Escapism!

Escapism!

December 22, 2009 | Panayoti Kelaidis
Winter Beauty  in the Rock Alpine Garden

Winter Beauty in the Rock Alpine Garden

December 21, 2009 | Mike Kintgen
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...Read more
Berry Holiday!

Berry Holiday!

December 21, 2009 | Panayoti Kelaidis
Okay, the berries aren't bright red, but they are certainly festive and are worthy to deck my halls! I am always mystified that anything as gorgeous as European Mountain ash ( Sorbus aucuparia ) is really not that frequently planted. Our native mountain ash is essentially non-existent in gardens...Read more
Don’t Miss It! Week of December 19th

Don’t Miss It! Week of December 19th

December 18, 2009 | Ellen Hertzman
• 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...Read more
Catch up time!

Catch up time!

December 16, 2009 | Panayoti Kelaidis
The idea of living in a tropical or subtropical region is appealing enough when the thermometer plunges and you have a hard time starting the car...but when would you ever have time to sort through your pictures, file away those stacks of papers or savor the summer just passed? This is when I...Read more
Don’t Miss It! Week of December 12th

Don’t Miss It! Week of December 12th

December 12, 2009 | Ellen Hertzman
• 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...Read more
Hardy in Denver?

Hardy in Denver?

December 9, 2009 | Panayoti Kelaidis
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,...Read more
Holy Cacao! Making Chocolate with Your Child

Holy Cacao! Making Chocolate with Your Child

December 7, 2009 | Josie Hart Genter
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...Read more
Don't Miss It! Week of December 5th

Don't Miss It! Week of December 5th

December 5, 2009 | Ellen Hertzman
• 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...Read more
Is it spring yet?.....

Is it spring yet?.....

December 3, 2009 | Panayoti Kelaidis
I realize that here in Ski country it's not always popular to complain when the thermometer plummets and your back is saying "enough white stuff already!"...we inveterate gardeners frankly can't wait for spring. How accommodating it is to have crocuses! I took this picture in the Rock Alpine Garden...Read more

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