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Water Gardens are Fabulous in Sept., Part I

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Water Gardens are Fabulous in Sept., Part I

The Gardens, including the water gardens, are fabulous if not spectacular in September. Victoria…grandest waterlily of all! Whereas the hardy waterlilies are slowing down a bit in September (many have been flowering since late May), the tropical waterlilies including the Giant Water Platter are coming into their own. On warm sunny days they will delight all with their handsome leaves and eye-popping colorful flowers. Visitors are astonished by one of the most amazing of...

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The Weekly Bloom: Week of September 4th

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The Weekly Bloom: Week of September 4th

• Bromeliads: Look for the beautiful Aechmea ‘Blue Tango’ and Aechmea ‘Maginali’. Their cups hold water for the plant, and their gorgeous flowers attract pollinators. • Rocks, Mist, and Water: The space itself will delight you as you wander among several waterfalls, through caves, or up to the overlook balcony. Enter through the Conservatory or the outdoor entrance from the south, and enjoy the misty light-filled space. Favorite lunch spot this week: Find a...

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The Weekly Bloom: Week of August 28th

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The Weekly Bloom: Week of August 28th

• Traditional: What could be more ordinary than marigolds and brown-eyed susan (Rudbeckia)? But look how splashy they are when they are artfully placed! Another fairly common annual, the zinnia (here, Zinnia ‘Profusion’), adds vibrant color to the All-America Selections Garden. Gomphrena is another favorite, but check out Gomphrena ‘Fireworks’ which grows taller than the usual. Both of these plants belong to the Amaranth family. See them in Lainie’s Cutting Garden...

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Digger welcomes you to the new Mordecai Children's Garden

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Digger welcomes you to the new Mordecai Children's Garden

Along with these everyday adventures you find in the Children’s Garden, daily drop-in programs are available for you to investigate natural processes even further. Last week, visitors had the opportunity to learn why different birds have different beaks, how a tree grows, and what the insides of a plant look like. More fun is scheduled to open late in September when Pipsqueak Pond and Sagebrush Stage will be open for exploration! Location: York...

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The Weekly Bloom: Week of August 21st

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The Weekly Bloom: Week of August 21st

For instance, take a look at Allium sativum, a late-season Allium whose delicate white flowers grace the Perennial Walk, as well as a number of other gardens.  • White: You can’t miss the Phlox paniculata with its prolific blooms. Though it comes in all kinds of candy shades, the white is my favorite. See some really impressive ones in the Romantic Garden. • And More White: In the Laura Smith Porter Plains Garden, catch...

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The Weekly Bloom: Week of August 14th

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The Weekly Bloom: Week of August 14th

• Stalks of Color: Do not underestimate the ordinary goldenrod (Solidago var.) for color and texture this time of year. (And it’s ragweed that will make you sneeze, not goldenrod!) Prairie Dock (Silphium terebinthinaceum) grows in the Rock Alpine Garden. It has large leaves at the base, with thin stalks of yellow flowers waving above. For spherical blue flowers, catch Globe Thistle (Echinops ritro) in bloom in the Birds and Bees Garden, and...

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The Weekly Bloom: Week of August 9th

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The Weekly Bloom: Week of August 9th

Honeywort (Cerinthe major) grows in the former Drop Dead Red border (northeast of the Monet water garden), is a reseeding annual, and has a gorgeous, subtle, blue-green-purple color scheme. • Painted Jewels: Two plants caught my eye this week for their standout color. Euphorbia marginata grows just south of the Water Garden Gazebo. Its variegated leaves shine white (with just a little green thrown in for fun.) And hidden in the underbrush in...

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The Weekly Bloom: Week of July 31st

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The Weekly Bloom: Week of July 31st

At the entrance to the Rose Garden, Rosa ‘Distant Drums’ changes colors from peach to pink as it opens. • Hardy Hibiscus: August is the season for hibiscus! Although we typically think of hibiscus as delicate tropical flowers, our summer-blooming hardy hibiscus are both tough and gorgeous.

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Quick...before it's winter!

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Quick...before it's winter!

It seems far fetched to think that winter is on the way--especially now that we're sweltering in Denver--but one of the features of the alpine tundra is that summer is never more than three weeks away! Allium pikeanum on Mount Goliath One of the many things that I love so much about our tundra is the enormous variety of scale: look up and you can see much of Colorado at your feet....

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