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Nelumbo 'Rosy Clouds' lotus

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Nelumbo 'Rosy Clouds' lotus

Nelumbo 'Rosy Clouds' lotus continues to flower magnificantly in the Victoria (upper) pool. The flowers open in the morning and close in the afternoon, for three consecutive days. They are delightfully fragrant. N. 'Rosy Clouds' is an excellent lotus for Colorado Gardens.

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Garden of Dance

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Garden of Dance

Last Sunday, August 10th, Gardens visitors and I enjoyed a special treat - an amphitheater performance by the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance ensemble. Made possible by a grant from the Colorado Council on the Arts, Cleo Parker Robinson's welcoming spirit and dancers shared a positive message of unity for for everyone in the audience. Young and old alike were compelled to move - even onto the stage! I'll certainly do...

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Magenta hardy waterlily ‘James Brydon’

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Magenta hardy waterlily 'James Brydon' is now at its best in Denver Botanic Gardens' pools . . . The Gardens is famous for its stunning displays of the bowl-shaped classical Nymphaea 'James Brydon' (hybridizer: Dreer Nurseries). Now is the best time to walk around our pools and enjoy a multitude of hardy and tropical waterlilies, expertly groomed and displayed for all of our special visitors.

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‘William Mclane’ dazzles in Romantic Pool

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Rocky Mountain Legacy Collection (RMLC) tropical waterlily ‘William Mclane’ . . . The purple Nymphaea 'William McLane' (hybridizer: Florida Aquatic Nurseries) is one of eight unique outstanding waterlilies flourishing in the Romantic Pool. Bring your camera--you will want to remember this forever!

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Record Agave Blooms

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Record Agave Blooms

  Though a common occurrence in parts of the southwest, century plants  (Agave sp.),  blooming in Denver are rare. Most years there is one blooming somewhere in Denver and we all take trips to visit it and marvel at the huge flower spike. This year we are lucky enough to have three blooming here at the Gardens. Ok, so only one is the insanely tall (about 18 feet) flower spike of Agave...

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Strange things end up on my desk...

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Strange things end up on my desk...

I guess it's not a plant that is easy to love, but I can't help but admire something that has adapted so incredibly over time to the point of losing a fundamental facet of its "plantiness": it's not even green!

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A Year of Eating Locally???

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A Year of Eating Locally???

My garden has begun to provide my dinner nightly, and soon I will be going crazy trying to bottle, freeze, dry or eat everything it gives me. Eating locally is easy this time of year! If your own garden is not providing, then a dozen Farmer’s Markets are available with Colorado-grown vegetables, fruits, meat, honey, cheese, and more.

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RMLC ‘Stan Skinger’, a very special waterlily

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With a multitude of exquisite apricot-colored flowers, Nymphaea ‘Stan Skinger’ (hybridizer: Florida Aquatic Nurseries) is a super Rocky Mountain Legacy Collection (RMLC) tropical waterlily, displayed dramatically in the Romantic Gardens pool. The gorgeous, egg-shaped mottled leaves darken in Denver’s semi-arid mile-high climate.

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