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

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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 their caregivers and peers in the safe and nurturing environment of the Mordecai Children’s Garden.

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Growing and Using Plants for Dyeing

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Denver Botanic Gardens' dye garden at our Chatfield location

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.

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Museum Highlight: Key to Mosses

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Before the internet and digital tools became intrinsic of everyday botany, scientists used tools like this punched-card key to identify Colorado mosses.

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Start a Front Yard Farmers' Market

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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.

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Finding Humor in the Helen Fowler Library

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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 collection of world floras, from Iran to Patagonia, and a wonderful section on alpine gardening.

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The Shop at the Gardens Father’s Day Gift Guide

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Father's Day Gifts

Father’s Day is just around the corner and the Shop at the Gardens has some great gift ideas for the dad(s) in your life. Don’t forget Gardens members receive 10% off all purchases. The Shop is open daily, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. (last entry to the Gardens is 8 p.m.) You don’t need to pay admission to visit the Shop.  

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Gardening with Native Plants

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chatfield native plants

We read disturbing news everyday about the fate of our honeybees and the demise of the iconic Monarch butterfly. It’s enough to make any dedicated gardener feel helpless! But there is something we can do to help solve the problem.

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Making the Most of Out of Your CSA

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Is this the first year you’ve joined a CSA and you’re a little worried about what you’re going to do with all that produce? Or have you been hearing lots about CSAs lately and you’re wondering if a CSA would be a good fit for your family? Wonder no further  - Denver Botanic Gardens and Chef Elizabeth Buckingham have all the answers you need.

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Meet Your Local Medicinal Plants

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echinacea

Did you know that many of the plants growing right around you have medicinal properties? From weeds like dandelion and mullein to natives growing in the nearby hills like willow and arnica, as well as culinary garden plants like thyme, lavender and sage. You are surrounded by nature’s pharmacy! All of these and so many more are easy to find, grow, preserve and use. 

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Gardens' Internship Program

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The whirlwind of spring activities is well underway here at the Gardens but in a few weeks fresh energy in the form of our class of summer horticulture interns will be adding to the mix.

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