Elecampane (Inula helenium)

Top 10 Medicinal Plants

August 10, 2018 | Horticulture Intern
Many medicinal plants are easy to grow in Colorado and have incredible healing properties. Horticulturist Blake Burger and horticulture intern Kenna Castleberry pick their top 10 to grow at home.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
Hackberry nipple gall on the underside of hackberry leaves

Oh the Gall! Strange Growths on Leaves

July 30, 2018 | Emily Stine
One of the most frequent questions I get around this time of year is “what is growing on my leaves?” while being handed a hackberry leaf with knobs on the back. These knobs are galls – abnormal growths on leaves and stems with a number of different causes, mainly insects and diseases. In the case...Learn more
Lavender

Medicinal Plants Virtual Tour at the Gardens

July 28, 2018 | Horticulture Intern
Kenna here, the medicinal plant intern at Denver Botanic Gardens. I’m excited to announce the newly publicized medicinal plants virtual tour on the Gardens Navigator website! In creating this virtual tour, I hope to bring more awareness to medicinal plants and help dispel the reputation of "pseudo-...Learn more
Summer Concert Series

How to Attend the Summer Concert Series Like a Pro

July 23, 2018 | Special Events
It’s the peak of summer here at our York Street location, and we are heading into the busiest weeks of the annual Summer Concert Series. Even for seasoned Denver concert-goers, there’s no venue in town quite like the Gardens. With somewhat unique restrictions on what you can bring, what you can’t...Learn more
Grammatophyllum speciosum

World’s Largest Orchid Plant in Bloom

July 20, 2018 | Nick Snakenberg
If you’ve ever wanted to see the world’s largest orchid plant in bloom, now is your chance. While there are taller orchid plants and larger orchid flowers, the overall mass of Grammatophyllum speciosum has earned it recognition as the world’s largest orchid and it is now in bloom in our Boettcher...Learn more
Two Japanese beetles on a leaf.

Japanese Beetle Biological Control Release

July 15, 2018 | Emily Stine
Japanese beetles ( Popillia japonica ) have become numerous around Denver Botanic Gardens – I can’t walk near grapes, roses or other flowering plants and not see them. Even though these insects are beautiful like glimmering green and copper jewels, the damage they cause is not. Unfortunately, it’s...Learn more
Cryptolamus montrouzieri, mealybug destroyer, being released for biological control of mealybugs

Biological Control: Controlling Insects with Insects

July 10, 2018 | Emily Stine
When it comes to pest management, Denver Botanic Gardens ascribes to Integrated Pest Management (IPM) strategies to manage and control pest populations. One of the critical components of IPM is biological control – the use of specific organisms (often called natural enemies or biological control...Learn more
Kenna Castleberry

Medicinal Plant Intern at the Gardens

July 6, 2018 | Horticulture Intern
To be honest with you, I had very little knowledge of medicinal plants before I started as the medicinal plant intern here at Denver Botanic Gardens. The little that I did know came from being raised by my homeopathic hippie mother, whose two main rules were: no vaccines and if it tastes like cat...Learn more
Extensive damage on columbine (Aquilegia spp.) leaves.

Leaf Miners: Not Mining for Gold

July 2, 2018 | Emily Stine
Blotchy patches, serpentine lines, and small black dots inside a clear section of leaf – these are all symptoms I look for when diagnosing leaf miner damage. Leaf miners are the larval form of a few species of flies that live within the upper and lower surfaces on the leaf and feed on the cells...Learn more

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