Lililum lophophorum, Yunnan, Hongshan

Horticultural Trip to China, Part 2

August 15, 2018 | Panayoti Kelaidis
The Chinese side of the mighty Himalayas, especially in Yunnan province, is considered a global hot spot for the world’s flora. Yunnan comprises 152,124 square miles compared to Colorado’s 104,185 square miles. The flora of Yunnan is reputed to have more than 18,000 species of plants, while...Learn more
Androsace delavayi on Beimashan Pass

Horticultural Trip to China, Part 1

August 8, 2018 | Panayoti Kelaidis
In 1999 I attended an international horticultural expo in Kunming, China—Denver’s Sister City. The contrast between the China I found then and the country I visited last month could not be more striking. During my recent trip I passed through four Chinese airports—all of which appeared to be brand...Learn more
Spider power: Cleome for the garden

Spider power: Cleome for the garden

August 14, 2011 | Panayoti Kelaidis
None other than Cleome serrulata, our native annual spider plant. You can see this blooming abundantly on median strips at the outskirts of Denver, and popping up in all sorts of native and ruderal settings. I was dazzled by spectacular deep violet purple forms on my way to DIA the other day on...Learn more

Rattlesnakes at Chatfield

June 10, 2010 | Larry Vickerman
We received a large amount of publicity over the past weekend about a rattlesnake biting a young man on the heel last Friday. I wanted to assure our visitors that this is a very rare event at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield. We have been open to the public for more than 20 years, and this is...Learn more