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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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The Weekly Bloom: Week of April 3rd

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The Weekly Bloom: Week of April 3rd

• Magnolias: In this garden you will see a couple of the Gardens’ earliest blooming magnolias, just starting to open: Magnolia x soulangeana and Magnolia stellata. Come see them soon, because as soon as it freezes again—and you know it will—these blossoms will turn brown. • Hellebores: The Waring Garden contains a number of beautiful hellebores, which start blooming in January but are at their peak right now. Be sure to...

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The Weekly Bloom: Week of March 20th

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The Weekly Bloom: Week of March 20th

• Clearing: Last season’s grasses and stalks are being removed to make way for the fresh green shoots and leaves already poking up. Volunteers are a key piece of the action around here, and this time of year they are swarming the grounds like an industrious army of ants, leaving neat, tidy beds in their wake! • Rehearsing: Staff set up wedding chairs in the Romantic Garden, to see what affect the Henry...

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What's happening in the Rock Alpine Garden this week? A few new treasures are in bloom

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What's happening in the Rock Alpine Garden this week? A few new treasures are in bloom

Saturday's warm weather drew out more bulbs and other early bloomers, and finally its beginning to look like March should.  March belongs to several genera in the rock garden, Crocus, Galanthus and Helleborus are just a few genera that shine in March.  I hope to do a blog on both Galanthus and Helleborus in due time. First we will revisit the genus Crocus, the main focus of last week's blog.  The...

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