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...Read 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...Read 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...Read 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...Read more
So Your Garden is Rusting

So Your Garden is Rusting

June 16, 2012 | John Murgel
As we swing into high summer and garden plants kick into overdrive, the fungi, bacteria, and viruses that rely on them start making appearances too. These plant pathogens manifest themselves in many ways, from the elegant to the grotesque. Rust fungi are one common pathogen that show up with warmer...Read more
Plant Conservation Day

Plant Conservation Day

May 14, 2012 | Jennifer Ramp Neale
Join us in the Gardens on Saturday May 19 to celebrate Plant Conservation Day. The third week in May holds many opportunities to celebrate our rare and native plant species in Colorado. Not only is it Celebrating Wildflowers week, a week to get out and enjoy wildflowers in bloom on public lands in...Read more
It's Euxoa Time

It's Euxoa Time

May 3, 2012 | John Murgel
Plants aren’t the only thing becoming more active this time of year. Warmer weather triggers a lot of invertebrate activity, and you may be noticing that your home is suddenly (apparently) some sort of transcontinental superhighway for arthropods. Which is just one of the reasons that I love...Read more
How to become a Rare Plant Monitoring Steward volunteer

How to become a Rare Plant Monitoring Steward volunteer

April 27, 2012 | Michelle DePrenger-Levin
Denver Botanic Gardens works hard to conserve rare plants. There are over 120 species that are of conservation concern within Colorado and these plants can be found all across the state. With our small staff of conservation ecologists, we can only reach a small subset of these plants in a given...Read more
Timing is Everything

Timing is Everything

April 3, 2012 | John Murgel
Few things signify spring like trees covered in blossoms. Spring so far has been on the early side, thanks to our warmer than usual temperatures through March. Many species that would oftentimes only be beginning to bloom at this time of year are already finished flowering—they seem to think it’s...Read more
Do Plants Grow Old?

Do Plants Grow Old?

March 29, 2012 | John Murgel
At first glance it seems obvious that plants age right along with everything else on planet earth. Everyone can recognize an old tree. But is ageing really the same as being weather-worn? Compared to human ageing, where progressive deterioration of physiological function eventually leads to death,...Read more

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