Cornelian Cherry (Cornus mas)

Nothing Gold Can Stay: Tree Diversity Matters!

March 1, 2018 | Panayoti Kelaidis
Right this minute, despite the cold snaps of recent days, the glorious Cornelian Cherry ( Cornus mas ) at Denver Botanic Gardens’ Romantic Gardens is shimmering with golden glory. It reminds me of Gustav Klimt’s Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer II , and the tree has almost as rich and lurid a history...Learn more
Monitoring Sclerocactus glaucus

Winter Planning for Summer Research Projects

February 28, 2018 | Research & Conservation
Many of the beautiful places where we study plants and mushrooms are dormant and snow-covered this time of year, but the Research & Conservation department is still humming with activity! In the winter, our staff and volunteers identify herbarium specimens collected the previous year, analyze...Learn more
Onion seeds seen through a hand lens

16,500 Onion Seeds Sown in One Week

February 26, 2018 | Drew Habig
Things keep moving at the greenhouses at Chatfield Farms. This month at the greenhouse we sowed onions seeds for the Community Supporting Agriculture (CSA) farm and market garden. 16,500 seeds of onions and their near relatives were sown in one week! We sowed eight varieties of onion, three...Learn more
Orchids

Top Six Reasons to Take a Tour at the Gardens

February 14, 2018 | Karina Nabors
By taking a tour – be it an overview of the Gardens, a specific botanic theme or behind-the-scenes info on an art exhibition – you can: Learn something: Gardens staff and docents share their knowledge of our living collections, history, art exhibitions and architecture. Enthusiasm and passion will...Learn more
Calathea lancifolia

February Walking Tour - Escape the Winter Cold

February 8, 2018 | Nick Snakenberg
Be sure to stroll the paths of the Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory where you can enjoy plenty of non-orchid tropical blossoms. Although we are often focused on beautiful flowers, tropical foliage can have its own special appeal. While stopping to “smell the roses,” why not give a little...Learn more
Fortuna Chocolate single estate chocolate made with herbs from Denver Botanic Gardens

Valentine's Day is right around the corner!

February 1, 2018 | Erin Bird
The Shop at the Gardens has many ways to express love through gifts, fit for any budget. From locally made jewelry to tabletop items, bath and body products, sweets and of course a huge selection of vases to display flowers. We even have gifts for the men and children in your life. The Shop is open...Learn more
Chatfield Farms CSA

Beginning Market Farming Certificate Program

January 25, 2018 | Brien Darby
One of my favorite roles as a horticulturist at the Gardens is teaching and overseeing our farm education programs. My professional horticultural career began when I was six years old and was told by my farm manager (aka, dad) that I was in charge of the pumpkin patch that year. I continued to grow...Learn more
Off the Clock: Cajun Carnival

Fat Tuesday on Friday

January 25, 2018 | Special Events
Why wait for Feb. 13 to bust out your beads and crank up your jazz playlist? Join us for Off the Clock: Cajun Carnival this Friday, Feb. 2 from 6-9 p.m. for a festive Mardi Gras celebration in the stunning indoor spaces at the Gardens. Open to everyone (but geared toward adults), each Off the Clock...Learn more
Tender Plant Storage at Chatfield Farms

Tender Plant Storage at Chatfield Farms

January 22, 2018 | Drew Habig
While things are mostly quiet in the Gardens this time of year, there’s plenty of work going on backstage in the greenhouses. Down at Chatfield Farms we have two large production greenhouses where we also store tender plants over the winter. Many of the large containers of tropical or other non-...Learn more
Cymbidium Erythrostylum

Cymbidium erythrostylum Orchids in the Greenhouse

January 15, 2018 | Nick Snakenberg
Denver Botanic Gardens’ orchid collection consists of nearly 1,000 species from over 280 genera. Many of these plants are rotated onto public display but there are specimens in our collections that don’t often make it out of our collection greenhouses. Hopefully, this blog will provide a bit of...Learn more
Areca vestiaria

January Walking Tour: Becoming Frond of Palms

January 4, 2018 | Nicholas Giaquinto
For most horticulturists, winter is the time to prepare new planting schemes and dream of greener pastures. Of course, you could be fortunate enough to be able to work in a conservatory, where you are surrounded by colorful flowers and foliage year round, even in the dead of winter. The Boettcher...Learn more
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Plants in Your Pizza Family Workshop

January 3, 2018 | Heather Pressman
Almost universally, pizza is everyone’s favorite food, hands-down. In the United States alone, Americans eat 100 acres of pizza each DAY! That’s the equivalent of 3 billion pizzas a year. That doesn’t even count the people who make pizza at home (and I’m not talking about the frozen kind, folks)...Learn more

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