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Fermentation

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sourdough bread

Probiotics? Kombucha? Gut microbes? Whether at the gym, the office or daycare pick-up, these words are heard more and more in casual conversation, especially amongst the health-conscious. In addition to a certain “trending” factor, these words also have another factor in common: fermentation.

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It's never too early to discover the wonders of nature

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Calling all bug catching, dirt digging, flower watering, puddle jumping and bee buzzing toddlers! There are still spaces available in our Summer Seedlings classes. Seedlings classes offer our youngest visitors (ages 18 months to six years) the opportunity to explore, discover and create alongside their caregivers and peers in the safe and nurturing environment of the Mordecai Children’s Garden.

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Growing and Using Plants for Dyeing

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Denver Botanic Gardens' dye garden at our Chatfield location

Dyeing with plants is an ancient craft. While the origin of dyeing is not known, archaeological finds indicate dyes to color textiles from natural sources date back at least 6000 years. The discovery of cheap convenient synthetic dyes in 1856 replaced the use of natural dyes for commercial use.

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Start a Front Yard Farmers' Market

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Whenever I plant summer squash in my vegetable garden, I can’t help but think of that old gardener’s saying: “If you don’t have any zucchini, you don’t have any gardening friends – or sneaky neighbors.” Then I let out a fiendish laugh.

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Making the Most of Out of Your CSA

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Is this the first year you’ve joined a CSA and you’re a little worried about what you’re going to do with all that produce? Or have you been hearing lots about CSAs lately and you’re wondering if a CSA would be a good fit for your family? Wonder no further  - Denver Botanic Gardens and Chef Elizabeth Buckingham have all the answers you need.

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Meet Your Local Medicinal Plants

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echinacea

Did you know that many of the plants growing right around you have medicinal properties? From weeds like dandelion and mullein to natives growing in the nearby hills like willow and arnica, as well as culinary garden plants like thyme, lavender and sage. You are surrounded by nature’s pharmacy! All of these and so many more are easy to find, grow, preserve and use. 

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Basics of Floral Design

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floral bouquet

Arranging fresh-cut flowers in a vase brings extra hours of joy for everyone in your home. Here are some easy-to-use techniques to give longer life to your flowers and foliages when harvesting from your garden:

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Garden Whimsy

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garden roosters

Would you like to own a playful garden that makes people smile?  You can--simply by incorporating whimsical elements into your landscape. Whimsy can take all forms, from perky plants to gleeful garden art. Try filling pots with colorful or unusual plants, such as pencil cactus (Euphorbia tirucalli), paddle plant (Kalanchoe luciae), pumpkin on a stick (Solanum integrifolium) or foxtail fern (Asparagus densiflorus 'Myers'), which resembles a jester's hat. Watch out for pencil cactus' irritating, milky sap, however.

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Fruit Tree Growing Tips

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If your fruit tree doesn’t produce well or you’re considering planting a new fruit tree, the following are some tips to keep in mind. The age to bearing of fruit trees after planting is 3 to 5 years depending on species. Because fruit trees are an investment in time, carefully consider planting location. Location will affect available light, temperature and perhaps your ability to provide water.

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Fragrant Roses

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Fragrant Roses: picture of Abraham Darby rose

While it’s quite wonderful to receive a dozen long-stemmed red roses on Valentine’s Day, what better time to daydream about and plan your very own lusciously fragrant rose garden? You can then create your garden of long-lasting, disease-resistant roses in the colors and fragrances (fruits, flowers, spices and many others) of your choice. 

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