Modern Farmer magazine

January 28, 2016 | Erin Wolff
There’s a new serial in town! Modern Farmer , our newest magazine, has just arrived at the Helen Fowler Library (located in the Boettcher Center across from the bathrooms). If you’re one of those people who wishes they could just sell everything and buy a little hobby farm in the country (obviously...Read more

Top Six Reasons to Take a Tour at the Gardens

January 15, 2016 | Karina Nabors
How are you doing with those New Year’s resolutions? [Learn something new? Spend more quality time with your family and friends? Stay fit and healthy? Relax more? Stop procrastinating? Save money?] By taking a tour – be it an overview of the Gardens, a specific botanic theme or behind-the-scenes...Read more

New Event Series: Off the Clock

January 15, 2016 | Special Events
On the heels of a record-breaking year for Blossoms of Light, the Events Department is thrilled to announce a brand-new event series kicking off the first weekend of February: Off the Clock! Join us for the first Friday night of February, March, and April for themed evenings featuring live...Read more

Seedlings Classes for Preschoolers and Toddlers

January 6, 2016 | Jennifer Ackers
It’s never too early to discover the wonders of nature! There are still spaces available in our winter and early spring Seedlings Classes. Seedlings classes offer our youngest visitors (ages 18 months to six years) the opportunity to explore, discover and create alongside their caregivers and peers...Read more

The Turnip and Halloween: A Surprising Pair

October 27, 2015 | Ebi Kondo
Carved pumpkins or jack-o-lanterns are a familiar decoration during the Halloween season. It brings our attention to mid-autumn and the upcoming winter. The origin of the jack-o-lantern is from northern Europe – specifically Ireland and Scotland – where the turnip was carved instead of a pumpkin...Read more

It's never too early to discover the wonders of nature

July 8, 2015 | Jennifer Ackers
Calling all bug catching, dirt digging, flower watering, puddle jumping and bee buzzing toddlers! There are still spaces available in our Summer Seedlings classes. Seedlings classes offer our youngest visitors (ages 18 months to six years) the opportunity to explore, discover and create alongside...Read more
Denver Botanic Gardens' dye garden at our Chatfield location

Growing and Using Plants for Dyeing

July 1, 2015 | Featured Instructor
Dyeing with plants is an ancient craft. While the origin of dyeing is not known, archaeological finds indicate dyes to color textiles from natural sources date back at least 6000 years. The discovery of cheap convenient synthetic dyes in 1856 replaced the use of natural dyes for commercial use...Read more

Museum Highlight: Key to Mosses

June 29, 2015 | Rick Levy
Before the internet and digital tools became intrinsic of everyday botany, scientists used tools like this punched-card key to identify Colorado mosses. Created by William Weber, former curator of the University of Colorado Museum Herbarium, the key requires its user to select cards corresponding...Read more

Start a Front Yard Farmers' Market

June 24, 2015 | Featured Instructor
Whenever I plant summer squash in my vegetable garden, I can’t help but think of that old gardener’s saying: “If you don’t have any zucchini, you don’t have any gardening friends – or sneaky neighbors.” Then I let out a fiendish laugh. Perhaps you’ve been surprised to find a gigantic zucchini on...Read more

Finding Humor in the Helen Fowler Library

June 15, 2015 | Rory O'Connor-Walston
The Helen Fowler Library and Archives is the largest horticultural library in the Rocky Mountain region. Here you can find over 20,000 titles related to plants, including (but not limited to!) agriculture, botanical art, ecology, sustainability and landscaping. The library also has an excellent...Read more