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Enjoy "Digging Into the Gardens" blog, written by Denver Botanic Gardens' staff. Learn about gardening, horticulture, research, conservation, special events, art, tours and much more. 

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Search the Databases

July 5, 2023 Research & Conservation

Did you know that anyone with an internet connection can take a virtual tour of the Gardens’ natural history collections ? Our collections hold plant, fungal and arthropod specimens – organisms

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Ansel Adams: Revealing Nature in All Its Glory

June 27, 2023 Exhibits Department

Ansel Adams (1902–1984) is virtually synonymous with landscape photography. His majestic photographs highlight the grandeur of the American wilderness and convey his lifelong support for conservation

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Sourcing Local Foods

June 20, 2023 Katie Meyer

The Chatfield Farms Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program has been growing produce for its shareholders since 2010. Our farm provides fresh vegetables, flowers and herbs. To offer our

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Colorado Natives in the Home Landscape

June 15, 2023 Horticulture Department

As a gardener in the urban Front Range, each season brings new challenges, or the same challenges just in a different order. Rabbits, salt, cold and hot temperatures, drought, foot traffic – sometimes

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The Microscopic World of Soil

June 13, 2023 Rutger Myers

Farmers do everything; they are mechanics, botanists, naturalists, athletes and some even believe themselves to be meteorologists. In the age of the regenerative agriculture movement, farmers need to

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Memorial Gardens at Hildebrand Ranch

June 6, 2023 Jennifer Trunce

The historical Hildebrand Ranch area at Chatfield Farms includes an orchard and various heirloom gardens. Most of these areas are dedicated celebration spaces to honor loved ones and are an excellent

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June Walking Tour – Plant Select Plants

June 1, 2023 Mike Bone

Plant Select is a unique program that brings plants to the consumer market that are good for the Colorado Front Range steppe environment. Plants from the Plant Select® program are integrated into many

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Genetics Work: A Day in Our Labs

May 30, 2023 Research & Conservation

Nestled in the heart of the Freyer – Newman Center is an unassuming lab doing big things for plant science and restoration efforts. Since the Center’s opening in 2020 multiple research projects have

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Cactus on the Move

May 25, 2023 Michelle DePrenger-Levin

Little is known about how Sclerocactus species spread their seed. This is a question we would like to answer because Sclerocactus glaucus has been recommended for delisting from the Endangered Species

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Conserving Sclerocactus glaucus After Delisting

May 23, 2023 Michelle DePrenger-Levin

In 2008, Denver Botanic Gardens initiated demographic monitoring of Sclerocactus glaucus , a small ball cactus found only in western Colorado. The cactus had been listed as threated on the Endangered

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The Art of the Viewing Stones

May 19, 2023 Larry Jackel

The art of viewings stones, previously associated with bonsai in the United States, is gaining in popularity with a small but enthusiastic group of practitioners. Viewing stones are valued based on

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