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'Monarchs of Michoacan' Day 4: Patzcuaro

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'Monarchs of Michoacan' Day 4: Patzcuaro

The island of Janitzio consists of terraced housing packed along the hillside and has a population of about 3,000 people. At the top of the hill is the statue of José Maria Morelos, a leader of Mexican independence. Within the statue are paintings by Ramon Alba de la Canal and other great Mexican muralists that recreate the life of Morelos.

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'Monarchs of Michoacan' Day 3: El Rosario Monarch Sanctuary

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'Monarchs of Michoacan' Day 3: El Rosario Monarch Sanctuary

On this third day, we leave early to the El Rosario Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary, which is about an hour’s drive from town. A major portion of the road to the sanctuary is unpaved and hence we are transported to the site on a pick-up truck. A major portion of the hike through the forest has paved steps, followed by well maintained dirt trails. Compared to Sierra Chincua, the forest in...

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'Monarchs of Michoacan' Day 1: Morelia

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'Monarchs of Michoacan' Day 1: Morelia

We start our day with a walk from our hotel to the Museo del Dulche (Candy Museum). This museum was created to preserve the candy making history of the local people. We are greeted by staff dressed in vintage costumes dating back to the 1900s and are given a demonstration of the candy making process, with some sampling. We have an opportunity to purchase candies from the museum store. After...

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The Perfect Holiday Gift - A Class at the Gardens!

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The Perfect Holiday Gift - A Class at the Gardens!

Want to be known as the “thoughtful and clever gift-giver” this holiday season?  Like the idea of giving your loved one a gift that curls their toes and makes them appreciate you just a smidgen more?  Let the Gardens help facilitate the crowning of this new holiday title for you. Here’s the answer... sign up a loved one (or two) for a class at the Gardens for next year. The Gardens...

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Spiders and their Kin: Facts and Myths

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Spiders and their Kin: Facts and Myths

As summer ends and fall arrives, the gardener’s focus changes from growing all those nutritious veggies to “What is that spider?! And how do I keep it out of my home?!”  Most spiders live one to two years and many of them overwinter as eggs. They later develop into adult spiders and are usually full grown by summertime.  With the cooler weather, adult spiders (especially males) search for shelter in the fall and sometimes migrate into your home.

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Full Moon Family Night

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Full Moon Family Night

Families are invited to join us this Friday, Oct. 22 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. for Full Moon Family Night, a special evening of starlight and story time in the Mordecai Children’s Garden.  This is a unique opportunity to climb Marmot Mountain by moonlight and to gaze out upon Denver’s nighttime skyline from one of the highest points in the city.  Stories will fill the night air at Sagebrush Stage where you...

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Botanic gardens professionals gather in Denver!

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Botanic gardens professionals gather in Denver!

This week Denver Botanic Gardens hosted around 110 botanic gardens professionals from around the country as well as from England and Canada. Hosting the American Public Gardens Association’s (APGA) Plant Collections Symposium, all the attendees took away best management practices in collections care and priorities, ex situ conservation and seed banking, plant labeling and databasing, and role of botanic gardens in climate change. The Gardens’ Horticulture and Research staff provided...

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