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Snowdrop time...

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Snowdrop time...

Galanthus elwesii at Denver Botanic Gardens The plant that now constitute our most robust colony behind the Succulent House along the Cheesman gate were originally used as "fillers" in a lobby court display: I rescued them and planted a couple dozen bulbs some twenty years ago. Each bulb has proliferated and this is now beginning to make quite a spectacle. Starting up just now (go check it out!). Here you can see...

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Beyond mere garden gnomes...

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Beyond mere garden gnomes...

I am always amazed at how contemporary and fresh some of the ancient Chinese gardens look: here the gateway is very crisp and modern looking, and the extravaganza inside is all rigorously designed and yet somehow wild and natural all at once. Everyone seems to be charmed with these cuddly lions in the Alhambra, just about the most exquiste garden I have ever visited... Using natural objects--stones or driftwood--is a risky business....

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New Gardener Boot Camp 2013

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New Gardener Boot Camp 2013

We’re getting to the really itchy phase for gardeners.  Ever so close to spring.  Ever so close to getting our hands in the dirt again. If you’re as excited as the rest of us but are newbies to the gardening scene (or simply need a refresher), you’ll be delighted to know that the Gardens is holding our second annual New Gardener Boot Camp very soon (March 2).  Come and learn everything...

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Membership: Rewarding on So Many Levels

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Membership: Rewarding on So Many Levels

When you decide to become a member of Denver Botanic Gardens, you might be thinking about the many visits you will enjoy with friends and family: enjoying the Orchid Showcase and the Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory on a cold blustery day in the winter, the warm evening strolls in the summer, getting delightfully lost in the autumn Corn Maze at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, the year-round discounts at The Shop at...

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Will the real Pampas Grass please stand up?

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Will the real Pampas Grass please stand up?

Here you can see from closer up the silky, silvery color that true pampas grass has seemed to perfect. If you have driven parts of Texas you are sure to have admired pampas grass--a popular landscape plant in that state. I used to drive down at Thanksgiving each year, and the clumps of pampas here and there along the way were like mile posts, or sentinels that cheered the trip....

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Vantage points in winter

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Vantage points in winter

The same sculpture a week later in a different light looks so utterly different--it's amazing how dramatically a vista changes in a matter of minutes--from the golden light of early morning or dusk to the brash clarity of mid-day or the icy Antarctic light when it's overcast. I love the way the high Rockies play peek-a-boo from various vantage points around the garden, or the captious towers of downtown Denver. Both...

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Mind Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Series at the Gardens

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Mind Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Series at the Gardens

What is MBSR? When people learn that I teach Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction they often respond with an exclamation, "I could use that!"  The recognition that one could use a little help navigating through "the full catastrophe" of life was what led me to attend MBSR teacher trainings at the Center for Mindfulness. Although I had meditated for many years before learning about MBSR, I still found myself mired in the ups...

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Fire danger and the garden

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Fire danger and the garden

I took this picture last autumn of the magnificent aspen display that covers much of Gilpin County north of Mount Evans. All of that bright yellow aspen, and much of that forest green and the pale brown meadows as well would not be there if that county had not been burned repeatedly in recent centuries. Both the aspen (Populus tremuloides) and the commonest montane conifer, lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta), are...

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Plant Select: Towards a viable landscape future

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Plant Select: Towards a viable landscape future

Although quite widely distributed in the foothills of the Southern Rockies, I have only stumbled on Scott's clematis a few times, so I suspect it is not exactly abundant. It has been produced abundantly by Plant Select propagators this past year and you should be able to find it in local garden centers this spring. The nodding, lavender bells vary from almost gray to a dark, almost black blue in...

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Paradoxical rose of Christmas

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Paradoxical rose of Christmas

Here is a glorious colony growing just West of our Administration building. I took that picture last February: they do bloom for many months! A good reason to plant some in a shady spot at your house. These are growing in a half dozen gardens at DBG: do take a stroll around over the next month and see how many of these paradoxical roses you can find. A little like looking...

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