Blossoms of Light

Blossoms of Light – Improving the Visitor Experience

November 22, 2017 | Special Events
Each year, we enhance the winter wonderland of Blossoms of Light with more lights, new colors and innovative features. But there’s a lot more to the event than just the lights! After two record-breaking years of attendance, we spent the better part of this year making changes to the event that will...Learn more
Anguloa cliftonii orchid

Anguloa, the Tulip Orchid, in the Greenhouse

November 20, 2017 | 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
Mosaic plant in the greenhouse at Denver Botanic Gardens

Autumn in the Water Gardens

November 7, 2017 | Tamara Kilbane
It is hard to believe that the summer months are already behind us! With the arrival of fall, our water garden team begins the work of preparing our pond plantings for the winter months. Throughout October, staff and volunteers were found winterizing each of the following aquatic plant groups.Learn more
Pronghorn antelope at the Plains Conservation Center in Aurora, CO

Photography Expedition at Plains Conservation Center

November 2, 2017 | Featured Instructor
Recently I led a photography expedition at the Plains Conservation Center in Aurora, a site with programs administered by Denver Botanic Gardens. Immediate questions come to mind: What and where is the Plains Conservation Center and why would you want to photograph something as plain as a plain?...Learn more
Carex utriculata with mature perigynia

Sedges have edges . . .

October 30, 2017 | Christina Alba
. . . and extreme ecological importance in high-elevation wetlands. It’s likely that at some point, you have been out for a stroll and admired a pretty grass fanning gently in the wind…or maybe it was a sedge? Or a rush? It’s also likely that to solve this puzzle you looked musingly to the sky and...Learn more
Riparian ecosystem restoration project at Chatfield Farms

Chatfield Farms Riparian Restoration Data Now Global

October 25, 2017 | Rick Levy
In 2016 Denver Botanic Gardens launched a project to restore the riparian ecosystem along the section of Deer Creek that flows through Chatfield Farms. Led by Dr. Rebecca Hufft, three in-stream diversions were installed to improve flow and the bank structure of the creek. Over the 20th century,...Learn more
Pinus bungeana, or the Lacebark Pine

October Walking Tour: Fall Foliage and Berries

October 25, 2017 | Brien Darby
It’s a little hard to believe, but fall truly is upon us. The days are shorter, the air is crisper and, any day now, the trees will let go of their leaves and keep us busy raking until November. During this time of the year, many visitors ask if there are still plants worth seeing in the outdoor...Learn more
Olivia transplanting plants in Denver Botanic Gardens' greenhouse

Teaching Old Seed New Tricks

October 16, 2017 | Horticulture Intern
I am a horticulture student from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln entering my junior year. My hometown is the very small, rural town of Ulysses, Nebraska, home to maybe one hundred people. I was chosen to be the propagation intern at Denver Botanic Gardens, an experience that has proven to be...Learn more
Glow at the Gardens

Good Gourd Design – The Art of Glow at the Gardens

October 13, 2017 | Special Events
Today, the first batch of pumpkins arrived on site for Glow at the Gardens™ . Our pumpkin carving team will spend the first half of next week cleaning, gutting and carving hundreds of giant gourds to create our one-of-a-kind pumpkin sculptures. And while all this carving is a challenge in such a...Learn more
Pectis angustifolia

Discovering the Plants & People of the Eastern Plains

October 10, 2017 | Christina Alba
Colorado is known worldwide for its lush mountain habitats with towering forests of pine, fir and aspen. This grand topography, tied to a romantic history of silver mining and pioneer grit, shapes much of the state’s identity. Yet it is only one part of Colorado’s unique ecological and human story...Learn more

Warczewiczella discolor Orchids in the Greenhouse

October 4, 2017 | 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
Sensory Garden

Collaboration for Health

October 2, 2017 | Horticulture Intern
Gardens and hospitals are both recognized as places of healing, but it’s not always obvious how the two can work together. As the therapeutic horticulture intern for Denver Botanic Gardens this summer, I not only worked in the York Street Sensory Garden, but I also trained with the horticultural...Learn more

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