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Zeroscape or water-smart? I break for palm trees...
By Panayoti Kelaidis, Senior Curator & Director of Outreach on Oct 22, 2010
I suppose you could consider them garden art...or a kind of denial. You find them here and there across the Metro area (I have assembled quite a collection of pictures!): ersatz, metallic palm trees. There are at least a half dozen "plantings" around the Denver area, and that's probably quite enough I would think. Like astroturf, this is one more nihilistic response to the high plains climate. Denial? Whimsy? As a lover of chlorophyll, I can't get too excited about a plastic or metallic tree.
In a recent Denver Post article, water rates are expected to skyrocket next year. Why not pave Denver in astroturf and plant fake palms up and down our streets? But, oh yes, green plants sequester the carbon we are spewing by the metric ton! And yes, plants generate oxygen and carbohydrates that form the basis of all we eat and breathe. And yes, they are extraordinarily beautiful and inspiring, especially our native prairie plants where Denver now stands. Come check out the Plains Garden if you don't believe me...
You could always settle for a small tree for your patio (see below)...
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