Denver Urban Gardens Calendar of Events

Join us for an event in 2017! Please note that community gardeners, Master Composters, Master Community Gardeners, Grow a Garden participants, volunteers and Connecting Generations mentors are considered DUG participants.

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Denver Urban Gardens, Slow Food Denver and The Kitchen Community present Engaging the School and Greater Community in the School Garden

Hear from school and community leaders in the Denver Urban Gardens, Slow Food Denver and The Kitchen Community school garden networks in this panel discussion. A successful, sustainable garden is engaging and educational for students and community members alike. Learn best practices for engaging community and developing learning opportunities for students in school gardens from on-the-ground experts.

Thursday, March 9, 2017
5:30pm

Free to attend - RSVP required

Pruning and Care of Fruit Trees & Shrubs

Do you have fruit trees and/or shrubs in your community garden or backyard? Pruning must be done annually to keep trees and fruiting shrubs healthy and productive. In this workshop we will learn about plant care and various pruning options, reasons for each and how to execute them. Held in DUG’s first, newly built community orchard, we will collaboratively discuss and then demo each cut or branch manipulation. With an eye to the future we will also mark potential permanent branches. By the end of this workshop you will be excited and empowered to plant and manage your own fruiting trees and shrubs. $20 general public, $10 DUG participants.

Saturday, March 25, 2017
10:00am

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Preventing Pests and Diseases

A healthy and productive garden starts with planning. Prevention is the best approach when it comes to managing pests and diseases in an organic garden. Once pests and diseases make themselves at home in the garden, it can be more difficult to eradicate them. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to set-up your garden for success. We’ll learn about garden planning and best management practices for crop health, including: spacing, healthy soil, watering, identifying pests and diseases, crop rotation, companion planting, attracting beneficial insects and distinguishing beneficial from pest insects. $20 general public, $10 DUG participants.

Thursday, April 20, 2017
6:00pm

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Denver Urban Gardens Plant Sale

Just in time for spring planting and Mother’s Day, we will have organic flower, herb, and vegetable starts for sale! All proceeds will support our Grow a Garden programming, which provides seeds, seedlings, and know-how to low-income families.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Free to attend

Denver Urban Gardens Plant Sale

Just in time for spring planting and Mother’s Day, we will have organic flower, herb, and vegetable starts for sale! All proceeds will support our Grow a Garden programming, which provides seeds, seedlings, and know-how to low-income families.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Free to attend

DeLaney Community Farm Plant Sale

For the first time in Aurora, DUG will be selling organic flower, herb, and vegetable starts. All proceeds will support our Grow a Garden programming, which provides seeds, seedlings, and know-how to low-income families.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Free to attend

Bee Wild With Us

Did you know that most bees do not make honey, but are very good pollinators? Did you know the honeybee is not native to North America? Learn more in this workshop about the wonders of wild bees and take home a small native bee house for your backyard or community garden. The bee houses are 13” x 6” and have an observation window for learning! Hosted by Jessica Goldstrohm, Owner and Head Educator of The Bees Waggle, this workshop will consist of a short presentation on these fascinating insects, a walk through the DUG demonstration community, and painting your own native bee house. Instructions for where and how to use the bee houses will be included. We hope you will bee there! $35 tickets.

Thursday, June 22, 2017
6:00pm

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Bike Tour

Don your helmet, hop on your bike and join DUG staff for a leisurely tour of a selection of DUG community gardens! The ride will be followed by snacks in a garden. $25 per ticket.

Saturday, July 15, 2017
9:00am

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SOS: Save Our Seeds

Have you ever harvested the perfect tomato or pepper or squash and thought, “I wish I could grow this one again!” That is exactly the point of learning to save our own seeds. This workshop will cover the basics of small-scale seed saving so that you can begin participating in the centuries old practice. Seed saving helps us engage with our gardens in new, meaningful ways, adapts our favorite plants to our local climate, saves money and is a great thing to share with fellow gardeners. $20 general public, $10 DUG participants.

Saturday, July 22, 2017
10:00am

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Save the Cukes! Three Ways to Preserve Your Vegetables

Not sure what to do with your extra produce during the height of harvest season? Learn three different ways to preserve your vegetables in this workshop– canning, refrigerator pickles and fermentation. These techniques are great for all different kinds of produce– tomatoes, cucumbers, green beans, beets, carrots, etc. We’ll start with an overview of the chemical and biological principals and then we’ll demonstrate each technique. Participants will each take home a jar! Taught by Jonathan Robertson. $20 general public, $10 DUG participants.

Saturday, August 12, 2017
10:00am

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Using the School Garden in the Classroom: An Overview of DUG’s Curriculum and How it Aligns to Standards

Join the DUG education team to learn different ways to connect your classroom to your school garden and teach hands-on lessons in gardening and nutrition. In this workshop we will overview the DUG curriculum, how our lessons align to the Colorado Academic Standards in science and comprehensive health, and provide tips on how to engage your students in the school garden. $20 tickets.

Thursday, September 7, 2017
5:30pm

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Fall in the Garden – A time for planning, planting and soil renewal

Fall is actually the most important season for gardeners. It’s a time for focusing on reviewing our successes and challenges, revising garden plans, preparing the soil for the following season and even sowing seeds for early spring crops! Certain crops, such as greens, herbs and garlic bulbs are planted in fall, which allows you to get a jump on spring harvest. This hands-on workshop in DUG’s demonstration garden will provide participants with specific techniques for fall planting, soil improvement (including cover cropping), weed control, and pest management that can lead to a deeply rooted garden in the springtime. DUG’s first garlic bulb sale will immediately follow the workshop to help participants get their garlic gardens started! $20 general public, $10 DUG participants.

Saturday, September 9, 2017
10:00am

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Garlic Bulb Sale

Garlic is easy to grow, requires little water, deters pests, and is a healthy and delicious addition to our diets. DUG’s first garlic bulb sale will take place on Saturday, September 9th from noon-2pm. All garlic bulbs are grown locally using organic methods. If you want to learn more about fall planting of garlic and other crops, attend our Fall in the Garden workshop just prior to the garlic bulb sale!

Saturday, September 9, 2017
12:00pm

Free to attend

Gather ‘Round

DUG’s annual benefit and cooking competition will feature the top chefs in the city preparing unique dishes, just for you! The event will also include special speakers, a silent auction, and a paddle-raiser. Tickets required. More details to come!

Thursday, October 5, 2017

More details to come

Connecting the Garden to Literacy

Instead of adding to your already full plate, incorporate gardening into your existing lessons! In this workshop, we will explore ways to utilize the garden as an engaging subject to enhance literacy education. $20 tickets.

Thursday, October 12, 2017
5:30pm

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Worm Composting in the Classroom

By November the garden is winding down, and we start to shift our focus to garden-related lessons in the indoor classroom. In this workshop, we walk you through the process of assembling and caring for a worm bin. Learn how to connect your worm bin to life cycle and decomposition lessons, and work with your students to create compost throughout the winter, which can be used in the springtime garden. $25 tickets (includes cost of worm bin and 1 lb of worms).

Thursday, November 9, 2017
5:30pm

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