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Crevice garden west of the meadows in the Rock Alpine Garden

April Virtual Walking Tour - Rock Alpine Garden

April 3, 2020 | Mike Kintgen
In a complex world, a simple cycle like the return of spring can be reassuring. Nothing beats spring in the Rock Alpine Garden; rock gardens are traditionally at their best in spring as the residents are often native to high elevations and keyed to bloom during the brief alpine summers found around...Learn more
Frasera speciosa (also known as green gentian, elkweed or monument plant)

An Adventure in Unusual Alpine Flora on Colorado Mountains

September 17, 2019 | Horticulture Intern
During my time as the Rock Alpine Garden intern, I have been lucky enough to embark on many adventures into the field. I’ve added fencing around the montane gardens at Mount Goliath, summited Mount Evans to collect herbarium specimens with Horticulture Specialist Amy Schneider, hiked across...Learn more
Penstemon uintahneis will bloom in April in the Rock Alpine Garden's crevice garden

April Walking Tour - Rock Alpine Garden

April 3, 2018 | Mike Kintgen
Mirroring the natural alpine and woodland habitats that the Rock Alpine Garden is inspired by, spring is a great time to walk through this garden. Both alpine and woodland plants bloom early in the year in response to the physical restraints of their native environments. Alpines are programmed to...Learn more
The Best Time to Be a Member

The Best Time to Be a Member

March 15, 2013 | Membership Department
Winter is almost over, however there are still lots of options for enjoying the Gardens. Be sure to see some of the thousands of spring bulbs that are starting to bloom throughout the Gardens! The Mordecai Children’s Garden just opened for the season. If you have kids, the Children’s Garden is an...Learn more
Orostachys: living jade for the garden

Orostachys: living jade for the garden

July 31, 2010 | Panayoti Kelaidis
Orostachys spinosa in a troughYou know you have succeeded when you are copied: this picture (or something like it) has shown up in books, in nursery catalogues, on advertising flyers and in other people's talks: people just love the way the gray trough seems to morph into these gnarly, symmetrical...Learn more
Himalayan may apple

Himalayan may apple

May 19, 2010 | Panayoti Kelaidis
closeup of Podophyllum emodi Anyone who grew up in the Midwest knows the modest, nodding May Apple (Podophyllum peltatum) ubiquitous in the woods there. I suspect that not one in twenty visitors to Denver Botanic Gardens ever notice its modest cousin that blooms for a week or two in mid May every...Learn more
Finally, after four years: Helleborus vesicarius in bloom

Finally, after four years: Helleborus vesicarius in bloom

February 19, 2010 | Mike Kintgen
Good things come to those who wait we are told. Helleborus vesicarius seedlings were set out in spring of 2006 after a supplier donated a pot full of 20 seedlings with the warning that it was a very tricky species to grow. He was in Virginia, not exactly a similar climate to southern Turkey and...Learn more
Coming into their own...

Coming into their own...

February 12, 2010 | Panayoti Kelaidis
Winter Beauty  in the Rock Alpine Garden

Winter Beauty in the Rock Alpine Garden

December 21, 2009 | Mike Kintgen
Despite the balmy 54 degrees Fahrenheit it is as I write this, today is the official start of winter. The winter solstice not only marks the official start of winter but ironically the return to longer and eventually warmer days. Winter has already made several visits to Denver long before the...Learn more
Topsy turvy Crocuses...

Topsy turvy Crocuses...

October 20, 2009 | Panayoti Kelaidis
Autumn is imbued with intimations of mortality: dying leaves, dormancy, doom, gloom, Hallowe'en colors and ghosts and spooks: Boo! Gardeners know another side of this "season of mists and mellow fruitfulness": there are a number of plants that only begin blooming in September, with one or another...Learn more