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Madagascar Discovery – The Trip of a Lifetime!

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Madagascar Discovery – The Trip of a Lifetime!

Since the separation of the tectonic plate from Africa 165 million years ago and from India at the end of the Cretaceous period about 70 million years ago, Madagascar has been evolving in isolation leading to the emergence of numerous and distinct forms of plants, animals, and geological features. Madagascar’s biodiversity is like none other. It is home to over 10,000 vascular plant species with about 90% endemism. Faunal diversity...

Plant Sale frenzy: bring some color into your life!

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Plant Sale frenzy: bring some color into your life!

Closeup of Sunset Strain of Lewisia cotyledon These are likely the "Sunset Strain" --an especially vibrant selection of the species originally selected by Jack Drake in the highlands of Scotland. The "Ashwood Strain" developed by an English nursery of the same name is the current purveyor of these especially breathtaking plants. Like many wildflowers, they do best in well drained (but not too hungry) soil in a rock garden setting. As...

Peru Discovery - Chapter 7

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Peru Discovery - Chapter 7

For several folks in our group, today is the beginning of the second phase of our Peru Discovery adventure.  After seeing the country’s desert coast and high Andean Mountains, we are off to the Amazon River basin of Southeastern Peru.
After a quick flight from Cusco to Puerto Maldonado, we hopped a short shuttle ride to our Amazon adventure headquarters where we downsized our luggage for our trip up the Tambopata...

Springtime in the Oak Grove

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Springtime in the Oak Grove

Check It Out! It’s springtime in the Oak Grove. With the weather already warming up in Denver, the Oak Grove is a great place to go and cool down. Stroll through this natural setting and enjoy the shade that the canopy of oaks provides. There are forty-six oaks in this garden including species oaks and hybrids.

A carpet of sweet woodruff (Galium odoratum) covers the floor, giving off a lovely scent...

It's Euxoa Time

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It's Euxoa Time

 

Plants aren’t the only thing becoming more active this time of year.  Warmer weather triggers a lot of invertebrate activity, and you may be noticing that your home is suddenly (apparently) some sort of transcontinental superhighway for arthropods. Which is just one of the reasons that I love springtime.

Re-Search the Gardens: Meet our Scientists Talk on Wednesday, May 9

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Re-Search the Gardens: Meet our Scientists Talk on Wednesday, May 9

With nine staff scientists and seven Adjunct Researchers representing diverse research interests and educational backgrounds, the Research and Conservation department has many stories to tell.  Join us on Wednesday, May 9 at noon in the Waring House for the next installment of our departmental lecture series “Re-search the Gardens: Meet our Scientists.”

Dr. Melissa Islam will share some of the research she conducted as part of her Ph.D. work on the...

puddle-wonderful and mud-luscious*

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puddle-wonderful and mud-luscious*

How do I know it’s spring?  Because I made my reservation for the Plant Sale Preview Party at Denver Botanic Gardens.   For me, this officially marks the start of spring and the gardening season.  I always look forward to this event and have for some 30 years.  Rain or shine.  Snow or sleet.  Never miss it.

It doesn’t get much better than strolling through the Gardens in May, pushing a cart...

A successful end to the new Winter Green Cool Season Gardening program

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A successful end to the new Winter Green Cool Season Gardening program

Winter Green, Denver Botanic Gardens winter outreach therapeutic horticulture program, just wrapped up its' 13th successful year. This program offers a wide variety of opportunities for the elderly and people with disabilities to experience horticulture and get their hands dirty during the winter months. We provide creative and stimulating hands-on activities that enrich the physical, mental and social lives of participants.
All new this year we offered an extended program of...

Global Gardens - Family Fun Night

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Global Gardens - Family Fun Night

Families are invited to join us on Saturday, May 5 to explore Japanese, Native American and Mexican cultures in Mordecai Children’s Garden from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. Families will have the opportunity to plant a garden to take home with them, discover the Japanese art of Gyotaku, and enjoy a snack from chipotle. Special guests Jeff Kagan and Paige Doughty will join us...

Gardening Help

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Gardening Help

Are you trying to plan, plant, or revive your garden this spring?  Need to talk to an expert?

Don’t forget that Gardening Help from Colorado Master Gardeners is available in the Helen Fowler Library at Denver Botanic Gardens from noon-4 p.m. on Tuesdays and Saturdays through the end of April (starting on May 1 they’re here three times a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, 12-4 p.m).  They come out just to...

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