Bur oaks (Quercus macrocarpa) in City Park, Denver, CO

Trees That Stood the Test of Time

July 17, 2019 | Ann Frazier
If you had to guess how many big trees in Denver would survive over a 50-year period, what would you say? And have you ever wondered which types of trees have fared the best over time in the Denver area? Thanks to Al Rollinger and a team consisting of Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver City foresters,...Learn more
Sandstone Ranch

Sandstone Ranch: Douglas County’s Newest Open Space

July 15, 2019 | Research & Conservation
Across the Front Range of Colorado (and the world writ large), ecosystems and the services they provide are giving way to subdivisions and housing developments. Pasturelands—which were native prairies not so long ago—are commonly converted into private subdivisions to accommodate a growing number...Learn more
Lilium lophophorum (alpine lantern lily)

Trip to Tibet - So Many Heights Have Been Reached

July 11, 2019 | Panayoti Kelaidis
For most of us Tibet summons images of mystery, lofty mountains, monasteries on high perches and, of course, yaks. Tibet has been called the Rooftop of the World, just as Colorado could claim to be the “rooftop” of the Continental United States, although Tibet’s 4,500-meter mean elevation is more...Learn more
Colorado hookless cactus (Sclerocactus Glaucus) in bloom

Rare Spring Blooms

June 6, 2019 | Michelle DePrenger-Levin
On the western slope of Colorado you will find populations of a rare ball cactus with lilac flowers that bloom a few days a year when the sun is shining and pollinators are flying. Each Colorado hookless cactus ( Sclerocactus glaucus ) flower produces over a hundred seeds and those that germinate...Learn more
Bald eagle soaring at Plains Conservation Center in Aurora, CO. Photo by Fendi Despres.

The Eagle’s Eyes Miss Nothing

May 20, 2019 | Featured Instructor
Each morning as the sun creeps its way above the horizon, I go out onto the prairie to greet the wildlife and take note of the subtle changes across the landscape. As I walk out of the Plains Conservation Center's visitor center building and get into the truck, I am sure the eagles can see me...Learn more
Image: Karen Kitchel, Larger Than Life #11 (detail), Oil on panel.

Steppe Grasslands

March 7, 2019 | Panayoti Kelaidis
Of the many remarkable changes I’ve witnessed since I first came to work at Denver Botanic Gardens in 1980, none have excited and pleased me more than to watch as our horticultural staff have shifted the focus of plant collections here away from the traditional annuals and perennials that were the...Learn more
Gymnocladus dioica Rollinger 205, Cheesman Park

Still Crazy Over a Half-Century of Denver Trees

January 24, 2019 | Panayoti Kelaidis
There may be someone on the planet who doesn’t love trees. If so, I am quite sure they’re rather strange and lonely and probably very sunburnt. Most people don’t just love trees, they’re crazy about them! At least that’s one of the take-aways as the Rollinger Tree Collection 50-Year Survey Project...Learn more
Horticultural Therapy at Craig Hospital

Horticultural Therapy at Craig Hospital

January 18, 2019 | Horticulture Intern
Denver Botanic Gardens has partnered with Craig Hospital to offer an internship in horticultural therapy (HT) that meets the requirements of the American Horticultural Therapy Association (AHTA) for professional registered horticultural therapists. Craig Hospital is one of the top rehabilitation...Learn more
Sensory Garden at Denver Botanic Gardens

Therapeutic Horticulture at the Gardens

November 27, 2018 | Horticulture Intern
As a resident of the Denver area for most of my life, it was a true gift to experience my internship in Horticultural Therapy (HT) at Denver Botanic Gardens, a place that has always inspired magic in me. Working in the garden has always been a healing experience for me, and sharing that with others...Learn more
Saussurea weberi at Hoosier Pass

A Good Seed Can Be Hard to Find

October 15, 2018 | Alex Seglias
Plant biodiversity is being lost at an accelerated rate as a result of climate change, habitat degradation and multiple other factors. To conserve native plant species, many institutions are turning towards ex situ methods, such as storage in seed banks. Seed banks store seeds at low moisture (3-7...Learn more

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