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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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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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