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Rare Opportunity.

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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...

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Winter Beauty in the Rock Alpine Garden

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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...

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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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