings and calculations for a 13’ x 15’ greenhouse.
Orchids 101 Saturday, January 14, 10 a.m. – noon $44, $39 member The class will cover basic orchid biology, ecology, cultivation and propagation, with demonstrations of proper watering, repotting and mounting techniques. Topics covered include: basic information about where orchids are found and how they grow in the wild; how to care for orchids; discussion of popular cultivated orchid genera and their care, including what grows well in Colorado; repotting, mounting, and dividing demonstrations; common orchid pests and diseases and how to control them; orchid nutrition and how/when to apply fertilizer. The class is taught by Andrew Hatch, president