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Don't Miss It! Week of Sept. 6...

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Don't Miss It! Week of Sept. 6...

When you visit this week, here are a few things to see:   Likewise, check out the brilliantly colored Strawflowers, planted as annuals in the Monet Garden and the temporary Cutting Garden. They are irresistible to touch--go ahead! Odds and Ends: The golden Lysimachia aurea, also known as Creeping Jenny, is really spreading nicely in the Fountain Beds. It is a lovely, but not xeric, groundcover that also comes in a deep green...

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Featured Garden of the Week: Monet Garden

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Featured Garden of the Week: Monet Garden

“Then all of a sudden I had the revelation of how enchanting my pond was. I took up my palette. Since then I have hardly had any other subject.”  Claude Monet, 1924 Built in 1999, the inspiration for the creation of the Monet Garden was the “Impressionism: Paintings Collected by European Museums” exhibit at the Denver Art Museum which included five paintings by Impressionist landscape painter Claude Monet (1840 – 1926)....

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Don't Miss It!

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Don't Miss It!

A few things to see at the Gardens this week... Blue is the color: Plumbago boasts brilliant blue flowers and, in the fall, foliage in reds and purples. There’s a big patchby the Waring House gate, but once you know it, you’ll see it everywhere. Check out the interestingly named Lobelia syphilitica (evidently used to treat said malady), a blue plant growing along the stream in the Rock Alpine Garden, and...

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Bright Berries Catching Visitor's Eyes

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Bright Berries Catching Visitor's Eyes

This mountain ash had visitors stopping and staring and then asking "What is THAT?" yesterday. It is a slow-growing tree  and according to Michael Dirr in his Manual of Woody Landscape Plants, "Upright with strongly ascending branches, dark green leaves, good large sealing wax red fruits..."  I like the clump form with multiple glossy gray trunks which are also stunning in winter after the leaves drop. It flowers in spring with large...

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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...

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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...

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