DBG's Senior Curator, Panayoti Kelaidis presents Colorado's Horticulture History on Feb. 4
"To actively protect the classical, pastoral character of Denver's City Park."
Panayoti Kelaidis, Senior Curator and Director of Outreach, Denver Botanic Gardens
"A History of Horticulture in Colorado"
February 4, 2020, 6-8 pm
Messiah Community Church
1750 Colorado Blvd.
Parking behind the church off 18th Ave.
City Park Friends and Neighbors is pleased to announce that Panayoti Kelaidis, Senior Curator and Director of Outreach for Denver Botanic Gardens, will give a presentation, "A History of Horticulture in Colorado," at CPFAN's February 4 meeting. Kelaidis describes his presentation: "Although horticulture in Colorado has hundreds if not thousands of years of history among our first peoples, the gardening we practice was essentially a graft from European stock--primarily the Netherlands. The two towering figures who have probably influenced our planting philosophy more than anyone were Dutchmen who launched their careers a century ago: Saco DeBoer and M. Walter Pesman who were both landscape architects, writers and gardeners. Their work shaped most of Denver's parks, parkways, schools and the neighborhoods around Park Hill and especially City Park."
Kelaidis' talk, with its emphasis on Saco DeBoer who designed City Park's Lily Pond and the DeBoer Canyon and Waterway, will kick off "Color Field at the Lily Ponds." Color Field is a project conceived by Denver artists, Sarah and Josh Palmeri. The innovative art installation will draw attention to the historic Lily Pond space (SW of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science) through a colorful, site-specific installation of roughly 6,000 painted gardening stakes in the seedbeds of the drained pond. The six uniquely shaped seed beds will transform into abstract forms of bright colors, bringing attention to this underutilized area of City Park. The installation aims to recall the history and and beauty of the pond area while building momentum for current plans to restore the historic area. The artists will connect Monet's influence on City Park with Color Field's display this May following the 2019-20 Monet exhibition at the Denver Art Museum.
How is the project funded? City Park Friends and Neighbors is one of eleven 2019-2020 "P.S. You Are Here" (PSYAH) grantees. Denver Arts and Venues' PSYAH funds are part of IMAGINE 2020, Denver's Cultural Plan that helps support creative, short-term projects that transform underutilized urban spaces to enrich communities and inspire long-term change. CPFAN has received a $8,000 PSYAH grant for the Color Field project.
The Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Denver Parks and Recreation, City Park Alliance and several other institutions have provided support for the Color Field project.
Stay tuned for ways you can support this exciting project that will activate a neglected portion of our wonderful City Park, the Peoples' Park.