RMLC ‘Stan Skinger’, a very special waterlily

July 28, 2008 | Joe Tomocik
With a multitude of exquisite apricot-colored flowers, Nymphaea ‘Stan Skinger’ (hybridizer: Florida Aquatic Nurseries) is a super Rocky Mountain Legacy Collection (RMLC) tropical waterlily, displayed dramatically in the Romantic Gardens pool. The gorgeous, egg-shaped mottled leaves darken in Denver...Read more

Exquisite lotus main attraction in Monet Pool

July 25, 2008 | Joe Tomocik
Nelumbo ‘Perry’s Giant Sunburst’ with charming creamy-yellow flowers is the main attraction in the Monet Garden pool. It is near the north entrance to the Japanese Garden amongst a mix of classical hardy waterlilies. ‘Perry’s Giant Sunburst’ was hybridized by lotus king Perry D. Slocum.Read more

Pitcher Plant

July 10, 2008 | Joe Tomocik
Plant diversity is wonderfully expressed by the many exciting pitcher plant cultivars (Sarracenia cvs.). S. ‘Judith Hindel’ grows up to 24 inches and, liking a touch of sun, is displayed nicely at the Gardens Information Desk and Fly Trap Feast. Bright and showy, this popular pitcher plant captures...Read more
Amazing Transformation

Amazing Transformation

July 5, 2008 | Sarada Krishnan
Early this spring around mid-March, the native Plains Garden at Denver Botanic Gardens underwent a simulated version of a vital ecological process of the shortgrass prairie -- FIRE. Fire is important in maintaining the structure and diversity of the shortgrass prairie ecosystem. Since human...Read more
What is your favorite plant?

What is your favorite plant?

June 10, 2008 | Sarada Krishnan
This is a question I get asked quite frequently. To me as a horticulturist and a plant lover, it is a very complex question to answer. It is like asking a mom to choose her favorite child. Each plant has its own unique individuality from its growth habit to flower color, some desirable and others...Read more
Jade Vine Winds Down after Extraordinary Performance

Jade Vine Winds Down after Extraordinary Performance

June 9, 2008 | Matt Cole
Did the jade vine's blooms reach June? Maybe... But I didn't see it. The end of May appears to have brought the the end of the blooming run. Still, that's almost twice the time I first expected. Nick Snakenberg, Curator of Orchids, is the man who originally sent out the word that this legume was...Read more
Seen-Again Trees

Seen-Again Trees

May 24, 2008 | Matt Cole
It's true landscape architects speak about a concept called "borrowed views." You don't own the bucolic pasture, the fabulous waterfront, or the mountain range to your west, but you can see it from your window. You're "borrowing" that view to add to your own space. But when I say "seen-again" plant...Read more
Jade Vine Still Blooming

Jade Vine Still Blooming

May 5, 2008 | Matt Cole
Just an update: I thought it was finishing (first photo above), this green-blossomed liana of a legume shows that it has the long haul in mind. I've discovered that there are several more inflorescences on the jade vine (Strongylodon macrobotrys) and that you might be able to see it bloom either...Read more
Do you smell what I smell?

Do you smell what I smell?

May 2, 2008 | Cindy Newlander
This past couple of weeks while wandering the Gardens and around Denver it seems that there is another fantastic scent greeting my nose around every corner. The cool spring seems to have slowed down the early blooming shrubs and now we have a profusion of flowers that are lasting longer than usual...Read more
It's snow lovely

It's snow lovely

April 18, 2008 | Matt Cole
Wednesday's sudden snow may have been inconvenient for an evening commute, but it sure was lovely. Members who turned out for their night got a real treat, as long as they enjoyed the snow. I popped out and grabbed a few shots before the flakes melted into my clothes. Wednesday night was also the...Read more

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