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Leaves of Grass: Autumnal bounty

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Leaves of Grass: Autumnal bounty

Is it a coincidence that Walt Whitman named his revolutionary collection of poetry "Leaves of Grass"? Grass is the dominant vegetation in our region, and ornamental grasses have revolutionized horticulture across America in recent decades. If I had to pick a favorite grass, right now I would have to say that Giant Sacaton (Sporobolus wrightii) jostles at the top of my list with Indian Grass (Sorghastrum nutans) and a dozen or more other contenders.

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Water Gardens in full bloom

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Water Gardens in full bloom

Fly Trap Feast Carnivorous Venus Fly Traps (Dionaea muscipula) and pitcher plants (Sarracenia cvs.) are found at both entrances to the Fly Trap Feast. Close to the north entrance is a demonstration display showing the use of aquatic plants as filters, a fine example of sustainability, one of the Gardens’ important core values. Enjoy the lively container gardens here and also tactfully framing the Victoria and Monet pools. Leisurely Walk and a Celebrated...

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Nelumbo nucifera 'Mrs. Perry D. Slocum' lotus

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Nelumbo nucifera 'Mrs. Perry D. Slocum' lotus

In the Monet pond, the leaves of the Gardens’ favorite lotus Nelumbo nucifera 'Mrs. Perry D. Slocum' sporting plate-like water resistant leaves. In the background is an exciting graffiti artist’s mural (Lady Pink) and reflection. The colorful murals are part of the Gardens’ popular "Urban Nature" exhibit.

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Nelumbo 'Rosy Clouds' lotus

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Nelumbo 'Rosy Clouds' lotus

Nelumbo 'Rosy Clouds' lotus continues to flower magnificantly in the Victoria (upper) pool. The flowers open in the morning and close in the afternoon, for three consecutive days. They are delightfully fragrant. N. 'Rosy Clouds' is an excellent lotus for Colorado Gardens.

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