York Street gardens will close at 3 p.m. on Oct. 27 to prepare for Glow at the Gardens.
Glow at the Gardens is sold out (no tickets available at the door).
The pumpkin patch at Chatfield Farms is closed for the season.
The Altai and Tien Shan Mountains of Central Asia each comprise dozens of mountain ranges that straddle Russia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia and China. For three enchanted weeks in late June and early July, Mike Bone (propagator here at the Gardens) and I had the privilege of exploring four of these ranges and the steppes and deserts between them on behalf of Plant Select. Thousands of photographs later, we find ourselves back in the steppes of Colorado, sorting through our files, maps and floras, and basking in the glow of what is likely the most amazing trip I've undertaken in my career. If you squint, the Altai look very much like the Rockies. They lie at the very heart of Asia, as far from the Arctic sea as from the Indian Ocean, equidistant from Pacific and Atlantic. The flora (like the Rockies) derives from the Holarctic Kingdom: we share the same pasqueflowers, fringed sage and a large proportion of higher altitude plants seem identical. But "Vive la difference!" we found numerous endemic plants and of course, the yurts (which they call "gers"), the yaks, the Kazakh nomads and the complex history of wandering peoples is utterly different from what we are used to in our Rocky Mountains. These few pictures should give you a taste of the majesty of "the Golden Mountains" (translation of the Turkic "Altai") which have provided us a wealth of golden memories...