Meconopsis sulphurea is a Himalayan lampshade poppy

Himalayan Super Bloom: How About China?

January 7, 2020 | Panayoti Kelaidis
Colorado wildflower lovers know that the Rockies seem to have a super bloom every year in the high mountains. The Himalayas likewise have a reliable super bloom in the summer months—with a rather different palette of plant gems. In China you will find hundreds of kinds of rhododendrons and primulas...Learn more
Children's Camp at Denver Botanic Gardens

Thank You For Your Donation to the Gardens!

December 11, 2019 | Robert Price
Colorado Gives Day was December 10 but it’s not too late to make your gift to Denver Botanic Gardens. If you already made your gift, THANK YOU! The difference you make is profound. Your gift will help nearly 40,000 children make strong connections to the natural world. Denver Botanic Gardens offers...Learn more
The Salt Valley outside of Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

From The Stans With Love

October 11, 2019 | Kevin Williams
A 34-hour flight brought us 12 time zones away. We touched down in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, on the golden, late-summer steppe, with foothills and mountains to our left. It felt like landing outside of Boulder. Throughout our trip, we were astounded by how a place could feel so strange and yet so much...Learn more
Mycology Lab Seasonal Justin Loucks teaches a fascinated youngster about fungi at the Telluride Mushroom Festival.

Mycological Splendor in the San Juans

October 7, 2019 | Rick Levy
As we turned southward out of Montrose, the deep green of a damp forest surrounding the towering San Juan Mountains reassured us that this trip would prove worthwhile. Dr. Andy Wilson and I were making our way to the Telluride Mushroom Festival for the second time. Last year had been notoriously...Learn more
Cucurbita argyrosperma is used by the Tohono O’odham and Hopi people of the American South west, on display in the Orangery.

Celebrating Crop Wild Relative Week

September 23, 2019 | Sarada Krishnan
The Crop Science Society of America has designated September 22-29 as Crop Wild Relative Week . Crop Wild Relatives (CWRs) are the wild cousins of our cultivated crops that we eat every day. Over time, plant domestication has led to the development and use of improved varieties in modern...Learn more
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

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