For tipsy gardeners everywhere!
I have observed over the years that horticulturists around the world seem to share certain characteristics. Most gardeners I know love food and are often great cooks. And we do seem to have a fondness for certain...shall we say....hmmmmmmm.....spirits? My brother-in-law, Earl Sampson, gave me a copy of Amy Stewart's latest book for my birthday, which finally explains the phenomenon to me. Of course, practically everything we imbibe consists of...
It's not too late to sample England in the springtime!
   
A Major Milestone in the Gardens’ Herbarium
This post was written by Herbarium Database Assistant Sarah Snow. We just snapped our 10,000th photo in the Kathryn Kalmbach Herbarium! Since the beginning of February, we have been working in conjunction with several fantastic volunteers to systematically photograph each specimen within the collection. These images will then be added to our online database (SEINet) to increase awareness of and access to this valuable resource. By housing the images online, the...
Bringing World Water Day Home
Friday, March 22, 2013 is World Water Day – it has been since the United Nations declared it so in 1993. As Denver and Colorado head into a seemingly imminent drought this summer, the typical global calls-to-action this day evokes may indeed be trumped by the need to act locally to conserve the world’s most precious resource. Denver Water has declared a stage 2 drought, which means mandatory water use restrictions for...
The Best Time to Be a Member
Winter is almost over, however there are still lots of options for enjoying the Gardens. Be sure to see some of the thousands of spring bulbs that are starting to bloom throughout the Gardens! The Mordecai Children’s Garden just opened for the season. If you have kids, the Children’s Garden is an obvious choice to visit because of the swaying bridge, the mini-theater, and the view of the Gardens and the Rocky Mountains...
Cactus and Succulents Galore!
I can't guarantee that you will find this Aloe at our spectacular annual Colorado Cactus and Succulent Society sale, but I can guarantee you that there will be thousands of different succulents arrayed magnificently for your perusal (and purchase!) at the  Gardens this weekend. Saturday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. I sometimes think that spring will not arrive if you don't come and visit this wonderful sale...and...
Bulbs are blooming at Denver Botanic Gardens!
What I enjoy most about early blooming bulbs is the element of surprise. I am not sure why, but each year these early performers seem to bloom intensely and catch me off guard. The flower size seems so large for the small leaves of the plant, and the fact that they naturalize and produce colorful carpets in March is an added bonus. A true delight in any garden is the dwarf...
Mushroom Propagation
Mycelium It is estimated that more than 80% of the plants on the planet rely on a symbiotic relationship with fungi.  The plants benefit from this relationship in many ways including enriched soil structure, availability of nutrients, increased uptake of water, and cleaning soil of pathogens and pollutants. I'll be inoculating all new plantings (annual or perennial) - some with commercial spore mass products and some with home grown inoculum from...
Which Hazel?  Woody Plants for an Early Spring
It’s early March, and though we’ll probably (hopefully) get another snowstorm or two before the growing season proper, the momentum of springtime is undeniable.  Early bulbs like crocus, snowdrops, and adonis are flowering, and leaves of their later counterparts are peeking through the soil. Flowering bulbs are a hallmark of spring, but some shrubs and trees are equal heralds of the season.  One of the earliest to flower is the witch...