African stars

African stars

November 18, 2012 | Panayoti Kelaidis
The Chldrens' garden is spectacular most any time, but if you have not visited in late April, May, June you will have missed the shimmering carpets of this 2011 Plant Select winner. It's almost blinding in its whiteness for months on end. But up close the wonderful daisies are just as appealing...Read more
Alpha beta gramma....

Alpha beta gramma....

November 13, 2012 | Panayoti Kelaidis
I obtained several plants several years ago and put them in my unwatered xeriscape. Right from the start they grew vigorously, despite the lack of watering. This year they were twice as tall and much more robust than the wild blue gramma growing nearby in my prairie, confirming my dawning awareness...Read more
Pumpkins!

Pumpkins!

October 31, 2012 | John Murgel
You see a lot of pumpkins at this time of year, in food, drinks, and decorations. But if all you know is the orange, round, Jack-o’-Lantern pumpkin, you may be woefully underestimating this group of plants. Pumpkins (Cucurbita pepo, mostly) are part of an exclusively New World genus that includes...Read more
The Art of Furoshiki

The Art of Furoshiki

October 29, 2012 | Featured Instructor
Do you have a myriad of eco-conscious lifestyle tools up your sleeve? The Gardens thinks we may have a new idea for even the most tried-and-true of Denver’s eco-conscious population – Furoshiki! Furoshiki is a near square, reusable “wrapping and carrying cloth” used for centuries in Japan. Unlike...Read more
A Glowing Review for Fungus!

A Glowing Review for Fungus!

October 26, 2012 | John Murgel
Fungi sometimes get a bad rap. They are suspicious, insidious, and villainous—growing unseen and erupting without warning from just about anything. Not everyone is down on fungus though (Wales celebrated National Fungus Day on October 14), and for good reason. Fungi are important decomposers of...Read more
Mommy and Me Yoga at the Gardens

Mommy and Me Yoga at the Gardens

October 22, 2012 | Featured Instructor
Yoga with your baby and other Moms or Dads is a great way to get some exercise and build community. The little ones have fun, interact, dance and get a refreshing break from normal activities. It is a chance to bond with other caregivers and share some wisdom, as well. Depending on class size there...Read more

Water-related events highlight Denver's unique challenges

October 16, 2012 | Jennifer Riley-Chetwynd
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...Read more
Passing of a friend

Passing of a friend

October 16, 2012 | Panayoti Kelaidis
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...Read more
Aurora's secret garden (and Aronia zone)

Aurora's secret garden (and Aronia zone)

October 12, 2012 | Panayoti Kelaidis
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...Read more
Don't meddle with Medlars!

Don't meddle with Medlars!

October 8, 2012 | Panayoti Kelaidis
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...Read more

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