Denver Botanical Gardens

Shooting All the Flowers at Denver Botanic Gardens

I admit that I have a small addiction to shooting flowers, as well as birds, landscapes, and animals at the zoo, but flowers are my favorite thing to shoot.

Sculptures by Alexander Calder are on display at the Denver Botanic Gardens through September 24, 2017.

Sculptures by Alexander Calder are on display at the Denver Botanic Gardens through September 24, 2017.

There’s no better place to shoot flowers than at the Denver Botanic Gardens. The person who accompanies me to the gardens, usually Ryan, ends up doing a lot of standing around, however, I’d argue that there are a lot worse placed in which to stand around than at the Denver Botanic Gardens.

Last week, as you probably know if you read my last blog post, my mom was in town from Oregon. She is likely the reason that I love flowers so much, but she prefers planting and painting them as opposed to shooting them. Continue reading

What to do & where to do it this weekend in Colorado (Oct. 9-10, 2010)

It seems fall is a very busy season in Colorado, and there has been no lack of things for the Mayor to write about.

Here are just a few of the many events going on around this beautiful state. Have fun!



Arvada, CO – Festival of Scarecrows

Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., in Arvada’s Old Town  (FREE)

Here’s a festival that is sure to put you in the mood for fall. In addition to dozens of scarecrows all over town, this festival has hayrides, a kids-in-costume parade, community booths, face painting, balloon tying and so much more. From age 1 to 101, this is fall fun for everyone! Check out more at

Also in Arvada this weekend is the 100th Anniversary of the Arvada Water Town on Saturday, October 9.   The celebration will take place at the foot of the Tower, beginning at 2 p.m. The Downtown Arvada Partnership will be providing free hayrides from the Scarecrow Festival to the Water Tower.

Denver, CO – One Sky One World International Kite Event

Sunday, at 10 a.m. at Stapleton’s Central Park  (FREE)

Let’s go fly a kite! This is the 25th anniversary of this event that takes place in hundreds of locations worldwide each year on the second Sunday In October. The event features performances by iQuad, a stunt-flying team that performs choreographed kite routines and Alan Sparling, who flies hundred-foot kites. I think this sounds like a phenomenal event for the entire family and you can’t beat the price!   Check it out online at

Aurora, CO – Jack-O-Launch at PumpkinFest

Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at DeLaney Farm located at 170 S. Chambers Road  (FREE)

Nothing is more satisfying than the sound of a splattering gourd. At least that’s what participants of this annual event think! Pumpkin launching devices are designed, tested and tweaked for this annual event that features a Jack-O-Launch contest complete with prizes. In addition to the intense competition this fall festival features hayrides, scarecrow making, music, a pumpkin patch and more. For more information go to the City of Aurora.

Littleton, CO – Pumpkin Festival

Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Denver Botanical Gardens at Chatfield, 8500 Deer Creek Canyon Road, Littleton

Cost: $6 for adults, $4 children, free for children 3 and under

This is a huge festival that includes free amusement rides, pony rides, entertainment stages, arts, crafts, cider, face painting, antique tractors and educational activities such as birds of prey from HawkQuest. There will also be ghost tours give at the historical homestead located at Chatfield. Of course, there will also be thousands of pumpkins. Bring the kids and let them pick out their own jack-o-lantern. For an additional fee visitors can visit the onsite corn maze.

Bonus: Kids in costume get in free!

Golden, CO – Knock Your Boots Off Beer Tasting & Chili Cook-Off

Saturday, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. in downtown Golden

It’s the third annual Knock Your Boots off celebration on Arapahoe Street between 12th and 13th in Golden, Colorado. Taste chili samples from both amateur and professional chefs and wash it all down with 60 different beers from Coors, Molson, Miller, New Belgium, Oskar Blues, Boulder Beer, Flying Dog, and more. For more information visit

Here are a few more events that caught my eye:

Peak at the Arts Global Artist Exchange Festival, Colorado Springs, CO – This event runs Friday and Saturday. It’s a festival of dance, music and visual art. For location and tickets visit

International Food Festival, Fountain, CO – Fountain Valley Senior Center is hosting a food festival that will be fun for young and old alike. Adults are just $12, while children 12 and under are $6. Come and experience the foods of the world. Call (719) 520-6470 for tickets.

Culinary Arts Wine & Brew Fest, Glenwood Springs, CO – Wine, beer and delicious food all served up at one of my favorite venues , the grand and historic Hotel Colorado. Visit for all the delicious details.

Note from the Mayor: Don’t forget, it’s the last weekend for many Saturday markets including Lyons Outdoor Market located in lovely downtown Lyons. Running Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.. this market features art, food and music. Say goodbye to summer at the market. Visit for more information.

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