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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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Adieu, bibliothécaire miraculeuse

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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...

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Growing Great Garlic

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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...

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Always time to stroll through a garden...

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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"...

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Wanted Dead, Not Alive: The Green Menace

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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:...

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Concert Aug. 17 - Wynonna & The Big Noise

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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...

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