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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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Water-related events highlight Denver's unique challenges

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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...

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July is Smart Irrigation Month

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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...

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What is Aquaponic Gardening and Why Might You Care?

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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...

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Floriade 2012: Theme Education and Innovation

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Floriade 2012: Theme Education and Innovation

The Dutch horticulture sector is a leader in innovation and a global trendsetter. Through agricultural education, the Netherlands spreads and exchanges skills and knowledge. This section showcases the interaction between education and innovation in horticulture through display gardens and hands-on activities. The main focus is on the commercial horticulture industry, e.g. fruit, flower and vegetable production. There are three greenhouses in this themed section. The first one is a tropical display...

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Floriade 2012: Theme Environment

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Floriade 2012: Theme Environment

  Throughout the Floriade Park, deliberately designed themed gardens are surrounded by large expanses of lawn interspersed with colorful flower borders. Though the season was just beginning with annuals just being planted, most of the borders were very attractive in a combination of purple and red from Nepeta (catmint) and Papaver orientale (oriental poppy). Alliums were in their last stages of flowering, though the flower heads were still attractive.

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Floriade 2012: An introduction

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Floriade 2012: An introduction

Floriade is the world horticultural expo that takes place in the Netherlands once every ten years. The Floriade 2012 exhibition is in Venlo, in the province of Limburg in the Netherlands, just west of the German border and about 180 km (112 miles) southeast of Amsterdam. The origin of Floriade dates back to 1818, when the first Dutch flower show was held. Since then the show has taken varying forms....

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Reviewed: "Waterwise Plants for Sustainable Gardens"

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Reviewed: "Waterwise Plants for Sustainable Gardens"

The following review comes to us from Maggie Lee, a New Mexico-based garden designer quite familiar with drought-tolerant plants. In their new book, "Waterwise Plants for Sustainable Gardens," Lauren Springer Ogden and Scott Ogden offer a unique resource of 200 adaptive plants ranging from trees to cacti. Accompanying the introductory page to each section, the authors’ beautifully-photographed garden vignettes illustrate accomplished examples of textural tapestries and well-proportioned compositions; gardens rich in species and relationships. I...

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Home Harvest Garden

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Home Harvest Garden

Growing vegetables can be one of the most gratifying gardening experiences.  It is amazing to watch seeds, bulbs, and small plants grow to become a productive food harvest. For children, this can be the first exposure to horticulture and a very educational experience in nutrition, health and science. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to design a vegetable garden space for the Mordecai Children's Garden.  I have a degree in Landscape Architecture...

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Part Two: A Green Roof in the City

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Part Two: A Green Roof in the City

It is amazing to look back over the past year and see the amazing transformation that Mordecai Children's Garden Green Roof has gone through. Fall 2010: The garden began to establish, welcoming families to experience the alpine ecosystem.   Summer 2011:  The garden came to life with beautiful color.  In just over a year, 656 taxa, from 83 families have been planted.  This includes the the 10,000 bulbs added in 2010 and the...

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