Preparing plant collections for the move to the Freyer – Newman Center.

Thoughts from a Collections Assistant

January 9, 2020 | Research & Conservation
My journey with Denver Botanic Gardens began in the spring of 2016 after graduating from Fort Lewis College. I joined the Research and Conservation Department as an applied conservation intern with a primary focus on the Deer Creek restoration project at Chatfield Farms. After two summers of...Learn more
Welcome Home: Meet Your Habitat

Welcome Home: Meet Your Habitat – a New Science Pyramid Exhibit

December 30, 2019 | Jen Tobias
You know what they say—home is where the heart is and also where the lichens are. Actually, as far as I can tell I’m pretty much the only one who says that part about lichens. (I’m trying to get it started though—pass it on.) But it’s true, and it’s not just the lichens—it’s also where the cacti,...Learn more
 Colorado butterfly plant (Oenothera coloradensis synonym Gaura neomexicana ssp. coloradensis)

Colorado Butterfly Plant Officially Delisted From Endangered Species Act

December 4, 2019 | Stephanie White
If you’ve ever walked along a meandering stream in the high plains or through native grass prairie, you may have been lucky enough to spot the Colorado butterfly plant ( Oenothera coloradensis synonym Gaura neomexicana ssp. coloradensis ). A member of the evening primrose family, this plant stands...Learn more
Daniel Bradley and Lysa DuCharme scouting for native plant populations in Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area

A Fruitful Season for Collecting Seeds Comes to a Close

November 18, 2019 | Research & Conservation
From April to October, I and two other botanists, Daniel Bradley and Lysa DuCharme, traveled around the state on a seed-collecting mission. Armed with a list of over 100 native plant species and a well-worn road atlas, our goal was to search for large populations of these species, monitor their...Learn more
Mycology Lab Seasonal Justin Loucks teaches a fascinated youngster about fungi at the Telluride Mushroom Festival.

Mycological Splendor in the San Juans

October 7, 2019 | Rick Levy
As we turned southward out of Montrose, the deep green of a damp forest surrounding the towering San Juan Mountains reassured us that this trip would prove worthwhile. Dr. Andy Wilson and I were making our way to the Telluride Mushroom Festival for the second time. Last year had been notoriously...Learn more
An aerial drone image of the Secret Passage bed of the Welcome Garden.

The Life of a Plant Mapper

October 2, 2019 | Horticulture Intern
To my friends in college I was always the crazy plant lady with a baby palm tree in her apartment, but I’ve found that here at Denver Botanic Gardens I’m the least “planty” of the plant people. I just finished my degree in Environmental Science & Policy at Chapman University in Southern...Learn more
Cucurbita argyrosperma is used by the Tohono O’odham and Hopi people of the American South west, on display in the Orangery.

Celebrating Crop Wild Relative Week

September 23, 2019 | Sarada Krishnan
The Crop Science Society of America has designated September 22-29 as Crop Wild Relative Week . Crop Wild Relatives (CWRs) are the wild cousins of our cultivated crops that we eat every day. Over time, plant domestication has led to the development and use of improved varieties in modern...Learn more
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

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