Queen of the steppes
New at the Helen Fowler Library
It’s the start of a new year and time to return to our homes and gardens after the holiday break.  Before planning this year’s projects, be sure to stop by the Helen Fowler Library here at the Gardens to check out some of our new resources on landscape planning, lawn care, and ideas for new and interesting vegetable gardens.  Growing Chinese Vegetables in your own backyard by Geri Harrington  Curious Minds: How...
Don't Miss It! Week of January 9th
• Easily one of the most interesting winter-time trees in our garden is the Corkscrew Hazel (Corylus avellana ‘Contorta’). Also known as Harry Lauder’s Walking Stick (after an old-time Scottish comedian whose trademark was his walking stick,) its branches twist and turn. Like other hazelnut trees, such as the Turkish Filbert (Corylus colurna), this tree puts out its flowers—in the form of catkins—in the dead of winter; it’s covered in them...
A Time for Reflection
Winter is my least favorite season, no doubt about it.  The coldest season does have a few perks, it is really the only time when gardeners can catch their breath and truly enjoy the garden for what it is.  Every other season brings innumerable tasks, from planting to weeding, cutting back and watering there is always something that needs immediate attention.   In winter one can enjoy the purest structure of the garden, deciduous trees are reduced to enticing branch patterns, evergre
Rare Opportunity.
Most often, we at Denver Botanic Gardens focus on plants, but there is something else spectacular here. Since the dedication of the Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory in 1966, we have also been known for our architecture. Recent additions to the DBG campus by Tryba Architects have gracefully considered the mid-century buildings of Hornbein & White. Learn more through The Gardens’ Landmarks in Context, a small interpretive exhibit in the El...
Christmas Rose (Lo, How a Rose E'er blooming)
Winter Beauty  in the Rock Alpine Garden
    Despite the balmy  54 degrees Fahrenheit it is as I write this, today is the official start of winter.  The winter solstice not only marks  the official start of winter but ironically the return to longer and eventually warmer days.  Winter has already made several visits to Denver long before the winter solstice this year.  Acantholimons or prickly thrift add green, silver, or ghostly gray hedgehog like mounds to the rock garden...
Berry Holiday!
Don’t Miss It! Week of December 19th
• The Ti Plant (Cordyline fruticosa) is a colorful native of southern Asia and Polynesia, and has been put to many uses by indigenous people. Its sweet, starchy roots are used as food and fermented into alcohol, and its leaves are used to thatch houses as well as to make hula skirts. Thought to bring luck and have spiritual powers, Ti is widely planted in Hawai’i and elsewhere. See it on...