To Gardens With Love

February 14, 2014 | John Murgel
Gardens are wonderful. Understatement! Gardens (and the plants that inhabit them) provide so much to humanity, a Valentine ode seems appropriate. O, Gardens, I love thee because: 1. You keep people healthy. Gardening can be a very physical activity. Plants and green places provide a filter for air...Learn more
Rose Morden Sunrise

Roses for Every Garden

February 9, 2014 | Featured Instructor
Receiving a rose bouquet as a gift is very special. Could it be that roses represent so many emotions and are positively linked to specific occasions like birthdays, Valentine's Day, graduations and anniversaries? Or are they special because their blooms are fragrant, beautifully colored and have...Learn more
garlic cloves

Folk Remedies and Kitchen Cures

January 31, 2014 | Featured Instructor
Growing up in Kansas with a stern Baptist grandmother I had a lot of early experience with home remedies. Returning from a grandma visit to jeering siblings I often had garlic breath and sported flaky baking soda poultices. I found Grandmother fascinating and diligently followed her around her...Learn more

Before Valentine’s Day, Stories on Stage enacts Love in the Gardens

January 27, 2014 | Matt Cole
As we’ve gained more storytelling mediums in my lifetime (video games, music videos, webcomics and more), I certainly feel like the short story has taken a hit in prevalence and influence. So into the gap comes Denver-based Stories on Stage ; they bring short stories from any era to life in...Learn more

Fearless Shrub Pruning

January 24, 2014 | Featured Instructor
Late winter to early spring is the ideal time to prune deciduous shrubs before new growth begins. Although it’s easy to neglect these garden workhorses, view pruning as important to growing a healthy shrub that will set off the rest of your garden efforts. Start by assessing the condition of your...Learn more

The “Moth”er of Orchid-dom

January 23, 2014 | John Murgel
Between now and February 24, the Orangery at Denver Botanic Gardens is hosting the annual Orchid Showcase . In addition to the blossom show being put on behind the glass walls of the collections greenhouses, the transitional space of the Orangery itself is festooned with orchids, mostly hybrids of...Learn more

Aromatherapy Basics and Beyond

January 10, 2014 | Featured Instructor
Everyone has a smell that can transport them back in time to a memory that brings a smile to the face. Different smells call to mind different emotions. If you knew that one in particular helped to alter your mood, relax you in body and soul wouldn’t you want to try that perhaps instead of taking a...Learn more
What a year!

The Year in Review

December 27, 2013 | Panayoti Kelaidis
Containers in front of Marnie's Pavilion How does one encapsulate a cultural facility's entire year, when you consider that there are dozens of gardens that are transforming ongoingly from spring until fall, and every day is magically different! And every garden has something special to recommend...Learn more
Larch cones

Larchness monster

November 25, 2013 | Panayoti Kelaidis
Young Siberian larch ( Larix sibirica ) You have probably walked by this willowy sapling many times--although I suspect if it were not in fall color, you would have walked by it barely noticing it! There is another specimen or two of Siberian larch at the Gardens. This one is west of the Western...Learn more
Cornus kousa

Pushing limits...

November 21, 2013 | Panayoti Kelaidis
Asian dogwood ( Cornus kousa ) "Asian dogwood? Surely photographed in Oregon, or perhaps New Jersey?" Nope--taken at Denver Botanic Gardens last June. There are several specimens--this one in the Rock Alpine Garden, but also at Waring House that reliably bloom late every spring. Cornus kousa tree...Learn more