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Growing Great Garlic

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Growing Great Garlic

Planting garlic in the fall garden is one task that most gardeners find delightful. Garlic is not only easy to plant and care for throughout the winter and spring, but the culinary rewards are beyond great.  In some circles garlic is the world’s number one superfood or better yet, a gift from nature, filled with flavor and chock full of health benefits. Many cultures throughout history have revered and reviled...

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Pack, Port and Serve - Picnicking in Style

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Pack, Port and Serve - Picnicking in Style

Taking in a summer concert at Denver Botanic Gardens is an experience like no other. The thousands of blooming plants, camaraderie of the crowd and sounds of some of the country’s hottest musical acts combine for a special energy that keeps people coming back summer after summer. My husband and I have been attending Denver Botanic Gardens Summer Concert Series for many seasons.  Of course, we love the music. The only thing...

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What is Aquaponic Gardening and Why Might You Care?

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What is Aquaponic Gardening and Why Might You Care?

What if I told you that you could catch fish for dinner right in your own backyard?  And what if before you catch those fish, they were growing the veggies for the rest of your dinner plate?  Would you believe me?  You should!  This is all within reach using a new style of gardening called Aquaponics. Aquaponics is, at its most basic level, the marriage of aquaculture (raising fish) and hydroponics...

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Floriade 2012: Theme Education and Innovation

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Floriade 2012: Theme Education and Innovation

The Dutch horticulture sector is a leader in innovation and a global trendsetter. Through agricultural education, the Netherlands spreads and exchanges skills and knowledge. This section showcases the interaction between education and innovation in horticulture through display gardens and hands-on activities. The main focus is on the commercial horticulture industry, e.g. fruit, flower and vegetable production. There are three greenhouses in this themed section. The first one is a tropical display...

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Floriade 2012: Theme Environment

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Floriade 2012: Theme Environment

  Throughout the Floriade Park, deliberately designed themed gardens are surrounded by large expanses of lawn interspersed with colorful flower borders. Though the season was just beginning with annuals just being planted, most of the borders were very attractive in a combination of purple and red from Nepeta (catmint) and Papaver orientale (oriental poppy). Alliums were in their last stages of flowering, though the flower heads were still attractive.

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Floriade 2012: An introduction

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Floriade 2012: An introduction

Floriade is the world horticultural expo that takes place in the Netherlands once every ten years. The Floriade 2012 exhibition is in Venlo, in the province of Limburg in the Netherlands, just west of the German border and about 180 km (112 miles) southeast of Amsterdam. The origin of Floriade dates back to 1818, when the first Dutch flower show was held. Since then the show has taken varying forms....

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Recipes from the Field

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Recipes from the Field

Summer offers one of my favorite pastimes, collecting and eating wild foods. Whether collected from the garden while weeding or added to a camping stew pot, local weeds can add flavor, nutrients, and variety to summer fare. Edible weeds are little storehouses of phytochemicals, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Before you run off into the woods with cutlery and dinner plate in hand, you need to take a few precautions. It is...

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Madagascar Discovery – The Trip of a Lifetime!

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Madagascar Discovery – The Trip of a Lifetime!

Since the separation of the tectonic plate from Africa 165 million years ago and from India at the end of the Cretaceous period about 70 million years ago, Madagascar has been evolving in isolation leading to the emergence of numerous and distinct forms of plants, animals, and geological features. Madagascar’s biodiversity is like none other. It is home to over 10,000 vascular plant species with about 90% endemism. Faunal diversity...

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Morning Rain Brightens Gardens for Spring

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[gallery link="file" orderby="title"] Rain may not brighten your day, but I was positively enthusiastic about it this week.  After enough winter, it seemed like a sign of spring and a chance to step into the Gardens.  My shoes clomped across wet pavement and I relished the sensation.  When I hit a patch of ice, I nearly went down: even looking directly at it I couldn't see it.  If it hadn't been for...

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