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Natives in fall

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Natives in fall

The benefits of growing native plants are many - they are easy to grow, they increase native biodiversity, they reduce the risk of introducing invasives, and they use little water to name a few. In fall though, probably more than any other time of year, the overriding reason is their beauty.

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Leaves of Grass: Autumnal bounty

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Leaves of Grass: Autumnal bounty

Is it a coincidence that Walt Whitman named his revolutionary collection of poetry "Leaves of Grass"? Grass is the dominant vegetation in our region, and ornamental grasses have revolutionized horticulture across America in recent decades. If I had to pick a favorite grass, right now I would have to say that Giant Sacaton (Sporobolus wrightii) jostles at the top of my list with Indian Grass (Sorghastrum nutans) and a dozen or more other contenders.

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The call of the compost heap...

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I was once jokingly asked by a co-worker in a previous career if I was going to answer 'the call of the compost heap' and quit my job to garden full time. It seems that this turned out to be closer to the truth than I thought at the time. Do you compost your kitchen and garden waste at home? If you do you are already aware of the reduction in...

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Why Baby Vegetables are a Luxury, and Other Thoughts on Preparing for Winter

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Why Baby Vegetables are a Luxury, and Other Thoughts on Preparing for Winter

Preparing for winter? Yes, I've been thinking about winter for a couple months now, ever since I decided to try to eat more local foods. I won't be limiting myself to eating only foods grown in Colorado, especially over the winter, but I am wanting to pay more attention to where my food comes from. And, I have extra incentive, since local foods tend to be cheaper these days than foods relying on expensive long-distance transportation!

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A Year of Eating Locally???

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A Year of Eating Locally???

My garden has begun to provide my dinner nightly, and soon I will be going crazy trying to bottle, freeze, dry or eat everything it gives me. Eating locally is easy this time of year! If your own garden is not providing, then a dozen Farmer’s Markets are available with Colorado-grown vegetables, fruits, meat, honey, cheese, and more.

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Neighborhoods in Bloom

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Neighborhoods in Bloom

I want to express my appreciation for the neighborhoods all around Denver for making the effort to grow plants well and to grow great plants.  Some credit undoubtedly goes to the city, but a lot should be generously poured over all the home owners and residents who take the time to make their block and their neighborhood a little bit better. What sparked this little epiphany of mine was that...

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A Busy Day

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A Busy Day

Wow!  That was a fantastic Earth Day.  About 6,000 people passed through the Gardens, seeing, learning and enjoying. It's a chance for the Gardens to show its special strengths, like the Water-Smart Garden (above).  The Mayor visited to launch the Denver Daisy (Rudbeckia 'Denver Daisy') and many people took notice, including the Denver Post.  300,000 seed packets could mean that the city is covered in them by the end of summer. I...

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