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The Joy of Shopping for Plants

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By Colleen Smith, Guest BloggerColleen Smith writes and gardens in Denver. She’s the author of Glass Halo and Laid-Back Skier.

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Plant Sale Preview Party tickets still available!

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Plant Sale Preview Party May 8

The Plant Sale Preview Party is Thursday, May 8 from 4 - 8 p. m. In addition to shopping early for the best selection of plants for your garden, Preview Party guests will enjoy a fabulous array of appetizers, wine and beer. Admission is $45 per person (Note: This event has sold out for the last several years. Reserve your spot now--there are still a few tickets left!). Purchase TIckets

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Bungalow Gardens

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Bungalow gardens, cottage garden

The Arts and Crafts movement brought about the clean lines and unfussy patterns of the bungalow style house.  Bungalows were first built in England and then migrated to America in the early 1900's along with a changing garden style.  With the bungalow came the cottage style garden and some specific hardscape to enhance the lines of the house.  The formal gardens and ornate excesses of the Victorian era were now passe. 

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Fresh and Healthy Salads

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Fresh and Healthy Salads

Let’s face it – you know you’re supposed to eat more salad, mainly because it’s super-healthy, mostly raw and (usually) packed with vegetables, but you’re bored. You’re disenchanted. You’re ready to break up with salad. It just isn’t thrilling you the way it used to. The spark is gone. 

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Yoga at the Gardens

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Yoga

Another growing season begins. Green sprouts begin their ascent towards the sun. Seeds are sown. Earth is tilled and moved. The spring season is symbolic of renewal, growth and vitality. The plant life awakens around Denver Botanic Gardens, and an urban oasis is formed. For decades, the Denver Botanic Gardens has provided us with a wonderful sanctuary of color and life. It has become a place to reflect and a place to reconnect. 

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The Outliers: 11 Difficult Vegetables to Grow on the Front Range

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Jennifers Garden

Do you ever feel like you have a brown thumb because you can’t get that one persnickety vegetable to grow? Well, the good news is you're probably not alone. There are several vegetables that are more difficult to grow than others, especially here on the Front Range. This can be because of numerous factors including soils, extreme temperatures and our short growing season.  

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LIterature of the Land: Spring 2014 Book Club

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Book spines

Plant exploration influences our lives in many unexpected way. While there is still much to be discovered in the dark recesses of the forests, oceans, and mountains, what we’ve already found benefits us in unique and surprising ways. From shaved white truffles sprinkled over pizza to a beautiful botanical illustration gallery at Kew Gardens to advances in medical research, the benefits of plant exploration pervade our everyday life. In the spring session of the Literature of the Land book club, we’ll focus on the many facets of plant exploration – in history, fiction, and the modern era.

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Great Gardens Lecture Series: Islamic Gardens

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Islamic Garden

We live in such a dynamic and exciting world where everything seems to compete for our attention, gardening and horticulture are one of the activities that many people turn to for escape from the rat race.   Long known to be quiet reflective gardens, Islamic gardens have offered throughout the centuries places of refuge and quiet for their users.

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