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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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Green Roof – a year-and-a-half later

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Green Roof – a year-and-a-half later

The green roof at Denver Botanic Gardens opened in November 2007. Within a year and a half, this garden has established very well creating a green space where once was a regular cemented roof. Situated above our former gift shop (soon to become a bistro), this one-of-a-kind green roof features native and drought tolerant plants that thrive well in our semi-arid climate with limited water. The green roof was initially established...

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A Fun Summer Party: Garden Grapes & Hops

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Are you looking for something fun to do this summer? For a reasonable price you can experience myriad of local fare, beverages, and lively entertainment! In the mood for ice cream? Or beer? Or wine? Or Italian, Indian food and more? Check out restaurants such as Steuben’s, Bombay Clay Oven, Lik’s Ice Cream, and many more! Enjoy the sounds of Chris Daniels and the Kings as you meander through 15...

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The New Community Garden: An Urban Community Treasure

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After much anticipation, the community garden plots were laid out this week. The creation of this garden has taken well over a year. Back and forth negotiations with Denver Water to acquire their property at Congress Park, community meetings, planning and implementation, all these have been truly a joint effort by many people. [gallery] Last year, the community gardeners at Denver Botanic Gardens’ Waring/Gaylord Community Garden were requested to clear their...

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Wetting the Appetite with a Classical Tropical Waterlily

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Wetting the Appetite with a Classical Tropical Waterlily

We are all anxious and ready for the fireworks to begin. The exotic tropical waterlilies are planted in 7 gal. containers in mid-June at Denver Botanic Gardens, when the water temperature remains over 70 degrees F. Nymphaea ‘Aquarius’ is one of our very special “historical” tropical waterlilies. The plants are started from tubers in March or April. Our exciting new greenhouse complex will include a state-of- the-art propagation facility.

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The dinosaurs are arriving!

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The dinosaurs are arriving!

Installation of the life-size dinosaur sculptures started today at York Street. It is amazing to see how realistic they appear. Our talented horticulture and operations staff are doing everything possible to make it seem like our prehistoric guests actually are at home roaming the Gardens. Plant displays will showcase prehistoric plants and their modern relatives.   "Jurassic Gardens" opens on April 17.  

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A Little Color on a Drab Day

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A Little Color on a Drab Day

Easter dawned today gray and drizzly--not what we might hope for on an April Sunday. A few brave souls are visiting the Gardens, where our newest exhibit--Jurassic Gardens--is being installed. But I have a quiet moment to post a little color.

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