Up the Ante with a Personal Shopper
 As a dedicated plantaholic, I have always loved the Denver Botanic Gardens Plant Sale -- interesting, new introductions, old garden stand-bys, Plant Select marvels, divine little alpine and succulent treasures. And it didn’t take me long to discover a great way to get a jump on the Mother’s Day crowd by going to the Plant Sale Preview Party. NOW, I have learned I can up the ante by taking advantage of...
I have had a fondness for Haiku (the three line Japanese poems based on nature with a rather strict prosody) from the time I was a child: my brother-in-law Allan Taylor gave me a book of Haiku I still own: I was beguiled and charmed by the magical glimpses captured by Shiki, by Basho--often centuries ago--that seemed so very fresh to me then (and still do today). There is something...
The Perfect Mother's Day Gift
By: Tam O’Neill, Plant Sale Preview Party Committee Member The Plant Sale Preview Party at Denver Botanic Gardens is a favorite annual event in Denver and has turned into a new tradition of mine. The love of plants and nurturing a garden starts at home. I have fond memories of my own mom helping me plant zinnia seeds in a flower bed as a child (and vivid memories of the thrill of...
Peru Discovery - Chapter 6
For most of the group, today is our last full day in Peru. We’ve been incredibly lucky with weather and travel, but today our luck may be changing. A few years back, during a period of extended heavy rain, a stretch of train lines along the Urubamba River (the only reasonably convenient way to reach Machu Picchu) were washed out, stranding hundreds of tourist and day travelers in...
Peru Discovery - Chapter 5
For several travelers in our group, today is the day we’ve been looking forward to since we first signed up for this trip.  Today we will receive a guided tour of the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel grounds to see the hundreds of orchid plants and flowers being tended by the staff. Since 1975, Inkaterra has been using profits from sustainable tourism projects to fund rescue and preservation of Peru’s cultural...
Timing is Everything
Few things signify spring like trees covered in blossoms.  Spring so far has been on the early side, thanks to our warmer than usual temperatures through March.  Many species that would oftentimes only be beginning to bloom at this time of year are already finished flowering—they seem to think it’s already May in Colorado.  Still other species haven’t broken bud, and look as though we’ve had a month of today’s...
Harbingers of spring
Last week I hosted Fritz Kummert, one of Austria's foremost horticulturists who was here to do a presentation. Fritz wanted to see pasqueflowers, and I was shocked to find most had finished blooming at one of my favorite haunts near Boulder: usually peak bloom is mid April! We fortunately found a few fresh blossoms, which I am sharing with you. My slide files are filled with pictures of pasqueflowers: we...
Cactus for Sale: CHEAP!
Golden Barrel (Echinocactus grusonii) on chair: NOT a mother-in-law's chair, incidentally! No, there will NOT be mother-in-law chairs sold at the sale! But you will see some other wonderfully potted and displayed specimens even more dramatic than this in the Show portion of the event in Gates Hall: do budget time to jostle the crowds there too!  If you have made it thus far, you are obviously a superior sort of person...
Do Plants Grow Old?
At first glance it seems obvious that plants age right along with everything else on planet earth.  Everyone can recognize an old tree. But is ageing really the same as being weather-worn? Compared to human ageing, where progressive deterioration of physiological function eventually leads to death, plants can hardly be said to age at all. Plants are organized differently than animals. Usually animals complete all their major structures and organs while...
Share Spring with a Friend!
While April has its share of showers The Gardens has its share of flowers. To keep on with this sharing trend, Please share our beauty with a friend!  After enjoying leaf, bud, and tree And your pal is impressed (as we know they will be), Say: “As lovely as these paths are in the spring, You should see what a whole year of membership brings!"  And then hope that they join, for if they do, They’ll get $10 off,...

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