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Fall reflections on the Summer Concert Series

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Fall reflections on the Summer Concert Series

Time to celebrate the first week of fall--asters are in bloom, the Texas Muhly (Muhlenbergia reverchonii) and the ornamental grasses  simply glow in the late afternoon light. Come visit Denver Botanic Gardens soon! The waterlilies still look amazing and every garden has something visual to offer. Or take a walk at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield and enjoy nature and our working farm. Summer is over, and so is the 2012 Summer Concert Series at York...

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A landmark in Environmental progress...

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A landmark in Environmental progress...

Most middle aged and older Americans can remember the firestorm of denunciation Rachel received by the hitherto largely free-wheeling pesticide industry. The enormous power of her pen and her determination has produced shock waves that have not only restored countless animal populations and led to much cleaner water and air for all of us to drink and breathe, it reinvigorated--nay! it catapulted the entire environmental movement worldwide. The America that I...

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Meet the Native (redux)

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Meet the Native (redux)

Dan deserves credit for raising the artistry and vastly increasing the collections for many gardens, although he is often associated primarily with native plants. He arrived in the late 1990's when staffing was insufficient to properly maintain the native gardens. Within a few years they became centerpieces of Denver Botanic Gardens. Most visiting botanists make a beeline for these gardens (they comprise our most significant collections). Dan has since designed...

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It's SPRINGTIME!! Yippeeeee!

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It's SPRINGTIME!! Yippeeeee!

Bulbs are one of the last great bargains: you pay fifty cents for a bulb and it blooms beautifully the next spring. In two years time it is twice as big, and some will even self sow and multiply. Talk about investment! Bulbs beat Wall Street hands down! Where else can you produce carpets of color that cheer the heart in springtime (when you need it after a long winter)...

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Another day in paradise...

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Another day in paradise...

There are incredible container plantings everywhere, and annuals cunningly tucked among perennials, and combinations of colors that dazzle wherever you look... There is a spectacular planting of scarlet morning glory on the trellises of the Birds and Bees garden worth making the trip for in and of themselves...you may well see some hummingbirds visit these! Where but at Denver Botanic Gardens would you see a forest of giant yuccas from Big Bend...

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Time flies! And we're having fun...

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Time flies! And we're having fun...

I was amazed that there were still annuals and so much color in September--especially since the Yampa Valley can be very cold and they have had some killing frosts. Of course, since alpines are my first love, I always make a bee-line for the rock garden--although truth be said there are rock gardens throughout the site! This is the largest and most ambitious slope, though, always looking fresh and full of...

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We Study Fungi at the Gardens?

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We Study Fungi at the Gardens?

Why yes we do, and we have for several decades. The last weekend in August, over fifteen citizen scientists and several mycologists braved the wee hours of the morning and one of the driest summers in Colorado to spend the weekend hunting, cataloging, photographing and identifying macro-fungi for the Rocky Mountain National Park bioblitz. Macro-fungi are those fungi that produce large, showy fruiting bodies, which are more commonly known as mushrooms,...

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Literature of the Land Book Club

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Literature of the Land Book Club

Join us for the Fall 2012 session of Literature of the Land, a book club series hosted by the Helen Fowler Library. We delve into literature related to the land and to nature, discussing topics that may range from environmental issues to the culture of food and drink, from the American dust bowl to the cinnamon trees of Southeast Asia. This fall we’ll focus on eighteenth and nineteenth century women naturalists.  ...

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Concert Sept. 7 - Pat Metheny Unity Band

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Concert Sept. 7 - Pat Metheny Unity Band

Pat Metheny Unity Band Friday, Sept. 7, 7 p.m., York Street Tickets Still Available This is the last concert of the Summer Concert Series! Pat Metheny was born in Kansas City on August 12, 1954 into a musical family. Starting on trumpet at the age of 8, Metheny switched to guitar at age 12. By the age of 15, he was working regularly with the best jazz musicians in Kansas City. Metheny's versatility is...

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The Aster Yellows Blues

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The Aster Yellows Blues

August and September bring the heyday of many plants of the aster family (Asteraceae). Asters, chrysanthemums, black- and brown-eyed susans, sunflowers, and others grace the landscape with late summer color. Along with them, though, comes a pernicious illness with a mysterious cause:  Aster Yellows. Plants infected with aster yellows can show a variety of symptoms, from yellowing and reddening of foliage (hence the name), greening of flowers, dwarfing, extremely bushy appearance,...

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