Why Cut A Tree In Half?

March 25, 2010 | Nick Daniel
Over the last few months, visitors to the Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory may have noticed some funny looking trees that look like they were cut in half…well, they have been. Growing plants in the Boettcher Tropical Conservatory presents many challenges such as monitoring light levels from...Learn more
The Weekly Bloom: Week of March 20th

The Weekly Bloom: Week of March 20th

March 19, 2010 | Ellen Hertzman
• Clearing: Last season’s grasses and stalks are being removed to make way for the fresh green shoots and leaves already poking up. Volunteers are a key piece of the action around here, and this time of year they are swarming the grounds like an industrious army of ants, leaving neat, tidy beds in...Learn more
Natural Egg Dyeing Class

Natural Egg Dyeing Class

March 17, 2010 | Ellen Hertzman
When I was a kid, the greatest thing in spring was when my mom picked up the Paas Easter Egg Kit at the grocery store. Those fizzy tablets allowed us to dye our eggs bright cartoon colors, and my brother and I were each allowed one dozen eggs to do with as we pleased. To this day, I can't smell...Learn more
What's happening in the Rock Alpine Garden this week? A few new treasures are in bloom

What's happening in the Rock Alpine Garden this week? A few new treasures are in bloom

March 16, 2010 | Mike Kintgen
Saturday's warm weather drew out more bulbs and other early bloomers, and finally its beginning to look like March should. March belongs to several genera in the rock garden, Crocus, Galanthus and Helleborus are just a few genera that shine in March. I hope to do a blog on both Galanthus and...Learn more
The new Darlene Radichel Plant Select Garden

The new Darlene Radichel Plant Select Garden

March 16, 2010 | Sonya Anderson
I have always considered myself very fortunate to be part of the Gardens' horticulture team, but right now, as part of the team creating the new Darlene Radichel Plant Select Garden, I feel it even more so. This new garden, located on the former site of the Monet Garden, will showcase the many...Learn more
Is it Spring Yet? Early bulbs and other Harbingers of spring starting in Rock Alpine Garden

Is it Spring Yet? Early bulbs and other Harbingers of spring starting in Rock Alpine Garden

March 12, 2010 | Mike Kintgen
While the official solar start of spring is still eight days away on March 20th, I think it is safe to say that spring has sprung in the Rock Alpine Garden. True, there may be many more snow storms and still plenty of mornings to scrape ice off of windshields, but the true harbingers of spring are...Learn more
Beautiful Blooms in The Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory

Beautiful Blooms in The Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory

March 11, 2010 | Nick Daniel
Now, to introduce some of our fauna. Every once in a while as we deem necessary, my team releases Anolis carolinensis, or the green anole lizard into the Boettcher Tropical Conservatory. We like to have them around as they help with insect control as well as add yet another important tropical...Learn more
Blooming at the Gardens, Week of March 13th

Blooming at the Gardens, Week of March 13th

March 11, 2010 | Ellen Hertzman
• Wrap your tongue around the lovely Pseuderanthemum reticulatum—well, not the plant itself, but that name! It means “netted false eranthemum”— the netting being the veined pattern on the golden and green leaves. Just now it sports delicate blossoms, white with a sprinkling of purple. See it on the...Learn more
Research Volunteer Spotlight: How mushrooms change lives

Research Volunteer Spotlight: How mushrooms change lives

March 9, 2010 | Vera Evenson
A great quote I heard lately, “ The first person served by Service is the Server,” perfectly exemplifies the impact the Sam Mitchel Herbarium of Fungi has had on our decades-long volunteer, Rosa-Lee Brace. Sam Mitchel, the founder of our mycology herbarium in 1965, inspired Rosa-Lee to study fungi...Learn more

Shop at the Gardens Showcases New Spring Items

March 5, 2010 | Past Art Exhibits
Oh dear...I am longing for spring. It is that time of year when it is just beginning to warm up - but not enough to discard the coat and hat just yet. I have been looking for anything that will remind me that warmer weather, buds on trees and spring blooms are a mere month or so away. My wish was...Learn more
In Bloom at the Gardens: Week of March 6

In Bloom at the Gardens: Week of March 6

March 5, 2010 | Ellen Hertzman
• Textures: Dryland Mesa never ceases to amaze, with an astonishing array of form and color. • Favorite lunch spot this week: On a cool, sunny day, there is no better lunch spot then a bench on the Green Roof. Bask in the rays and enjoy the view. The Green Roof Garden is great looking this time of...Learn more
Anything but drab! Spanish draba (Draba hispanica) is always first to bloom.

Anything but drab! Spanish draba (Draba hispanica) is always first to bloom.

March 4, 2010 | Panayoti Kelaidis
Poor drabas! Such a colorless name...and they have other image problems too--that acid yellow color and their general similarity to one another. Oh well: some of us look beyond these superficialities. We have a welter of alpine drabas we must wait until June to see in the alpine, but if you are...Learn more

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