She retired almost twenty years ago (rather abruptly, as was her wont), but many long-term members and employees of Denver Botanic Gardens shall never forget Solange Gignac--the feisty, passionate and accomplished librarian who transformed the Helen Fowler Library. She began with a few shelves of dusty books in a corner of the Waring House and acquired tens of thousands of volumes and vast array of serials that constitute one of...
Growing Great Garlic
Planting garlic in the fall garden is one task that most gardeners find delightful. Garlic is not only easy to plant and care for throughout the winter and spring, but the culinary rewards are beyond great.  In some circles garlic is the world’s number one superfood or better yet, a gift from nature, filled with flavor and chock full of health benefits. Many cultures throughout history have revered and reviled...
Always time to stroll through a garden...
Debohun Garden This garden welcomes visitors with a splash of color from high-performing xeric perennials, cold hardy cactus, and shrubs. The garden is styled to attract native birds and natural pollinators. Plant Select plants reign supreme in this garden, often trialing garden plants such as manzanitas, azaleas and other treasures for the local nursery, Timberline Gardens. The back garden has four tons of stone "flooring"...
Wanted Dead, Not Alive: The Green Menace
It’s been an interesting summer.  Lots of heat and not so much rain, for starters.  The combination of heat, drought, and subsequently stressed-out plants has made for banner years for many pests.  Some that are usually not even common enough to be a nuisance here at the Botanic Gardens have eliminated certain plants from gardens this year.  One pest in particular has been on my mind a lot in recent weeks:...
Concert Aug. 17 - Wynonna & The Big Noise
Wynonna & The Big Noise Friday, August 17, 7 p.m. Tickets Still Available Wynonna Ellen Judd was born Christina Claire Ciminella on May 30, 1964 in Ashland, Kentucky. She was given the last name after Michael Ciminella, the man her mother married  after being abandoned by her boyfriend and Judd's biological father, Charles Jordan. Jordan died in 2000. Her younger half-sister is actress Ashley Judd. Naomi and Ciminella moved with the girls...
Ten day countdown for a Fantabulous Garden Tour
Concert Aug. 10 - Shawn Colvin; Concert Aug. 16 - Kenny Loggins
Shawn Colvin and Loudon Wainwright III Friday, August 10, 7 p.m. Tickets Still Available Kenny Loggins and Gretchen Peters Thursday, August 16 Sold Out Two great concerts ahead! Shawn Colvin last played at the Gardens in 2010 to a sold-out crowd. Tickets are still available to this concert! Kenny Loggins will be sure to get you up dancing. Everybody cut footloose! Please enjoy these concerts, and find out more about these artists in this pre-concert review by...
Concert Aug. 6 - Diana Krall; Concert Aug. 9 - Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Diana Krall with special guest Denzal Sinclaire Monday, August 6, 7 p.m. Sold Out Ladysmith Black Mambazo and The Johnny Clegg Band Thursday, August 9, 7 p.m. Sold Out Some music is intended to paint a romantic scene: a candlelit dinner, a walk along a moonlit beach. Quiet Nights, Diana Krall’s twelfth album, isn't about that. Using Brazil as a musical point of reference, the award-winning pianist and singer is not suggesting a night out; she means to...
Pollinator Power
Last week a colleague and I attended a conference and workshop about protecting native pollinators, hosted by the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.  While most of us might think of the European Honeybee, Apis mellifera, as the primary pollinator of crops, native bees are important pollinators of both wildflowers and commercial crops. Native pollinators, and particularly native bees, are important. Some are highly specialized, like the squash bee. Squash bees rely...
Concerts July 23 & 25: Al Green & Mary Chapin Carpenter
Al Green w/ the Hazel Miller Band Monday, July 23, 7 p.m. at York Street Sold Out! Mary Chapin Carpenter w/ Tift Merritt Wednesday, July 25, 7 p.m. at York Street Tickets still available! Which artist started playing on her mom’s bass ukulele and then graduated to her gut-strings guitar? Which artist is also an ordained pastor of the Full Gospel Tabernacle? Which artist decided in her twenties that she was better suited for writing short stories instead of...

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