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Catching up in Rye: Perennial Favorites

July 23, 2011 Panayoti Kelaidis
One of the most exciting facets of the horticultural scene in Colorado has been the rise of specialty "micronurseries", rather like our famous microbrews, these are a breed apart from the generic box

Trillions of trilliums...well. Sort of.

July 1, 2011 Panayoti Kelaidis
I'm sure that if you told the next fifty people you met that "there are trillium growing wild in Colorado", I'm sure not one in a hundred would believe it. The picture above was taken last weekend

Denver Foxtail Lily Gardens....

June 21, 2011 Panayoti Kelaidis
Each year that passes Denver Botanic Gardens seems to boast more and more Eremurus. Visitors are riveted with the display. It feels as though there are foxtail lilies everywhere, around every corner

Agave at the office....

May 31, 2011 Panayoti Kelaidis
Funny to think there was a time when an agave blooming in Denver was front page news in the papers! Today I noticed a SIXTH agave sending up a stalk here at the Gardens: yes, I said sixth! I remember

Unique plant treasure in Children's Garden

May 25, 2011 Panayoti Kelaidis
There's so much to see west of York Street at Denver Botanic Gardens visitors can almost be forgiven for missing out on the Children's Garden. WRONG! It's not just for kids! Many of our best specimens

Celebrate Endangered Species Day

May 20, 2011 Jennifer Ramp Neale, Ph.D.
Did you know that more than 1350 species in the US are protected under the Endangered Species Act? A whopping 792 (57%) of them are plants. Today is the sixth annual Endangered Species Day, a day to

"I have plucked this sprig of Heather"

March 31, 2011 Panayoti Kelaidis
So begins a poem by the great 20th Century French Poet Guillaume Apollinaire (see below). I hasten to point out that the plants depicted (blooming right now at Denver Botanic Gardens) are technically

Magnolia roulette....dodging the frosty bullet

March 29, 2011 Panayoti Kelaidis
Closeup of star magnolia blossoms (Magnolia stellata) Aside from Townsendias and spring beauty (Claytonia) the bulk of our native wildflowers are smart enough to wait until May, June or even later

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