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Compost Happens

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Compost Happens

Thanks to the green team volunteers for helping us compost this weekend at summer concerts! 

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Top 100 Botany Blogs

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Thank you, Online College Blog, for including us in your Top 100 list of botany blogs. We are honored by this acknowledgment. Our blog started in February 2008--we've come a long way in such a short time! Enjoy exploring the list. "Students of botany and amateur plant enthusiasts alike can take advantage of the information offered up by these bloggers." Look for us under Botanic Gardens, #98.

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Plant Carnivory: Role Reversal from Prey to Predator

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Plant Carnivory: Role Reversal from Prey to Predator

Typically plants fall at the bottom of the food chain, eaten by almost all other creatures. The exceptions to the rule are the carnivorous plants, displaying a role reversal from prey to predator. These plants have developed evolutionary mechanisms to trap insects and digest them in order to survive in the nutrient poor habitats they grow in. There are about 600 species of carnivorous plants belonging to 7 families and...

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A mention of gentians...

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A mention of gentians...

Gentiana paradoxa x septemfida Mention gentians, and die-hard wildflower lovers will sigh, or maybe even squeak with delight. No group of native wildflowers elicits such deep emotional devotion (except maybe columbines...but I digress). There are fantastic gentians growing across the world's high mountains blooming from earliest spring to the last bitterly cold nights of early winter. But August to me is gentian month in Colorado. Two gentians especially fill my garden at...

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Tips For Your Trips

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Ambassador Jan here! Summer is in full bloom and we look forward to seeing you at the Gardens soon. We want to help make your experience as magical and enjoyable as possible, so here are tips for planning and preparing for your next visit: Come early or come late to avoid crowds. Come the minute we open, or come two hours or so before we close. Come on a weekday if possible....

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