Fall Class Opportunities

September

A World of Wonder at your Feet…Southern Rocky Mountain Fungi
Come explore the beauty and importance of unusual and common mushrooms of this region. We will learn about the import role fungi plays in our environment and expand our species knowledge by learning to identify fungi through beautiful photos and fresh mushrooms. Students will be encouraged to bring in specimens they have found.
Note: 10% discount for members. Please look for specimens wherever you are the day or two preceding the event. Please collect them carefully, getting all the mushroom (not cutting the stalk) and note the habitat they were living in….or include a bit of habitat like pine needles, etc. Keep specimens cool and in waxed paper bags or similar materials but NOT in plastic bags.
Instructor: Vera Evenson, Curator, Sam Mitchel, Herbarium of Fungi, Denver Botanic Gardens
Sat. Sept 2, 10 a.m.-Noon, $18

Homemade Garden Salves and Balms
Learn how to make your own homemade salves and lip balms using natural ingredients. Not only are they great for personal use, but they make great gifts as well! Each student will receive a salve and balm made in class.
Note: 10% discount for members
Instructor: Connie Meyer, Urban Overalls
Sat. Sept 9, 10 a.m.–Noon, $30

Making Herbal Jellies
Capture the essence of your summer herbs in these original gourmet jellies that can be paired with everything from roasted meats to veggies. During this demonstration style class, students will explore the art of herbal jellies for all occasions and leave with a jar of their own.
Note: 10% discount for members of The Gardens on Spring Creek. Please let us know any food limitations or allergies when you register.
Instructor: Richard W. Bender, Author
Sat. Sept 9, 1–3 p.m., $30

Macro (Close-up) Photography in the Garden
Close-up or Macro photography is a terrific way to document small objects like flowers, plant details and butterfly wings. In this class, we will explore the technical and artistic skills needed to get great shots! We’ll spend some time in class then venture into the Garden to practice.
Note: 10% discount for members of The Gardens on Spring Creek.
Instructor: Bob Dean, Views of Nature Photography
Sat. Sept 23, 10 a.m.-Noon, $40

Beekeeping through the Four Seasons: Fall
Just as the bees get ready to “hibernate,” the beekeeper begins preparations for winter. In this session, the beekeeper’s work during fall will be discussed, including seeing if there is enough honeycomb, installing insulation, and moving the false back.
Note: 10% discount for members
Instructor: Dr. Tom Cavanagh
Sat, Sept 23, 1–3 p.m., $18


October

Preparing Your Yard for Fall and Winter Bird Feeding
Fall is here, but not everyone is migrating south! Come learn about the birds you can attract to your backyard in the fall and winter and tips to prepare your yard for cold weather. During this class we will cover recommended foods, feeders and other habitat elements to help birds survive extreme weather.
Note: 10% discount for members
Instructor: Lauren DeRosa, Wild Birds Unlimited
Sat. Oct 7, 10 a.m.–Noon, $18

DESIGN in the Gardens
Fall is the perfect time to reflect upon your growing season and start dreaming of next year’s design. During this class you will explore the exciting role that elements and principles of design play in garden creation. Examples from history, nature, and our own "back yards" will be discussed.
Note: 10% discount for members.
Instructor: Mary Beth McCubbin, retired Professor of Landscape Architecture, Clemson University
Sat. Oct 14, 10 a.m.-Noon, $18

Artisan Pumpkin Desserts
Join us in celebrating the voluptuous pumpkin, star of the garden this time of year! Margaret will be demonstrating gluten free - irresistible pumpkin cake, layered mousse, fabulous two-toned pie, a First Nation Zuni pumpkin candy and maybe a few surprises!
Note: 10% discount for members. Please let us know any food limitations or allergies when you register.
Instructor: Margaret Gilfoyle, Gluten Free Chef and Baker, Food Writer, Pachamama’s Beautiful Food
Sat. Oct 14, 1–3 p.m., $30

Mini Pumpkin Centerpieces
Create your own fall-themed centerpieces with a mini pumpkin or gourd, succulents, acorns and other natural materials. The instructor will demonstrate the process and provide ample creative ideas. All materials will be provided. Each participant will be able to take home one or two completed centerpieces.
Note: 10% discount for members. Students 16 and older welcome.
Instructor: Nancy Frank
Sat. Oct. 28, 1–3 p.m., $30 Adults only
This class is also offered as a Family option.


November-December

Makin’ Your Own Bacon
Tired of flabby, nitrate-filled bacon from mega-chain grocery stores? Well, bacon lovers, this workshop is for you. You will learn the steps to transform ordinary pork belly into flavorful bacon. Students will get to sample homecured bacon in class.
Note: 10% discount for members. Please let us know any food limitations or allergies when you register.
Instructor: Connie Meyer, Urban Overalls
Sat. Nov. 11, 10 a.m.–Noon, $30

Winter Comfort Foods (12 years and over welcome)
Looking for some nostalgia or a warm and hearty dish on a cold day? Join us in learning how to prepare some of your favorite comfort foods with a healthy twist. You will learn basic cooking skills, nutrition insights, and tips and tricks to make any dish a success, all while taking in the tastes, smells, and warmth of winter-time favorites.
Note: 10% discount for members. Students 12 and older welcome. Please let us know any food limitations or allergies when you register.
Instructor: Charlotte Lakin, Kendall Reagan Nutrition Center
Sat. Nov. 11, 1–3 p.m., $30/Adults, $15/Child (12 years and up)

Create your Own Indoor Bonsai
Work with published author and bonsai expert in this part discussion, demonstration and part workshop experience. Students will learn the methods for creating and growing indoor bonsai with their very own bonsai to take home as illustrated in his book Bountiful Bonsai.
Note: 10% discount for members.
Instructor: Richard W. Bender, Author
Sat. Nov. 18, 10 a.m.– Noon, $45

Create a Christmas Wreath
Join in the fun of creating your own natural holiday wreath from scratch on a 14 inch frame. You will attach evergreens and embellishing with a wide variety of natural materials and a bow if you wish. Examples, instructions, assistance and materials will be provided.
Note: 10% discount for members. Bring gloves and if there are any favorite items you envision for your wreath (special bows, keepsakes, unique natural materials, etc.) Students 16 and older welcome.
Instructor: Nancy Frank
Sat. Dec. 2, 1–3 p.m., $30

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