York Street gardens will close at noon on Friday, Dec. 9. Chatfield Farms will be closed during the day on Dec. 9. Both York Street and Chatfield Farms will be open for Blossoms of Light and Trail of Lights on Dec. 9.
Here is another instance of a horticulturist in our community swinging out and trying some really edgy plants, and succeeding spectacularly by providing a perfect microclimate. In this case, along the south side of a house in the West Metro part of town (lots of rich soil and water too!). By manipulating microclimates, local gardeners are succeeding with the hardiest palms, hardy cannas and no end of unlikely subtropical and tropical outliers.
Global warming is no doubt helping these efforts. But when the snow is blowing and winter stretches out before us, I am somehow comforted to know that there are Amorphophallus growing nearby that will emerge next spring, and some lucky local might be sunning beneath a palm tree during a sunny spell in January!
Photos courtesy of Mark McCauley