Lectures for Locavores

The Denver Botanic Gardens keeps up with the times, a fact that’s evident in its theme of choice for the 2010 Bonfils-Stanton Lecture Series. Feast in the Garden: Edible Landscapes and Regional Food Traditions links gardening with eating, which very well might be one of the great overriding themes of the 21st century, what with all the buzz about slow, local and homegrown food.

Speakers throughout the year include such edible-landscaping experts as Anna Pavord (author of bestseller The Tulip), cookbook author Lucinda Hutson, food writer Eugenia Bone and others; today’s kickoff lecture, “Arab/American: Landscape, Culture and Cuisine in Two Great Deserts,” features writer, lecturer and conservation scientist Gary Paul Nabhan, who discusses the common desert heritage of the Middle East and the American Southwest at 7 p.m. in the Gardens’ Mitchell Hall, 1005 York Street. But before he speaks – and typically, throughout the series – Slow Food Denver will host a social hour and tasting at 6; prior to that, at 5:15, a limited group of 25 will be treated to a guided tour of the DBG’s Sacred Garden.

Bonfils-Stanton lectures are $20 to $30 per lecture or $110 to $140 for the entire series; special, space-limited tours are an additional $5 with reservation. Get a schedule at www.botanicgardens.org or call 720-865-3580; e-mail [email protected] for tickets.
Thu., Feb. 18, 7 p.m., 2010