Colorado hookless cactus (Sclerocactus Glaucus) in bloom

Rare Spring Blooms

June 6, 2019 | Michelle DePrenger-Levin
On the western slope of Colorado you will find populations of a rare ball cactus with lilac flowers that bloom a few days a year when the sun is shining and pollinators are flying. Each Colorado hookless cactus ( Sclerocactus glaucus ) flower produces over a hundred seeds and those that germinate...Learn more
Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield

Pulling for Colorado this Saturday – Help us battle noxious weeds

July 7, 2014 | Rebecca Hufft, Ph.D.
The health and diversity of native plant populations impact our food, water and wellbeing. Healthy ecosystems provide the fundamental basis for all life on earth; this includes forming soil and cycling nutrients. Plants are the critical base of food chains in most ecosystems and native plants most...Learn more
Pollinator visiting Sclerocactus glaucus (Colorado hookless cactus)

Pollination Research

June 19, 2013 | Rebecca Hufft, Ph.D.
Pollinators provide critical ecosystem services. Pollinator research is important to better understand the relationships between pollinators and plants and to improve conservation and management of both plants and pollinators. Here at the Gardens we work with roughly 70 of Colorado’s most rare and...Learn more
Endangered Species Day - Dudley Bluffs twinpod

Celebrating 40 years of the Endangered Species Act

May 17, 2013 | Jennifer Ramp Neale, Ph.D.
Today is Endangered Species Day – a day to think about rare plants and animals and to acknowledge the work being done to help these species survive. Since its enactment in 1973, the Endangered Species Act has protected hundreds of rare species within the US. There are currently 1436 species...Learn more
The Best Time to Be a Member

The Best Time to Be a Member

March 15, 2013 | Membership Department
Winter is almost over, however there are still lots of options for enjoying the Gardens. Be sure to see some of the thousands of spring bulbs that are starting to bloom throughout the Gardens! The Mordecai Children’s Garden just opened for the season. If you have kids, the Children’s Garden is an...Learn more
World Wide Views on Biodiversity – Participate in the global discussion on Saturday September 15

World Wide Views on Biodiversity – Participate in the global discussion on Saturday September 15

September 7, 2012 | Jennifer Ramp Neale, Ph.D.
Denver Botanic Gardens is proud to partner with the Colorado School of Mines to join in a global citizen participation project on biodiversity. Biological diversity, or biodiversity, is the term given to the variety of life on Earth and the natural patterns it forms. In today’s global climate, how...Learn more
Plant Conservation Day

Plant Conservation Day

May 14, 2012 | Jennifer Ramp Neale, Ph.D.
Join us in the Gardens on Saturday May 19 to celebrate Plant Conservation Day. The third week in May holds many opportunities to celebrate our rare and native plant species in Colorado. Not only is it Celebrating Wildflowers week, a week to get out and enjoy wildflowers in bloom on public lands in...Learn more

Another successful field season for the Research & Conservation department

October 18, 2011 | Jennifer Ramp Neale, Ph.D.
The changing of the seasons is marked in the Research & Conservation department not only by the fact that the days are getting noticeably shorter, but by the fact that we have all returned indoors for the year. The growing and collecting season has dwindled for our botanists and mycologists,...Learn more
Celebrate Endangered Species Day

Celebrate Endangered Species Day

May 20, 2011 | Jennifer Ramp Neale, Ph.D.
The skiff milkvetch (Astragalus microcymbus) was listed as a candidate species for protection under the Endangered Species Act in 2010 largely due to data we collected during the 16 years we have been studying the species. The small member of the pea family is found in a single drainage outside of...Learn more
Denver Botanic Gardens co-hosts the Center for Plant Conservation Annual Meeting

Denver Botanic Gardens co-hosts the Center for Plant Conservation Annual Meeting

April 15, 2011 | Jennifer Ramp Neale, Ph.D.
Last week we were honored to co-host the Center for Plant Conservation Annual Meeting along with the National Center for Genetic Resources Preservation (NCGRP) in Fort Collins. Conservation professionals from more than 20 botanic gardens, federal agencies, and organizations across the country...Learn more