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Trail of Lights Family Fun

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Trail of Lights Family Fun

Last night Denver Botanic Gardens wowed visitors at the Member-Only preview of this new holiday lights event at Chatfield. My family and I were among the many who enjoyed the spectacular display and country charm nestled in the foothills. Complete with the new children's Discovery area, historic wagons, and a kids' craft - we all enjoyed a new tradition to kick off the season. My thanks to all the staff, volunteers,...

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

On this Thanksgiving Day as I ponder all the things I am thankful for, one that comes to the forefront is how fortunate I am to work at the Denver Botanic Gardens. With a mission of connecting people with plants, along with my team of talented horticulturists, I have the unique opportunity to reach the lives of others through plants.  Humans are innately connected to other living organisms. In his...

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Madagascar’s Spiny Forest

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Madagascar’s Spiny Forest

  During my current visit to Madagascar, I had the enviable opportunity to visit the unique spiny desert ecosystem, located in the south and southwestern part of the country. What amazing diversity! Hot though it may have been, I am sure glad I made the time to visit this unique forest, which is home to many of Madagascar’s endemic species. The landscape is dominated by plants belonging to the family Didieraceae. Noteworthy are...

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Nymphaea 'St. Louis Gold'

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Nymphaea 'St. Louis Gold'

The brilliant yellow tropical waterlily Nymphaea ‘St. Louis Gold’ is lighting up the propagation greenhouse at Denver Botanic Gardens. Possibly the brightest yellow waterlily of all, ‘St. Louis Gold’ was hybridized by the legendary Dr. George H. Pring. With ample light and water temperatures above 70 degrees, tropical waterlilies can flower even during the winter months, adding fragrance and excitement to your home or greenhouse.

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News in Plant Science: Annuals turned Perennial

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News in Plant Science: Annuals turned Perennial

Every gardener visiting a nursery knows what they're looking for based on a basic distinction: annuals or perennials. What if the categories weren't so clear? Scientists have discovered that it is just two genes that determine whether a plant is annual or perennial.

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Manahòana from Madagascar!

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Manahòana from Madagascar!

Walking though the streets of Tana today, I can’t help but notice the cultural diversity of this city. The traffic is horrendous with street vendors peddling their wares to anyone that they can get their attention of. Mangoes are in season with a multitude of varieties on display. The hillsides are dotted purple with the Jacaranda in full bloom. Other flowering trees I recognize are the orange blooms of Erythrina...

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Music from Agaves and Corn DNA?

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Music from Agaves and Corn DNA?

Last night I decided to check out the Digital Nature event here at the Gardens. My understanding from Rachel's blog was that it was a digital art event with a focus on how technology does not have to be separate from nature. I really did not know what to expect but ended up attending what was probably the coolest event we have ever had here at the gardens. What was great...

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