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A mention of gentians...

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A mention of gentians...

Gentiana paradoxa x septemfida
Mention gentians, and die-hard wildflower lovers will sigh, or maybe even squeak with delight. No group of native wildflowers elicits such deep emotional devotion (except maybe columbines...but I digress). There are fantastic gentians growing across the world's high mountains blooming from earliest spring to the last bitterly cold nights of early winter. But August to me is gentian month in Colorado. Two gentians especially fill my garden at...

Featured Garden of the Week: All-America Selections (AAS) Garden

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Featured Garden of the Week: All-America Selections (AAS) Garden

 

Though seasonal displays can be seen throughout the Gardens, the only significant display of annuals at Denver Botanic Gardens is found in the AAS Garden. Featuring premier annuals from the All-America Selections program, this garden is in spectacular form at this time and was artistically designed by Senior Horticulturist Maria Bumgarner. Through trials throughout the country, the AAS program each year introduces superior varieties proven to be excellent garden performers...

Spice up your August with OREGANOS!

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Spice up your August with OREGANOS!

My xeriscape at home is a tragedy right now: masses of giant larkspur, horned poppies, mullein--all twice as big as they should be--all flopping and smothering any little gems below. Depressing. But in my back yard my rock work is garlanded and festooned, embellished and just plain SAVED by that herb of grace, Oregano. I'm not talking about culinary oregano (Origanum vulgare var. hirtum), which I have down by my...

Mount Goliath – Nature’s Weathered Beauty

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Mount Goliath – Nature’s Weathered Beauty

Mount Goliath, the northern shoulder of Mount Evans, located within the Arapaho National Forest, takes my breath away each time I visit. Denver Botanic Gardens has been offering guided hikes of the M. Walter Pesman Trail for many years. In addition, we maintain the highest constructed alpine rock garden at this location. As one wanders through the trail, one can witness numerous alpine wildflowers along with one of the most...

Featured Garden of the Week: Aquatic Gardens

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Featured Garden of the Week: Aquatic Gardens

The water gardens at Denver Botanic Gardens, despite their slow start this spring on account of hail and cooler weather could not be more spectacular than it is right now. Artistically choreographed by Joe Tomocik, Curator of Aquatic Collections, our aquatic displays are one of the best in the country. Assisting Joe every year with installation and dismantling of the displays are volunteers from the Colorado Water Garden Society.

In the...

Featured Garden of the Week: Cactus & Succulent House

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Featured Garden of the Week: Cactus & Succulent House

Located at the west corner of the Rock Alpine Garden, the Cactus & Succulent House at one time served as an Alpine House. The challenges of maintaining appropriate environmental conditions for alpine plants led to the conversion of this indoor display house as an exhibit for our non-hardy cacti and succulents in 2004. Consisting of over 1,200 taxa, our cactus and succulent collection, which includes hardy, marginal and non-hardy species,...

Featured Garden of the Week: Western Panoramas

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Featured Garden of the Week: Western Panoramas

As you enter the Gardens, creating a sense of place are the three landscapes bordering the three sides of the Amphitheatre. Exhibiting dominant tree species of Colorado’s three major life zones; the plains, foothills and subalpine are the Cottonwood, Ponderosa and Bristlecone Borders respectively, collectively known as Western Panoramas.  Planted along with the trees are the dominant forbs (herbaceous flowering plants) and grasses commonly found in these life zones. These...

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