February 8, 2009 | Sarada Krishnan, Director of Horticulture & Center for Global Initiatives

February 12th marks the 200th birthday of Charles Darwin. This year also marks the 150th anniversary of Darwin’s renowned work, “The Origin of Species.” Commemorating Darwin and the Gardens upcoming signature exhibition (Jurassic Gardens: Evolution & Extinction), Denver Botanic Gardens is featuring the "Plant Evolution Garden" at the 2009 Colorado Garden & Home Show. The Show runs from February 7 - 15 at the Colorado Convention Center.

This display garden showcases the chronological evolution of plants starting with bryophytes (mosses), transitioning to ferns, gymnosperms (cycads) and angiosperms (flowering plants). The display also integrates garden favorites like perennials, annuals and bulbs presenting recent horticultural advancements through human-induced artificial selection. As a teaser of what is to come at the Gardens in April, a Bambiraptor dinosaur nest egg is featured among the display.

Be sure to stop by this display garden (Garden J) at the Colorado Garden & Home Show. The accompanying interpretation will lead visitors through the plant evolutionary pathway starting about 450 million years ago.

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