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Tropical Conservatory Tours

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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...

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The Art & Science of Plant & Fungi Herbarium Collections

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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...

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Urban Beekeeping

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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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Home Harvest Garden

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Home Harvest Garden

Growing vegetables can be one of the most gratifying gardening experiences.  It is amazing to watch seeds, bulbs, and small plants grow to become a productive food harvest. For children, this can be the first exposure to horticulture and a very educational experience in nutrition, health and science. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to design a vegetable garden space for the Mordecai Children's Garden.  I have a degree in Landscape Architecture...

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How to make a simple hypertufa trough

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How to make a simple hypertufa trough

From time to time, the greenhouse team at Denver Botanic Gardens will build hypertufa troughs. These troughs are a great addition to a garden, especially for showcasing some of the rock garden plants, native wildflowers, and cacti that might otherwise be lost in a larger landscape. We sell our planted troughs at the Spring and Fall Plant Sales and occasionally throughout the season at the Shop at the Gardens. However, if...

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From a Dream to a Legacy

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From a Dream to a Legacy

Colorado has always been a great source of pride for me. I am a native of this beautiful state and find its natural environment therapeutic. Despite moving out of state for school or work, I often found myself returning to my home state. I knew I would eventually settle here as I envisioned my future. I had dreams of having a family; taking my children hiking on Mount Evans, exploring...

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Chai Tea

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Chai Tea

What is all the hoopla about Chai?  Why does my Chai taste different depending on where I get it?  Well, let me deconstruct the mysteries of Chai. First of all, the literal translation for "Chai" is "tea".  What we in the US call Chai, is actually Masala Chai Latte, Spiced Tea with Milk. Chai’s history is over 5,000 years old originating in Siam and India.  There are many different recipes for Chai. ...

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Celestial Celebrations Family Fun Night with NASA

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Celestial Celebrations Family Fun Night with NASA

Families are invited to join us on Friday, September 23 to explore space and discover what it is like to be an astronaut. Our special guest, NASA, will be featuring special space-related activities.  From 5:30-8:30 p.m. in Mordecai Children’s Garden, there will be many ways for families to explore, discover and celebrate space.

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Fresh Flower Arranging: From Garden to Vase

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Fresh Flower Arranging: From Garden to Vase

Saturday, Sept. 10 York Street 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Peonies, daffodils and iris in spring; zinnias, delphinium and daylilies in summer; sunflowers, mums and ornamental grasses in the autumn.  Whether you have a few flowers tucked in among your vegetables or a full cutting garden, it's hard not to gather a blossom here and there as you stroll through your garden.  It is in this spirit of enjoying flowers straight from the garden...

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