The York Street gardens will close at 3 p.m. on Aug. 23 for a private event and will close at 3 p.m. on Aug. 25 for a concert.

Rocky Mountain penstemon (Penstemon strictus)

Shortgrass Prairie Restoration Experiment

August 9, 2019 | Research & Conservation
This spring was the first growing season of my prairie restoration experimental research plot at Chatfield Farms. Millions of pounds of seed are planted every year for ecological restoration and the demand for native seed exceeds its supply. I am interested in understanding how the source of seeds...Learn more
Great Blue Heron

Deer Creek Restoration Project

July 22, 2019 | Research & Conservation
Rivers and their neighboring ecosystems are very important for plants and animals – especially in the American West where surface water is limited. Native plants in riverine ecosystems provide food and habitat for birds, mammals, insects and reptiles. The plants also help to filter stream water and...Learn more
Species from which seed was collected in 2018

The Challenges of Germinating Rare Alpine Species

June 24, 2019 | Alex Seglias
If you think about hiking in the mountains of Colorado during different seasons of the year, you might recall seeing plants at different stages of their life. After the snow melts in the spring, greenery begins to emerge from the cold, solid ground. By June or July, many of the alpine plants are in...Learn more
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
Volunteer capturing photo of a plant for bioblitz along the High Line Canal.

Citizen Scientists on the Blitz…Bioblitz that is!

May 8, 2019 | Research & Conservation
Are you interested in becoming a citizen scientist? We need your help this summer observing plant species along the High Line Canal (training dates are in May and June). Bioblitzes are short, focused efforts to document as many living organisms as possible in a specific area. Denver Botanic Gardens...Learn more
Collecting plant specimens from the High Line Canal Trail

A Year in the Life of a Gardens Scientist

April 29, 2019 | Stephanie White
If you have ever stopped by the Research and Conservation Department’s office in the Boettcher Memorial Center’s basement, you have probably been offered a tour of the Gardens’ herbaria, or dried plant and fungal collections. Anyone who has visited our herbarium has heard the numbers: approximately...Learn more
Deer Creek

Hildebrand Ranch: History & Restoration

November 5, 2018 | Research & Conservation
In the 1860s, pioneers settled on the land next to Deer Creek in what is now Littleton. The stream provided the settlers with the only water around for miles. Frank Hildebrand bought a log cabin and a large piece of land where he and his family constructed barns and other structures for their...Learn more
Saussurea weberi at Hoosier Pass

A Good Seed Can Be Hard to Find

October 15, 2018 | Alex Seglias
Plant biodiversity is being lost at an accelerated rate as a result of climate change, habitat degradation and multiple other factors. To conserve native plant species, many institutions are turning towards ex situ methods, such as storage in seed banks. Seed banks store seeds at low moisture (3-7...Learn more
City Bees Along the High Line Canal

City Bees Along the High Line Canal

October 1, 2018 | Research & Conservation
This summer Denver Botanic Gardens conducted a multi-faceted project along the 71-mile High Line Canal that traverses the Denver Metro Area. In this post, you’ll receive some insights into one aspect of this project, the High Line Canal bee survey. While honey bees and bumblebees are easily...Learn more
Big Sandy Creek in Prowers County

Exploring the Eastern Plains

September 26, 2018 | Melissa Islam
Tucked among the crop circles and plowed acres east of Denver is a patchwork of land that holds one of Colorado’s most precious and vulnerable landscapes: native prairies. Bordering the eastern flanks of the Rocky Mountains, these prairies occur in a region commonly referred to as the Eastern...Learn more

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