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Denver Botanic Gardens Loves Pollinators!

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This week we’ve taken a few minutes from our busy schedules to consider pollinators and all they do for us and our environment. An earlier post advocated creating a pollinator-friendly habitat around your home or acreage. Here at the Gardens we’ve taken on that challenge as well.

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Growing Berries on the Front Range

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Growing Berries on the Front Range

There is nothing like a fresh raspberry right from your very own yard.  Feeling intimidated, though, about your likelihood of success with the berries?  Come to the Gardens and learn from the pros and you can be picking your first raspberry before you know it. The easiest path to raspberry growing success is to grow the fall types. These turn a normal second year bearing plant into a plant that will...

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It’s the year of Catalyst

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It’s the year of Catalyst

So many things serve as catalysts at the Gardens. The most important, of course, is Mother Nature. Changing light and temperature provokes massive changes throughout, from the inklings of crocus to the ripening of vegetables. Scientists nestled behind our greenhouses combine plant cells with a growing medium and a controlled environment to propagate an unlimited number of new plants. Classes, from the New Gardener Boot Camp to Botanic Illustration, stimulate all...

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Plant Instant Gratification from the Plant Preview Sale

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Plant Instant Gratification from the Plant Preview Sale

The following was written by Nina Sisk, a member of this year's Plant Preview Party committee. Perhaps nothing is as satisfying in gardening as planting containers and window boxes in the spring. Just select an interesting mix of plants stick them in the designated pot or window box and step back to admire your handiwork. Voila!  The hardest part of the task just might be selecting the right plants.  The Plant...

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Which Hazel? Woody Plants for an Early Spring

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Which Hazel?  Woody Plants for an Early Spring

It’s early March, and though we’ll probably (hopefully) get another snowstorm or two before the growing season proper, the momentum of springtime is undeniable.  Early bulbs like crocus, snowdrops, and adonis are flowering, and leaves of their later counterparts are peeking through the soil. Flowering bulbs are a hallmark of spring, but some shrubs and trees are equal heralds of the season.  One of the earliest to flower is the witch...

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Open Book Test for our Members

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How do I get started xeriscaping my yard? Is it too early to start aerating my lawn? When should I start my vegetables from seed? Are there any good murder-mystery novels that involve my interest in horticulture? If you’ve asked yourself any or all of those questions, and you are a member of Denver Botanic Gardens, fear not. The area’s best resource on these topics and so much more, the Helen...

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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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Pumpkins!

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Pumpkins!

You see a lot of pumpkins at this time of year, in food, drinks, and decorations.  But if all you know is the orange, round, Jack-o’-Lantern pumpkin, you may be woefully underestimating this group of plants.   Pumpkins (Cucurbita pepo, mostly) are part of an exclusively New World genus that includes some of the oldest cultivated crops in the Americas.  Native peoples from Maine to Argentina have grown them for centuries,...

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