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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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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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