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Crocus tommasinianus 'Whitewell Purple'

March Walking Tour - Minor Bulbs

March 1, 2019 | Mike Kintgen
Minor bulbs create some of the first horticultural spectacles of the year in temperate climates. Less familiar to many gardeners than their larger relatives such as tulips, daffodils and hyacinths, they provide some of the earliest and most reliable color of any plants we can add to our Western...Learn more
Juniperus scopulorum (Rocky Mountain juniper)

February Walking Tour - Evergreens

February 1, 2019 | Mike Bone
For most, the word “evergreen” evokes the thought of a pine, spruce or fir tree. These are the trees that give year-round structure to our gardens and provide points to hold our attention and direct our focus. They are the forests that we cut for timber, paper and fuel. Without the dominance of the...Learn more
Clerodendrum × speciosum

January Walking Tour – Winter Tropical Blossoms

January 4, 2019 | Nick Snakenberg
With very few exceptions, January flowers are hard to come by in a Colorado landscape. Not so in the tropical plant collections at Denver Botanic Gardens. The Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory, Marnie’s Pavilion and the Orangery are a perfect venue for your winter floral fix. Clerodendrum ×...Learn more
Pinus bungeana, or the lacebark pine

November Walking Tour – Interesting Bark

November 8, 2018 | Brien Darby
Visiting the Gardens in the fall is the perfect time to admire the tree bark that is so often overshadowed by leaves and flowers during the growing season. That being said, my first recommendation happens to be the bark of an evergreen tree, Pinus bungeana, or the lacebark pine. This tree, much...Learn more
Mimosa

August Walking Tour – Bizarre and Exceptional Annual Flowers

August 1, 2018 | Bridget Blomquist
Annual Flowers Curiosities of the Gardens August, during the "dog days" of summer, is the perfect time to view all the fantastic annuals at Denver Botanic Gardens. During this time, annual flowers are at their peak, revealing their mature height and showy blossoms. This walking tour highlights some...Learn more
Allium and foxtail lilies

May Walking Tour - Xeric Bulbs

May 1, 2018 | Dan Johnson
For many people the mention of spring bulbs conjures images of an “estate garden” swathed in bands of color: rivers of blue grape hyacinth, fields of sunlit tulips or woodland slopes awash in early daffodils. What may not come to mind is the humble origins of most of our bulbs, and just how tough...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
Calathea lancifolia

February Walking Tour - Escape the Winter Cold

February 8, 2018 | Nick Snakenberg
Be sure to stroll the paths of the Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory where you can enjoy plenty of non-orchid tropical blossoms. Although we are often focused on beautiful flowers, tropical foliage can have its own special appeal. While stopping to “smell the roses,” why not give a little...Learn more
Areca vestiaria

January Walking Tour: Becoming Frond of Palms

January 4, 2018 | Nicholas Giaquinto
For most horticulturists, winter is the time to prepare new planting schemes and dream of greener pastures. Of course, you could be fortunate enough to be able to work in a conservatory, where you are surrounded by colorful flowers and foliage year round, even in the dead of winter. The Boettcher...Learn more
Acorn bell and maple seed flower

A Walking Tour of Outdoor Winter Arrangements

November 30, 2017 | Jennifer Miller
Where do plants go when they die at the Gardens? Most, as you might expect, go to the compost pile, but a select few get a lucky break: a chance to be displayed again. Each fall, armfuls of cuttings are hung and dried in our tool room for winter arrangements. These are what we call “everlasting...Learn more

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