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A tale of two gardens....

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A tale of two gardens....

Christmas roses still blooming in May in the Old Garden at Gothenburg The Botanic Garden (Botaniska Tradgarden) has such allure that we almost didn't visit what must have been the original botanic garden in the heart of the old city: that would have been a mistake! This graceful old garden is a masterpiece of horticulture: lavish beds on all sides... Seasonal planter with bulbs and pansies I suspect the giant containers...

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"The blue hepatica blooms now...."

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"The blue hepatica blooms now...."

Masses of Hepatica nobilis for acres--mostly bright lavender blue Of course, we were looking for the brightest blue one, and bright pink ones as well--the variation in flower color was refreshing. What a wonderful way to spend a spring day? This was all a short hike from the country home of Henrik Zetterlund, long time horticulturist at Gothenburg botanic garden. Iris winogradowii in Henrik's garden I doubt you could find two...

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Hortus paradisi

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Hortus paradisi

Anemone nemorosa coming into full bloom in woods all over Sweden: floral symbol of Gothenburg botanic garden...(sublime!) Before I do that I thought I should show you the wood anemone that is blooming by the million everywhere in Sweden right now: these were taken at Gothenburg: this is the floral symbol of that garden. Not bad, eh? I think Denver Botanic Garden should have a floral symbol...the Pasqueflower, perhaps? Easter...

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Peter Korn's garden

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Peter Korn's garden

Bellevalia sp. in the bulb house Dozens of bulbous irises, fritillaries, narcissi and many more bulbs were blooming: I was enchanted with this Bellevalia--a genus allied to grape hyacinths. View of Peter Korn's rock garden Pathways and benches are provided throughout to make it accessible to the many visitors who come to admire the views and the throngs off alpine flowers.

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Nine Tips for Shopping the Spring Plant Sale

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Nine Tips for Shopping the Spring Plant Sale

The following was written by Mary Elliman, a member of this year’s Plant Preview Party committee. Planning to attend the Spring Plant Sale on May 10 and 11?  Make the most of your trip by following these nine tips from a Spring Plant Sale pro.

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Growing Berries on the Front Range

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Growing Berries on the Front Range

There is nothing like a fresh raspberry right from your very own yard.  Feeling intimidated, though, about your likelihood of success with the berries?  Come to the Gardens and learn from the pros and you can be picking your first raspberry before you know it. The easiest path to raspberry growing success is to grow the fall types. These turn a normal second year bearing plant into a plant that will...

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Lemonade gardening...

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Lemonade gardening...

Yuccarama (Yucca faxoniana and Y. thompsoniana) I doubt there are many visitors to Denver Botanic Gardens (and literally millions of people have walked by these) who haven't noticed the sculptural forms of Yuccas outside our maine Education building. When Dan Johnson first had these delivered over a decade ago from Mountain States Nursery--I was sure they would be the most expensive annuals we had every planted: I was wrong on...

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Denver Botanic Gardens Plant Sale Preview Party: Sip, Chat, Shop. Repeat.

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Denver Botanic Gardens Plant Sale Preview Party: Sip, Chat, Shop. Repeat.

The following was written by Tam O'Neil, a member of this year's Plant Sale Preview Party committee. Denver Botanic Gardens Plant Sale Preview Party has become a favorite event of mine.  This year it happens on May 9 from 4-8 p.m.  Tickets, $35 in advance ($50 at the door), are on sale now through the day of the event, if available. The event signals the end of winter and beginning of the gardening...

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DISASTER!

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DISASTER!

Fritillaria bucharica today This is what that same plant looked like today: like literally millions of plants across the Denver Metropolitan area, the "great frost of 2013" will have killed outright or at least set them back a year or two in their growth. Temperatures plunged to near 0F last Tuesday night--with only the lightest dusting of snow for most of us...disaster for the plants so far along. (I know...

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