Water-related events highlight Denver's unique challenges

October 16, 2012 | Jennifer Riley-Chetwynd
With the summer heat finally having subsided (after setting new records for the number of +90-degree days), Denver’s water use has started to wane. Landscapes that had relied on irrigation through the relatively dry summer can now largely count on Mother Nature and wait for the imminent frost...Learn more
As imperceptibly as Grief the Summer lapsed away

As imperceptibly as Grief the Summer lapsed away

October 4, 2012 | John Murgel
As imperceptibly as Grief The Summer lapsed away -- Too imperceptible at last To seem like Perfidy -- A Quietness distilled As Twilight long begun, Or Nature spending with herself Sequestered Afternoon -- The Dusk drew earlier in -- The Morning foreign shone -- A courteous, yet harrowing Grace, As...Learn more
We Study Fungi at the Gardens?

We Study Fungi at the Gardens?

September 10, 2012 | Jennifer Ramp Neale, Ph.D.
Why yes we do, and we have for several decades. The last weekend in August, over fifteen citizen scientists and several mycologists braved the wee hours of the morning and one of the driest summers in Colorado to spend the weekend hunting, cataloging, photographing and identifying macro-fungi for...Learn more
World Wide Views on Biodiversity – Participate in the global discussion on Saturday September 15

World Wide Views on Biodiversity – Participate in the global discussion on Saturday September 15

September 7, 2012 | Jennifer Ramp Neale, Ph.D.
Denver Botanic Gardens is proud to partner with the Colorado School of Mines to join in a global citizen participation project on biodiversity. Biological diversity, or biodiversity, is the term given to the variety of life on Earth and the natural patterns it forms. In today’s global climate, how...Learn more
The Aster Yellows Blues

The Aster Yellows Blues

September 4, 2012 | John Murgel
August and September bring the heyday of many plants of the aster family (Asteraceae). Asters, chrysanthemums, black- and brown-eyed susans, sunflowers, and others grace the landscape with late summer color. Along with them, though, comes a pernicious illness with a mysterious cause: Aster Yellows...Learn more
Wanted Dead, Not Alive: The Green Menace

Wanted Dead, Not Alive: The Green Menace

August 14, 2012 | John Murgel
It’s been an interesting summer. Lots of heat and not so much rain, for starters. The combination of heat, drought, and subsequently stressed-out plants has made for banner years for many pests. Some that are usually not even common enough to be a nuisance here at the Botanic Gardens have...Learn more
Pollinator Power

Pollinator Power

July 27, 2012 | John Murgel
Last week a colleague and I attended a conference and workshop about protecting native pollinators, hosted by the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation. While most of us might think of the European Honeybee, Apis mellifera, as the primary pollinator of crops, native bees are important...Learn more
More Backyard Nature: Milkweeds!

More Backyard Nature: Milkweeds!

July 7, 2012 | John Murgel
In a previous post I described some interactions between plants and insects that can make for interesting observation. This week I’ll add another plant group that makes for some fun—the milkweeds (genus Asclepias). Many species of Asclepias can be found in North America and can make good garden...Learn more
July is Smart Irrigation Month

July is Smart Irrigation Month

July 3, 2012 | Jennifer Riley-Chetwynd
July – the month we celebrate America’s independence… and efficient irrigation? While the second occasion may not get as much attention as the first, there are plenty of ways to mark Smart Irrigation Month this July. The Irrigation Association (IA), which represents manufacturers of irrigation...Learn more
Suburban Serengeti

Suburban Serengeti

June 30, 2012 | John Murgel
Safaris are expensive. So why not trade the very large for the very small? Stay away from tourist traps and take a trip into your back yard for action worthy of television special—you won’t even need to pack a lunch. Even if at first glance the average home’s yard and garden might seem virtually...Learn more

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