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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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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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