SCFD FREE DAYS November 5 – Chatfield Farms (9 a.m. - 5 p.m.) November 11 – York St. (9 a.m. – 5 p.m.) November 21 – Plains Conservation Center (10 a.m. - 2 p.m.)
YORK ST. EVENTS Día de los Muertos Saturday, November 2, 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. Included with admission, 15 and under free admission Free shuttle continuously runs from East High School. All riders receive one free Gardens admission pass for future use (CONFIRM?). The Gardens is celebrating Día de los Muertos with screenings of Disney’s Pixar film “Coco,” community altars of remembrance, face painting (fee), Mexican folk dance by Mexico en la Piel, Mariachi Los Correcaminos of MSU Denver and a kid’s craft corner. Colorado artists sell Día de los Muertos original art pieces, prints, folk art, jewelry, t-shirt designs and more. Denver Zoo hosts live animal interactions.
Winter Gift Market Thursday, November 21, 4-8 p.m. and Friday-Saturday, November 22-23, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Free Gardens and Market Admission Vendors sell one-of-a-kind, handcrafted holiday items; bath and body products; pottery; jewelry; specialty foods; clothing; antiques and more. The Gardens Guild offers its popular herbal vinegars and seasonings. Members receive a 10 percent discount on purchases.
Blossoms of Light November 29 – January 3, 5-9 p.m. $16-$21, $14-$19 member, depending on date selected The Gardens’ signature event for over three decades, this annual holiday lights extravaganza transforms the York Street location into a twinkling winter wonderland. With fresh and exciting new features including a 360-degree immersive light experience, along with favorites. Dinner, holiday treats, warm drinks, souvenir reusable mug and HoloSpex glasses are available for purchase.
CHATFIELD FARMS Patrick Dougherty: One Fell Swoop Included with admission This is the first feature art installation at the Gardens’ Chatfield Farms location. Dougherty’s immersive sculptures are created by weaving flexible saplings into complex and whimsical architectural forms and remain on view until they naturally fall apart. Some installations have lasted for years. Visitors may view and move through the work in a grassy clearing near the Earl J. Sinnamon Visitor Center and the Deer Creek Stables.
Family Make and Take Sunday, November 17, 10-11 a.m., 11 a.m. – noon and 12:30-2 p.m. $15; $12 member. Price is per project – accompanying adults do not have to pay. Embrace the changing seasons and craft a wreath using natural garden materials from colorful dried leaves to pine cones. Materials provided are appropriate for children ages five and up. Family Make and Take programs offer a space for children and their grownups to connect with natural materials and work on a project together. These self-guided and self-paced programs are designed to provide a creative environment that sparks imagination. The Gardens provides the space and supplies. You and your family provide the ideas and creativity!
Santa’s Village Fridays-Sundays: Nov. 29 – Dec. 15, 4:30-8:30 p.m. (last entry 7:30 p.m.) Open nightly: Dec. 16-22, 4:30-8:30 p.m. (last entry 7:30 p.m.) $20 adult or child (ages 3-15); $15 member adult or child; $15 senior and military, free for children two and under; $60 for a 4-Pack Visitors can meet Mrs. Claus, Santa and his reindeer while walking through colorful holiday lights. Hop on the hayride to catch a short movie at Santa’s Cinema or walk under the magical light displays. Stop at Elf Boulevard to drop off letters to Santa. Children can play in an elf house and see the elves hard at work. Other activities included with admission: selfie photos with Santa, kids can make a holiday keepsake, hear stories from Mrs. Claus and go inside a life-size snow globe (new this year).
YORK ST. ADULT PROGRAMS Tibetan Singing Bowls Concert Tuesday, November 5, 6-7:30 p.m. $18, $15 member Denver yoga instructor and sound healer Chris Anne Coviello and her husband Jason Coviello begin the event by playing the hang drum, a rare steel drum. The drum is tuned to the note that vibrationally corresponds to the heart. They then play the singing bowls which are tuned to all the different musical notes that correspond to the chakras to balance the energy in the body.
Guided Meditation: Gratitude Tuesday, November 12, 6-7 p.m. $18, $15 member When we practice gratitude, we rewire our brain to focus on peace and prosperity. Gratitude is an emotion of connectedness reminding us we are part of a larger universe with all sentient beings.
Literature of Land Book Club Wednesday, November 13, 7-8:30 p.m., $5 The book club series is hosted by the Helen Fowler Library and the fall theme is American farmland. The November book is “Lentil Underground” by Liz Carlisle.
Gifts from the Herb Garden Saturday, November 23, 9:30-11:30 a.m. $59, $54 member Spend the morning making holiday gifts. Make chocolate nut clusters, chocolate dipped candied ginger and orange peel. Learn how to make spicy/sweet cocktail nuts, a soothing lavender lip balm, a pressed-flower glass candle holder and pot narcissus bulbs. Enjoy chai tea and scones during the crafting.
YORK ST. CHILDREN AND FAMILY PROGRAM Seedlings $14 child, $12 member child, includes one adult entry per registration Seedlings classes offer a fun, hands-on way for young children, ages 18 months to 6 years, to explore the plant world while developing an understanding and appreciation for plants and their importance. Classes include interactive explorations, nature walks and stories for children and their caregivers. Seedlings programs are offered for three different age groups and are modified to fit the developmental needs of each group. Week of Nov.1: Pumpkin Arts; Nov. 6: Owls; Nov. 14: Harvest Treasures; Nov. 20: Cornucopia
# # #About Denver Botanic Gardens Green inside and out, Denver Botanic Gardens began in 1951 and is considered one of the top botanical gardens in the United States and a pioneer in water conservation. Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Gardens’ living collections encompass specimens from the tropics to the tundra, showcasing a plant palette chosen to thrive in Colorado’s semi-arid climate. The Gardens is a dynamic, 24-acre urban oasis in the heart of the city, offering unforgettable opportunities to flourish with unique garden experiences for the whole family – as well as world-class education and plant conservation research programs. Additional sites extend this experience throughout the Front Range: Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms is a 700-acre native plant refuge with an active farm in Jefferson County; Mount Goliath is a high-altitude trail and interpretive site on the Mount Evans Scenic Byway. The Gardens also manages programming at Plains Conservation Center in Aurora. For more information, visit us online at www.botanicgardens.org.