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The Spiral Aloe perplex

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  Aloe polyphylla at Semonkong Lodge central Lesotho Few plants better epitomize the quandaries of plant conservation than this iconic aloe, endemic to the heights of south-central Lesotho. Once relatively abundant (Alan Beverly estimated at least 10,000 a half century ago) This magnificent National Flower of Lesotho has become extremely rare in nature...although increasingly abundant in gardens.

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Pulling for Colorado this Saturday – Help us battle noxious weeds

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Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield

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 efficiently support other native plant and animal species.

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To Gardens With Love

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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:

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Denver Botanic Gardens Loves Pollinators!

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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.

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Pollination Research

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Pollinator visiting Sclerocactus glaucus (Colorado hookless cactus)

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 imperiled plants through surveys, monitoring, and seed collection.

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Pesticides, Pollinators and IPM

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Bumblebee on hymenoxys hoopesii

In honor of National Pollinator Week (June 17-23), a discussion of pollinators, pests, and how we deal with them seems in order. As gardeners, we are aware of the insect life that surrounds our favorite plants and flowers. We anticipate the fruits of our labor a when we plant our first seedlings after frost danger has passed in spring, or sow seed for the following year before winter arrives.

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Rare Plant Monitors Wanted

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Have you ever wondered about all the exciting research that goes on at the Gardens? Now’s your chance to delve in and learn all the ins and outs of research while simultaneously helping Denver Botanic Gardens.

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