Seed Dormancy:  Botanical "Hibernation"

Seed Dormancy: Botanical "Hibernation"

January 10, 2012 | John Murgel
While taking advantage of the warm daytime temperatures in recent weeks to get some pruning in, I was hailed from the pathway nearby. "Do you ever worry about seeds coming up early during warm spells like this?" In a word, "no." But why not? The seeds of most temperate plants have evolved a variety...Read more

Another successful field season for the Research & Conservation department

October 18, 2011 | Jennifer Ramp Neale
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,...Read more
Sterling Ranch: A Sustainable Partnership

Sterling Ranch: A Sustainable Partnership

September 23, 2011 | Sarada Krishnan
As we look for ways to conserve our natural resources and create sustainable communities, Denver Botanic Gardens in partnership with Sterling Ranch has helped create low-water sustainable landscapes at their demonstration site at Allis Ranch in Douglas County. Sterling Ranch will be Colorado’s...Read more
Three Colorado wildflowers added to the endangered species list

Three Colorado wildflowers added to the endangered species list

August 26, 2011 | Jennifer Ramp Neale
Effective today, three rare Colorado plants have been added to the list of species protected under the federal Endangered Species Act. Both DeBeque Phacelia ( Phacelia submutica ), and Parachute Penstemon ( Penstemon debilis ) are listed as threatened while the Pagosa skyrocket ( Ipomopsis...Read more
New brown bag series: Re-search the Gardens: Meet Our Scientists

New brown bag series: Re-search the Gardens: Meet Our Scientists

July 6, 2011 | Jennifer Ramp Neale
Are you familiar with Denver Botanic Gardens Research & Conservation department? Have you ever wanted to know more about the type of research we do? We currently have ten staff in our Research & Conservation department with a lot of scientific expertise; we have three PhD and five MS...Read more
Two species new to science are housed in our herbaria

Two species new to science are housed in our herbaria

June 20, 2011 | Jennifer Ramp Neale
The new fungal specimen is Smithiomyces crocodilinus, only the third known species of this rare genus. The specimen was collected during a 2009 bioblitz at Soapstone Prairie Natural Area by Jack Jones, with Ed Lubow, Marc Donsky, Nora Jones and Rob Hallock, members of the Colorado Mycological...Read more
Celebrate Endangered Species Day

Celebrate Endangered Species Day

May 20, 2011 | Jennifer Ramp Neale
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...Read more

Denver Botanic Gardens Celebrates Two New PhDs

May 10, 2011 | Jennifer Ramp Neale
The first week of May marked an important week for science at Denver Botanic Gardens. Both Sarada Krishnan, Director of Horticulture, and Melissa Islam, Associate Director of Research & Conservation, successfully defended their dissertations to earn their PhD. [gallery] Dr. Krishnan’s research...Read 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
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...Read more
'Monarchs of Michoacan' Day 3: El Rosario Monarch Sanctuary

'Monarchs of Michoacan' Day 3: El Rosario Monarch Sanctuary

February 10, 2011 | Sarada Krishnan
On this third day, we leave early to the El Rosario Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary, which is about an hour’s drive from town. A major portion of the road to the sanctuary is unpaved and hence we are transported to the site on a pick-up truck. A major portion of the hike through the forest has paved...Read more

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