Autumn at Denver Botanic Gardens

October 1, 2016 | Brian Vogt
We all have favorite seasons. Mine has always been autumn, probably because it’s the time of year I wish would last twice as long. Everything seems mature in the plant world and determined to go out in a blaze of glory. Autumn at Denver Botanic Gardens has definitely reached a new level in recent...Read more

What is the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District (SCFD)?

September 19, 2016 | Brian Vogt
Up until 30 years ago, you would have been hard pressed to find great examples of metropolitan cooperation. Years of political wrangling between and among Denver and the suburbs resulted in bitterness and rancor. Finally, the regional economy took a dramatic slide and desperation gave birth to...Read more
Flowers on Mount Goliath

Mount Goliath – Nature’s Weathered Beauty

June 22, 2016 | Sarada Krishnan
Mount Goliath, the northern shoulder of Mount Evans, located within the Arapaho National Forest, takes my breath away each time I visit. Denver Botanic Gardens has been offering free guided hikes of the M. Walter Pesman Trail for many years.Read more

The Spiral Aloe perplex

January 27, 2015 | Panayoti Kelaidis
Aloe polyphylla at Semonkong Lodge Few plants better epitomize the quandaries of plant conservation than this iconic aloe, endemic to the heights of south-central Lesotho, South Africa. Once relatively abundant (Alan Beverly estimated at least 10,000 a half century ago), this magnificent national...Read more

The Ice Plant Cometh

September 10, 2014 | Panayoti Kelaidis
Delosperma floribundum 'Starburst' There have been a veritable flood of hardy ice plants on the market in recent years, to the point where we have forgotten about some of the worthy old timers. This happens to be a twenty year anniversary for the time when I first saw and collected this delightful...Read more
Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield

Pulling for Colorado this Saturday – Help us battle noxious weeds

July 7, 2014 | Rebecca Hufft Kao
The health and diversity of native plant populations impact our food, water and wellbeing. Healthy ecosystems provide the fundamental basis for all life on earth; this includes forming soil and cycling nutrients. Plants are the critical base of food chains in most ecosystems and native plants most...Read more

To Gardens With Love

February 14, 2014 | John Murgel
Gardens are wonderful. Understatement! Gardens (and the plants that inhabit them) provide so much to humanity, a Valentine ode seems appropriate. O, Gardens, I love thee because: 1. You keep people healthy. Gardening can be a very physical activity. Plants and green places provide a filter for air...Read more
Happy Habitat Hotels

Happy Habitat Hotels

August 2, 2013 | Panayoti Kelaidis
Birds and Bees' hotel One of the things that struck me on my recent visits to Europe were that every botanic garden I visited seemed to have a structure designed to attract beneficial insects--a sort of "Bug Hotel" or condominium complex. I took pictures of these at several botanic gardens,...Read more

Denver Botanic Gardens Loves Pollinators!

June 21, 2013 | Ann Montague
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. The basics for...Read more
Pollinator visiting Sclerocactus glaucus (Colorado hookless cactus)

Pollination Research

June 19, 2013 | Rebecca Hufft Kao
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...Read more