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Which Hazel? Woody Plants for an Early Spring

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Which Hazel?  Woody Plants for an Early Spring

It’s early March, and though we’ll probably (hopefully) get another snowstorm or two before the growing season proper, the momentum of springtime is undeniable.  Early bulbs like crocus, snowdrops, and adonis are flowering, and leaves of their later counterparts are peeking through the soil. Flowering bulbs are a hallmark of spring, but some shrubs and trees are equal heralds of the season.  One of the earliest to flower is the witch...

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It's beginning to look a lot like...Springtime?

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It's beginning to look a lot like...Springtime?

You might think that Denver Botanic Gardens is hunkered down for the winter and the only sparkle to be had comes from our nighttime electrical endeavors.  But you’d be wrong. Many plants are flowering at this time of year, and while they’ll never match the springtime display of floral abundance their delicate blossoms are made all the more magical by being present in the deep of winter.  Hailing from less severe...

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Frost and Photos: Gardens Good To Go for Family Portrait Day

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[gallery link="file" columns="2" orderby="title"] Gardeners sometimes anticipate the changing of the seasons with glee; new weather means new tasks, a change of pace.  But fall and its frosts are a little different.  When a gardener is an artist, and the cultivation of plants is his or her performance, a cold snap could mean a cancelled performance season or even the death of your star attractions.  If you've been following the weather, you'll...

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The Aster Yellows Blues

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The Aster Yellows Blues

August and September bring the heyday of many plants of the aster family (Asteraceae). Asters, chrysanthemums, black- and brown-eyed susans, sunflowers, and others grace the landscape with late summer color. Along with them, though, comes a pernicious illness with a mysterious cause:  Aster Yellows. Plants infected with aster yellows can show a variety of symptoms, from yellowing and reddening of foliage (hence the name), greening of flowers, dwarfing, extremely bushy appearance,...

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Springtime in the Oak Grove

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Springtime in the Oak Grove

Check It Out! It’s springtime in the Oak Grove. With the weather already warming up in Denver, the Oak Grove is a great place to go and cool down. Stroll through this natural setting and enjoy the shade that the canopy of oaks provides. There are forty-six oaks in this garden including species oaks and hybrids. A carpet of sweet woodruff (Galium odoratum) covers the floor, giving off a lovely scent...

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Timing is Everything

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Timing is Everything

Few things signify spring like trees covered in blossoms.  Spring so far has been on the early side, thanks to our warmer than usual temperatures through March.  Many species that would oftentimes only be beginning to bloom at this time of year are already finished flowering—they seem to think it’s already May in Colorado.  Still other species haven’t broken bud, and look as though we’ve had a month of today’s...

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Four Spring Gardens Last Week across Denver

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I didn't realize until now that I visited four public gardens last week.  Naturally, I saw something different at each, and more remarkably, I had my camera with me.  I hadn't planned to compare the four, but why not?  Four Gardens in different places between central Denver and the Chatfield area really illustrate how different spring appears in different places all across the front range.  The challenge is that spring...

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Fall Bulb Pre-Order Sale!

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Fall Bulb Pre-Order Sale!

I am excited to announce the first Fall Bulb Pre-Order Sale at Denver Botanic Gardens! The Fall Bulb Pre-Order Sale is a collection of spring flowering bulbs that Denver Botanic Gardens horticulturists felt are the best--the bulbs that we thought should be given a gold star. With the Fall Bulb Pre-Order sale, it makes bulb designing easier (since your spring garden is currently blooming when you order) and eliminates searching for that perfect bulb when you get busy in the fall.

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Galanthus elwesii is blooming

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Galanthus elwesii is blooming

Check It Out! Galanthus elwesii is blooming, a sure sign that Spring is just around the corner. As you are strolling through Denver Botanic Gardens, keep an eye out for these beautiful, delicate looking little nodding white flowers, poking their heads up through the snow. Perhaps this is where they get their common name, 'Snowdrops.' Their botanical name, Galanthus, comes from the Greek words gala for milk, and anthos for...

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