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More Backyard Nature: Milkweeds!

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More Backyard Nature: Milkweeds!

In a previous post I described some interactions between plants and insects that can make for interesting observation.  This week I’ll add another plant group that makes for some fun—the milkweeds (genus Asclepias). Many species of Asclepias can be found in North America and can make good garden plants provided you can provide the space that they’re roving growth form requires.  Milkweeds have highly specialized floral structures, and they also bear...

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Concert July 11: Nanci Griffith with special guest Greg Brown

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Concert July 11: Nanci Griffith with special guest Greg Brown

Enjoy a concert with the unrivaled ambience of thousands of blooming plants! Plus you can bring a picnic and a bottle of wine, and enjoy the first concert of the year at York Street. Or round-out your concert experience by pre-ordering a picnic supper from Catering by Design. Nanci Griffith with special guest Greg Brown Wednesday, July 11, 2012 Doors 6 p.m., Concert 7 p.m. Tickets still available! Here is another great pre-concert review, courtesy...

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July is Smart Irrigation Month

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July is Smart Irrigation Month

July – the month we celebrate America’s independence… and efficient irrigation? While the second occasion may not get as much attention as the first, there are plenty of ways to mark Smart Irrigation Month this July. The Irrigation Association (IA), which represents manufacturers of irrigation products, first declared July to be “Smart Irrigation Month” in 2005 to draw attention to the need to use earth’s most precious resource wisely. July typically sees...

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Macrofungi Collection Consortium (MCC)

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Macrofungi Collection Consortium (MCC)

Through the hard work and dedication of Curators Vera Evenson and Dr. Melissa Islam along with funds from the National Science Federation, our important collection will partner with the New York Botanical Garden and 33 other institutions to create the first ever Macrofungi Collection Consortium. This Consortium has created a portal that will gather together all the data associated with each fungi collection to tell the story of the...

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Suburban Serengeti

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Suburban Serengeti

Safaris are expensive.  So why not trade the very large for the very small?  Stay away from tourist traps and take a trip into your back yard for action worthy of television special—you won’t even need to pack a lunch. Even if at first glance the average home’s yard and garden might seem virtually free of animal life, a closer look shows how wrong first glances can be.  Arthropods—members of the...

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Enjoy the first concert of 2012!

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Enjoy the first concert of 2012!

The B-52s + Squeeze Wednesday, July 4 Doors at 4:30 p.m., Concert at 6:30 p.m. Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield Tickets still available! Due to fire danger, there will be no fireworks after the show The first concert of the 2012 season is quickly approaching. Gardens’ member Rick Hum will again be providing us with some interesting background facts about each of the concert artists. Rick and his wife Karen first became members of the Gardens in 2002...

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Pack, Port and Serve - Picnicking in Style

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Pack, Port and Serve - Picnicking in Style

Taking in a summer concert at Denver Botanic Gardens is an experience like no other. The thousands of blooming plants, camaraderie of the crowd and sounds of some of the country’s hottest musical acts combine for a special energy that keeps people coming back summer after summer. My husband and I have been attending Denver Botanic Gardens Summer Concert Series for many seasons.  Of course, we love the music. The only thing...

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So Your Garden is Rusting

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So Your Garden is Rusting

As we swing into high summer and garden plants kick into overdrive, the fungi, bacteria, and viruses that rely on them start making appearances too.  These plant pathogens manifest themselves in many ways, from the elegant to the grotesque. Rust fungi are one common pathogen that show up with warmer temperatures.  These fungi—along with a related group known as "smuts"—are some of the most destructive plant pathogens. Rusts and smuts...

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What is Aquaponic Gardening and Why Might You Care?

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What is Aquaponic Gardening and Why Might You Care?

What if I told you that you could catch fish for dinner right in your own backyard?  And what if before you catch those fish, they were growing the veggies for the rest of your dinner plate?  Would you believe me?  You should!  This is all within reach using a new style of gardening called Aquaponics. Aquaponics is, at its most basic level, the marriage of aquaculture (raising fish) and hydroponics...

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Floriade 2012: Theme Education and Innovation

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Floriade 2012: Theme Education and Innovation

The Dutch horticulture sector is a leader in innovation and a global trendsetter. Through agricultural education, the Netherlands spreads and exchanges skills and knowledge. This section showcases the interaction between education and innovation in horticulture through display gardens and hands-on activities. The main focus is on the commercial horticulture industry, e.g. fruit, flower and vegetable production. There are three greenhouses in this themed section. The first one is a tropical display...

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