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

Spring Showers - A Mixed Blessing for your Dog?

May 31, 2008 | Sarah Spearman
Well, it seems that our recent guest blog by Elizabeth Bublitz on 'Paw-friendly gardening' was a popular topic, judging by the busy comment queue! Luckily for us, Elizabeth is turning out to be an enthusiastic blogger. In addition to taking the time to respond to comments (thank you!), she has...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

I have a confession to make.

May 13, 2008 | Rachel Murray
To protect the innocent, I must omit the name of the involved party, in this case, a plant. A beautiful temptress of a plant. I was compelled to pull it close to my face to take a deep sniff of a gorgeous bloom. Alas, like so many beauties, there was no scent. But getting that close allowed me to...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
A Busy Day

A Busy Day

April 23, 2008 | Matt Cole
Wow! That was a fantastic Earth Day. About 6,000 people passed through the Gardens, seeing, learning and enjoying. It's a chance for the Gardens to show its special strengths, like the Water-Smart Garden (above). The Mayor visited to launch the Denver Daisy (Rudbeckia 'Denver Daisy') and many...Read more
A Fire Renews: See the Results for Earth Day

A Fire Renews: See the Results for Earth Day

April 21, 2008 | Matt Cole
Remember that photographic puzzler I posted? Well, yes, the answer seems to have been widely known: the Laura Smith Porter Plains Garden was undergoing its every-few-years renewal burning. The other, exciting picture above captures a bit of the day, and the other shows blackened swaths. The sedate...Read more
Sustainability Fair comes with a Green Discount

Sustainability Fair comes with a Green Discount

April 19, 2008 | Matt Cole
Today the Gardens were just lovely! I took advantage the great weather and strolled past blossoming trees and bulbs, bursting buds and leafing limbs, everything downright wonderful. What a contrast from Wednesday night! I guess when the weather is so beautiful, the wisdom of carpe diem becomes...Read more

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