So Your Garden is Rusting

So Your Garden is Rusting

June 16, 2012 | John Murgel
As we swing into high summer and garden plants kick into overdrive, the fungi, bacteria, and viruses that rely on them start making appearances too. These plant pathogens manifest themselves in many ways, from the elegant to the grotesque. Rust fungi are one common pathogen that show up with warmer...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
It's Euxoa Time

It's Euxoa Time

May 3, 2012 | John Murgel
Plants aren’t the only thing becoming more active this time of year. Warmer weather triggers a lot of invertebrate activity, and you may be noticing that your home is suddenly (apparently) some sort of transcontinental superhighway for arthropods. Which is just one of the reasons that I love...Learn more
How to become a Rare Plant Monitoring Steward volunteer

How to become a Rare Plant Monitoring Steward volunteer

April 27, 2012 | Michelle DePrenger-Levin
Denver Botanic Gardens works hard to conserve rare plants. There are over 120 species that are of conservation concern within Colorado and these plants can be found all across the state. With our small staff of conservation ecologists, we can only reach a small subset of these plants in a given...Learn more
Timing is Everything

Timing is Everything

April 3, 2012 | John Murgel
Few things signify spring like trees covered in blossoms. Spring so far has been on the early side, thanks to our warmer than usual temperatures through March. Many species that would oftentimes only be beginning to bloom at this time of year are already finished flowering—they seem to think it’s...Learn more
Do Plants Grow Old?

Do Plants Grow Old?

March 29, 2012 | John Murgel
At first glance it seems obvious that plants age right along with everything else on planet earth. Everyone can recognize an old tree. But is ageing really the same as being weather-worn? Compared to human ageing, where progressive deterioration of physiological function eventually leads to death,...Learn more
Cherry Blossom Blitz

Cherry Blossom Blitz

March 22, 2012 | Rebecca Hufft, Ph.D.
With the beautiful, warm weather recently I have spent a lot more time outside and have enjoyed watching the first signs of spring every where I look. My chives are coming up in the garden and my lilacs are leafing out. Here at the Gardens there are so many plants starting to bloom, from the...Learn more
Ah, Spring!  The North Takes a Deep Breath

Ah, Spring! The North Takes a Deep Breath

March 20, 2012 | John Murgel
One of my earliest science class memories (and maybe one of yours, too) is learning that people and other animals “breathe oxygen” and plants “breathe carbon dioxide”. I carried this gem all the way to AP biology in high school, when things got complicated. As it turns out, plants need and use...Learn more
(World) Water Day is March 22

(World) Water Day is March 22

March 8, 2012 | Jennifer Riley-Chetwynd
“World Water Day” conjures up images of far-away problems (e.g. a billion people around the world do not have access to clean and safe water – with more than a third of these people living in Sub-Saharan Africa). If such alarming stats summed up World Water Day, however, the most anyone living in...Learn more
The Importance of Being Ephemeral

The Importance of Being Ephemeral

March 6, 2012 | John Murgel
The first daffodils are peeking through the soil, and some of the earliest bulbs—crocus and galanthus—are finishing up their flowering cycle. As spring progresses we will watch the annual parade of our favorites: tulips, allium, eremurus, and others will flower and vanish before the worst of summer...Learn more

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