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

Midsummer Minion: the hardiest Pelargonium

July 14, 2014 | Panayoti Kelaidis
The hardy "Geranium" Savvy gardeners will tell you that "Geraniums" in common parlance are really " Pelargonium " (their proper Latin Name) and generally tender plants. There are, in fact, two true Pelargonium that grow only in Eurasia, and both of these are thriving at Denver Botanic Gardens: the...Learn more

Toast to Winecups! (Callirhoe involucrata)

July 6, 2014 | Panayoti Kelaidis
Winecups in Watersmart Garden Strolling around York Street gardens this time of year, you are apt to see a bright rose red plant that resembles a geranium in many gardens. It is apt to be winecups ( Callirhoe involucrata ), a favorite of many staff and keen gardeners in the area. Not a geranium at...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
Mountain Ash in bloom at the Plant Sale

Spring Plant Sale Busy and Gardens Still Beautiful

May 9, 2014 | Matt Cole
Just when you see the Gardens is busy, busy, busy with shoppers and sellers, it takes a matter of a few steps to disappear away from the crowds. At Spring Plant Sale , I certainly drooled my share over the water-smart plants and flirted with other blooms in the diversity of sections. But I wound my...Learn more
The Shop at the Gardens

The Shop at the Gardens, Westword’s 2014 ‘Best of Denver’ Gift Shop

May 6, 2014 | Dianne Denholm
It’s so easy to swing by York Street for free parking, convenient walk-in shopping, and therapeutic daydreaming at the beautiful Shop at the Gardens. Admission to the Shop at the Gardens is free. In addition to great cards to go with your gifts…there are bounties of not-so-ordinary gift ideas!...Learn more

Help Protect Your Urban Canopy

April 25, 2014 | John Murgel
The Emerald Ash Borer has been in the news a lot recently, but it is only one of a swarm of exotic threats that menace the natural environment of the United States. Denver Botanic Gardens is a partner in the Sentinel Plant Network, a joint effort of the National Plant Diagnostic Network (NPDN) and...Learn more

Alpines Galore!

April 20, 2014 | Panayoti Kelaidis
Pasqueflower There are pasqueflowers throughout Denver Botanic Gardens this week--especially in the rock garden. I have observed many interesting phenomena in my long career at Denver Botanic Gardens: the proliferation of perennials and alpines being perhaps my favorite. Don't get me wrong, I love...Learn more

The Joy of Shopping for Plants

April 15, 2014 | admin
By Colleen Smith, Guest Blogger Colleen Smith writes and gardens in Denver. She’s the author of Glass Halo and Laid-Back Skier. We humans are no more exempt than the bees and butterflies and hummingbirds when it comes to plants: We’re attracted to their sweetness and beauty. We recognize plants as...Learn more