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
Holiday Party at Blossoms of Light

You Bring the Party, We’ll Bring the Lights

June 29, 2018 | Special Events
Ranked by CNN last year as one of the seven best places to see holiday lights in the United States, Blossoms of Light offers a spectacular setting for your end-of-year celebrations with colleagues, friends or family. With booking options available every night of the week from Nov. 23 - Dec. 16, we...Learn more
The distinct curve and twist of this stem is a characteristic sign of fasciation.

Fascinating Fasciation: A Plant Mutation

June 22, 2018 | Emily Stine
While on one of my scouting tours through the Gardens, Mike Bone, curator of steppe collections and one of the horticulturists that manages the Steppe Garden , informed me that the red hot poker plant ( Kniphofia stricta , also known as a torch lily) had some interesting fasciation going on in the...Learn more
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Plant Health Highlights Introduction

June 11, 2018 | Emily Stine
I'm the Doctor of Plant Health Horticulture Intern at Denver Botanic Gardens this summer. My internship is focused on plant health, with diagnostic projects ranging across topics including nutritional deficiencies, insect pests and diseases. I am working with horticulturalists here at the Gardens...Learn more
Delosperma spp. in the Steppe Garden

Steppe Garden Awakening

May 24, 2018 | Mike Bone
There are many conversations that can come from a visit to the Steppe Garden —conversations about plants, soils, pollinators, design, ecology, hydrology, distribution and connections. This unique space pulls together so many different disciplines that you can’t help asking questions. One of my...Learn more
 Helen Fowler Library

Exploring Colorado with the Helen Fowler Library

May 21, 2018 | Anna Kongs
With every new year comes resolutions to make us better versions of ourselves. And with every new season, we set new goals to support those annual commitments. Every spring I tell myself “I’m going to explore Colorado more. I’m going to go hiking, camping, and learn the name of every wildflower I...Learn more

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