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Autumn blooms

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Autumn blooms

Autumn is never my favorite season but it is perhaps the season that I find myself savoring moments and days the most. Soon a bitter north wind will be blowing and the 2009 gardening season will be but a memory and photos. In the mean time there is much to admire on these balmy late autumn days. Panayoti Kelaidis wrote about a nice array of fall blooming crocus last month and...

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Overwintering Hardy Aquatic Plants at Denver Botanic Gardens

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Overwintering Hardy Aquatic Plants at Denver Botanic Gardens

The most pressing concern of the Gardens' visitors each summer relates to what we do with our aquatic plants during the winter. The horticulture staff is now challenged as construction continues with the dynamic restructuring of our Gardens. Although we must make adjustments in over-wintering plants, the same principles apply. Hardy waterlilies are hardy to zone 5a (USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map) and can be over-wintered in Denver by lowering the...

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Don't Miss It! Week of October 17th

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Don't Miss It! Week of October 17th

• But to enjoy the season at its best, now is the time to step back from individual plants and admire sweeps of color and texture. Enjoy the reds and golds, browns and greens. Plenty of beautiful leaves remain: Korean Spice Viburnum (Viburnum carlesii) and Rowan (Sorbus aucuparia) in the Birds and Bees Garden,   • Favorite lunch spot this week: The Knot Garden is looking fairly untouched by the hard frost. Pick a bench...

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Forest on Fire!!!

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Forest on Fire!!!

Here is a picture of Judy Sellers in one of her typical wild habitats! In addition to being a long time volunteer and supporter of DBG, Judy is a landscape designer and active environmental steward, prominent in the Nature Conservancy and Garden Club of America, among many other organizations. She has written the text for Colorado Wild, a stunning tribute to nature in Colorado.

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The Return of the High-Altitude Gardener

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The Return of the High-Altitude Gardener

At long last the High-Altitude Gardener has returned to the Denver Botanic Gardens Web site. This searchable online database features some of the favorite plants of the Gardens' horticulture staff that are also some of the best plants to grow in this region. You can link to the High-Altitude Gardener by clicking on one of the images above or look for it on the Gardens' Web site under Gardening Resources.

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Don't Miss It! Week of Sept. 21

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Don't Miss It! Week of Sept. 21

Fall is an amazing time in the Gardens! Be sure to take advantage of blue skies and cooler temperatures--come to the Gardens and enjoy these beauties.  Here are a few things to look for this week. Cultivars ‘Indian Chief,’ ‘Brilliant,’ ‘Purple Emperor,’ and ‘Autumn Fire’ give you an idea of the color palate you can see in these tough, xeric plants. And as a ground cover, Sedum ‘Angelina’ can’t be topped for...

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Bright Berries Catching Visitor's Eyes

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Bright Berries Catching Visitor's Eyes

This mountain ash had visitors stopping and staring and then asking "What is THAT?" yesterday. It is a slow-growing tree  and according to Michael Dirr in his Manual of Woody Landscape Plants, "Upright with strongly ascending branches, dark green leaves, good large sealing wax red fruits..."  I like the clump form with multiple glossy gray trunks which are also stunning in winter after the leaves drop. It flowers in spring with large...

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