Blue poppies at Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh
The rock garden at Botanics
Two Chinese Roscoeas thriving in Scotland
Purple Roscoea humeana and yellow R. cautleioides
Mount Goliath on Mount Evans
The following post was written by Gina Wilson, a new Mount Goliath docent. I’ve long been a fan of the high country in Colorado and all the “little” surprises you can discover along a trail. Equipped with a magnifying lens, I’ve spent many hours on my hands and knees looking at the spectacular alpine wildflowers that we are fortunate to have here. So, it really was apropos when I decided to sign up for the Mount Goliath docent training that prepares Gardens volunteers to lead tours from June through August. 
This week we’ve taken a few minutes from our busy schedules to consider pollinators and all they do for us and our environment. An earlier post advocated creating a pollinator-friendly habitat around your home or acreage. Here at the Gardens we’ve taken on that challenge as well.
Pollinator visiting Sclerocactus glaucus (Colorado hookless cactus)
Pollinators provide critical ecosystem services. Pollinator research is important to better understand the relationships between pollinators and plants and to improve conservation and management of both plants and pollinators. Here at the Gardens we work with roughly 70 of Colorado’s most rare and imperiled plants through surveys, monitoring, and seed collection.
Bumblebee on hymenoxys hoopesii
In honor of National Pollinator Week (June 17-23), a discussion of pollinators, pests, and how we deal with them seems in order. As gardeners, we are aware of the insect life that surrounds our favorite plants and flowers. We anticipate the fruits of our labor a when we plant our first seedlings after frost danger has passed in spring, or sow seed for the following year before winter arrives.
 Knitting and crocheting are not just about baby booties and cozying up to the fire in the dead of winter (although, don't get me wrong, those things are very pleasant), it's also about creating something beautiful and unpredictable with textiles that might match the current season.  Yarns are now made of all kinds of wonderful materials such as bamboo, silk, soy, corn and even milk!  And we're creat
Tony Bennett
The first concerts of the 2013 season are quickly approaching. Gardens’ member Rick Hum will again be providing us with some interesting background facts about each of the concert artists. Rick became a member of the Gardens in 2002 and has been to most of the Gardens concerts in past years. Rick has been contributing to our blog since 2009. Thanks, Rick, for sharing your pre-concert artist research with us! Time to get up and dance, everyone! Here is the post from Rick: