Durango takes a giant stride towards a botanical garden!

Durango takes a giant stride towards a botanical garden!

October 25, 2011 | Panayoti Kelaidis
Salvia greggii and Salvia darcyi in new garden The first plants were planted earlier this summer and they are looking GOOD, I must say. They are, of course, Plant Select choices (as are many of the first plants installed thus far), but there is far more to this garden than just these! I am very...Read more
Autumnal fire

Autumnal fire

October 10, 2010 | Panayoti Kelaidis
Haemanthus multiflorus This little honey is South African, and no...Mike Kintgen does not believe it is hardy (he lifts the bulbs before hard frost): but what a spectacle this magnificent Amaryllid makes in the South African Plaza! I have seen Brunsvigia and Haemanthus in South Africa, where they...Read more
A west Metro botanic garden: Kendrick Lake

A west Metro botanic garden: Kendrick Lake

October 7, 2010 | Panayoti Kelaidis
Salvia darcyi and other colorful treasures There are actually several fine clumps of Salvia darcyi at Kendrick Lake, this one combined with wonderful, bright complementary plantings that exemplify this amazing garden. I will be watching to see how it comes through the winter here. Pennisetum...Read more
More hardy agaves blooming? Ho hum...

More hardy agaves blooming? Ho hum...

July 28, 2010 | Panayoti Kelaidis
Spring is Officially Over

Spring is Officially Over

June 28, 2010 | Panayoti Kelaidis
There are a few days in June when you can finally declare "Spring is over": usually after a week of 90F heat, when your garden is wilting. This date does not come directly on the Solstice: it can fall early in June. For me it was this morning: my garden at home that had been magnificent for months...Read more
David Salman visits Denver Botanic Gardens to celebrate Rocky Mountain Gardens

David Salman visits Denver Botanic Gardens to celebrate Rocky Mountain Gardens

May 17, 2010 | Matt Cole
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...Read more
Gardening Season Arrives for Rocky Mountain Gardeners!

Gardening Season Arrives for Rocky Mountain Gardeners!

May 8, 2010 | Matt Cole
I can tell gardening season is here, not just by the brilliant sunshine, the gardeners eager to get started, the students jumping into classes that they'll use next week, the plant sale and the shoppers, or the colleague rashly vowing to start his peppers outdoors this weekend in spite of frost...Read more
Cold Snap, Warm Snap

Cold Snap, Warm Snap

February 15, 2010 | Matt Cole
[gallery orderby="title"] Its when it gets cold that you appreciate warmth. Thick socks, long underwear, hats with ear flaps and home-knit scarfs become some of my favorite things. Standing over the heat vent while the furnace is running is not far behind. But here in Denver, we're fortunate to...Read more
Season of Inspiration

Season of Inspiration

August 29, 2008 | Matt Cole
This is the season of inspiration. I know everyone talks about gardening in the spring, but this is the time of year that motivates me. Every garden has come into its own. Yards, parks, estates, landscapes: by now you know what they are going to be. Thick slabs of watermelon, backlogs of zuchini,...Read more

Welcome to Rocky Mountain Gardening

February 13, 2008 | Matt Cole
Rocky Mountain Gardening is just that--gardening through the length of the Rocky Mountains, which means that the climates are vastly varied. Denver is a mile above sea level and seems dry and windy, but compare that to the top a fourteener (that’s a mountain reaching 14,000 feet)! I’ve already...Read more