Crocus goulimyi

"Until they think warm days will never cease"

October 30, 2014 | Panayoti Kelaidis
Salvia greggii 'Wild Thing' Every autumn there are days that remind me of Keats' great Ode to Autumn , but I can never remember such a warm, interminable fall. The weathermen are predicting hard frost next week--so the next few days may be your last time this year to see Denver Botanic Gardens in...Learn more
Sago palm in Washington D.C.

Majesty in our Nation's Capital

October 17, 2014 | Panayoti Kelaidis
Capitol columns Even on a cloudy day, Russell Page's monumental garden at the heart of the National Arboretum resonates with me. I have been traveling for nearly two weeks through the Atlantic seaboard, giving talks in Connecticut and Philadelphia as well as Washington D.C. this week, the heartland...Learn more

York Street Trial Garden Evaluation Day

September 23, 2014 | Bridget Blomquist
On August 5, 2014, Denver Botanic Gardens conducted its second trial evaluation day for the York Street Trial Garden. Located right outside our main entrance gate, visitors can get a look at various plant entries participating in the trials. The purpose of Denver Botanic Gardens’ York Street Trial...Learn more
Red bird

Hummingbird magnet...Red Birds in a Tree celebrates a birthday!

September 4, 2014 | Panayoti Kelaidis
Red birds in a tree Native plants usually summon up images of wispy, finely textured grasses or suchlike--hardly a glamorous novelty like red birds in a tree ( Scrophularia macrantha ). This gorgeous native perennial is prospering in gardens across America and beyond, but is restricted in nature to...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

Hydrangeas for Colorado?

July 20, 2014 | Panayoti Kelaidis
Hydrangea quercifolia This time of year I am amazed to see spectacular mounds of Hydrangea 'Annabelle' glowing around the metro area. That is one cultivar that has certainly made its mark, although one doesn't see quite as many of them as you would in a more humid part of the country. I've noticed...Learn more
Echinocereus gonacanthus

Annus Mirabilis: a toast from a claret cup!

June 16, 2014 | Panayoti Kelaidis
Claret cup cactus Earlier this year, the Colorado Legislature passed a bill designating Echinocereus triglochidiatus the official state cactus of Colorado. I'm one of those people who'd find it hard to settle on a single taxon as a favorite--especially in such a splendiferous and exquisite group as...Learn more
Purple Mt. majesty

Purple Mountain Majesty

May 21, 2014 | Panayoti Kelaidis
Purple Mountain sun daisy at City and County Building For over a decade the Master Gardeners of Denver and I maintained a low water garden in front of the City and County Building in the Civic Center of Denver. It was with mixed feelings that I saw this replaced a few years ago with a much simpler...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