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...
The Importance of Being Ephemeral
The first daffodils are peeking through the soil, and some of the earliest bulbs—crocus and galanthus—are finishing up their flowering cycle.  As spring progresses we will watch the annual parade of our favorites:  tulips, allium, eremurus, and others will flower and vanish before the worst of summer heat.  Denver is a great place to grow ephemeral plants of many kinds because the harsh seasonality it experiences annually is the sort of...
This Week at the Gardens: February 24th
Remind me not to take pictures of happy spring flowers in February: Hellebores can be found tucked in many corners featuring dappled shade. These are thriving in the Rock Alpine Garden. Head to the Orangery, to catch our annual jump-the-season display of festive tulips, daffs, and primroses. (It’s sure not to snow in there any time soon!)
This Week at the Gardens: February 17th
Do you have the feeling winter is lasting FOREVER this year? Me too. Hellebores (Helleborus) in white, pink, and even deep red and black are some of winter’s best compensation! Find them in the Waring Garden, the Rock Alpine Garden, along Shady Lane, and elsewhere. Also in the always precocious Waring Garden you can spot blooming Erica (heath) which can appear as early as January. Though they won’t be in bloom till April or...
Tropical Conservatory Tours
Denver has just had a foot of snow, but the Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory is glowing with humidity and learning opportunities. If you’re dying to get out of the house, Denver Botanic Gardens has just the solution for you. Often times during winter when we drive by or think of the Gardens, one word comes to mind: cold. However, inside the Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory, the temperature is a balmy...
Orchid Showcase in Denver Botanic Gardens' Orangery
About this time each year I start itching to see the first blooms of spring.  Thankfully, the Orangery at Denver Botanic Gardens is currently loaded with colorful orchid blossoms.  Come visit our Orchid Showcase to help quench your thirst for that burst of spring color. Our Orchid Showcase (which runs through February 20th) features hundreds of orchid plants in full bloom artfully arranged throughout the entire Orangery.  The colorful blossoms are...
As Busy as Gardeners in Winter
This Week in the Gardens: December 1st
This Week at the Gardens: November 18th
This rose isn’t called ‘Stanwell Perpetual’ for nothing. It is still throwing out buds and has many white flowers on it. There are several to admire in the Fragrance Garden. One of my favorite shrubs for autumn color as well as spring fragrance is the Korean spice viburnum (Viburnum carlesii). This is a great plant for our area, and grows in shade or sun, though it doesn’t like to get too...
Late autumn glory: crocuses and colchicums still at it!
Now Ellen! I don't decry your lovely shots of snow, but flowers are still blazing out there! Let's not rush into this winter thing quite yet (although I don't deny we've had two good blasts of snow the last few weeks). I counted dozens of plants with flowers lingering, and there are (in fact) a few that are actually at the very peak of  bloom, despite some very frosty nights...

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