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Winter Wonderland

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Winter Wonderland

   John Temple’s column in the Rocky Mountain News today, ‘Simple moments, rich rewards’ was very inspiring. Not just because I work at Denver Botanic Gardens, but also because the article hits it in the nail regarding the little things in life that really matter. Every morning I look out my kitchen window and the sight of geese in the golf course behind my house or the Daphne that still refuses...

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'Pink Ribbon' waterlily sends holiday wishes

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'Pink Ribbon' waterlily sends holiday wishes

‘Pink Ribbon,’ a Wonderful Christmas Wish…Time flies and before you know it the waterlilies will be doing their thing again, flowering profusely and brightening the lives of  people world-wide. The brilliant pink hardy waterlily Nymphaea ‘Pink Ribbon’ (hybridizer: Songpanich) was a hit once more in the summer of 2008 at Denver Botanic Gardens. A portion of the sales of ‘Pink Ribbon’ goes to the Susan G. Komen Cancer Foundation in the fight against breast cancer.

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A REAL Trail of Lights!

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A REAL Trail of Lights!

Trail of Lights on member night . . . As we drove onto Deer Creek Canyon Road, my breath was taken away for a minute. Just imagine seeing the lights all aglow in the depths of a dark field, with the crescent moon glowing over the entire scene. Even viewing the car lights snaking down into the valley was surprising—making for another trail of lights! What an amazing sight. My family...

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Wonder

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Wonder

Meanwhile, the gracefulness particular to this season takes shape through a delicate choreography, and nature continues her cyclical, imperfect journey. Recently, I saw a dragonfly clinging to leaves and branches near the Gates Montane Garden, its tattered, iridescent wings prismatic in the sunlight.  Elsewhere in the Gardens, the coralberries, pink as Jordan almonds, and the hot tamale-red pomes on the crabapples, remind me of the beads of an African necklace. ...

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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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