What in blazes?

August 15, 2014 | Panayoti Kelaidis
Liatris ligulistylis I was born in Colorado, and have spent most of my life here--and lots of time poking around the plains and mountains--to the extent that I've seen and can identify most of the showier native wildflowers, and a good many of the less showy ones as well. A few have escaped me. You...Learn more

Titanic Tithonia

August 11, 2014 | Panayoti Kelaidis
Tithonia rotundifolia For years I have admired this giant daisy at Denver Botanic Gardens, where it is planted here or there in various annual groupings. This year, I decided it was time to enjoy it at home. I obtained a few small seedlings from a nursery in Arvada and planted them out rather late...Learn more

Dodged the bullet!

May 13, 2014 | Panayoti Kelaidis
Allium karataviense var. henrikii All that snow! and the temps have not seemed to drop too much below freezing. My pond at home hasn't had even a skim of ice, and the tender green leaves around town look pretty good. I think we dodged the bullet. The snow paints some lovely pictures around our...Learn more
Mountain Ash in bloom at the Plant Sale

Spring Plant Sale Busy and Gardens Still Beautiful

May 9, 2014 | Matt Cole
Just when you see the Gardens is busy, busy, busy with shoppers and sellers, it takes a matter of a few steps to disappear away from the crowds. At Spring Plant Sale , I certainly drooled my share over the water-smart plants and flirted with other blooms in the diversity of sections. But I wound my...Learn more

To Gardens With Love

February 14, 2014 | John Murgel
Gardens are wonderful. Understatement! Gardens (and the plants that inhabit them) provide so much to humanity, a Valentine ode seems appropriate. O, Gardens, I love thee because: 1. You keep people healthy. Gardening can be a very physical activity. Plants and green places provide a filter for air...Learn more

Some Plants for All Seasons

January 15, 2014 | John Murgel
Spells of fairly warm winter weather are a hallmark of Colorado’s Front Range, providing us lucky residents a great chance to spend some time outdoors when our more easterly neighbors remain oppressed by grey cold. Conifers are great for some winter greenery both in the wild and in gardens, but don...Learn more
white ash

Emerald Ash Borer Infestation

December 19, 2013 | Panayoti Kelaidis
Fraxinus americana 'Autumn Purple' (White Ash) "Disaster in slow motion" is a phrase that has been applied to many phenomena including global warming, the collapse of biodiversity, chronic drought...and most recently it's been appled to the Emerald Ash Borer ( Agrilus planipennis : henceforward...Learn more
Giant weeping elm at Regis University Arboretum

Out-Regis fall color!

October 28, 2013 | Panayoti Kelaidis
Weeping American elm Colorado is given to extremes: remember last spring we were due for drought? Instead we ended up with 100 year floods. This April we experienced the worst late frost in my long life as a gardener--but this fall is turning out to be one of the longest and loveliest ever. So some...Learn more
Scott Skogerboe and a special maple...

A tale of two gorgeous maples...sad but true!

October 22, 2013 | Panayoti Kelaidis
Scott Skogerboe and mystery maple... Everyone should have a hero. Scott Skogerboe has always been one of mine: Head of propagation at Fort Collins Nursery Wholesale , he and his boss, Gary Epstein have been the force behind most of the woody plant introductions of Plant Select . Here he is standing...Learn more
Eriogonum corymbosum 'San Rafael'

Passing the buck......wheat!

August 25, 2013 | Panayoti Kelaidis
Eriogonum corymbosum 'San Rafael' Anyone who drives through the Colorado Plateau this time of year is apt to be struck by the ubiquitous and astonishing mounds of mounding buckwheat everywhere you look. Millions have passed by this buckwheat--but few stop, and fewer indeed have grown this plant. 25...Learn more