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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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I have a confession to make.

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To protect the innocent, I must omit the name of the involved party, in this case, a plant. A beautiful temptress of a plant. I was compelled to pull it close to my face to take a deep sniff of a gorgeous bloom. Alas, like so many beauties, there was no scent. But getting that close allowed me to see a glistening drop of nectar at the flower’s center, I...

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Jade Vine Still Blooming

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Jade Vine Still Blooming

Just an update: I thought it was finishing (first photo above), this green-blossomed liana of a legume shows that it has the long haul in mind.  I've discovered that there are several more inflorescences on the jade vine (Strongylodon macrobotrys) and that you might be able to see it bloom either upstairs or down in the Conservatory.  The staff and volunteers at the Information Desk assure me they have people...

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