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...
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...
How to become a Rare Plant Monitoring Steward volunteer
[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...
Seed Saving
Saving seed has become more than a passion – it’s pure joy.  I think differently now about planning my garden and ordering seeds.   When Cord and I got back from Seed School with Bill McDorman, we came home to a fall garden, dripping with seed, ready to be saved.  Armed with a beginner’s knowledge, we gathered more seed that fall than I could have ever believed.  The garden was so...
Seeing San Francisco with Scott Dressel-Martin: A Photographic Excursion
We all know Colorado is the best place to live. The mountains, the weather, the people. It’s beautiful here. But every now and then we get the urge to hit the road. See the sights and make some images of a place that is not our own. Join me this spring in San Francisco for an exciting opportunity to make some great images and stretch your creative abilities to their...
Tropical Conservatory Tours
Denver has just had a foot of snow, but the Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory is glowing with humidity and learning opportunities. If you’re dying to get out of the house, Denver Botanic Gardens has just the solution for you. Often times during winter when we drive by or think of the Gardens, one word comes to mind: cold. However, inside the Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory, the temperature is a balmy...
The Art & Science of Plant & Fungi Herbarium Collections
After several months of bare tree branches, I am ready for the arrival of spring and with it returning to Colorado’s flower filled natural areas. The gardeners I know spend these short days and long cold nights perusing seed and plant catalogs to gear up for the next season. In lieu of shiny catalogs, botanists, like myself, and mycologists work with specimens (mycologists study organisms in the kingdom Fungi). Specimens are...
As Busy as Gardeners in Winter
Urban Beekeeping
Urban beekeeping has been all the buzz, lately.  And for as many people that keep bees, there are that many reasons WHY people keep bees. One of the most important reasons to keep bees is for pollination.  Bee pollination is needed for the production of an estimated one-third of the food crops grown in developed countries. When it comes to fruit, the number of bees visiting a plant affects the size,...

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