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Peaches Galore

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Sliced Peaches

Dripping down my chin, sticky fingers from sweet free-flowing juice and a bliss smile stretched across my face. Yes, this was my first taste of a truly sun-ripened summertime peach. My father had purchased a big box from a gentlemen passing through our remote mountainous town in northern New Mexico.  I had never seen such big, plump peaches in all my life…much less an entire box full. It was a warm day on our small porch of which I left sweet droplets of peach for the sun to dissolve.

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Home Canning

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The notion of putting food up is one that previous generations were familiar with - taking the bounty of the local harvest and preserving it for later.  Of course, many of us didn’t grow up with the tradition of putting food up.  But as we have become re-introduced with the art of growing our own vegetables and cooking from farm-to-table, the art of home-preserving has seen a resurgence.  Now we have the desire to figure out

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Pleine Air Painting in the Gardens

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Outdoor painting

New or seasoned to the art of painting, join us at the Gardens for some inspiration for your next painting! Painting outdoors is attributed to the Impressionists. It was the magic of photography that allowed them to see what affect time of day and sunlight had on their surroundings. Before the camera, artists would often have one painting with several different light sources going on.        

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Pesticides, Pollinators and IPM

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Bumblebee on hymenoxys hoopesii

In honor of National Pollinator Week (June 17-23), a discussion of pollinators, pests, and how we deal with them seems in order. As gardeners, we are aware of the insect life that surrounds our favorite plants and flowers. We anticipate the fruits of our labor a when we plant our first seedlings after frost danger has passed in spring, or sow seed for the following year before winter arrives.

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Fiber Arts at the Gardens

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 Knitting and crocheting are not just about baby booties and cozying up to the fire in the dead of winter (although, don't get me wrong, those things are very pleasant), it's also about creating something beautiful and unpredictable with textiles that might match the current season.  Yarns are now made of all kinds of wonderful materials such as bamboo, silk, soy, corn and even milk!  And we're creat

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Successful Composting

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Compost (photo by normanack  - Flickr)

As most Colorado gardeners know, the first step to growing strong and healthy vegetables is to have good soil; and the first step to having healthy soil is to add organic matter by way of compost. While there are many sources for purchasing finished compost, creating your own compost is often a more rewarding alternative that will allow you to divert plant material from the waste stream (compostable materials comprise a staggering one-fifth of all waste in landfills in the United States) and will improve your overall soil quality.

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Growing Berries on the Front Range

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Growing Berries on the Front Range

There is nothing like a fresh raspberry right from your very own yard.  Feeling intimidated, though, about your likelihood of success with the berries?  Come to the Gardens and learn from the pros and you can be picking your first raspberry before you know it. The easiest path to raspberry growing success is to grow the fall types. These turn a normal second year bearing plant into a plant that will...

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It’s the year of Catalyst

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It’s the year of Catalyst

So many things serve as catalysts at the Gardens. The most important, of course, is Mother Nature. Changing light and temperature provokes massive changes throughout, from the inklings of crocus to the ripening of vegetables. Scientists nestled behind our greenhouses combine plant cells with a growing medium and a controlled environment to propagate an unlimited number of new plants. Classes, from the New Gardener Boot Camp to Botanic Illustration, stimulate all...

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Bringing World Water Day Home

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Bringing World Water Day Home

Friday, March 22, 2013 is World Water Day – it has been since the United Nations declared it so in 1993. As Denver and Colorado head into a seemingly imminent drought this summer, the typical global calls-to-action this day evokes may indeed be trumped by the need to act locally to conserve the world’s most precious resource. Denver Water has declared a stage 2 drought, which means mandatory water use restrictions for...

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