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Brighten Your Winter With Aloes!

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Brighten Your Winter With Aloes!

It's right around this time of year every year that I start to really crave spring, and all that comes with it.  While we all still must wait patiently, beauty and color can still be found in the depths of winter.  There are many succulents that love to bloom when the days are shorter and the temperatures are cooler, specifically, succulents hailing from the southern hemisphere.  Many Aloe species are winter...

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Flavors to Savor in the Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory

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Flavors to Savor in the Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory

When it is as hot outside (and inside the Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory), as it has been, I tend to find myself eating more ice cream. Last night as I was enjoying a mixed bowl of chocolate and vanilla ice cream, it made me think about two of my favorite plants in the Boettcher Tropical Conservatory:  Theobroma cacao, or chocolate, and Vanilla planifolia or, you guessed it, vanilla. V. planifolia is...

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Tropical Plants at Plant Sale

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Please be sure to swing by the Grown At The Gardens Division at our Plant Sale today and tomorrow and check out all of the cool tropical plants that we grew here at the Gardens for your enjoyment.  There is a great selection of Begonias as well as some more uncommon plants, such as Westringis fruticosa and Dischidia bengalensis.  We also have a nice selection of special varieties of Brugmansia. ...

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Blooming in the Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory

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One of my favorite aspects of working in horticulture is seeing flower buds beginning to grow and swell on newly acquired plants and on plants that rarely bloom or take forever to bloom. Well, right now is one of those exciting times for me. We have two of these special plants beginning to bloom right now. Our massive Alcantarea brasiliana is just starting to send up its massive inflorescence. It takes...

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