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Minding Your Vegetable Garden

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Vegetable Gardening

The beginning of each spring allows vegetable gardeners the opportunity to plan and plant a brand new garden. The most time-consuming part of putting in the vegetable garden is over by early June. You purchased vegetable transplants at the garden center or grew your own starts near a sunny window. Bed preparation is completed and the plants and seeds are officially in the ground.

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Down Below: High Altitude Garden Tour

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Parmenter land

A good day on the mountain is a day you don’t have to go to “down below”. “Down below” in Alaska refers to the lower 48.  “Down below” in Colorado means anywhere off the mountain – like the town where the grocery store is. After we’ve saved up errands and we are completely out of toilet paper, someone negotiates being the one to go. This is when the one who gets to stay home starts adding things to the list.  This can be dangerous.

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Help Protect Your Urban Canopy

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The Emerald Ash Borer has been in the news a lot recently, but it is only one of a swarm of exotic threats that menace the natural environment of the United States. Denver Botanic Gardens is a partner in the Sentinel Plant Network, a joint effort of the National Plant Diagnostic Network (NPDN) and the American Public Gardens Association (APGA) that is funded by the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.  

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Stories on Stage Tends a Literate Garden of Hidden Passion

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Fritillaria meleagris is one of springs unexpected flowers, better know as leper lily.

Spring is a time of coming out. Of coming up. Of unearthing. Of flowering or even bursting with life and passion. I love it in the Gardens because of all the botanical treats, but I love spring yards and landscapes because you finally see what your neighbors have doing. Their bulbs are up, buds are blooming and trees are greening. There’s something to talk about on every corner. And I think that’s an important ritual of neighborliness in spring too—telling one another how great their flowers and plants and effort looks too.

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Garden of Youth

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anti-aging, facial acupressure, herbs, Sarah Spearman

Wouldn’t it be lovely to stumble across the legendary “Fountain of Youth” and wake up one day looking and feeling ten years younger?  Instead of spending time wishfully hoping for that fountain to appear, you can create your own GARDEN of youth and start moving those clock hands back a little.  You have everything you need to get started!

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Travel with the Gardens in 2014

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Dale Chihuly, "Blue and Purple Boat" (detail), 2006
 4 x 22 1/2 x  4',
 New York Botanical Garden, The Bronx, New York

Did you know that the Gardens has a trips and travel program that features an array of different opportunities to travel with our staff and instructors regionally, nationally, and internationally? Well if you didn’t, keep us in mind as your make your travel plans! This year our education staff has put together a variety of trips - from backpacking and viewing wildflowers to checking out the work of Dale Chihuly in Seattle.

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Bungalow Gardens

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Bungalow gardens, cottage garden

The Arts and Crafts movement brought about the clean lines and unfussy patterns of the bungalow style house.  Bungalows were first built in England and then migrated to America in the early 1900's along with a changing garden style.  With the bungalow came the cottage style garden and some specific hardscape to enhance the lines of the house.  The formal gardens and ornate excesses of the Victorian era were now passe. 

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Fresh and Healthy Salads

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Fresh and Healthy Salads

Let’s face it – you know you’re supposed to eat more salad, mainly because it’s super-healthy, mostly raw and (usually) packed with vegetables, but you’re bored. You’re disenchanted. You’re ready to break up with salad. It just isn’t thrilling you the way it used to. The spark is gone. 

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Yoga at the Gardens

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Yoga

Another growing season begins. Green sprouts begin their ascent towards the sun. Seeds are sown. Earth is tilled and moved. The spring season is symbolic of renewal, growth and vitality. The plant life awakens around Denver Botanic Gardens, and an urban oasis is formed. For decades, the Denver Botanic Gardens has provided us with a wonderful sanctuary of color and life. It has become a place to reflect and a place to reconnect. 

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The Outliers: 11 Difficult Vegetables to Grow on the Front Range

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Jennifers Garden

Do you ever feel like you have a brown thumb because you can’t get that one persnickety vegetable to grow? Well, the good news is you're probably not alone. There are several vegetables that are more difficult to grow than others, especially here on the Front Range. This can be because of numerous factors including soils, extreme temperatures and our short growing season.  

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