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Pesticides, Pollinators and IPM

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Bumblebee on hymenoxys hoopesii

In honor of National Pollinator Week (June 17-23), a discussion of pollinators, pests, and how we deal with them seems in order. As gardeners, we are aware of the insect life that surrounds our favorite plants and flowers. We anticipate the fruits of our labor a when we plant our first seedlings after frost danger has passed in spring, or sow seed for the following year before winter arrives.

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Fiber Arts at the Gardens

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 Knitting and crocheting are not just about baby booties and cozying up to the fire in the dead of winter (although, don't get me wrong, those things are very pleasant), it's also about creating something beautiful and unpredictable with textiles that might match the current season.  Yarns are now made of all kinds of wonderful materials such as bamboo, silk, soy, corn and even milk!  And we're creat

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Enjoy the first concerts of the season!

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Tony Bennett

The first concerts of the 2013 season are quickly approaching. Gardens’ member Rick Hum will again be providing us with some interesting background facts about each of the concert artists. Rick became a member of the Gardens in 2002 and has been to most of the Gardens concerts in past years. Rick has been contributing to our blog since 2009. Thanks, Rick, for sharing your pre-concert artist research with us! Time to get up and dance, everyone! Here is the post from Rick:

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Successful Composting

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Compost (photo by normanack  - Flickr)

As most Colorado gardeners know, the first step to growing strong and healthy vegetables is to have good soil; and the first step to having healthy soil is to add organic matter by way of compost. While there are many sources for purchasing finished compost, creating your own compost is often a more rewarding alternative that will allow you to divert plant material from the waste stream (compostable materials comprise a staggering one-fifth of all waste in landfills in the United States) and will improve your overall soil quality.

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Rock Gardening in the Rockies

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Rock Gardening in the Rockies

Rock gardening and xeriscaping can offer solutions to the bland stereotypes associated with water savvy landscaping. And with Colorado’s natural drought cycles, we should all be considering ways to encourage water conservation. Rock gardens are more than the name implies. Instead of being a garden of solely stone, they are in fact a tool for bringing a vignette of nature’s beauty and diversity to the home garden.  Few garden styles...

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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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