The Turnip and Halloween: A Surprising Pair

October 27, 2015 | Ebi Kondo
Carved pumpkins or jack-o-lanterns are a familiar decoration during the Halloween season. It brings our attention to mid-autumn and the upcoming winter. The origin of the jack-o-lantern is from northern Europe – specifically Ireland and Scotland – where the turnip was carved instead of a pumpkin...Read more

It's never too early to discover the wonders of nature

July 8, 2015 | Jennifer Ackers
Calling all bug catching, dirt digging, flower watering, puddle jumping and bee buzzing toddlers! There are still spaces available in our Summer Seedlings classes. Seedlings classes offer our youngest visitors (ages 18 months to six years) the opportunity to explore, discover and create alongside...Read more

Museum Highlight: Key to Mosses

June 29, 2015 | Rick Levy
Before the internet and digital tools became intrinsic of everyday botany, scientists used tools like this punched-card key to identify Colorado mosses. Created by William Weber, former curator of the University of Colorado Museum Herbarium, the key requires its user to select cards corresponding...Read more

Finding Humor in the Helen Fowler Library

June 15, 2015 | Rory O'Connor-Walston
The Helen Fowler Library and Archives is the largest horticultural library in the Rocky Mountain region. Here you can find over 20,000 titles related to plants, including (but not limited to!) agriculture, botanical art, ecology, sustainability and landscaping. The library also has an excellent...Read more
Father's Day Gifts

The Shop at the Gardens Father’s Day Gift Guide

June 12, 2015 | Sean Mahoney
Father’s Day is just around the corner and the Shop at the Gardens has some great gift ideas for the dad(s) in your life. Don’t forget Gardens members receive 10% off all purchases. The Shop is open daily, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. (last entry to the Gardens is 8 p.m.) You don’t need to pay admission to...Read more
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Gardening with Native Plants

June 3, 2015 | Featured Instructor
We read disturbing news everyday about the fate of our honeybees and the demise of the iconic Monarch butterfly. It’s enough to make any dedicated gardener feel helpless! But there is something we can do to help solve the problem. Establishing and growing native plant gardens can provided critical...Read more

Meet Your Local Medicinal Plants

May 13, 2015 | Featured Instructor
Did you know that many of the plants growing right around you have medicinal properties? From weeds like dandelion and mullein to natives growing in the nearby hills like willow and arnica, as well as culinary garden plants like thyme, lavender and sage. You are surrounded by nature’s pharmacy! All...Read more

Gardens' Internship Program

April 29, 2015 | Ann Montague
The whirlwind of spring activities is well underway here at the Gardens but in a few weeks fresh energy in the form of our class of summer horticulture interns will be adding to the mix. Denver Botanic Gardens Internship Program dates back to 1976. Since inception, hundreds of budding horticulture...Read more

Cactus and Succulent Extravaganza

March 26, 2015 | Panayoti Kelaidis
Delosperma Fire Spinner In the course of my tenure I've seen many fads and enthusiasms sweep over Denver Botanic Gardens. Some (like perennial gardens and Xeriscape) seem to have stuck around. If you haven't noticed, succulents are HOT right now. Each year I notice more and more containers planted...Read more

Literature of the Land Book Club: Spring 2015

March 24, 2015 | Rory O'Connor-Walston
I am pleased to announce the spring 2015 session of Literature of the Land, a book club series hosted by the Helen Fowler Library. We’ll read three books over three months, focusing on a specific topic of interest. We delve into literature related to the land and to nature, discussing topics that...Read more