Clerodendrum × speciosum

January Walking Tour – Winter Tropical Blossoms

January 4, 2019 | Nick Snakenberg
With very few exceptions, January flowers are hard to come by in a Colorado landscape. Not so in the tropical plant collections at Denver Botanic Gardens. The Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory, Marnie’s Pavilion and the Orangery are a perfect venue for your winter floral fix. Clerodendrum ×...Learn more
latycerium bifurcatum, or staghorn fern, in the Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory

December Walking Tour – Epiphytes in the Tropical Conservatory

December 3, 2018 | Scott Preusser
From the moment your lungs take in that first breath of warm, comforting and humid air you know you have entered the Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory. The Tropical Conservatory is home to over 550 species of plants spanning 306 genera from 87 plant families from all over the world. You have...Learn more
Pinus bungeana, or the lacebark pine

November Walking Tour – Interesting Bark

November 8, 2018 | Brien Darby
Visiting the Gardens in the fall is the perfect time to admire the tree bark that is so often overshadowed by leaves and flowers during the growing season. That being said, my first recommendation happens to be the bark of an evergreen tree, Pinus bungeana, or the lacebark pine. This tree, much...Learn more
Calathea lancifolia

February Walking Tour - Escape the Winter Cold

February 8, 2018 | Nick Snakenberg
Be sure to stroll the paths of the Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory where you can enjoy plenty of non-orchid tropical blossoms. Although we are often focused on beautiful flowers, tropical foliage can have its own special appeal. While stopping to “smell the roses,” why not give a little...Learn more
Areca vestiaria

January Walking Tour: Becoming Frond of Palms

January 4, 2018 | Nicholas Giaquinto
For most horticulturists, winter is the time to prepare new planting schemes and dream of greener pastures. Of course, you could be fortunate enough to be able to work in a conservatory, where you are surrounded by colorful flowers and foliage year round, even in the dead of winter. The Boettcher...Learn more

Holiday Spices in the Conservatory

December 18, 2017 | Erin Bird
'Tis the season for holiday baking and stove top simmers that fill the home with the rich and cozy smells of allspice, vanilla, ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, clove and citrus. All of these wonderful flavors and aromas come from plants! The Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory is home to a few...Learn more
Saving Gorillas Through the Power of Plants

Saving Gorillas Through the Power of Plants

December 5, 2011 | Marisa Eisenstein
The following posts were created by dedicated and passionate volunteers and staff of Denver Botanic Gardens. Please enjoy reading their stories and experiences about why the Gardens holds a special place in their hearts. MIRACLE PLANT HOLDS A RICH HISTORY By Nick Snakenberg Tucked away in the...Learn more

Where Have All The Orchids Gone?

April 8, 2010 | Nick Daniel
Many visitors to the Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory have been asking me, "Where are the orchids?" Well, there are still many around the Boettcher Tropical Conservatory, and in just a few months, our new display will be installed and the orchids will be displayed in all of their glory. The...Learn more

Why Cut A Tree In Half?

March 25, 2010 | Nick Daniel
Over the last few months, visitors to the Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory may have noticed some funny looking trees that look like they were cut in half…well, they have been. Growing plants in the Boettcher Tropical Conservatory presents many challenges such as monitoring light levels from...Learn more
Fresh New Planting in the Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory

Fresh New Planting in the Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory

March 3, 2010 | Nick Daniel
If you haven't been able to swing in and check out the Boettcher Tropical Conservatory in the last couple of weeks, now is a great time. We have just recently finished a bed renovation that is sure to please all who come to enjoy it. My teammates and I decided to not hold anything back on this one...Learn more