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...
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.
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....
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...
Seed Saving
Saving seed has become more than a passion – it’s pure joy.  I think differently now about planning my garden and ordering seeds.   When Cord and I got back from Seed School with Bill McDorman, we came home to a fall garden, dripping with seed, ready to be saved.  Armed with a beginner’s knowledge, we gathered more seed that fall than I could have ever believed.  The garden was so...
Urban Beekeeping
Urban beekeeping has been all the buzz, lately.  And for as many people that keep bees, there are that many reasons WHY people keep bees. One of the most important reasons to keep bees is for pollination.  Bee pollination is needed for the production of an estimated one-third of the food crops grown in developed countries. When it comes to fruit, the number of bees visiting a plant affects the size,...
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...
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...
Holiday Spirit and Sustainability: The Shop at the Gardens
With the opening of Blossoms of Light this week (Dec. 2-Jan. 1), we’re anticipating a bright and festive holiday season at the Shop at the Gardens. In addition to our eye-catching seasonal merchandise and displays, we’re proud to support the Gardens’ core values of transformation, relevance, diversity and sustainability with a year-round cache of distinctive items that all make wonderful gifts! Through Dec. 1, shop from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. For your...
The Green Team offers Garden Plastic Recycling on Free Day - July 19
Your gardens are planted, the rain has your watering covered, but are the piles of plastic containers overflowing in your yard? You know that you want to recycle them, but how? The Green Team of Denver Botanic Gardens will be sponsoring a drop off-site for your garden plastics on July 19 at the cutout along York Street from 9 a.m. - 7 p.m on our July 19th Free Day.

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