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A Huge Thank You to Volunteers!

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A Huge Thank You to Volunteers!

On behalf of the entire staff of Denver Botanic Gardens we want to thank all our Pumpkin Festival volunteers for the time, energy, and incredible enthusiasm you contributed to the 21st Annual Pumpkin Festival. The weather was amazing and so were you!

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Creating Community: Seedlings Classes

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Creating Community: Seedlings Classes

This is a time where kids from ages 3-5 can get together, have fun and explore the wonders of nature.  Their parents also have fun with one another and find camaraderie in the fact that their children are learning not only to appreciate nature, but also how to interact with nature and preserve its beauty. 

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Don't Miss It! Week of October 17th

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Don't Miss It! Week of October 17th

• But to enjoy the season at its best, now is the time to step back from individual plants and admire sweeps of color and texture. Enjoy the reds and golds, browns and greens. Plenty of beautiful leaves remain: Korean Spice Viburnum (Viburnum carlesii) and Rowan (Sorbus aucuparia) in the Birds and Bees Garden,   • Favorite lunch spot this week: The Knot Garden is looking fairly untouched by the hard frost. Pick a bench...

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Forest on Fire!!!

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Forest on Fire!!!

Here is a picture of Judy Sellers in one of her typical wild habitats! In addition to being a long time volunteer and supporter of DBG, Judy is a landscape designer and active environmental steward, prominent in the Nature Conservancy and Garden Club of America, among many other organizations. She has written the text for Colorado Wild, a stunning tribute to nature in Colorado.

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Sam Mitchel Herbarium of Fungi Dedication

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Sam Mitchel Herbarium of Fungi Dedication

Dr. Duane H. "Sam" Mitchel (1917-1993) was a medical doctor by training. He turned a love of wild fungi into a second profession in 1965 when he established a collection of preserved fungi at Denver Botanic Gardens. He donated his time, equipment and supplies to create the foundation of our mycological lab; the first with proper documentation of collections for this region. Dr. Mitchel’s initial collection of almost 4,000 specimens...

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Conkers anyone?

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Conkers anyone?

Every time someone asks me "what are the shiny brown things?" that they got from the  ground underneath the Ohio buckeye (Aesculus glabra), I wonder what they did as kids in the fall.  I grew up in England where we had horse chestnuts (Aesculus hippocastanum), very similar trees but bigger and with spiny fruit casings instead of the smoother ones in the picture. The fruit inside look the same though. We...

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Beautiful, Sunny, and Temperatures in the 70's!

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That's the prediction for this weekend's Pumpkin Festival. It looks like we will have perfect weather, but we can't do it without you! We really need your help this weekend. We especially need Entrance Cashiers from 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. or noon - 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. If you have some prior cashier experience please consider this position! There are many other positions available also such as attendance counters, beverage...

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Another Great Water Conservation gem

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Another Great Water Conservation gem

But there is much much more to savor: another large quadrangle featuring most of the Plant Select palette combined with many other perennials, grasses and annuals. The annuals had  been largely crisped by recent frosts when I visited: I was intrigued that the Octagonal xeriscape beds, however, showed hardly any frost damage: they were resplendent by contrast, showing that the watersmart style promoted by Denver Botanic Gardens is a great...

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