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A Busy Day

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A Busy Day

Wow!  That was a fantastic Earth Day.  About 6,000 people passed through the Gardens, seeing, learning and enjoying. It's a chance for the Gardens to show its special strengths, like the Water-Smart Garden (above).  The Mayor visited to launch the Denver Daisy (Rudbeckia 'Denver Daisy') and many people took notice, including the Denver Post.  300,000 seed packets could mean that the city is covered in them by the end of summer. I...

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A Fire Renews: See the Results for Earth Day

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A Fire Renews: See the Results for Earth Day

  Remember that photographic puzzler I posted? Well, yes, the answer seems to have been widely known: the Laura Smith Porter Plains Garden was undergoing its every-few-years renewal burning. The other, exciting picture above captures a bit of the day, and the other shows blackened swaths. The sedate pictures below reveal the exciting success of the burn.    

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Sustainability Fair comes with a Green Discount

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Sustainability Fair comes with a Green Discount

Today the Gardens were just lovely! I took advantage the great weather and strolled past blossoming trees and bulbs, bursting buds and leafing limbs, everything downright wonderful. What a contrast from Wednesday night! I guess when the weather is so beautiful, the wisdom of carpe diem becomes obvious.  Seize the day and enjoy the Gardens right now because its changing every day. True, it always changes every day, but the changes are especially numerous right now.

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It's snow lovely

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It's snow lovely

Wednesday's sudden snow may have been inconvenient for an evening commute, but it sure was lovely. Members who turned out for their night got a real treat, as long as they enjoyed the snow.  I popped out and grabbed a few shots before the flakes melted into my clothes.  Wednesday night was also the first time that Urban Nature has been on display for an audience.  Congratulations to everyone who put that together! ...

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New Look at Home

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New Look at Home

I can't imagine most people who find this page won't have already discovered our home page has a new look. But it does, and so I want to say congratulations to everyone who brought it together!

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Jewel of a Jade Vine

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Jewel of a Jade Vine

The jade vine is in full bloom! There are two long, hanging columns of flowers right now, with a few more to go.  Green flowers have the reputation of being subtle, but this is really wild!  I was up on the mezzanine, and a cluster of garden visitors was exclaiming over it.  We agreed that describing them as "green just doesn't really cover it."Since my previous post quoting Nick Snakenberg, the...

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For the birds

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For the birds

  One quiet afternoon recently, I took a walk in the garden and discovered how popular it was with the local birds.  Many rested in high branches but others accepted my presence at roughly eye level.  It doesn't mean they posed for the camera. I certainly needed the practice try to catch moving targets. The birds above are a northern flicker, a robin and house finches in a tree, a chickadee (that came remarkably close...

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It's a wonderful, bulbous life

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It's a wonderful, bulbous life

When I wrote that bulbs have a tough life, I was looking at only one side of the story.  They have a wonderful life!  Just look at the exuberant Iris and Crocus and how they add color and exuberance to the early spring landscape.  They were under the snow earlier this week, but they really shook it off and kept going.

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Urban Nature is on its Way

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Urban Nature is on its Way

I saw works by a few of the artists contributing this summer's Urban Nature exhibit here at Denver Botanic Gardens on York Street just recently. Their work is so striking! Unfortunately, the official announcement of the material is still under wraps so all I can say is "It's gonna be great! Stay tuned!"

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