Wonders never cease!
Of course, this being Colorado, no one wants to say it yet. But I am bold! So let me say this
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...
Of Course! Corydalis
       Everybody knows bleeding hearts (Dicentra) but their cousins, Corydalis, are rarely found in Colorado Gardens. Denver Botanic Gardens is helping change all that. The largely drought tolerant genus Corydalis contains hundreds of species (compared with just a dozen or so of the moisture loving Dicentra) and many of these are in peak form at the Gardens right now. The first picture shows  'George Baker', probably the most eye blasting...
Colorado's own mining towns have stories of boom and bust, gold rushes, fortunes made and lost. But tomorrow night I'm looking East, not West.  Mike Bone is preparing to tell the stories of his travel to the Golden Mountains of Central Asia as a plant explorer.  And it will be a fascinating travelogue of places most of us will not see, but also, a glimpse into a tradition overlooked by...
What's happening in the Rock Alpine Garden this week? A few new treasures are in bloom
Saturday's warm weather drew out more bulbs and other early bloomers, and finally its beginning to look like March should.  March belongs to several genera in the rock garden, Crocus, Galanthus and Helleborus are just a few genera that shine in March.  I hope to do a blog on both Galanthus and Helleborus in due time. First we will revisit the genus Crocus, the main focus of last week's blog.  The...
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...
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...
Anything but drab! Spanish draba (Draba hispanica) is always first to bloom.
In Bloom at the Gardens: Week of February 27
• Although you’re all welcome to come crocus-spotting at my house, here at the Gardens, you’ll see plenty of signs of life this week. Find snowdrops in the Oak Grove and at the very western end of the Gardens, along the Cheesman fence. • Tiny blue Iris reticulata are making an appearance in the Rock Alpine Garden. • And we have our own yellow crocuses (croci?) a-blooming here and there, most notably...
[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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