Anything but drab! Spanish draba (Draba hispanica) is always first to bloom.

Anything but drab! Spanish draba (Draba hispanica) is always first to bloom.

March 4, 2010 | Panayoti Kelaidis
Poor drabas! Such a colorless name...and they have other image problems too--that acid yellow color and their general similarity to one another. Oh well: some of us look beyond these superficialities. We have a welter of alpine drabas we must wait until June to see in the alpine, but if you are...Read more

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

February 25, 2010 | Matt Cole
[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...Read more

Digging into the Gardens...join us!

February 16, 2010 | Doris Boardman
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...Read more
Cold Snap, Warm Snap

Cold Snap, Warm Snap

February 15, 2010 | Matt Cole
[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...Read more
Mexican Journal: Day 6 – Eduardo Ruiz National Park, Uruapan

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

February 14, 2010 | Sarada Krishnan
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...Read more
Mexican Journal: Day 5 – Tzintzuntzan & Uruapan

Mexican Journal: Day 5 – Tzintzuntzan & Uruapan

February 12, 2010 | Sarada Krishnan
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...Read more
Mexican Journal: Day 4 – Patzcuaro

Mexican Journal: Day 4 – Patzcuaro

February 11, 2010 | Sarada Krishnan
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...Read more
Mexican Journal: Day 3 – Sierra Chincua Monarch Sanctuary

Mexican Journal: Day 3 – Sierra Chincua Monarch Sanctuary

February 10, 2010 | Sarada Krishnan
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...Read more
Mexican Journal: Day 2 – Tlalpujahua

Mexican Journal: Day 2 – Tlalpujahua

February 10, 2010 | Sarada Krishnan
So, on Day 2 instead of visiting the Sierra Chincua Monarch Sanctuary we detoured to Tlalpujahua on the outskirts of the sanctuary in the Tansvolcanic Mountains of Central Mexico. The 2.5 hour drive from Morelia brought us to the quaint town of Tlalpujahua with narrow streets paved in cobblestones...Read more
Dan Heims Distilled: Crazy Good Containers

Dan Heims Distilled: Crazy Good Containers

February 8, 2010 | Matt Cole
Wednesday night at 7:00 PM -- Container Crazy I've been hearing about Terra Nova Nurseries ever since I brought a grown-up's interest to public gardens. In particular, I remember installing coral bells ( Heuchera ) and foam flower ( Tiarella ) in a naturalized orchard in the midwest. The project...Read more

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