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Specimens at Denver Botanic Gardens Document Climate Change

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Specimens at Denver Botanic Gardens Document Climate Change

moisture.  Climate records show that both have increased in Colorado over the last 100 years.  Although there is much year-to-year variability, there is a significant change overall, and it appears more dramatic here in Colorado than has been reported in places like Massachusetts. This summer, Francesca Aguirre-Wong ('10) with  DU undergraduates Ryan Whittney and Rob Robinson are working on an expansion of this project, doing the painstaking work of verifying each...

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Interns pair up with research team to ensure the future of Penstemon harringtonii

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To a Colorado non-native, the the gypsum dust blowing through Eagle County could easily obscure the beautiful wildflowers growing amongst the mountainous anthills and dry lakebeds. Penstemon harringtonii is a rare,  showy purple and blue flower limited to the sagebrush steppe in Colorado and limited in number as well. A changing habitat and the ever-so-ambitious human dweller threaten this endemic species. This year, the horticulture interns joined up with the Gardens research team on...

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Bioblitz! A comprehensive biological survey

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Bioblitz! A comprehensive biological survey

An overview of the findings: ·        Plants: 322 ·        Mammals 20 ·        Birds: 62 ·        Amphibians and Reptiles: 18 ·        Fish: 3 ·        Moths: 181 ·        Butterflies: 29 ·        Other Insects: 280 The following was written by Renée Rondeau of CNHP about the event highlights: PLANTS:  Located Allionia incarnata a plant that has only been collected in Colorado 4 other times, this plant is in the Four O'Clock family and the species is common in the Sonoran and Chiuhuahan Deserts. ...

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Tiny Lesquerella in the Piceance Basin

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Tiny Lesquerella in the Piceance Basin

They may be tiny mustard plants but they have a huge impact in a region believed to contain one of the nation’s largest reservoirs of natural gas. Physaria congesta (Lesquerella congesta) and P. obcordata, both federally listed as Threatened under the National Endangered Species Act, are found right in the heart of all the activity associated with drilling for this oil and gas. See what Denver Botanic Gardens is doing...

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Introduction to GPS Mapping class this weekend--join us

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Introduction to GPS Mapping class this weekend--join us

What are you doing this weekend? If you’re like us (Research and Conservation at the Gardens), you’re getting ready to head out and find some rare and beautiful plants to study this summer. A good way to prepare for that might be our Introduction to GPS mapping class this Saturday from 1-4 p.m. In this class you will learn how we use GPS to locate rare plants in remote and...

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The Good, The Bad, and The Hungry - Insect Control in the Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory

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Have you ever wondered what types of insect pests we have in the Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory, and how we deal with them? Well, for all of you entomologists out there today is your lucky day. I will briefly cover some of our pests and pest management strategies in the Boettcher Tropical Conservatory. There are around 1.3 million described insect species in the world and in fact, insects make up...

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The new Darlene Radichel Plant Select Garden

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The new Darlene Radichel Plant Select Garden

I have always considered myself very fortunate to be part of the Gardens' horticulture team, but right now, as part of the team creating the new Darlene Radichel Plant Select Garden, I feel it even more so. This new garden, located on the former site of the Monet Garden, will showcase the many plants selected and promoted by the Plant Select program since its inception 10-15 years ago. These are plants...

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