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The Golden Mountains... to the East!

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Colorado's own mining towns have stories of boom and bust, gold rushes, fortunes made and lost. But tomorrow night I'm looking East, not West.  Mike Bone is preparing to tell the stories of his travel to the Golden Mountains of Central Asia as a plant explorer.  And it will be a fascinating travelogue of places most of us will not see, but also, a glimpse into a tradition overlooked by...

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Natural Egg Dyeing Class

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Natural Egg Dyeing Class

When I was a kid, the greatest thing in spring was when my mom picked up the Paas Easter Egg Kit at the grocery store. Those fizzy tablets allowed us to dye our eggs bright cartoon colors, and my brother and I were each allowed one dozen eggs to do with as we pleased. To this day, I can't smell vineger without getting nostalgic.

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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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Cold Snap, Warm Snap

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Cold Snap, Warm Snap

[gallery orderby="title"] Its when it gets cold that you appreciate warmth.  Thick socks, long underwear, hats with ear flaps and home-knit scarfs become some of my favorite things.  Standing over the heat vent while the furnace is running is not far behind.  But here in Denver, we're fortunate to have daily highs even when the nightly temperature is low.  The snow is still crisp and white, but a midday trip through...

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Mexican Journal: Day 6 – Eduardo Ruiz National Park, Uruapan

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Mexican Journal: Day 6 – Eduardo Ruiz National Park, Uruapan

After lunch we head back to Morelia from where we return home to Denver the next day. As I look back at this entire trip, I feel very fortunate to have had this culturally rich experience. Many folks contributed to the success of this trip. Thanks to Sheridan Samano of Reefs to Rockies for putting together an incredible itinerary and coordinating all the logistics with the local ground operator. This...

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Mexican Journal: Day 5 – Tzintzuntzan & Uruapan

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Mexican Journal: Day 5 – Tzintzuntzan & Uruapan

About 20 minutes from Patzcuaro is the Tzintzuntzan Archeological Site, which was built by the native peoples of the region, the Purépechas around 1200 AD. The name Tzintzuntzan means ‘place of the hummingbirds’. The ruins consist of five ceremonial temples with circular, terraced platforms. The Purépechas were a community of Native Americans who were the only ones who stood up to the Aztecs and were not defeated. Until the arrival...

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Mexican Journal: Day 4 – Patzcuaro

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Mexican Journal: Day 4 – Patzcuaro

Our next stop is Jenitzio Island, with its monumental statue of José Maria Morelos, a leader of Mexican independence, at the top of the hill. The inclined streets are lined with handicraft stores and restaurants. We climb the steep hillside and at the top is the huge statue of Morelos made of stone bricks. Within the statue are paintings by Ramon Alba de la Canal and other great Mexican muralists...

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