What is the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District (SCFD)?

June 24, 2016 | Brian Vogt
Up until 30 years ago, you would have been hard pressed to find great examples of metropolitan cooperation. Years of political wrangling between and among Denver and the suburbs resulted in bitterness and rancor. Finally, the regional economy took a dramatic slide and desperation gave birth to...Read more
Flowers on Mount Goliath

Mount Goliath – Nature’s Weathered Beauty

June 22, 2016 | Sarada Krishnan
Mount Goliath, the northern shoulder of Mount Evans, located within the Arapaho National Forest, takes my breath away each time I visit. Denver Botanic Gardens has been offering free guided hikes of the M. Walter Pesman Trail for many years.Read more
Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory

Top Six Reasons to Take a Tour at the Gardens

May 3, 2016 | Karina Nabors
By taking a tour – be it an overview of the Gardens, a specific botanic theme or behind-the-scenes info on an art exhibition – you can check off all these goals on your list! Learn something: Gardens staff and docents share their knowledge of our living collections, history, art exhibitions and...Read more

Forcing Hyacinth Bulbs in Vases

January 26, 2015 | Ebi Kondo
Hyacinths are classic spring-blooming bulbs that have been popular for centuries, in large part because of their bright colors and fragrant flowers. The plant grows from large bulbs, typically planted in the garden in the fall. The upright cluster of flowers will come up in spring with beautiful...Read more
Protea dracomontana

Protea fun in South Africa

January 19, 2015 | Panayoti Kelaidis
Dwarf Protea at Drakensberg Gardens Resort Eighteen of us who are on Denver Botanic Gardens' trip to the Drakensberg are about half way through our adventure, and today was a stellar day. We encountered numerous plants of dwarf, alpine Protea dracomontana on a LOOOOOONG hike around the hotel where...Read more
Crocus goulimyi

"Until they think warm days will never cease"

October 30, 2014 | Panayoti Kelaidis
Salvia greggii 'Wild Thing' Every autumn there are days that remind me of Keats' great Ode to Autumn , but I can never remember such a warm, interminable fall. The weathermen are predicting hard frost next week--so the next few days may be your last time this year to see Denver Botanic Gardens in...Read more
Sago palm in Washington D.C.

Majesty in our Nation's Capital

October 17, 2014 | Panayoti Kelaidis
Capitol columns Even on a cloudy day, Russell Page's monumental garden at the heart of the National Arboretum resonates with me. I have been traveling for nearly two weeks through the Atlantic seaboard, giving talks in Connecticut and Philadelphia as well as Washington D.C. this week, the heartland...Read more

York Street Trial Garden Evaluation Day

September 23, 2014 | Bridget Blomquist
On August 5, 2014, Denver Botanic Gardens conducted its second trial evaluation day for the York Street Trial Garden. Located right outside our main entrance gate, visitors can get a look at various plant entries participating in the trials. The purpose of Denver Botanic Gardens’ York Street Trial...Read more
Red bird

Hummingbird magnet...Red Birds in a Tree celebrates a birthday!

September 4, 2014 | Panayoti Kelaidis
Red birds in a tree Native plants usually summon up images of wispy, finely textured grasses or suchlike--hardly a glamorous novelty like red birds in a tree ( Scrophularia macrantha ). This gorgeous native perennial is prospering in gardens across America and beyond, but is restricted in nature to...Read more

What in blazes?

August 15, 2014 | Panayoti Kelaidis
Liatris ligulistylis I was born in Colorado, and have spent most of my life here--and lots of time poking around the plains and mountains--to the extent that I've seen and can identify most of the showier native wildflowers, and a good many of the less showy ones as well. A few have escaped me. You...Read more

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