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What in blazes?

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Liatris ligulistylis I was born in Colorado, and have spent most of my life here--and lots of time poking around the plains and mountains--to the extent that I've seen and can identify most of the showier native wildflowers, and a good many of the less showy ones as well. A few have escaped me.

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Three Girls, Three Gardens, Thirty Days

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One hot summer day I went to visit my former client’s organic garden and she said to me, “One day I want to eat just from my garden. I wonder if I could do it for a month?” I quickly responded that I loved the idea and wanted to try it. Our friend, who is an organic urban grower, wanted to take this challenge as well. The three of us planned to live off of our gardens from September 1-30.

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Art in the Gardens - Permanent Collection Edition

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Denver Botanic Gardens not only hosts traveling art exhibitions, but is home to a permanent collection of beautiful paintings, drawings, prints, rare books, photographs, sculptures and more!

Denver Botanic Gardens not only hosts traveling art exhibitions, but is home to a permanent collection of beautiful paintings, drawings, prints, rare books, photographs, sculptures and more! "So Proud of My Children" by artist Nicholas Kadzungura stands among the flowers in the Ornamental Grasses garden.

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Spring Plant Sale Busy and Gardens Still Beautiful

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Mountain Ash in bloom at the Plant Sale

Just when you see the Gardens is busy, busy, busy with shoppers and sellers, it takes a matter of a few steps to disappear away from the crowds. At Spring Plant Sale, I certainly drooled my share over the water-smart plants and flirted with other blooms in the diversity of sections. But I wound my way back towards the front by stepping off the wide, busy pathways and meandering through the Woodland Mosaic.

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