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Imaging the Sam Mitchel Herbarium of Fungi

March 3, 2020 | Rick Levy
In early 2019, the Freyer — Newman Center for Science, Art and Education was nothing but a deep hole in the ground, and the reality of moving the entirety of our natural history collections still felt like a distant oblivion. However, planning was well underway, and we wanted to be sure that our...Learn more
Collecting plant specimens from the High Line Canal Trail

A Year in the Life of a Gardens Scientist

April 29, 2019 | Stephanie White
If you have ever stopped by the Research and Conservation Department’s office in the Boettcher Memorial Center’s basement, you have probably been offered a tour of the Gardens’ herbaria, or dried plant and fungal collections. Anyone who has visited our herbarium has heard the numbers: approximately...Learn more
Tubaria confragosa

Following in the Footsteps of Sam Mitchel

August 31, 2017 | Andrew Wilson
This year Denver Botanic Gardens is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of its fungal herbarium, the largest collection of Rocky Mountain mushrooms and fleshy fungi in the North American continent. The herbarium is home to more than 18,000 mushrooms, puffballs and other fungi of many varieties and 80...Learn more
Herbaria at Denver Botanic Gardens

New Drop-in Tour! Discover the Natural History Collections

April 27, 2017 | Kai Eldredge
On select Fridays, 1-1:30 p.m., Gardens docents will be leading a drop-in tour, “Behind the Science: Explore the Natural History Collections.” Tours are included with Gardens admission and no reservations are needed. All ages welcome but tours are most appropriate for ages 8+. Group size is limited...Learn more
Macrofungi Collection Consortium (MCC)

Macrofungi Collection Consortium (MCC)

July 2, 2012 | Meghann Toner
Through the hard work and dedication of Curators Vera Evenson and Dr. Melissa Islam along with funds from the National Science Federation, our important collection will partner with the New York Botanical Garden and 33 other institutions to create the first ever Macrofungi Collection Consortium...Learn more
Two species new to science are housed in our herbaria

Two species new to science are housed in our herbaria

June 20, 2011 | Jennifer Ramp Neale, Ph.D.
The new fungal specimen is Smithiomyces crocodilinus, only the third known species of this rare genus. The specimen was collected during a 2009 bioblitz at Soapstone Prairie Natural Area by Jack Jones, with Ed Lubow, Marc Donsky, Nora Jones and Rob Hallock, members of the Colorado Mycological...Learn more
Bioblitz uncovers previously unknown populations

Bioblitz uncovers previously unknown populations

August 27, 2009 | Research & Conservation
Denver Botanic Gardens staff were among the thirty-six scientists who donated their time in the first Soapstone Prairie Natural Area Bioblitz, surveying all species in a 24-hour period. Ten scientist teams inventoried insects, mammals, fungi, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and of course plants. Over...Learn more