Green Roof – a year-and-a-half later

Green Roof – a year-and-a-half later

May 17, 2009 | Sarada Krishnan
The green roof at Denver Botanic Gardens opened in November 2007. Within a year and a half, this garden has established very well creating a green space where once was a regular cemented roof. Situated above our former gift shop (soon to become a bistro), this one-of-a-kind green roof features...Read more

The New Community Garden: An Urban Community Treasure

April 26, 2009 | Sarada Krishnan
After much anticipation, the community garden plots were laid out this week. The creation of this garden has taken well over a year. Back and forth negotiations with Denver Water to acquire their property at Congress Park, community meetings, planning and implementation, all these have been truly a...Read more
A Little Color on a Drab Day

A Little Color on a Drab Day

April 12, 2009 | Ellen Hertzman
Easter dawned today gray and drizzly--not what we might hope for on an April Sunday. A few brave souls are visiting the Gardens, where our newest exhibit--Jurassic Gardens--is being installed. But I have a quiet moment to post a little color. Around this time of year, I like to tinker with natural...Read more
Eating Locally--The Year Begins in March!

Eating Locally--The Year Begins in March!

March 22, 2009 | Ellen Hertzman
It's March, and my gardening year has begun! I've planted seeds for lettuces, spinach, and scallions, and put in my baby onions to get fat. Some people have luck with peas, but they've never worked for me, between our instant summer weather that is just too much for them, and the birds who love the...Read more
Eating Locally: the View from February

Eating Locally: the View from February

February 3, 2009 | Ellen Hertzman
Dinner last night was homemade pizza, featuring homegrown basil pesto, tomatoes from my garden, and red peppers, picked from the garden and roasted till the skins fell off. Dessert was a cobbler of farmer's market Colorado peaches, and blackberries from my incredibly prolific vines. No, you're not...Read more
January Interns Find a Warm Welcome

January Interns Find a Warm Welcome

January 27, 2009 | Ellen Hertzman
The Gardens welcomed two interns from Oberlin College during the month of January. The young women, who between them are majoring in Plant Biology, History, Creative Writing, and Environmental Studies, lent their energy to numerous projects. They spent time measuring champion trees, finding and...Read more
Natives in fall

Natives in fall

October 1, 2008 | Dominique Bayne
The benefits of growing native plants are many - they are easy to grow, they increase native biodiversity, they reduce the risk of introducing invasives, and they use little water to name a few. In fall though, probably more than any other time of year, the overriding reason is their beauty. It is...Read more
Leaves of Grass: Autumnal bounty

Leaves of Grass: Autumnal bounty

September 11, 2008 | Panayoti Kelaidis
Is it a coincidence that Walt Whitman named his revolutionary collection of poetry "Leaves of Grass"? Grass is the dominant vegetation in our region, and ornamental grasses have revolutionized horticulture across America in recent decades. If I had to pick a favorite grass, right now I would have...Read more

The call of the compost heap...

September 8, 2008 | Dominique Bayne
I was once jokingly asked by a co-worker in a previous career if I was going to answer 'the call of the compost heap' and quit my job to garden full time. It seems that this turned out to be closer to the truth than I thought at the time. Do you compost your kitchen and garden waste at home? If you...Read more
Why Baby Vegetables are a Luxury, and Other Thoughts on Preparing for Winter

Why Baby Vegetables are a Luxury, and Other Thoughts on Preparing for Winter

September 1, 2008 | Ellen Hertzman
Preparing for winter? Yes, I've been thinking about winter for a couple months now, ever since I decided to try to eat more local foods. I won't be limiting myself to eating only foods grown in Colorado, especially over the winter, but I am wanting to pay more attention to where my food comes from...Read more

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