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Don’t Miss It! Week of December 19th

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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...

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Don’t Miss It! Week of December 12th

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Don’t Miss It! Week of December 12th

• Hands Off: While you’re palm hunting, check out these scary ones. Verschaffeltia splendida (Stilt Palm) sports really serious looking spines along the stem, and sits up on stilt-like roots. And Zombia antillarum (Zombie Palm), a native of the Antilles, features a woven pattern of equally prickly spines, rumored to be used in voodoo ceremonies.

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Hardy in Denver?

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Hardy in Denver?

Ahem...but will it come back next year? Good question. The hundreds of South African plants that fill our gardens, not to mention all sorts of tender Mediterraneans and California shrubs that we have been playing with at Denver Botanic Gardens and beyond...how will they weather an interminable, cold winter? I remember when Japanese Maples were impossible to grow there, and now everyone seems to have one tucked away in their yard....

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Holy Cacao! Making Chocolate with Your Child

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Holy Cacao! Making Chocolate with Your Child

Kids will taste chocolate that has no cream or sugar added usually referred to as baking chocolate. This is the first time you will see your child spit out chocolate!  From there, the experience will only get sweeter and kids will finally find out what it is they really love about chocolate: cream and sugar!  So come ready to make your own chocolate, drink some chocolate and learn about theobroma,...

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Don't Miss It! Week of December 5th

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Don't Miss It! Week of December 5th

• And Purple…: A trio of purples cascade from the top of the elevator tree. Three vines covered in blossoms intertwine: Morning Glory (Ipomoea indica) is a familiar warm-season introduction here, but is native to the tropical areas of the New World. Another familiar introduction is a form of Trumpet Vine—Thunbergia battiscombei. Its red-flowered cousins cover fences here in the summer. Our version is a pale lavender blue, and is...

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DBG adds a 12th official collection

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DBG adds a 12th official collection

Did you know that Denver Botanic Gardens is a museum accredited by the American Association of Museums?  We are proud to announce the addition of an ethnobotanical herbarium to the list of official museum collections at DBG.  The other collections are:

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Don't Miss It! Week of November 21st

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Don't Miss It! Week of November 21st

comes from the Greek: “encephalartos” literally means “bread in the head,” and lets you know that a starchy, bready food can be gathered from inside the round trunk. And of course “horridus” refers to its ferocious looking fronds. A Southern African native, this indoor plant loves dry heat and requires very little water. • Up on the Roof: If you haven’t been up to the Green Roof lately, I recommend bringing...

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