It takes a gifted artist to become a great teacher and those who dare to teach never cease to learn.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Congratulations Susie Crane!

One of our BI-students, Susie Crane received the 2007 Colorado Land Stewardship Award. Besides volunteering for Outdoor Colorado, Susie also actively volunteers with Denver Botanic Gardens and other organizations.
The Colorado Land Stewardship Awards recognize those outstanding individuals, conservation organizations and members of the business community who demonstrate commitment, leadership and vision to the preservation and enhancement of Colorado’s public lands.

Congratulations, Susie – This is a huge honor!

Ecoarts in Colorado

ECOARTS is a collaboration of major science, environmental, arts, and other organizations offering events designed to educate, inspire, and empower us all. September 14-October 6, 2007 you can find EcoArt activities in Boulder, Denver, Ft. Collins and Lyons.
Volunteer for EcoArts, September 14-October 6, and join visual and sound installation artists, ice core scientists, indigenous filmmakers, religious leaders, culinary gardeners and others coming together to raise consciousness about climate change while creating possibilities for a sustainable future! Opportunities to be involved include disseminating posters/brochures, ushering talks/performances and cooking for an indigenous knowledge feast. Informational meeting with refreshments Thursday, August 30, 5:30 pm, Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut, V-Room, Boulder.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

It is time to think about the September BI-courses

[Adisia polyciphala by Robert Wight (1796-1872): Illustrations of Indian botany or figures illustrative of each of the natural orders of Indian plants described in the author's prodromus florae peninsulae Indiae orientalis. Madras, 1840-1850.]

It is September soon and we can again, gradually start our evening's program by offering first Pencil I on Monday evenings and Watercolor I on Tuesday evenings (6-9 p.m.).
Please, note that the next time Watercolor I is offered in the evenings, will be in Fall 2008!
In Fort Collins we offer a weekend Botany class (Friday-Sunday; September 21-23). FYI: The number of seats for the Fort Collins’ classes is now limited to eleven (11).
For other required classes offered both in Denver and Fort Collins, please click here. You can find a more detailed description of the classes in the regular cataloque.
Our excellent instructor Karla Beatty just returned from a four-week trip to India. Directly related to her trip we will offer the class: Ancient India and the Gardens of South Asia. Do not miss this unique opportunity.
Another interesting elective course that deserves a special note is Spice Plants from Asia. The art from this class will be displayed in the Connors’ Family exhibit case in Gates Garden Court during the Holidays - an excellent way to display your art during the busiest visitor season at DBG. See for the more detailed description of the elective classes here.
Jessa Huebing-Reitinger's guest workshop is coming up in September, please note that we have reduced the course fee by 30%.

Remember to stop by Gates Garden Court, the Instructors Art Show can be viewed there for three more days, Student Art Show will come up on Friday (~ 55 pieces of art!). Please, mark your calendar the reception on Friday, September 14th, 5-7 p.m.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Metamorphosis à la Chapungu

Opal stone transforms into a Chrysanthemum hybrid:

Day 1. 60 minutes into the 5 day class the disk flowers have found their right position

Day 5. The disk and rayflowers of the newly discovered Chrysanthemum are shiny and polished.

(Chupungu: Custom and Legend, A Culture in Stone)

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Maria Hodkins in Fort Collins

Thursday, October 4 6:30-8:30 p.m. and Friday, October 5 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

For more information and to register, please call the Gardens on Spring Creek (970-416-2486).

Monday, August 20, 2007

Café Botanique - Wednesday, August 22 - Morrison Center

Genetic Heritage of Dry Bean Accounts and Breast Cancer
By Mark A. Brick, Ph.D., Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO

The chemical and nutritional composition of dry beans varies among market classes. Previous reports have shown that beans differ in their ability to accumulate micronutrients and in their content of phytochemicals that have been linked to positive health benefits. To better understand whether genetic heritage of dry beans (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) influence their health benefits, we investigated anti-cancer activity in laboratory animals fed different dry bean types. Dry beans that originated in Middle America had cancer multiplicity that was 40% higher than beans from Andean South America. Antioxidant capacity of the bean was not associated with cancer multiplicity, even though levels differed by 300% indicating that there is significant genetic diversity for anti-cancer activity based on genetic heritage rather than antioxidant activity.

Mark Brick is a Professor of Plant Breeding in the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences at Colorado State University. He is currently the leader of the CSU Dry Bean Breeding Project (DBBP), and responsible for development of dry edible bean varieties for the western U.S.. His research interests include genetic mechanisms of disease resistance, plant architecture and more recently on the health benefits of dry edible beans with the Cancer Prevention Laboratory at Colorado State University. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Agronomy and has collaborated with scientists, farmers and industry clientele in the U.S. and internationally.

You are all welcome!

Friday, August 17, 2007

'Pink Ribbon' Waterlilly

A new plant (Nymphaea ‘Pink Ribbon’) has been introduced to the world and it is on display at Denver Botanic Gardens. The Gardens is one of only three locations worldwide that will be displaying and testing a new species of waterlily that has been developed for a great cause. It is part of an international project to raise money for fighting breast cancer.

Water Gardeners International (WGI) developed the species and gave it the name 'Pink Ribbon'. The plant’s color matches the shade of pink used on ribbons that support breast cancer awareness. One of these new species is proudly displayed in the Monet Horseshoe Pool at Denver Botanic Gardens. The remaining two plants are on display at the New York Botanic Garden and Wishing Well Ponds in Oklahoma City, OK.

Denver Botanic Gardens’ water gardens are recognized as one of the top water gardens in the world. Some of the other rare water plant species in the Gardens collection include “Rocky Mountain Legacy Collection” featuring the elegant pink N. ‘Denver’s Delight’ (Tomocik), French vanilla N. ‘Denver’ (Strawn) and salmon N. ‘Colorado’ (Strawn) at their best.

All three ‘Pink Ribbon’ plants have been auctioned off on-line, and have raised $1,500 for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. The buyer wanted each flower displayed at a major botanic garden. No other “Pink Ribbon” waterlilies will be available in 2007. This year, the ‘Pink Ribbon’ hybrid varietal will be evaluated in a test garden with the expectation that more significant quantities will be propagated in 2008 and sold. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to breast cancer charities.

Monday, August 6, 2007

Café Botanique - Thursday, August 9

In Quest of Tomorrow’s Medicines from Plant Biodiversity
By Barbara Timmermann, Ph.D., University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

From ancient to modern times, plants have been used as medicinal agents, first on folkloric basis and later developed on a scientific basis into single agent drugs, such as the antiasthmatic drug ephedrine or the anti-cancer drug taxol. The drug discovery and development program in the speaker’s laboratory use plants and microorganisms as an essential route to new pharmaceutical leads.
Prospecting in search of new drugs provides a potentially strong set of tools for the development of local economies and conservation of natural resources in areas rich in biodiversity. Ongoing research that integrates the process of drug discovery leads from natural products, biodiversity conservation, and sustainable economic growth in a unique model that incorporates academic science, traditional knowledge, commercial research and novel intellectual property mechanisms will be discussed.

Barbara Timmermann is University Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicinal Chemistry in the School of Pharmacy at the University of Kansas. Dr. Timmermann’s remarkable record of commitment to education in the classroom has mirrored her research career. She serves as a member of various advisory boards including the American Botanical Council. In 2000, she was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and more recently, she was named a 2006-2007 Woman of Distinction at KU.
Classroom C, 6:30-8 p.m.
You are all welcome!

Friday, August 3, 2007

Deadline approaching!

Student Art Show

Congratulations Carol!

Carol Till received a Merit Award (with $$) for her botanical piece at the Lakewood “Trees” show. Lakewood Arts Council is sponsoring Figures and Creatures with August 14th deadline and Exploration with September 18 deadline. Please consider these local exhibits, entry fee is only $7.oo and you can receive a cash price for both shows.