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Vriesea hieroglyphica, Bromeliaceae

King of Bromeliads (Vriesea hieroglyphica)

January 17, 2020 | Scott Preusser
The common name for this plant says it all, king of bromeliads. One glance at this striking specimen and you will know why it bears this name and why it is so highly sought after by plant collectors. It has been a part of the tropical plant collection at Denver Botanic Gardens since 1978 and is...Learn more
Clerodendrum × speciosum or glorybower

January Walking Tour - Winter Respite

January 3, 2020 | Nick Snakenberg
If the short days of winter have you longing for colorful tropical blossoms, there is no better place to get your flower-fix than the Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory. There are hundreds of plants to see and many are in bloom and ready to chase your winter doldrums away. As you enter from...Learn more
Grammatophyllum speciosum

World’s Largest Orchid Plant in Bloom

July 20, 2018 | Nick Snakenberg
If you’ve ever wanted to see the world’s largest orchid plant in bloom, now is your chance. While there are taller orchid plants and larger orchid flowers, the overall mass of Grammatophyllum speciosum has earned it recognition as the world’s largest orchid and it is now in bloom in our Boettcher...Learn more
My Week: January 14th

My Week: January 14th

January 14, 2011 | Ellen Hertzman
Alan’s weeks don’t vary much with the seasons. He says, “Every morning the [Boettcher Tropical] conservatory gets hand-watered for approximately two hours. This time is not only a great time to water, but it also gives me an opportunity to focus on individual plants while watering. I probably split...Learn more
Rare Opportunity.

Rare Opportunity.

December 30, 2009 | Kim Manajek
Most often, we at Denver Botanic Gardens focus on plants, but there is something else spectacular here. Since the dedication of the Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory in 1966, we have also been known for our architecture. Recent additions to the DBG campus by Tryba Architects have gracefully...Learn more
Don’t Miss It! Week of December 12th

Don’t Miss It! Week of December 12th

December 12, 2009 | Ellen Hertzman
• Hands Off: While you’re palm hunting, check out these scary ones. Verschaffeltia splendida (Stilt Palm) sports really serious looking spines along the stem, and sits up on stilt-like roots. And Zombia antillarum (Zombie Palm), a native of the Antilles, features a woven pattern of equally prickly...Learn more
Jade Vine Winds Down after Extraordinary Performance

Jade Vine Winds Down after Extraordinary Performance

June 9, 2008 | Matt Cole
Did the jade vine's blooms reach June? Maybe... But I didn't see it. The end of May appears to have brought the the end of the blooming run. Still, that's almost twice the time I first expected. Nick Snakenberg, Curator of Orchids, is the man who originally sent out the word that this legume was...Learn more
Jade Vine Still Blooming

Jade Vine Still Blooming

May 5, 2008 | Matt Cole
Just an update: I thought it was finishing (first photo above), this green-blossomed liana of a legume shows that it has the long haul in mind. I've discovered that there are several more inflorescences on the jade vine (Strongylodon macrobotrys) and that you might be able to see it bloom either...Learn more
Jewel of a Jade Vine

Jewel of a Jade Vine

April 13, 2008 | Matt Cole
The jade vine is in full bloom! There are two long, hanging columns of flowers right now, with a few more to go. Green flowers have the reputation of being subtle, but this is really wild! I was up on the mezzanine, and a cluster of garden visitors was exclaiming over it. We agreed that describing...Learn more
Escape to the Tropics

Escape to the Tropics

February 7, 2008 | Doris Boardman
If you are looking for something amazing to do at the Gardens right now, visit our Cloud Forest Tree exhibit at the west end of the Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory. The Cloud Forest Tree and the Boettcher Tropical Conservatory always have something blooming, so even when it is cold and...Learn more