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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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Your Feedback Helps Us Grow

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Your Feedback Helps Us Grow

When members take the time to let us know about their feelings or experiences, those of us in Denver Botanic Gardens' Membership Department pay close attention. Member feedback is one of the most valuable resources we have; it lets us know what what members would like to see more of, what needs improvement, and what we're doing just right. It brightens our day when we receive member feedback full of kind words...

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Dying of the light

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Dying of the light

I took this picture early yesterday--this is a rare endemic four o'clock from South Central Colorado we have grown for decades here at the gardens: later in the day the color washes out. By afternoon the flowers are closed. So catching this and similar plants in a flattering light is a challenge. Cactus spines are especially beautiful in late or early light: even devout cactus haters have to reconsider when they...

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Concert Aug. 30 - Bruce Hornsby; Concert Sept. 1 - Buddy Guy

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Concert Aug. 30 - Bruce Hornsby; Concert Sept. 1 - Buddy Guy

Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers with special guest Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers Thursday, Aug. 30, 7 p.m., York Street Tickets Still Available Buddy Guy and Robert Randolph & The Family Band Saturday, Sept. 1, 6:30 p.m., Chatfield Tickets Still Available Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers – Bruce Randall Hornsby was born November 23, 1954 in Williamsburg, Virginia. His father was a former musician. He studied music at the University of Richmond, as well as Berklee...

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Tree or shrub? Heptacodium excels at both...

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Tree or shrub? Heptacodium excels at both...

Not only are the seedheads in late autumn spectacular, but the flowers are a lovely, pure white: it blooms much of August and September. If you come close you will smell an indescribable, sweet fragrance that is somehow tropical, rather like the exotic shape of the leaves with their long drip tips. The smell is strongest in the evening and at night--almost overpowering at times (but no one complains!). Here is...

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2012 Chipotle Sustainable Food Film Series

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2012 Chipotle Sustainable Food Film Series

    For decades, the United States’ food industry has operated through large supply companies that provide the majority of our nation’s foods. This is evident through the thousands of chain supermarkets in operation nationwide. While we are very fortunate to have access to such high volumes and varieties of food, the convenience of such a massive industry cannot exist without some serious consequences.

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A-maize-ing!

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The Corn Maze at the Denver Botanic Garden’s Chatfield site will soon be open for all to enjoy. In honor of are Corn Maze, I thought it would be fun to write a brief history of corn. Maize (Zea mays), known in most English-speaking countries as corn, is a grain domesticated by indigenous peoples in Mesoamerica in prehistoric times. To understand the beginning of corn, we must go back to approximately...

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Hummingbird magnets: "Red birds in a tree"

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Hummingbird magnets: "Red birds in a tree"

This monumental specimen is growing on Alameda, in Lakewood's amazing median strips that are filled with choice xeric plants. I nearly had an accident the first time I saw this growing here--such a rare plant, in the middle of a busy street! Lakewood can be proud indeed...

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Concert Aug. 21 - Gipsy Kings

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Concert Aug. 21 - Gipsy Kings

Gipsy Kings Tuesday, August 21, 7 p.m. Sold Out The Gipsy Kings started out in Arles, a town in southern France, during the 1970s, when brothers Nicolas and Andre Reyes (sons of renowned flamenco artist Jose Reyes) teamed up with their cousins Jacques, Maurice and Tonino Baliardo (themselves sons of flamenco guitarist Manitas de Plata). Although group members were born in France, their parents were mostly gitanos, Spanish Romani people, who fled Catalonia...

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