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Pleine Air Painting in the Gardens

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Outdoor painting

New or seasoned to the art of painting, join us at the Gardens for some inspiration for your next painting! Painting outdoors is attributed to the Impressionists. It was the magic of photography that allowed them to see what affect time of day and sunlight had on their surroundings. Before the camera, artists would often have one painting with several different light sources going on.        

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My First Visit to Mount Goliath

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Mount Goliath on Mount Evans

The following post was written by Gina Wilson, a new Mount Goliath docent. I’ve long been a fan of the high country in Colorado and all the “little” surprises you can discover along a trail. Equipped with a magnifying lens, I’ve spent many hours on my hands and knees looking at the spectacular alpine wildflowers that we are fortunate to have here. So, it really was apropos when I decided to sign up for the Mount Goliath docent training that prepares Gardens volunteers to lead tours from June through August. 

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Denver Botanic Gardens Loves Pollinators!

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This week we’ve taken a few minutes from our busy schedules to consider pollinators and all they do for us and our environment. An earlier post advocated creating a pollinator-friendly habitat around your home or acreage. Here at the Gardens we’ve taken on that challenge as well.

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Pesticides, Pollinators and IPM

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Bumblebee on hymenoxys hoopesii

In honor of National Pollinator Week (June 17-23), a discussion of pollinators, pests, and how we deal with them seems in order. As gardeners, we are aware of the insect life that surrounds our favorite plants and flowers. We anticipate the fruits of our labor a when we plant our first seedlings after frost danger has passed in spring, or sow seed for the following year before winter arrives.

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Fiber Arts at the Gardens

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 Knitting and crocheting are not just about baby booties and cozying up to the fire in the dead of winter (although, don't get me wrong, those things are very pleasant), it's also about creating something beautiful and unpredictable with textiles that might match the current season.  Yarns are now made of all kinds of wonderful materials such as bamboo, silk, soy, corn and even milk!  And we're creat

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Enjoy the first concerts of the season!

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Tony Bennett

The first concerts of the 2013 season are quickly approaching. Gardens’ member Rick Hum will again be providing us with some interesting background facts about each of the concert artists. Rick became a member of the Gardens in 2002 and has been to most of the Gardens concerts in past years. Rick has been contributing to our blog since 2009. Thanks, Rick, for sharing your pre-concert artist research with us! Time to get up and dance, everyone! Here is the post from Rick:

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Successful Composting

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Compost (photo by normanack  - Flickr)

As most Colorado gardeners know, the first step to growing strong and healthy vegetables is to have good soil; and the first step to having healthy soil is to add organic matter by way of compost. While there are many sources for purchasing finished compost, creating your own compost is often a more rewarding alternative that will allow you to divert plant material from the waste stream (compostable materials comprise a staggering one-fifth of all waste in landfills in the United States) and will improve your overall soil quality.

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Rock Gardening in the Rockies

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Rock Gardening in the Rockies

Rock gardening and xeriscaping can offer solutions to the bland stereotypes associated with water savvy landscaping. And with Colorado’s natural drought cycles, we should all be considering ways to encourage water conservation. Rock gardens are more than the name implies. Instead of being a garden of solely stone, they are in fact a tool for bringing a vignette of nature’s beauty and diversity to the home garden.  Few garden styles...

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