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Is it Spring Yet? Early bulbs and other Harbingers of spring starting in Rock Alpine Garden

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Is it Spring Yet? Early bulbs and other Harbingers of spring starting in Rock Alpine Garden

While the official solar start of spring is still eight days away on March 20th, I think it is safe to say that spring has sprung in the Rock Alpine Garden. True, there may be many more snow storms and still plenty of mornings to scrape ice off of windshields, but the true harbingers of spring are in full glory now. Other gardens at Denver Botanic Gardens are showing signs of spring as well,...

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Beautiful Blooms in The Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory

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Beautiful Blooms in The Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory

Now, to introduce some of our fauna. Every once in a while as we deem necessary, my team releases Anolis carolinensis, or the green anole lizard into the Boettcher Tropical Conservatory. We like to have them around as they help with insect control as well as add yet another important tropical element to the scenery. Last year we released twenty-five more in the fall, and over the...

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Blooming at the Gardens, Week of March 13th

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Blooming at the Gardens, Week of March 13th

• Wrap your tongue around the lovely Pseuderanthemum reticulatum—well, not the plant itself, but that name! It means “netted false eranthemum”— the netting being the veined pattern on the golden and green leaves. Just now it sports delicate blossoms, white with a sprinkling of purple. See it on the right-hand side of the left-most path, just short of the top of the building. • Finally, take a peek at Pitcairnia corallina,...

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In Bloom at the Gardens: Week of March 6

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In Bloom at the Gardens: Week of March 6

• Textures: Dryland Mesa never ceases to amaze, with an astonishing array of form and color. • Favorite lunch spot this week: On a cool, sunny day, there is no better lunch spot then a bench on the Green Roof. Bask in the rays and enjoy the view. The Green Roof Garden is great looking this time of year, with its mix of xeric succulents, grasses, and spreading groundcovers. • Couples: A...

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Fresh New Planting in the Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory

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Fresh New Planting in the Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory

If you haven't been able to swing in and check out the Boettcher Tropical Conservatory in the last couple of weeks, now is a great time. We have just recently finished a bed renovation that is sure to please all who come to enjoy it. My teammates and I decided to not hold anything back on this one and included some of our favorite plants that weren't previously on display to the public.

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In Bloom at the Gardens: Week of February 27

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In Bloom at the Gardens: Week of February 27

• Although you’re all welcome to come crocus-spotting at my house, here at the Gardens, you’ll see plenty of signs of life this week. Find snowdrops in the Oak Grove and at the very western end of the Gardens, along the Cheesman fence. • Tiny blue Iris reticulata are making an appearance in the Rock Alpine Garden. • And we have our own yellow crocuses (croci?) a-blooming here and there, most notably...

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Finally, after four years: Helleborus vesicarius in bloom

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Finally, after four years: Helleborus vesicarius in bloom

Good things come to those who wait we are told. Helleborus vesicarius seedlings were set out in spring of 2006 after a supplier donated a pot full of 20 seedlings with the warning that it was a very tricky species to grow.  He was in Virginia, not exactly a similar climate to southern Turkey and northern Syria where it is native.  Denver is perhaps not an exact match either, but closer with ...

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Digging into the Gardens...join us!

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A new decade brings more exciting transformation--to the Gardens, to our Botanic Buzz e-newsletter (sign up here to receive your copy), and soon, to our Web site. How do you like our new blog design? We have so many authors from all parts of the Gardens (click on the "More Authors" link in the right column under "authors" to see all of our most recent bloggers) that we wanted to make it even easier for you to...

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Cold Snap, Warm Snap

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Cold Snap, Warm Snap

[gallery orderby="title"] Its when it gets cold that you appreciate warmth.  Thick socks, long underwear, hats with ear flaps and home-knit scarfs become some of my favorite things.  Standing over the heat vent while the furnace is running is not far behind.  But here in Denver, we're fortunate to have daily highs even when the nightly temperature is low.  The snow is still crisp and white, but a midday trip through...

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