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Zoologist endorses plants!

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Zoologist endorses plants!

There are not many people living today who have made as enormous a contribution to the well being of Planet Earth as Jane Goodall: E.O. Wilson, perhaps. And we botanic gardeners must pay our respects to Peter Raven. Jane has not only focused the awareness of Science on the plight of the creature most closely related to Human Beings, she has worked tirelessly to make the natural environment a priority for everyone. And she has made her work look effortless and joyful.

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Oh! To be in England....

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Oh! To be in England....

We shall get back to Adrian and Rosemary Bloom in a moment... But to digress... About this time of year I'm ready to go just about anywhere. Not that the tans, browns, grays, silvers (and did I mention browns?) of Colorado winter don't have their subtle charms, but I think all of us are ready for a big dollop of GREEN! And what is greener than England?

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Snowdrop time...

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Snowdrop time...

Galanthus elwesii at Denver Botanic Gardens The plant that now constitute our most robust colony behind the Succulent House along the Cheesman gate were originally used as "fillers" in a lobby court display: I rescued them and planted a couple dozen bulbs some twenty years ago. Each bulb has proliferated and this is now beginning to make quite a spectacle. Starting up just now (go check it out!). Here you can see...

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Beyond mere garden gnomes...

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Beyond mere garden gnomes...

I am always amazed at how contemporary and fresh some of the ancient Chinese gardens look: here the gateway is very crisp and modern looking, and the extravaganza inside is all rigorously designed and yet somehow wild and natural all at once. Everyone seems to be charmed with these cuddly lions in the Alhambra, just about the most exquiste garden I have ever visited... Using natural objects--stones or driftwood--is a risky business....

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