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The Payoff for Gardeners

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I'm eating lunch right now.  (That's part of the reason there is no picture: you don't need to see me chewing.)  And this sandwich is my payoff for being attentive to my gardening.  It might seem to be just a leftover from dinner last night, but I know it includes the first harvest of homegrown spinach for the year.  Its fun to grow plants for their beauty, or the composition...

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Community Supporting Agriculture at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield

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Community Supporting Agriculture at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield

Denver Botanic Gardens and Kaiser Permanente have created a first-of-its-kind community supporting agriculture (CSA) program. The community farm will provide fresh local produce to Colorado families. Made possible through a three-year, $500,000 grant from Kaiser Permanente, the CSA will operate as a community farm at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield—located at C-470 and Wadsworth Blvd. in Littleton. Shares of the CSA are sold to members of the public who then receive...

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David Salman visits Denver Botanic Gardens to celebrate Rocky Mountain Gardens

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David Salman visits Denver Botanic Gardens to celebrate Rocky Mountain Gardens

David Salman has plenty to keep him busy.  There are plants to tend, businesses to run, articles and blogs to write (and if you read his blog, there's a rescued puppy named Jarrah who's always ready to play), and certainly an appreciative audience anywhere there are gardeners in the west.  We are so fortunate to have him join us in Denver for "Inspired by Mountains and Plains: Redefining the Well-Adapted Regional Garden" Friday, May 21 at 7:00 p.m.

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Denver bike sharing at York Street this week!

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Denver bike sharing at York Street this week!

Denver B-cycle rolls out this week, and the Mile High City will never be the same. The program launches on Earth Day, Thursday, April 22. The York Street B-Station will be one of 45 to 50 stations with 500 bikes spread across the city. Visit the Denver b-cycle website for more info or to join.   We still have plenty of room available for your own personal bikes on our regular bike racks,...

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Lights, Camera, Blossom at Spring Plant Sale

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Strut your stuff and come to the red carpet event that opens this year's gardening season: Denver Botanic Gardens' Spring Plant Sale. All you wonderful VIP’s will enter through the new fabulous group entrance and be greeted by one of our 500 dedicated volunteers. Don’t forget to strike a pose in our gift shop and stock up on all your gardening needs. Then, sashay on up to all 12 plant divisions that...

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It's a Dog's Life...at Denver Botanic Gardens

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It's a Dog's Life...at Denver Botanic Gardens

(Given from Ollie's Perspective) Pretty much every day is the same for me. I wake up, do backyard squirrel patrol, wag my tail and try to look cute (not too hard for me to do) so my owner will take me on a walk, eat, sleep, and start it all over again the next day. I'm fine with the routine, but it would be nice to have a little excitement in...

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The Good, The Bad, and The Hungry - Insect Control in the Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory

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Have you ever wondered what types of insect pests we have in the Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory, and how we deal with them? Well, for all of you entomologists out there today is your lucky day. I will briefly cover some of our pests and pest management strategies in the Boettcher Tropical Conservatory. There are around 1.3 million described insect species in the world and in fact, insects make up...

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The new Darlene Radichel Plant Select Garden

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The new Darlene Radichel Plant Select Garden

I have always considered myself very fortunate to be part of the Gardens' horticulture team, but right now, as part of the team creating the new Darlene Radichel Plant Select Garden, I feel it even more so. This new garden, located on the former site of the Monet Garden, will showcase the many plants selected and promoted by the Plant Select program since its inception 10-15 years ago. These are plants...

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Gardening with Natives

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Gardening with Natives

Cleome serrulata – Rocky Mountain bee plant – Easily grown from seed, as the name suggests these purple annuals are a favorite with bees. They range in height from 2 feet to over 6 feet depending on seed & conditions. Ipomopsis aggregata – Scarlet gilia – this biennial is a favorite with hummingbirds. Also good at higher elevations. The first year they form pretty...

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MacArthur 'Genius' David Montgomery Speaks: Real Dirt on Soil

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[gallery orderby="title"] When gardeners dish the dirt, they may speak of soil, either their own or the soil they wished they had.  It really is the bed in which you make your garden lie.  So 2008 MacArthur 'Genius' award recipient David Montgomery, author of  Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations, is the perfect speaker to help peer into our soil's soul and see what sustainable means to the planet's soil. Speaking at March 4th's...

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