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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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Featured Garden of the Week: All-America Selections (AAS) Garden

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Featured Garden of the Week: All-America Selections (AAS) Garden

  Though seasonal displays can be seen throughout the Gardens, the only significant display of annuals at Denver Botanic Gardens is found in the AAS Garden. Featuring premier annuals from the All-America Selections program, this garden is in spectacular form at this time and was artistically designed by Senior Horticulturist Maria Bumgarner. Through trials throughout the country, the AAS program each year introduces superior varieties proven to be excellent garden performers...

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Spice up your August with OREGANOS!

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Spice up your August with OREGANOS!

My xeriscape at home is a tragedy right now: masses of giant larkspur, horned poppies, mullein--all twice as big as they should be--all flopping and smothering any little gems below. Depressing. But in my back yard my rock work is garlanded and festooned, embellished and just plain SAVED by that herb of grace, Oregano. I'm not talking about culinary oregano (Origanum vulgare var. hirtum), which I have down by my...

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What is a Gardens' Ambassador?

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What is a Gardens' Ambassador?

Ambassador Jan here! When you think of DBG and spread the word about us, it is our utmost wish that “Welcome” is the first thing that comes to your mind. And this is where I come in. I guess you could say that I come in where YOU come in!

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