Let’s face it – you know you’re supposed to eat more salad, mainly because it’s super-healthy, mostly raw and (usually) packed with vegetables, but you’re bored. You’re disenchanted. You’re ready to break up with salad. It just isn’t thrilling you the way it used to. The spark is gone.
Another growing season begins. Green sprouts begin their ascent towards the sun. Seeds are sown. Earth is tilled and moved. The spring season is symbolic of renewal, growth and vitality. The plant life awakens around Denver Botanic Gardens, and an urban oasis is formed. For decades, the Denver Botanic Gardens has provided us with a wonderful sanctuary of color and life. It has become a place to reflect and a place to reconnect.
Do you ever feel like you have a brown thumb because you can’t get that one persnickety vegetable to grow? Well, the good news is you're probably not alone. There are several vegetables that are more difficult to grow than others, especially here on the Front Range. This can be because of numerous factors including soils, extreme temperatures and our short growing season.
Plant exploration influences our lives in many unexpected way. While there is still much to be discovered in the dark recesses of the forests, oceans, and mountains, what we’ve already found benefits us in unique and surprising ways. From shaved white truffles sprinkled over pizza to a beautiful botanical illustration gallery at Kew Gardens to advances in medical research, the benefits of plant exploration pervade our everyday life. In the spring session of the Literature of the Land book club, we’ll focus on the many facets of plant exploration – in history, fiction, and the modern era.