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The Weekly Bloom: Week of May 15

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The Weekly Bloom: Week of May 15

• Colors: Everywhere I look, I’ve been seeing fabulous color combinations, some produced by nature and others facilitated by our horticulture staff. After a grey and brown winter, the colors of the tulips and other standouts will knock your socks off. • Dryland Mesa: The ultra-xeric plants of Dryland Mesa are soaking up the recent rain, and repaying the bounty with their blooms. At the south end of this garden, you can see...

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The Weekly Bloom: Week of May 8

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Yes, by all means, come to the Plant Sale today and tomorrow, for a huge and amazing selection of irresistable goodies to pop into your garden. But if you want a treat of a completely different stripe, head out to Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield. The stream is flowing, and overflowing, and the wetlands and ponds are filled with birds: geese and ducks, herons, and many others whose names I don't...

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The Weekly Bloom: Week of April 30

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The Weekly Bloom: Week of April 30

• Blossoms: Cherries and crabapples are glowing in shades of pink everywhere you look. Don’t miss the delicate Prunus subhirtella (Winter-flowering Cherry) located beyond the moon gate in June's PlantAsia. Also, weeping cherries and crabapples form delightful bowers of color throughout the Gardens. Makes you want to crawl underneath one with cookies and milk... • More Blossoms: Especially on a misty day, the scent of the blossoms can be intoxicating. Be...

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Blooming in the Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory

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One of my favorite aspects of working in horticulture is seeing flower buds beginning to grow and swell on newly acquired plants and on plants that rarely bloom or take forever to bloom. Well, right now is one of those exciting times for me. We have two of these special plants beginning to bloom right now. Our massive Alcantarea brasiliana is just starting to send up its massive inflorescence. It takes...

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The Weekly Bloom: Week of April 24

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The Weekly Bloom: Week of April 24

• Blossoms: Redbud (Cercis canadensis) is blossoming throughout the Gardens, with gorgeous specimens in the Japanese Garden, Romantic Garden, and near the Rose Pergola. Redbud was thought to be impossible to grow here in Colorado just 40 years ago, but now we see them all over town. Unlike most flowering trees, redbuds flower directly on the bare branches. Gardens to spend time in: The Japanese Garden, heavenly any time of year, is...

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Of Course! Corydalis

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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...

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The Weekly Bloom: Week of April 10

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The Weekly Bloom: Week of April 10

• Blossoms: The earliest flowering fruit trees—the apricots (Prunus armeniaca)—are in full swing this week. Once every few years we are lucky enough in Denver to see weather that allows these trees to go from flower to fruit, without being frozen out. Will this be the year? See apricot trees in the Scripture Garden and on the east end of the Laura Smith Porter Plains Garden. • Leaves: All over the Gardens,...

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Where Have All The Orchids Gone?

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Many visitors to the Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory have been asking me, "Where are the orchids?"  Well, there are still many around the Boettcher Tropical Conservatory, and in just a few months, our new display will be installed and the orchids will be displayed in all of their glory.  The new display will be built into the existing Marnie's Pavilion at the West end of the Boettcher Tropical Conservatory where...

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