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Overwintering Hardy Aquatic Plants at Denver Botanic Gardens

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Overwintering Hardy Aquatic Plants at Denver Botanic Gardens

The most pressing concern of the Gardens' visitors each summer relates to what we do with our aquatic plants during the winter. The horticulture staff is now challenged as construction continues with the dynamic restructuring of our Gardens. Although we must make adjustments in over-wintering plants, the same principles apply. Hardy waterlilies are hardy to zone 5a (USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map) and can be over-wintered in Denver by lowering the...

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Creating Community: Seedlings Classes

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Creating Community: Seedlings Classes

This is a time where kids from ages 3-5 can get together, have fun and explore the wonders of nature.  Their parents also have fun with one another and find camaraderie in the fact that their children are learning not only to appreciate nature, but also how to interact with nature and preserve its beauty. 

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Bioblitz uncovers previously unknown populations

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Bioblitz uncovers previously unknown populations

Denver Botanic Gardens staff were among the thirty-six scientists who donated their time in the first Soapstone Prairie Natural Area Bioblitz, surveying all species in a 24-hour period. Ten scientist teams inventoried insects, mammals, fungi, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and of course plants. Over fifty species were added to the list of known flora and fauna at Soapstone Prairie, including a mushroom (Amanita sp) that may be new to science (see photo...

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Springing into Spring with your Dog

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Springing into Spring with your Dog

To this date, our most popular post continues to be one that Elizabeth Bublitz of Paw-Friendly Landscapes wrote on 'Paw-Friendly Gardening.' Luckily for us, she is back in blogging mode and sending us new posts! Here is one for those of you who have or want to install a garden fence. If you enjoy Elizabeth's posts, be sure to check out her class on August 13 at the Gardens (visit our calendar page to register!). Healthy Fences

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Celebrating Wildflowers Hike

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Celebrating Wildflowers Hike

Celebrating Wildflowers isn't only for the little ones. You can enjoy Colorado native plants in the metro area. You don't want to miss this great, free, guided tour of spring blooms on Green Mountain. The Bureau of Land Management's botanists will teach you all about the beautiful spring blooms.

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The dinosaurs are arriving!

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The dinosaurs are arriving!

Installation of the life-size dinosaur sculptures started today at York Street. It is amazing to see how realistic they appear. Our talented horticulture and operations staff are doing everything possible to make it seem like our prehistoric guests actually are at home roaming the Gardens. Plant displays will showcase prehistoric plants and their modern relatives.   "Jurassic Gardens" opens on April 17.  

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Living within Nature's Landscape Cont'd.

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Living within Nature's Landscape Cont'd.

When I wrote that I was unsure how to live within a Western landscape in drought, it it immediately seemed that Nature took offence and sent snow and precipitation directly at us.  We're still in a drought, but the winter storm that forced us to reschedule Susan Tweit and Jim Steinberg certainly illustrated another way to live within the landscape. 

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