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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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Snowdrop time...

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Snowdrop time...

Galanthus elwesii at Denver Botanic Gardens The plant that now constitute our most robust colony behind the Succulent House along the Cheesman gate were originally used as "fillers" in a lobby court display: I rescued them and planted a couple dozen bulbs some twenty years ago. Each bulb has proliferated and this is now beginning to make quite a spectacle. Starting up just now (go check it out!). Here you can see...

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Beyond mere garden gnomes...

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Beyond mere garden gnomes...

I am always amazed at how contemporary and fresh some of the ancient Chinese gardens look: here the gateway is very crisp and modern looking, and the extravaganza inside is all rigorously designed and yet somehow wild and natural all at once. Everyone seems to be charmed with these cuddly lions in the Alhambra, just about the most exquiste garden I have ever visited... Using natural objects--stones or driftwood--is a risky business....

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New Gardener Boot Camp 2013

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New Gardener Boot Camp 2013

We’re getting to the really itchy phase for gardeners.  Ever so close to spring.  Ever so close to getting our hands in the dirt again. If you’re as excited as the rest of us but are newbies to the gardening scene (or simply need a refresher), you’ll be delighted to know that the Gardens is holding our second annual New Gardener Boot Camp very soon (March 2).  Come and learn everything...

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Membership: Rewarding on So Many Levels

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Membership: Rewarding on So Many Levels

When you decide to become a member of Denver Botanic Gardens, you might be thinking about the many visits you will enjoy with friends and family: enjoying the Orchid Showcase and the Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory on a cold blustery day in the winter, the warm evening strolls in the summer, getting delightfully lost in the autumn Corn Maze at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, the year-round discounts at The Shop at...

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Will the real Pampas Grass please stand up?

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Will the real Pampas Grass please stand up?

Here you can see from closer up the silky, silvery color that true pampas grass has seemed to perfect. If you have driven parts of Texas you are sure to have admired pampas grass--a popular landscape plant in that state. I used to drive down at Thanksgiving each year, and the clumps of pampas here and there along the way were like mile posts, or sentinels that cheered the trip....

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Vantage points in winter

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Vantage points in winter

The same sculpture a week later in a different light looks so utterly different--it's amazing how dramatically a vista changes in a matter of minutes--from the golden light of early morning or dusk to the brash clarity of mid-day or the icy Antarctic light when it's overcast. I love the way the high Rockies play peek-a-boo from various vantage points around the garden, or the captious towers of downtown Denver. Both...

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