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Concert Aug. 21 – Shawn Colvin

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We have a concert at York Street tonight, and tickets are still available! Be sure to read this bio compiled by Gardens’ member Rick Hum and his wife Sue Ann Hum (who were recently married at the Gardens before the Bruce Hornsby concert--they danced their first dance as a married couple at that concert!) before you go to the concert tonight.

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Santa Cruz Waterlily - Now in Bloom!

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Victoria cruziana

It isn't often that I linger at work until after the sun sets. Tonight is an exception. This evening, our Victoria cruziana plants (also known by the common name of Santa Cruz Waterilies) are coming into full bloom in the Monet Pool. As I sit on a bench beside the pond, the heady pineapple scent of a first night's Victoria blossom drifts my way.

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Concert Aug. 12 – Josh Ritter

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Josh Ritter

We have one concert at York Street next week, and tickets are still available! Be sure to read this bio compiled by Gardens’ member Rick Hum before you go to the concert. Josh Ritter & The Royal City Band Monday, August 12York StreetDoors: 6 p.m. / Show: 7 p.m.Tickets still available!

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Peaches Galore

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Sliced Peaches

Dripping down my chin, sticky fingers from sweet free-flowing juice and a bliss smile stretched across my face. Yes, this was my first taste of a truly sun-ripened summertime peach. My father had purchased a big box from a gentlemen passing through our remote mountainous town in northern New Mexico.  I had never seen such big, plump peaches in all my life…much less an entire box full. It was a warm day on our small porch of which I left sweet droplets of peach for the sun to dissolve.

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Late to the party (Chihuahuan uplands cacti)

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Coryphantha sulcata

Most hardy cacti bloom in spring. Pediocactus simpsonii for instance (our wonderful mountain ball cactus) can open its first flowers in my garden in March. April and May see the peak bloom on various Echinocereus and suchlike. By mid June most cacti are done and seed is ripening. I grant you the cane chollas (Cylindropuntia) often wait till the 4th of July to bloom...

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Denver Urban Agriculture Tours

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Line of chard planted in a garden with a sign reading chard.

For the second year in a row, Denver Botanic Gardens is partnering with Slow Food Denver and Grow Local Colorado to offer tours of urban agriculture projects throughout the Denver metro area.

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This plant does not exist!

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Glade Mallow (Napaea dioica)

Glade Mallow (Napaea dioica) I grant you the flowers are not gigantic--an inch across if you're generous. But they are produced in profusion for a long season (that's good isn't it?) and the plant itself is restrained...if rather large: here's the same clump that's blooming now the way it looked a month ago:

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