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Why do leaves change color in the Fall?

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Why do leaves change color in the Fall?

So, what causes the change in leaf color? In leaves, both the green chlorophyll and the yellow-orange carotenoid pigments occur within the chloroplasts. Since there are more chlorophyll pigments than the carotenoid pigments, the leaves appear green. In the fall, the chlorophyll pigments decompose allowing the caretenoids to express themselves as orange and yellow. In some plants, the leaf cells produce red pigments, the anthocyanins. In these leaves, once the...

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The Return of the High-Altitude Gardener

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The Return of the High-Altitude Gardener

At long last the High-Altitude Gardener has returned to the Denver Botanic Gardens Web site. This searchable online database features some of the favorite plants of the Gardens' horticulture staff that are also some of the best plants to grow in this region. You can link to the High-Altitude Gardener by clicking on one of the images above or look for it on the Gardens' Web site under Gardening Resources.

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Don't Miss It! Week of Sept. 28

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Don't Miss It! Week of Sept. 28

A few things to see in the Gardens this week... • Pods and Berries: The Rose Garden Pergola supports two remarkable versions of Porcelain Berry Vine (Ampelopsis)—a variegated and a green leaf version. The really cool thing, though, is the berries, which can be purple, turquoise, magenta, green, and orange—all at the same time!

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Last Weekend for Dinosaurs!

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Last Weekend for Dinosaurs!

Be sure to take advantage of great weather this weekend to see the “Jurassic Gardens” Exhibit one last time. The popular exhibition runs through Wednesday, Sept. 30. Kids of all ages love hunting for these prehistoric creatures on the grounds. You'll find life-sized, realistic dinosaurs at our York Street location. Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield hosts giant prehistoric bugs. Come see them before the exhibit is extinct!

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Don't Miss It! Week of Sept. 21

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Don't Miss It! Week of Sept. 21

Fall is an amazing time in the Gardens! Be sure to take advantage of blue skies and cooler temperatures--come to the Gardens and enjoy these beauties.  Here are a few things to look for this week. Cultivars ‘Indian Chief,’ ‘Brilliant,’ ‘Purple Emperor,’ and ‘Autumn Fire’ give you an idea of the color palate you can see in these tough, xeric plants. And as a ground cover, Sedum ‘Angelina’ can’t be topped for...

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The Wisdom of Mutual Discovery

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The Wisdom of Mutual Discovery

Ambassador Jan here! Wanna know a little secret of mine? I actually do not know the names of ALL the plants at Denver Botanic Gardens. That’s right. I’ll give you a minute to get over the shock….

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Let the Games Continue III

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Let the Games Continue III

A cool and rainy summer brings a different, yet inspiring water garden display to Denver Botanic Gardens. Visitors traversing the Gardens from the southeast corner are again treated to the soothing magical sounds of water, waterlilies galore and dramatic reflections. Romantic Garden Pool A ninth member to the RMLC was added this year. The versatile and beautiful white waterlily from nearby Berkeley Lake, was christened N. ‘Bea Taplin’ by Chief Executive Officer Brian...

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