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MacArthur 'Genius' David Montgomery Speaks: Real Dirt on Soil

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[gallery orderby="title"] When gardeners dish the dirt, they may speak of soil, either their own or the soil they wished they had.  It really is the bed in which you make your garden lie.  So 2008 MacArthur 'Genius' award recipient David Montgomery, author of  Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations, is the perfect speaker to help peer into our soil's soul and see what sustainable means to the planet's soil. Speaking at March 4th's...

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Digging into the Gardens...join us!

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A new decade brings more exciting transformation--to the Gardens, to our Botanic Buzz e-newsletter (sign up here to receive your copy), and soon, to our Web site. How do you like our new blog design? We have so many authors from all parts of the Gardens (click on the "More Authors" link in the right column under "authors" to see all of our most recent bloggers) that we wanted to make it even easier for you to...

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Mexican Journal: Day 3 – Sierra Chincua Monarch Sanctuary

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Mexican Journal: Day 3 – Sierra Chincua Monarch Sanctuary

After spending a couple of hours at the butterfly site, we head back, each of us having been touched by the wonder and spirituality of this experience. While we will always cherish this experience, our thoughts and prayers today were also with the local people of nearby villages who have been devastated by the recent floods and mudslide. These local folks depend on this ecotourism for their livelihood, which provides...

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Let's Talk Tropics

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What makes a tropical plant a tropical plant? This is a question I have been asked several times, and it may sound like it's an easy one to answer, and sometimes it is, but today, I'm going to dive a little deeper. It would be easy for me to just say, "A tropical plant is any plant found between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn",...

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Canyonlands calling!

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Canyonlands calling!

You may be tearing along the highway and think there are paper tissues littered there: No! It's sheets of ghostly white evening primrose (Oenothera caespitosa): So are you ready to sign up? Find out more about this trip, click right here and sign up. Come join me in late April as we see these and lots more gems of the Colorado Plateau. After a long, cold winter, what would warm the cockles of...

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