On Giving Roses

On Giving Roses

February 14, 2012 | John Murgel
A lot of people will send or receive a bouquet of roses today, and they will be continuing a very long tradition. Roses are one of the oldest of cultivated flowers—they have been grown across Asia for many centuries. Roses first came to Europe from Persia and were already extremely popular in...Learn more
Evergreens You Might Not Notice

Evergreens You Might Not Notice

February 8, 2012 | John Murgel
Plants, like most organisms, must overcome a number of challenges before they reach maturity. Seeds are heavily preyed upon by insects, birds and mammals, and new seedlings face stiff competition from one another for light, water and nutrients. Germinating in the fall or early winter when many...Learn more
As Busy as Gardeners in Winter

As Busy as Gardeners in Winter

January 27, 2012 | Matt Cole
Winter is busy, and not just for Colorado skiers. Gardeners are planning, dreaming and preparing; growers are tending indoor blooms; and propagators are starting plants to be ready for warm weather: busy! Evergreens are balancing photosynthesis and drought, orchids are delivering on the promise of...Learn more
A Bank You Can Trust: the Seed Bank

A Bank You Can Trust: the Seed Bank

January 24, 2012 | John Murgel
As the Greek government, its creditors, and the bankers at the International Monetary Fund continue to discuss Eurobonds and interest rates, my thoughts have wandered from the European Central Bank to another sort of bank altogether—the seed bank. In a previous blog post I described how before...Learn more
Seed Dormancy:  Botanical "Hibernation"

Seed Dormancy: Botanical "Hibernation"

January 10, 2012 | John Murgel
While taking advantage of the warm daytime temperatures in recent weeks to get some pruning in, I was hailed from the pathway nearby. "Do you ever worry about seeds coming up early during warm spells like this?" In a word, "no." But why not? The seeds of most temperate plants have evolved a variety...Learn more
How to make a simple hypertufa trough

How to make a simple hypertufa trough

December 2, 2011 | Brien Darby
From time to time, the greenhouse team at Denver Botanic Gardens will build hypertufa troughs. These troughs are a great addition to a garden, especially for showcasing some of the rock garden plants, native wildflowers, and cacti that might otherwise be lost in a larger landscape. We sell our...Learn more
A STAR is born! Muhlenbergia reverchonii glows at dusk and dawn

A STAR is born! Muhlenbergia reverchonii glows at dusk and dawn

October 15, 2011 | Panayoti Kelaidis
The second and third pictures were taken in the Rock Alpine Garden last week. The lower the light the more vivid the color--alas, these were taken an hour or two before prime color. Scott and Lauren Ogden introduced this stunning grass, which is native to Eastern and Central Texas. It was first...Learn more
Plant Select and hummingbirds

Plant Select and hummingbirds

September 23, 2010 | Panayoti Kelaidis
Who isn't entranced by hummingbirds? This picture was taken and e-mailed to me recently by a visiting nurseryman, Erbin Baumgardner, last month in our new Darlene Radichel Plant Select Garden. You can still find hummingbirds buzzing the various Salvias and Agastaches in this garden almost any day...Learn more
Water-Smart Gardening: Appearances Can Be Deceiving

Water-Smart Gardening: Appearances Can Be Deceiving

September 18, 2010 | Sarah Spearman
If a yard or garden looks like it has been transplanted from the desert, does that make it a “water-smart garden?” One might make the assumption that the plants do not need much supplemental water and, therefore, the homeowner is being frugal with his or her water application. This may actually be...Learn more
Lilac Garden's Stunning Display of Colorful Irises

Lilac Garden's Stunning Display of Colorful Irises

June 17, 2010 | Matt Cole
Like several other bloggers here, I have really enjoyed the irises in bloom in the Lilac Garden. They're stunning! While we all rhapsodize about how colorful the blooms are, and how marvelous the experience is, I keep going back and finding another gem in the display. (Of course, that is what we...Learn more

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