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Sterling Ranch: A Sustainable Partnership

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Sterling Ranch: A Sustainable Partnership

As we look for ways to conserve our natural resources and create sustainable communities, Denver Botanic Gardens in partnership with Sterling Ranch has helped create low-water sustainable landscapes at their demonstration site at Allis Ranch in Douglas County. Sterling Ranch will be Colorado’s first rainwater harvesting community and this project will set a new standard for water conservation in Colorado. To achieve a goal of using only a third of water...

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Two species new to science are housed in our herbaria

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Two species new to science are housed in our herbaria

The new fungal specimen is Smithiomyces crocodilinus, only the third known species of this rare genus. The specimen was collected during a 2009 bioblitz at Soapstone Prairie Natural Area by Jack Jones, with Ed Lubow, Marc Donsky, Nora Jones and Rob Hallock, members of the Colorado Mycological Society. The specimen was first mistaken as a member of the genus Amanita. Once examined at our Sam Mitchel Herbarium of Fungi, curator...

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Celebrate Endangered Species Day

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Celebrate Endangered Species Day

The skiff milkvetch (Astragalus microcymbus) was listed as a candidate species for protection under the Endangered Species Act in 2010 largely due to data we collected during the 16 years we have been studying the species. The small member of the pea family is found in a single drainage outside of Gunnison, Colorado. Our first 9 years of data documented decreases in population size across our monitoring plots. We suspect...

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Denver Botanic Gardens Celebrates Two New PhDs

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The first week of May marked an important week for science at Denver Botanic Gardens. Both Sarada Krishnan, Director of Horticulture, and Melissa Islam, Associate Director of Research & Conservation, successfully defended their dissertations to earn their PhD. [gallery] Dr. Krishnan’s research focused on examining genetic diversity within Madagascan coffee species. Her study was undertaken using the collections maintained at the Kianjavato Coffee Research Station’s ex situ field genebank as well as...

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Denver Botanic Gardens co-hosts the Center for Plant Conservation Annual Meeting

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Denver Botanic Gardens co-hosts the Center for Plant Conservation Annual Meeting

Last week we were honored to co-host the Center for Plant Conservation Annual Meeting along with the National Center for Genetic Resources Preservation (NCGRP) in Fort Collins.  Conservation professionals from more than 20 botanic gardens, federal agencies, and organizations across the country gathered in Colorado for a four-day conference to celebrate our efforts to conserve our nation's rarest plants. The Center for Plant Conservation (CPC) is a consortium of botanic gardens...

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'Monarchs of Michoacan' Day 3: El Rosario Monarch Sanctuary

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'Monarchs of Michoacan' Day 3: El Rosario Monarch Sanctuary

On this third day, we leave early to the El Rosario Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary, which is about an hour’s drive from town. A major portion of the road to the sanctuary is unpaved and hence we are transported to the site on a pick-up truck. A major portion of the hike through the forest has paved steps, followed by well maintained dirt trails. Compared to Sierra Chincua, the forest in...

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Spiders and their Kin: Facts and Myths

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Spiders and their Kin: Facts and Myths

As summer ends and fall arrives, the gardener’s focus changes from growing all those nutritious veggies to “What is that spider?! And how do I keep it out of my home?!”  Most spiders live one to two years and many of them overwinter as eggs. They later develop into adult spiders and are usually full grown by summertime.  With the cooler weather, adult spiders (especially males) search for shelter in the fall and sometimes migrate into your home.

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