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Digital Nature: An evening of multimedia art

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Thursday, Oct. 9 from 7-10 p.m. Featuring art and music by: David Fodel. Normal Ones. Natascha Seideneck & Rebecca Dolan. Cacheflowe. Corey Scott & Dafe Hughes. h.dot and little dove. Ten and Tracer. Video created for Addictive TV Mixmasters Series, 2003 Music by David Fodel This year's Urban Nature theme has been rich fodder for discussion of the interaction of the urban and natural worlds. This Thursday evening, Oct. 9, the Gardens' Education Department presents...

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Jasmine Tea and Mooncakes in Montreal

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Jasmine Tea and  Mooncakes in Montreal

Yesterday, I drank jasmine tea and ate a mooncake at the Montreal Botanical Garden; it is the season of the Magic of the Lanterns, and the Chinese Garden is adorned with many colorful and graceful figures that have been designed in Montreal and made in Shanghai. They are filled with lights in the evening. It’s a big event and draws massive crowds of all ages. My new colleagues are very happy...

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Natives in fall

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Natives in fall

The benefits of growing native plants are many - they are easy to grow, they increase native biodiversity, they reduce the risk of introducing invasives, and they use little water to name a few. In fall though, probably more than any other time of year, the overriding reason is their beauty.

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Leaves of Grass: Autumnal bounty

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Leaves of Grass: Autumnal bounty

Is it a coincidence that Walt Whitman named his revolutionary collection of poetry "Leaves of Grass"? Grass is the dominant vegetation in our region, and ornamental grasses have revolutionized horticulture across America in recent decades. If I had to pick a favorite grass, right now I would have to say that Giant Sacaton (Sporobolus wrightii) jostles at the top of my list with Indian Grass (Sorghastrum nutans) and a dozen or more other contenders.

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The call of the compost heap...

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I was once jokingly asked by a co-worker in a previous career if I was going to answer 'the call of the compost heap' and quit my job to garden full time. It seems that this turned out to be closer to the truth than I thought at the time. Do you compost your kitchen and garden waste at home? If you do you are already aware of the reduction in...

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Are Plants Important?

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Are plants important? If so, why? These seem like odd questions considering my career, but they have been on my mind a lot lately. To me plants are part of who I am; I have no interest in a planet without wild areas, without diversity, these are the things that give life color. Recent conversations have indicated that many people do not feel this way and want justification for spending resources...

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Why Baby Vegetables are a Luxury, and Other Thoughts on Preparing for Winter

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Why Baby Vegetables are a Luxury, and Other Thoughts on Preparing for Winter

Preparing for winter? Yes, I've been thinking about winter for a couple months now, ever since I decided to try to eat more local foods. I won't be limiting myself to eating only foods grown in Colorado, especially over the winter, but I am wanting to pay more attention to where my food comes from. And, I have extra incentive, since local foods tend to be cheaper these days than foods relying on expensive long-distance transportation!

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