Echinocereus gonacanthus

Annus Mirabilis: a toast from a claret cup!

June 16, 2014 | Panayoti Kelaidis
Claret cup cactus Earlier this year, the Colorado Legislature passed a bill designating Echinocereus triglochidiatus the official state cactus of Colorado. I'm one of those people who'd find it hard to settle on a single taxon as a favorite--especially in such a splendiferous and exquisite group as...Read more
Purple Mt. majesty

Purple Mountain Majesty

May 21, 2014 | Panayoti Kelaidis
Purple Mountain sun daisy at City and County Building For over a decade the Master Gardeners of Denver and I maintained a low water garden in front of the City and County Building in the Civic Center of Denver. It was with mixed feelings that I saw this replaced a few years ago with a much simpler...Read more

Dodged the bullet!

May 13, 2014 | Panayoti Kelaidis
Allium karataviense var. henrikii All that snow! and the temps have not seemed to drop too much below freezing. My pond at home hasn't had even a skim of ice, and the tender green leaves around town look pretty good. I think we dodged the bullet. The snow paints some lovely pictures around our...Read more
Mountain Ash in bloom at the Plant Sale

Spring Plant Sale Busy and Gardens Still Beautiful

May 9, 2014 | Matt Cole
Just when you see the Gardens is busy, busy, busy with shoppers and sellers, it takes a matter of a few steps to disappear away from the crowds. At Spring Plant Sale , I certainly drooled my share over the water-smart plants and flirted with other blooms in the diversity of sections. But I wound my...Read more

The Noble Fumewort

May 5, 2014 | Panayoti Kelaidis
Corydalis nobilis Fumewort may happen to be the accepted common name, but most of us prefer to call them by their Latin name: Corydalis. Some put the accent on the antipenult, others on the penult: either way--real gardeners will understand! These plants are hot right now. Dozens are available from...Read more

To Gardens With Love

February 14, 2014 | John Murgel
Gardens are wonderful. Understatement! Gardens (and the plants that inhabit them) provide so much to humanity, a Valentine ode seems appropriate. O, Gardens, I love thee because: 1. You keep people healthy. Gardening can be a very physical activity. Plants and green places provide a filter for air...Read more

The “Moth”er of Orchid-dom

January 23, 2014 | John Murgel
Between now and February 24, the Orangery at Denver Botanic Gardens is hosting the annual Orchid Showcase . In addition to the blossom show being put on behind the glass walls of the collections greenhouses, the transitional space of the Orangery itself is festooned with orchids, mostly hybrids of...Read more
Victoria cruziana

Santa Cruz Waterlily - Now in Bloom!

August 13, 2013 | Tamara Kilbane
It isn't often that I linger at work until after the sun sets. Tonight is an exception. This evening, our Victoria cruziana plants (also known by the common name of Santa Cruz Waterilies) are coming into full bloom in the Monet Pool. As I sit on a bench beside the pond, the heady pineapple scent of...Read more
Coryphantha sulcata

Late to the party (Chihuahuan uplands cacti)

August 7, 2013 | Panayoti Kelaidis
Most hardy cacti bloom in spring. Pediocactus simpsonii for instance (our wonderful mountain ball cactus) can open its first flowers in my garden in March. April and May see the peak bloom on various Echinocereus and suchlike. By mid June most cacti are done and seed is ripening. I grant you the...Read more
Blue poppies at Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh

More blue poppies? A pilgrimage to the Mecca of rock gardening...

June 29, 2013 | Panayoti Kelaidis
The rock garden at Botanics In Scotland they refer to it as "Botanics"--the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh resonates for anyone who has visited. I spent almost a week in April studying there in 1981, a year after I started working at Denver Botanic Gardens. I remember the exhiliration of that...Read more

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