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A Major Milestone in the Gardens’ Herbarium

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A Major Milestone in the Gardens’ Herbarium

This post was written by Herbarium Database Assistant Sarah Snow. We just snapped our 10,000th photo in the Kathryn Kalmbach Herbarium! Since the beginning of February, we have been working in conjunction with several fantastic volunteers to systematically photograph each specimen within the collection. These images will then be added to our online database (SEINet) to increase awareness of and access to this valuable resource. By housing the images online, the...

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Bringing World Water Day Home

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Bringing World Water Day Home

Friday, March 22, 2013 is World Water Day – it has been since the United Nations declared it so in 1993. As Denver and Colorado head into a seemingly imminent drought this summer, the typical global calls-to-action this day evokes may indeed be trumped by the need to act locally to conserve the world’s most precious resource. Denver Water has declared a stage 2 drought, which means mandatory water use restrictions for...

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The Best Time to Be a Member

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The Best Time to Be a Member

Winter is almost over, however there are still lots of options for enjoying the Gardens. Be sure to see some of the thousands of spring bulbs that are starting to bloom throughout the Gardens! The Mordecai Children’s Garden just opened for the season. If you have kids, the Children’s Garden is an obvious choice to visit because of the swaying bridge, the mini-theater, and the view of the Gardens and the Rocky Mountains...

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Cactus and Succulents Galore!

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Cactus and Succulents Galore!

I can't guarantee that you will find this Aloe at our spectacular annual Colorado Cactus and Succulent Society sale, but I can guarantee you that there will be thousands of different succulents arrayed magnificently for your perusal (and purchase!) at the  Gardens this weekend. Saturday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. I sometimes think that spring will not arrive if you don't come and visit this wonderful sale...and...

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Bulbs are blooming at Denver Botanic Gardens!

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Bulbs are blooming at Denver Botanic Gardens!

What I enjoy most about early blooming bulbs is the element of surprise. I am not sure why, but each year these early performers seem to bloom intensely and catch me off guard. The flower size seems so large for the small leaves of the plant, and the fact that they naturalize and produce colorful carpets in March is an added bonus. A true delight in any garden is the dwarf...

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Which Hazel? Woody Plants for an Early Spring

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Which Hazel?  Woody Plants for an Early Spring

It’s early March, and though we’ll probably (hopefully) get another snowstorm or two before the growing season proper, the momentum of springtime is undeniable.  Early bulbs like crocus, snowdrops, and adonis are flowering, and leaves of their later counterparts are peeking through the soil. Flowering bulbs are a hallmark of spring, but some shrubs and trees are equal heralds of the season.  One of the earliest to flower is the witch...

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Zoologist endorses plants!

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Zoologist endorses plants!

There are not many people living today who have made as enormous a contribution to the well being of Planet Earth as Jane Goodall: E.O. Wilson, perhaps. And we botanic gardeners must pay our respects to Peter Raven. Jane has not only focused the awareness of Science on the plight of the creature most closely related to Human Beings, she has worked tirelessly to make the natural environment a priority for everyone. And she has made her work look effortless and joyful.

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Open Book Test for our Members

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How do I get started xeriscaping my yard? Is it too early to start aerating my lawn? When should I start my vegetables from seed? Are there any good murder-mystery novels that involve my interest in horticulture? If you’ve asked yourself any or all of those questions, and you are a member of Denver Botanic Gardens, fear not. The area’s best resource on these topics and so much more, the Helen...

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Oh! To be in England....

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Oh! To be in England....

We shall get back to Adrian and Rosemary Bloom in a moment... But to digress... About this time of year I'm ready to go just about anywhere. Not that the tans, browns, grays, silvers (and did I mention browns?) of Colorado winter don't have their subtle charms, but I think all of us are ready for a big dollop of GREEN! And what is greener than England?

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A Week at the Huntington Botanical Gardens

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A Week at the Huntington Botanical Gardens

In the coming year, I’ll be working with horticulture staff to create three small interactive exhibits in the Gardens on various topics. My favorite experiences of gardening and plant biology have always been hands-on activities, from planting, watering, and weeding to microscopy, dissections, and DNA extraction. I’m hoping some visitors to the Gardens will get to know plants in a whole new way.

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