Echinocereus triglochidiatus, Claret Cup Cactus

June Walking Tour - Cacti and Succulents

June 3, 2019 | Nick Daniel
As the soils warm and spring begins to transition into summer, the cacti and succulents begin to take over the show for a while. These succulent gems are found throughout the grounds of Denver Botanic Gardens and are a key part of many of our displays. Too often, their short-lived floral displays...Learn more
Sclerocactus glaucus cactus

Tracking Cactus Populations

May 16, 2018 | Research & Conservation
Sneaky Spines and Careful Measurements Sweeping western slope views, slightly menacing rain clouds and beautiful, tough plants surrounded us. I listened for my field partner to shout out cactus dimensions and wrote each number into its proper cell on the data sheet while picking prickly pear spines...Learn more
Colorado Cactus and Succulent Society Annual Show and Sale

Sale of the Millennial! March 31 & April 1

March 23, 2018 | Panayoti Kelaidis
2018 Colorado Cactus and Succulent Society Annual Show and Sale Saturday, March 31, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday, April 1, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. More information Spiky, spiny, succulent, round, columnar, thorny, prickly, smooth, glaucous, gray, silvery—now crown these adjectives with shimmering, miracle...Learn more

Cactus and Succulent Extravaganza

March 26, 2015 | Panayoti Kelaidis
Delosperma Fire Spinner In the course of my tenure I've seen many fads and enthusiasms sweep over Denver Botanic Gardens. Some (like perennial gardens and Xeriscape) seem to have stuck around. If you haven't noticed, succulents are HOT right now. Each year I notice more and more containers planted...Learn more
Adenium at the cactus and succulent show

Cactus & Succulent Sale EXTRAVAGANZA!

March 20, 2014 | Panayoti Kelaidis
Adenium obesum If you haven't figured it out yet, now's the time: Succulents are HOT! On Saturday morning, March 29, a fantastic assemblage of HUNDREDS of spectacular succulent plants will be gathered together in Gates Hall at Denver Botanic Gardens. The largest show of its kind in the region, this...Learn more
Cactus and Succulents Galore!

Cactus and Succulents Galore!

March 14, 2013 | Panayoti Kelaidis
I can't guarantee that you will find this Aloe at our spectacular annual Colorado Cactus and Succulent Society sale, but I can guarantee you that there will be thousands of different succulents arrayed magnificently for your perusal (and purchase!) at the Gardens this weekend. Saturday, 9 a.m. - 5...Learn more
This Week at the Gardens: June 10th

This Week at the Gardens: June 10th

June 10, 2011 | Ellen Hertzman
Stretches of brilliant iceplant (Delosperma) are impossible to miss. Find them in the Water-Smart Garden and the Welcome Garden, and in their own special bed in South African Plaza. One of my favorite flowers is Plant Select’s Penstemon grandiflora, which shows off in pastels in the Cottonwood...Learn more
Got Cactus? Show extravaganza this weekend!

Got Cactus? Show extravaganza this weekend!

March 21, 2011 | Panayoti Kelaidis
Ariocarpus spp. in full glory (pic by Keith Woesterhoff) The editor of our cactus newsletter took a picture of these spectacular Ariocarpus. Boy, would I like to have those in MY greenhouse...I guess I better start by getting a greenhouse first... This is one of the rarest native cacti, found only...Learn more
This Week at the Gardens: January 21st

This Week at the Gardens: January 21st

January 21, 2011 | Ellen Hertzman
This week, Nick has been busy creating a new display called "Succulents under the Sea." This slightly tongue-in-cheek title refers to the look of the display, located in the entrance to Marnie’s Pavilion, which will combine unusual non-hardy succulents with lava rock to create a distinctly...Learn more


May 26, 2010 | Panayoti Kelaidis
Echinocereus reichenbachii var. albispinus Sorry: you'll miss this one. It only blooms like that ONE DAY a year, and that day was this past Monday. But it has cousins around the garden that will wait for your visit...provided you come quickly! Echinocereus polyacanthus (back), Escobaria orcuttii (...Learn more