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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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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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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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