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.
Lafong Garden in Scotland
Gardens are wonderful. Understatement! Gardens (and the plants that inhabit them) provide so much to humanity, a Valentine ode seems appropriate. O, Gardens, I love thee because:
Rose Morden Sunrise
Receiving a rose bouquet as a gift is very special. Could it be that roses represent so many emotions and are positively linked to specific occasions like birthdays, Valentine's Day, graduations and anniversaries? Or are they special because their blooms are fragrant, beautifully colored and have such a distinct presence when wonderfully displayed in a floral arrangement?
garlic cloves
Growing up in Kansas with a stern Baptist grandmother I had a lot of early experience with home remedies. Returning from a grandma visit to jeering siblings I often had garlic breath and sported flaky baking soda poultices. I found Grandmother fascinating and diligently followed her around her cobwebby basement checking out shelves full of mysterious liniments, syrups and salves.
As we’ve gained more storytelling mediums in my lifetime (video games, music videos, webcomics and more), I certainly feel like the short story has taken a hit in prevalence and influence. So into the gap comes Denver-based Stories on Stage; they bring short stories from any era to life in compelling readings.
Shrub
Late winter to early spring is the ideal time to prune deciduous shrubs before new growth begins.  Although it’s easy to neglect these garden workhorses, view pruning as important to growing a healthy shrub that will set off the rest of your garden efforts.
Between now and February 24, the Orangery at Denver Botanic Gardens is hosting the annual Orchid Showcase. In addition to the blossom show being put on behind the glass walls of the collections greenhouses, the transitional space of the Orangery itself is festooned with orchids, mostly hybrids of the genus Phalaenopsis. 
Herbs
Everyone has a smell that can transport them back in time to a memory that brings a smile to the face. Different smells call to mind different emotions.  If you knew that one in particular helped to alter your mood, relax you in body and soul wouldn’t you want to try that perhaps instead of taking a pain killer to alleviate a headache? 
What a year!
  Containers in front of Marnie's Pavilion

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