Kenna Castleberry

Medicinal Plant Intern at the Gardens

July 6, 2018 | Horticulture Intern
To be honest with you, I had very little knowledge of medicinal plants before I started as the medicinal plant intern here at Denver Botanic Gardens. The little that I did know came from being raised by my homeopathic hippie mother, whose two main rules were: no vaccines and if it tastes like cat...Learn more
Extensive damage on columbine (Aquilegia spp.) leaves.

Leaf Miners: Not Mining for Gold

July 2, 2018 | Emily Stine
Blotchy patches, serpentine lines, and small black dots inside a clear section of leaf – these are all symptoms I look for when diagnosing leaf miner damage. Leaf miners are the larval form of a few species of flies that live within the upper and lower surfaces on the leaf and feed on the cells...Learn more
Holiday Party at Blossoms of Light

You Bring the Party, We’ll Bring the Lights

June 29, 2018 | Special Events
Ranked by CNN last year as one of the seven best places to see holiday lights in the United States, Blossoms of Light offers a spectacular setting for your end-of-year celebrations with colleagues, friends or family. With booking options available every night of the week from Nov. 23 - Dec. 16, we...Learn more
Hymenoxys grandiflora, Old-Man-of-the-Mountain

Visit Mount Goliath

June 27, 2018 | Karina Nabors
Have you heard of the old man of the mountain? Well, if you go up to Mount Goliath, you will encounter an alpine plant with that name (Hymenoxys grandiflora, Old-Man-of-the-Mountain) that might remind you of a miniature sunflower. Dozens of alpine plant species hug the ground to battle the Rockies...Learn more
The distinct curve and twist of this stem is a characteristic sign of fasciation.

Fascinating Fasciation: A Plant Mutation

June 22, 2018 | Emily Stine
While on one of my scouting tours through the Gardens, Mike Bone, curator of steppe collections and one of the horticulturists that manages the Steppe Garden , informed me that the red hot poker plant ( Kniphofia stricta , also known as a torch lily) had some interesting fasciation going on in the...Learn more
Field crew at the High Line Canal

The High Line Canal: Which plants green this greenway?

June 18, 2018 | Christina Alba
Water means life everywhere on Earth. But people in semi-arid regions understand this with a clarity born of living in time-step with the rhythmic greening and re-greening of the landscape around them. Anyone who has experienced the sepia-toned end to a Colorado winter has marveled that any flush...Learn more
Sunpatiens Spreading Lavender

Eighties Pop in the Annuals Garden and Pavilion

June 15, 2018 | Bridget Blomquist
I was born in the mid-1970s and have such fond memories of growing up in the 1980s. For me, the 80s proved a dynamic and exciting time to be a kid where music and pop culture were just a flick of the switch away on the TV and computer technology was becoming another form of entertainment. This...Learn more
Acorn caps

Squirrels Aren’t the Only Ones Collecting Acorns

June 13, 2018 | Alex Seglias
Seed banks, such as the prominent (literally and figuratively) Svalbard “doomsday vault” and the equally important proximate seed vault up in Fort Collins , represent some of the world’s most significant biodiversity hotspots. Many seed banks house seeds of species from all over the world, keeping...Learn more
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Plant Health Highlights Introduction

June 11, 2018 | Emily Stine
I'm the Doctor of Plant Health Horticulture Intern at Denver Botanic Gardens this summer. My internship is focused on plant health, with diagnostic projects ranging across topics including nutritional deficiencies, insect pests and diseases. I am working with horticulturalists here at the Gardens...Learn more
Yoga at the Gardens

Namaste, Amigos

June 8, 2018 | Tiffany Coleman
La semana pasada conocí a una señora en el estudio local de yoga al que voy. Se estaba inscribiendo en una capacitación para ser instructora de yoga. No quiere dar clases en un estudio, si no en casa, para su familia. Ella y sus hermanos empezaron a practicar yoga como una manera de consolación...Learn more
Delosperma spp. in the Steppe Garden

Steppe Garden Awakening

May 24, 2018 | Mike Bone
There are many conversations that can come from a visit to the Steppe Garden —conversations about plants, soils, pollinators, design, ecology, hydrology, distribution and connections. This unique space pulls together so many different disciplines that you can’t help asking questions. One of my...Learn more
Heron at Chatfield Farms

Smile, You’re on (Trap) Camera

May 23, 2018 | Research & Conservation
When coming to the Gardens to enjoy springtime blooms, you may be surprised to learn that we also incorporate wildlife observations into some of our research projects. One such research project uses a system of motion-sensing trap cameras strategically placed along Deer Creek at Chatfield Farms to...Learn more

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