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.
 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
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.
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...
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...
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...
Mushroom Propagation
Mycelium It is estimated that more than 80% of the plants on the planet rely on a symbiotic relationship with fungi.  The plants benefit from this relationship in many ways including enriched soil structure, availability of nutrients, increased uptake of water, and cleaning soil of pathogens and pollutants. I'll be inoculating all new plantings (annual or perennial) - some with commercial spore mass products and some with home grown inoculum from...
How do I get started xeriscaping my yard? Is it too early to start aerating my lawn? When should I start my vegetables from seed? Are there any good murder-mystery novels that involve my interest in horticulture? If you’ve asked yourself any or all of those questions, and you are a member of Denver Botanic Gardens, fear not. The area’s best resource on these topics and so much more, the Helen...
New Gardener Boot Camp 2013
We’re getting to the really itchy phase for gardeners.  Ever so close to spring.  Ever so close to getting our hands in the dirt again. If you’re as excited as the rest of us but are newbies to the gardening scene (or simply need a refresher), you’ll be delighted to know that the Gardens is holding our second annual New Gardener Boot Camp very soon (March 2).  Come and learn everything...
Membership: Rewarding on So Many Levels
When you decide to become a member of Denver Botanic Gardens, you might be thinking about the many visits you will enjoy with friends and family: enjoying the Orchid Showcase and the Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory on a cold blustery day in the winter, the warm evening strolls in the summer, getting delightfully lost in the autumn Corn Maze at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, the year-round discounts at The Shop at...

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