Fritillaria meleagris is one of springs unexpected flowers, better know as leper lily.
Spring is a time of coming out.  Of coming up.  Of unearthing.  Of flowering or even swelling and bursting with life and passion.  I love it in the Garden because of all the botanical treats, but I love spring yards and landscapes because you finally see what your neighbors have doing.  Their bulbs are up, buds are blooming and trees are greening.  There’s something to talk about on every corner.  And I think that’s an important ritual of neighborliness in spring too—telling one another how great their flowers and plants and effort looks too.
Green Wall
Picture by Jason Sampson  
Gardens are wonderful. Understatement! Gardens (and the plants that inhabit them) provide so much to humanity, a Valentine ode seems appropriate. O, Gardens, I love thee because:
Bumblebee on hymenoxys hoopesii
In honor of National Pollinator Week (June 17-23), a discussion of pollinators, pests, and how we deal with them seems in order. As gardeners, we are aware of the insect life that surrounds our favorite plants and flowers. We anticipate the fruits of our labor a when we plant our first seedlings after frost danger has passed in spring, or sow seed for the following year before winter arrives.
Compost (photo by normanack  - Flickr)
As most Colorado gardeners know, the first step to growing strong and healthy vegetables is to have good soil; and the first step to having healthy soil is to add organic matter by way of compost. While there are many sources for purchasing finished compost, creating your own compost is often a more rewarding alternative that will allow you to divert plant material from the waste stream (compostable materials comprise a staggering one-fifth of all waste in landfills in the United States) and will improve your overall soil quality.
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...
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...
With the summer heat finally having subsided (after setting new records for the number of +90-degree days), Denver’s water use has started to wane. Landscapes that had relied on irrigation through the relatively dry summer can now largely count on Mother Nature and wait for the imminent frost. Outdoor water use accounts for about 55% of the average Denver Water residential customer’s consumption throughout the course of the year – with...
July is Smart Irrigation Month
July – the month we celebrate America’s independence… and efficient irrigation? While the second occasion may not get as much attention as the first, there are plenty of ways to mark Smart Irrigation Month this July. The Irrigation Association (IA), which represents manufacturers of irrigation products, first declared July to be “Smart Irrigation Month” in 2005 to draw attention to the need to use earth’s most precious resource wisely. July typically sees...
What is Aquaponic Gardening and Why Might You Care?
What if I told you that you could catch fish for dinner right in your own backyard?  And what if before you catch those fish, they were growing the veggies for the rest of your dinner plate?  Would you believe me?  You should!  This is all within reach using a new style of gardening called Aquaponics. Aquaponics is, at its most basic level, the marriage of aquaculture (raising fish) and hydroponics...