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Water-related events highlight Denver's unique challenges

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With the summer heat finally having subsided (after setting new records for the number of +90-degree days), Denver’s water use has started to wane. Landscapes that had relied on irrigation through the relatively dry summer can now largely count on Mother Nature and wait for the imminent frost. Outdoor water use accounts for about 55% of the average Denver Water residential customer’s consumption throughout the course of the year – with...

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Passing of a friend

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Passing of a friend

Here you see Harlan a few months ago, on his last visit to Denver with some of his close associates from around the country. Harlan helped found the Perennial Plant Association, the Great Plants program of Nebraska,  and was one of the co-chairs of the only combined meetings of both Eastern and Western chapters of the International Plant Propagators Society meeting in Denver in 2009. Harlan traveled extensively throughout America,...

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Aurora's secret garden (and Aronia zone)

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Aurora's secret garden (and Aronia zone)

Here is a closer look at the berries and leaves: I hate the common name chokeberry! I tasted these and they weren't half bad! Closely related to mountain ash (Sorbus) this rarely planted shrub is native to the eastern United States, but seems to adapt well to a spot in Denver provided it gets some watering. It is certainly a standout in the fall! A huge industry, much of it...

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Don't meddle with Medlars!

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Don't meddle with Medlars!

The Medlar is much more popular in Europe--in fact its epithet (germanicus) implies it is a central European native. it is naturalized throughout Europe, but is more likely native to the Balkans and eastern Mediterranean, but has been cultivated for centuries for its exotic fruit. Like the totally unrelated pawpaw of the USA or most species of Persimmon, this fruit must be frosted to be rid of the unpalatable qualities....

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Frost and Photos: Gardens Good To Go for Family Portrait Day

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[gallery link="file" columns="2" orderby="title"] Gardeners sometimes anticipate the changing of the seasons with glee; new weather means new tasks, a change of pace.  But fall and its frosts are a little different.  When a gardener is an artist, and the cultivation of plants is his or her performance, a cold snap could mean a cancelled performance season or even the death of your star attractions.  If you've been following the weather, you'll...

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Ghosts in the Gardens

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Ghosts in the Gardens

The following post was written my Mike Kedziora, Assistant Manager of Visitor Services. Denver Botanic Gardens is a shining oasis nestled amid the hustle and bustle of the Mile High City. Guests from all over the world come to visit our living collections; to examine, learn and share in our museum of life. But the nourishing earth of the Gardens, like all living things, enjoyed a dark and dangerous past 100...

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As imperceptibly as Grief the Summer lapsed away

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As imperceptibly as Grief the Summer lapsed away

As imperceptibly as Grief The Summer lapsed away -- Too imperceptible at last To seem like Perfidy -- A Quietness distilled As Twilight long begun, Or Nature spending with herself Sequestered Afternoon -- The Dusk drew earlier in -- The Morning foreign shone -- A courteous, yet harrowing Grace, As Guest, that would be gone -- And thus, without a Wing Or service of a Keel Our Summer made her light escape Into the Beautiful. -Emily Dickinson The killing frost of 2012 approaches—many plants will perish this...

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A garden is born in Santa Fe

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A garden is born in Santa Fe

The orchard in the first frame is perhaps a bit hard to visualize, but this gorgeous red bridge (salvaged from an estate) painted this striking shade is unforgettable. The bridge spanning the arroyo where the garden is situated is definitely becoming a garden icon already! Master Planner Gary Smith's design for the garden is conspicuously posted in key spots to educate visitors as to what's coming. Gary has designed gardens at...

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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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