Astragalus microcymbus territory

Demographic Monitoring of Astragalus microcymbus

August 22, 2019 | Research & Conservation
This summer Gardens staff along with help from our amazing volunteers—or rare plant monitoring stewards—collected demographic monitoring data for Astragalus microcymbus, or skiff milkvetch. It is federally listed as threatened as it only occurs in Gunnison County, and there are currently around 30...Learn more
UMB Bank Amphitheater at Denver Botanic Gardens

Behind the Curtain

August 19, 2019 | Brian Vogt
How are the Gardens and UMB Bank contributing to Colorado? At first blush, it is a tradition going back over three decades that brings summer delight to evenings in the City. Concerts at Denver Botanic Gardens almost always sell out and attract devoted attendees, many of whom have distinct rituals...Learn more
Annuals Garden and Pavilion

Rental Venue Spotlight: Annuals Garden and Pavilion

August 15, 2019 | Special Events
Every one of the rental sites at our York Street location offers beautiful and unique elements that form the backdrops for hundreds of private events each year. In general, certain kinds of events tend to inhabit certain venues: the Woodland Mosaic solarium is suited to small gatherings in the...Learn more
Rocky Mountain penstemon (Penstemon strictus)

Shortgrass Prairie Restoration Experiment

August 9, 2019 | Research & Conservation
This spring was the first growing season of my prairie restoration experimental research plot at Chatfield Farms. Millions of pounds of seed are planted every year for ecological restoration and the demand for native seed exceeds its supply. I am interested in understanding how the source of seeds...Learn more
Waterlilies in the Monet Pool

August Walking Tour - Water Gardens

August 5, 2019 | Tamara Kilbane
With cooler weather and an overnight hail storm punctuating the early weeks of our growing season, the water gardens got off to a slightly slower start this year. Fortunately, our extensive collection of aquatic plants has made a triumphant comeback, and August is a great month to take a walk...Learn more
Eat at Chipotle, Benefit the Gardens

Eat at Chipotle, Benefit the Gardens

August 2, 2019 | Development Department
Too big not to share . . . Bring the whole family for a fundraiser to support the Gardens! WEDNESDAY, Aug. 14, 2019 10:45 a.m. – 10 p.m. at any Denver Metro or Boulder Chipotle. Tell the cashier you’re supporting Denver Botanic Gardens to make sure 33% of the proceeds will be donated to the Gardens...Learn more
Calochortus gunnisonii, Mariposa lily

A Chance for Mariposa Lily

July 29, 2019 | Jameson Coopman
We horticulturists at Denver Botanic Gardens love plants, especially those that are lesser known and difficult to grow. However, these traits usually mean we have trouble finding and growing them. One example is Gunnison’s Mariposa lily, Calochortus gunnisonii . The Mariposa lily is a spring...Learn more
Blossoms of Light - Holiday Rental

This Christmas-in-July, Book for the Holidays in December!

July 25, 2019 | Special Events
While it may be hard to think about down parkas, hot chocolate, and twinkle lights in the heat of July, now is the perfect time to start planning your annual holiday party. We invite you to add even more sparkle to your event this year by hosting your party during Blossoms of Light™ , a dazzling...Learn more
Great Blue Heron

Deer Creek Restoration Project

July 22, 2019 | Research & Conservation
Rivers and their neighboring ecosystems are very important for plants and animals – especially in the American West where surface water is limited. Native plants in riverine ecosystems provide food and habitat for birds, mammals, insects and reptiles. The plants also help to filter stream water and...Learn more
Latour-Marliac Waterlily Hybrid ‘Escarboucle’

Monet’s Waterlilies

July 20, 2019 | Tamara Kilbane
Following an unusually cool and wet spring, summer has finally made an appearance at the Gardens. Throughout our ponds, waterlilies are putting on a spectacular show, with hardy varieties taking center stage this month. These floating-leaved aquatic plants were made popular by the famous painter,...Learn more
Bur oaks (Quercus macrocarpa) in City Park, Denver, CO

Trees That Stood the Test of Time

July 17, 2019 | Ann Frazier
If you had to guess how many big trees in Denver would survive over a 50-year period, what would you say? And have you ever wondered which types of trees have fared the best over time in the Denver area? Thanks to Al Rollinger and a team consisting of Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver City foresters,...Learn more
Sandstone Ranch

Sandstone Ranch: Douglas County’s Newest Open Space

July 15, 2019 | Research & Conservation
Across the Front Range of Colorado (and the world writ large), ecosystems and the services they provide are giving way to subdivisions and housing developments. Pasturelands—which were native prairies not so long ago—are commonly converted into private subdivisions to accommodate a growing number...Learn more