Colorado hookless cactus (Sclerocactus Glaucus) in bloom

Rare Spring Blooms

June 6, 2019 | Michelle DePrenger-Levin
On the western slope of Colorado you will find populations of a rare ball cactus with lilac flowers that bloom a few days a year when the sun is shining and pollinators are flying. Each Colorado hookless cactus ( Sclerocactus glaucus ) flower produces over a hundred seeds and those that germinate...Learn more
Echinocereus triglochidiatus, Claret Cup Cactus

June Walking Tour - Cacti and Succulents

June 3, 2019 | Nick Daniel
As the soils warm and spring begins to transition into summer, the cacti and succulents begin to take over the show for a while. These succulent gems are found throughout the grounds of Denver Botanic Gardens and are a key part of many of our displays. Too often, their short-lived floral displays...Learn more
Mushroom enthusiasts

The Mushrooming Community and Plants' Best Friends

May 28, 2019 | Vera Evenson
Mushrooms have often been called “plants’ best friends,” and in recent years our wonderfully growing knowledge of our native ecosystems emphasizes that important concept even more. Throughout our state and beyond to many countries, a community of mushroom enthusiasts, citizens and scientists alike...Learn more
Delosperma RED MOUNTAIN® Flame ice plant

Plant Select® and Denver Botanic Gardens

May 24, 2019 | Panayoti Kelaidis
For most of the 22 years of Plant Select’s existence, nursery operators and staff from both Denver Botanic Gardens and Colorado State University have hosted an annual meeting to report on and celebrate achievements of this program. The initial impetus was to provide a forum for Colorado’s many...Learn more
Iris at Denver Botanic Gardens

Disfruta de una visita guiada gratuita en español el 4 de junio de 2019 (SCFD Día libre)

May 22, 2019 | Victoria M. Cuéllar
Los Jardines están en plena floración y nuestra exhibición de arte en los Jardines está abierta al público. Acompáñeme el martes 4 de junio, nuestro siguiente día libre, para dar un paseo por los Jardines. ¡Daré dos visitas guiadas de 30 minutos en español donde veremos que está floreciendo y una...Learn more
Bald eagle soaring at Plains Conservation Center in Aurora, CO. Photo by Fendi Despres.

The Eagle’s Eyes Miss Nothing

May 20, 2019 | Featured Instructor
Each morning as the sun creeps its way above the horizon, I go out onto the prairie to greet the wildlife and take note of the subtle changes across the landscape. As I walk out of the Plains Conservation Center's visitor center building and get into the truck, I am sure the eagles can see me...Learn more
Documenting Change: Our Climate (Past, Present, Future) (installation view), CU Art Museum, Feb. 7 - July 20, 2019. Photo: Jeff Wells / CU Art Museum, University of Colorado Boulder

Rare Books on the Move

May 17, 2019 | Jaime Groetsema
The creation of the Helen Fowler Library was an important addition to Denver Botanic Gardens’ campus. It occupied several spaces before settling in its current location in 1971, when a library space was included in the plans for the Boettcher Memorial Center. Ruth Porter Waring donated funds to...Learn more
Echium candicans

Echium candicans Blooming Now!

May 14, 2019 | Bridget Blomquist
Echium candicans, blooming now in the Orangery (much to the delight of the horticulturist who tends the Gardens’ Echium species), took three years of growing to finally bloom. Its candelabra-like blossoms are a bluish purple and irresistible to pollinators, like those of its cousin Echium...Learn more
Our educators and events staff create programs that engage visitors with plants in new ways!

Support the Gardens During National Public Gardens Week, May 13-19

May 10, 2019 | Erin Bird
“We love the garden all year round. It’s always changing, always beautiful both inside and outside. No matter how busy it seems outside the gate, it always has room to discover new places inside. This is a real Denver treasure.” “One of my happy places!” “Always something new to experience growing...Learn more
Volunteer capturing photo of a plant for bioblitz along the High Line Canal.

Citizen Scientists on the Blitz…Bioblitz that is!

May 8, 2019 | Research & Conservation
Are you interested in becoming a citizen scientist? We need your help this summer observing plant species along the High Line Canal (training dates are in May and June). Bioblitzes are short, focused efforts to document as many living organisms as possible in a specific area. Denver Botanic Gardens...Learn more
Spring Plant Sale

Shopping for Succulents at Spring Plant Sale? Here’s How to Not Kill Them

May 6, 2019 | Special Events
There is, perhaps, no group of plants more in vogue right now than succulents. These stunning arrangements of greens, dusty blues, purples and pinks are found not only in pots but on cakes , cookies and even in hairstyles . The Gardens even has evening workshops on Botanical Jewelry: Wearable...Learn more
Garden pots and fountains

Gifts for Mother's Day

May 3, 2019 | Chuck McGlothlin
The Shop at the Gardens has great gift ideas for the mother(s) in your life. We feature local artists, sustainable practices and many items have a botanical theme. Gifts range from home decor, bath and body, candles, fashion accessories, garden pots and vases to books and more. There is something...Learn more

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