Our York Street gardens will close at 3 p.m. on June 22, 25 and 27 for concerts. More early closings.

Jewel of a Jade Vine

Jewel of a Jade Vine

April 13, 2008 | Matt Cole
The jade vine is in full bloom! There are two long, hanging columns of flowers right now, with a few more to go. Green flowers have the reputation of being subtle, but this is really wild! I was up on the mezzanine, and a cluster of garden visitors was exclaiming over it. We agreed that describing...Learn more
For the birds

For the birds

April 7, 2008 | Matt Cole
One quiet afternoon recently, I took a walk in the garden and discovered how popular it was with the local birds. Many rested in high branches but others accepted my presence at roughly eye level. It doesn't mean they posed for the camera. I certainly needed the practice try to catch moving targets...Learn more
Jade Vine anticipation

Jade Vine anticipation

April 4, 2008 | Matt Cole
It's a wonderful, bulbous life

It's a wonderful, bulbous life

March 21, 2008 | Matt Cole
When I wrote that bulbs have a tough life, I was looking at only one side of the story. They have a wonderful life! Just look at the exuberant Iris and Crocus and how they add color and exuberance to the early spring landscape. They were under the snow earlier this week, but they really shook it...Learn more
Urban Nature is on its Way

Urban Nature is on its Way

March 11, 2008 | Matt Cole
I saw works by a few of the artists contributing this summer's Urban Nature exhibit here at Denver Botanic Gardens on York Street just recently. Their work is so striking! Unfortunately, the official announcement of the material is still under wraps so all I can say is "It's gonna be great! Stay...Learn more
Orchid Show Today

Orchid Show Today

March 8, 2008 | Matt Cole
The Spring Orchid Show is up today and tomorrow (Saturday and Sunday, March 8 and 9). I snapped this shot (above) of a Phragmipedium and feel lucky to have seen it. It reminds of the ladyslipper orchids I used to see growing up in the Eastern woods. But it was so red and striking! I was quite taken...Learn more
Spring Comes Quickly

Spring Comes Quickly

March 4, 2008 | Matt Cole
The melt-off seems terrifically quick after such a thorough snow storm. Spring will take hold before you know it. Now is a great time to watch a garden for changes between one day and the next. Come stroll through the Gardens and see the transformations right before your eyes. Other ways to...Learn more
It's a tough, bulbous life.

It's a tough, bulbous life.

March 3, 2008 | Matt Cole
The life of a bulb is a tough one. For the bulk of the year, the plant lives underground and dormant, enduring until it's time to shine. These Iris just get themselves up and going and Sunday's snow put the brakes on. Nonetheless, winter will end and more and more bulbs and flowers will take...Learn more
The frogs have started to call

The frogs have started to call

February 25, 2008 | Doris Boardman
We’ve had the poison dart frogs here in the Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory since early November when they were still pretty young. Conservatory staff members have been raising fruit flies, dusting them with vitamins, and feeding them to the frogs every day since then, and we are amazed at...Learn more
Cheerful Crocus in Bloom

Cheerful Crocus in Bloom

February 22, 2008 | Matt Cole
As I was walking through the crossroads toward the Boettcher Memorial Education Building, I met local garden writer Marcia Tatroe and her husband Randy photographing Yucca and Dasylirion . We chatted about the lovely day, and then Marcia turned me on to some Crocus blooming in the Water-Smart...Learn more

This is Where the Scientists Work

February 18, 2008 | Matt Cole
During our recent stairwell work in the Boettcher Memorial Education Building, all of our staff and visitors had to avoid the public stairwell and use the elevator or the stairs near my office. One day, I found a child and chaperone looking for their school group. I volunteered to guide them to the...Learn more
Snowdrop Blooming in the Rock Alpine Garden

Snowdrop Blooming in the Rock Alpine Garden

February 14, 2008 | Doris Boardman
A native of Turkey and the Balkans, Galanthus elwesii (giant snowdrop) is found throughout these countries and into Bulgaria, northeastern Greece, eastern Serbia and Montenegro on into the Southern Ukraine. It differs from the common snowdrop Galanthus nivalis in its galucous leaves and more...Learn more

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