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Your Chance to Win Two Concert Tickets!

February 3, 2016 | Doris Boardman
Dreaming of spring? Come to the Colorado Garden & Home Show this month. There will be more than an acre of indoor gardens to visit—take in the sights and smells of spring! Denver Botanic Gardens members will get free admission on Wed., Feb. 17, 2016 to the Colorado Convention Center (the show...Learn more
Salvia indica

Salvia Mundi: 'Sage' advice for you

March 3, 2015 | Panayoti Kelaidis
Salvia indica The first salvia to bloom at Denver Botanic Gardens every spring is actually from Western Asia and Turkey rather than India as the name would imply. It shows one extreme of the range of form the genus can display. Now look below at a Western American gem: Salvia pachyphylla Over the...Learn more

Trees MATTER!

February 26, 2015 | Panayoti Kelaidis
Juniperus excelsa Photo: taken mid-September, 2001 above treeline in the Pakistan Himalaya. Notice this rugged, treeline behemoth was cut for firewood. It is sadly emblematic of how we humans have taken an enormous toll on forests worldwide, not just in nature, but in our cities where tree...Learn more

The Ice Plant Cometh

September 10, 2014 | Panayoti Kelaidis
Delosperma floribundum 'Starburst' There have been a veritable flood of hardy ice plants on the market in recent years, to the point where we have forgotten about some of the worthy old timers. This happens to be a twenty year anniversary for the time when I first saw and collected this delightful...Learn more

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

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