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Pitcher Plant

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Plant diversity is wonderfully expressed by the many exciting pitcher plant cultivars (Sarracenia cvs.). S. ‘Judith Hindel’ grows up to 24 inches and, liking a touch of sun, is displayed nicely at the Gardens Information Desk and Fly Trap Feast. Bright and showy, this popular pitcher plant captures insects, devouring them and absorbing the nutrients.

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Amazing Transformation

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Amazing Transformation

Early this spring around mid-March, the native Plains Garden at Denver Botanic Gardens underwent a simulated version of a vital ecological process of the shortgrass prairie -- FIRE. Fire is important in maintaining the structure and diversity of the shortgrass prairie ecosystem. Since human settlement, fire suppression has lead to the alteration of vegetation composition of the shortgrass prairie and the resulting biotic interactions. The prescribed burn at the Gardens performed...

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purple, yellow, orange, white -- nature's palette

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I got back to my desk after a lunch meeting today, and there was a message from a co-worker saying I must go look at the northern portion of the Cottonwood Border because it looked “absolutely stunning.” How could I possibly sit down to work at my computer after a statement like that. So off I went to check it out. The Cottonwood Border (part of Western...

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Missing Parking Spaces

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Attention! Two car parking spaces have gone missing in Denver Botanic Gardens' parking lot, between York and Josephine Streets. Apparently those two spaces were replaced by ribbons of sturdy black metal bars called “bike racks.” They say that these racks can accommodate up to 28 bicycles. However, so far only a few of those wonderful machines have been spotted utilizing these new racks. Summer has kicked in, so why...

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What is your favorite plant?

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What is your favorite plant?

  This is a question I get asked quite frequently. To me as a horticulturist and a plant lover, it is a very complex question to answer. It is like asking a mom to choose her favorite child. Each plant has its own unique individuality from its growth habit to flower color, some desirable and others not quite so. Trialing various plants to determine their adaptability to a particular region is...

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Jade Vine Winds Down after Extraordinary Performance

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Jade Vine Winds Down after Extraordinary Performance

Did the jade vine's blooms reach June?  Maybe...  But I didn't see it.  The end of May appears to have brought the the end of the blooming run.  Still, that's almost twice the time I first expected.  Nick Snakenberg, Curator of Orchids, is the man who originally sent out the word that this legume was starting something remarkable.  He had been thinking that perhaps it was not suitable for the conservatory,...

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Spring Showers - A Mixed Blessing for your Dog?

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Well, it seems that our recent guest blog by Elizabeth Bublitz on 'Paw-friendly gardening' was a popular topic, judging by the busy comment queue! Luckily for us, Elizabeth is turning out to be an enthusiastic blogger. In addition to taking the time to respond to comments (thank you!), she has plenty more to teach us about making our gardens as safe and friendly as possible for our cherished pets. With all the...

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