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Lemonade gardening...

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Lemonade gardening...

Yuccarama (Yucca faxoniana and Y. thompsoniana) I doubt there are many visitors to Denver Botanic Gardens (and literally millions of people have walked by these) who haven't noticed the sculptural forms of Yuccas outside our maine Education building. When Dan Johnson first had these delivered over a decade ago from Mountain States Nursery--I was sure they would be the most expensive annuals we had every planted: I was wrong on...

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Denver Botanic Gardens Plant Sale Preview Party: Sip, Chat, Shop. Repeat.

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Denver Botanic Gardens Plant Sale Preview Party: Sip, Chat, Shop. Repeat.

The following was written by Tam O'Neil, a member of this year's Plant Sale Preview Party committee. Denver Botanic Gardens Plant Sale Preview Party has become a favorite event of mine.  This year it happens on May 9 from 4-8 p.m.  Tickets, $35 in advance ($50 at the door), are on sale now through the day of the event, if available. The event signals the end of winter and beginning of the gardening...

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DISASTER!

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DISASTER!

Fritillaria bucharica today This is what that same plant looked like today: like literally millions of plants across the Denver Metropolitan area, the "great frost of 2013" will have killed outright or at least set them back a year or two in their growth. Temperatures plunged to near 0F last Tuesday night--with only the lightest dusting of snow for most of us...disaster for the plants so far along. (I know...

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It’s the year of Catalyst

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It’s the year of Catalyst

So many things serve as catalysts at the Gardens. The most important, of course, is Mother Nature. Changing light and temperature provokes massive changes throughout, from the inklings of crocus to the ripening of vegetables. Scientists nestled behind our greenhouses combine plant cells with a growing medium and a controlled environment to propagate an unlimited number of new plants. Classes, from the New Gardener Boot Camp to Botanic Illustration, stimulate all...

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Plant Instant Gratification from the Plant Preview Sale

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Plant Instant Gratification from the Plant Preview Sale

The following was written by Nina Sisk, a member of this year's Plant Preview Party committee. Perhaps nothing is as satisfying in gardening as planting containers and window boxes in the spring. Just select an interesting mix of plants stick them in the designated pot or window box and step back to admire your handiwork. Voila!  The hardest part of the task just might be selecting the right plants.  The Plant...

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"Nature's first green is gold"

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"Nature's first green is gold"

A cautious Coloradoan would cut branches tomorrow of any forsythias in the garden. The more branches you cut, the less likely the remaining branches you leave behind will freeze (don't ask me why--it's superstition I suspect)... Euphorbia cyparissius This more chartreuse shade of yellow is what I really think of in early spring. The Euphorbias have gotten a bad rap--this and the next have both been declared noxious weeds in many...

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They're off and running!

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They're off and running!

closeup of Iris 'Katharine Hodgkin' If you grow but one reticulate iris, may I recommend 'Katharine Hodgkin'? I tell her full story elsewhere more expansively. Because she is a hybrid between two rather distinct species, she possesses what botanists call heterosis, or hybrid vigor. She has formed wonderful clumps in the O'Fallon Perennial Walk that are in peak form right now. Our horticulturists have planted her liberally throughout both sides...

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For tipsy gardeners everywhere!

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For tipsy gardeners everywhere!

I have observed over the years that horticulturists around the world seem to share certain characteristics. Most gardeners I know love food and are often great cooks. And we do seem to have a fondness for certain...shall we say....hmmmmmmm.....spirits? My brother-in-law, Earl Sampson, gave me a copy of Amy Stewart's latest book for my birthday, which finally explains the phenomenon to me. Of course, practically everything we imbibe consists of...

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