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How do we care for collections during construction?

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How do we care for collections during construction?

According to Botanic Gardens Conservation International, botanic gardens are defined as “institutions holding documented collections of living plants for the purposes of scientific research, conservation, display and education.” Plant collections form the heart and soul of a botanic garden and how we care for them determines our integrity and credibility as a botanical institution. So, how are we caring for our collections during all our current construction projects? At Denver...

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Featured Garden of the Week: Schlessman Plaza and Fragrance Garden

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Featured Garden of the Week: Schlessman Plaza and Fragrance Garden

My favorite garden this week is the Schlessman Plaza and Fragrance Garden, which along with the El Pomar Waterway and the O’Fallon Perennial Walk constitutes the Romantic Gardens. This garden is currently at peak bloom and the newly painted stucco walls provide a bold background that helps the plants pop out in the beds. This garden was designed as a traditional pleasure garden providing a romantic setting for weddings and...

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Featured Garden of the Week: Sho-Fu-En (Japanese Garden) – Celebrating 30 years

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Featured Garden of the Week: Sho-Fu-En (Japanese Garden) – Celebrating 30 years

Denver Botanic Gardens’ Japanese Garden is an authentic traditional Japanese garden reflecting the unique environment of its Colorado setting. The garden is named Sho-Fu-En, meaning “garden of the pines and wind,” both of which are typical of the natural environment of Colorado. The main feature of this garden is the abundant use of beautifully aged character pines, Pinus ponderosa, collected and donated by members of the Rocky Mountain Bonsai Club....

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Featured Garden of the Week: Roads Water-Smart Garden

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Featured Garden of the Week: Roads Water-Smart Garden

Standing as testimony that gardening in Colorado does not have to be dull and boring is the Roads Water-Smart Garden, which is currently bursting in color. Bursts of yellow, purple, pink, orange and white are dotted throughout this garden. Meticulously cared for by our Curator of Native Plants, Dan Johnson, this garden is a showcase of what a garden could look like in Colorado with the selection of the right...

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Featured Garden of the Week: Lilac Garden

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Featured Garden of the Week: Lilac Garden

Denver Botanic Gardens is home to over 300 taxa (which includes hybrids and cultivars) of about 69 species of Iris. This diversity is distributed throughout the Gardens, though a majority is displayed in the Lilac Garden. Situated almost in the middle of our grounds, the irises in this garden are currently at their peak flowering stage. A few lilacs that did not get zapped by our late spring frost are...

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Do You Miss The Cloud Forest Tree?

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Do You Miss The Cloud Forest Tree?

Do you miss the beautiful orchid displays from the Cloud Forest Tree?  In order to satisfy your orchid fix before the new greenhouse complex is complete and the orchids return to display, come see many of them as preserved specimens in the Kathryn Kalmbach Herbarium.

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Blooming on a Sunny Afternoon

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Blooming on a Sunny Afternoon

Early mornings in the gardens are definitely  peaceful and cool, however some gardens, like some people, are not at their best until well after lunchtime. The south end of Dryland Mesa is currently one of these gardens and the cacti flowers, which are at their peak right now, are definitely late risers, refusing to open until the sun is at its fullest. Admittedly an early morning visit does have the reward...

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Springing into Spring with your Dog

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Springing into Spring with your Dog

To this date, our most popular post continues to be one that Elizabeth Bublitz of Paw-Friendly Landscapes wrote on 'Paw-Friendly Gardening.' Luckily for us, she is back in blogging mode and sending us new posts! Here is one for those of you who have or want to install a garden fence. If you enjoy Elizabeth's posts, be sure to check out her class on August 13 at the Gardens (visit our calendar page to register!). Healthy Fences

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