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The Language of Flowers During Challenging Times

October 28, 2020 Horticulture Intern

My internship did not happen the way I expected: masks, social distancing, cancelled events and field trips. As the Therapeutic Horticulture Intern, I dreamed of working with a variety of people in

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Cultivating Artistic Expression Through Bonsai 

August 19, 2020 Horticulture Intern

Less than a year and a half ago, I stumbled into hobby gardening as a distraction from stress. My fascination with the alchemy that is plant science and development grew, and I switched my major from

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Diagnostic Discovery: Part 2

July 9, 2020 Horticulture Intern

HOW TO IDENTIFY FLEA BEETLES I identified the flea beetle in part one of this two-part series as the western black flea beetle (Phyllotreta pusilla), which is the most damaging flea beetle in Colorado

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Diagnostic Discovery: Part 1

July 7, 2020 Horticulture Intern

As a graduate student intern at the Gardens this summer, I spend Monday mornings working with different horticulturists and their gardens. On June 9, I was in the Plant Select® garden with its

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Fire Blight: A Cantankerous Disease

August 20, 2018 Emily Stine
Every now and then, I come across a pear or apple tree that has small branches that look like they have been blasted by a torch. Fire blight, as this disease is known, is rampant, and can cause a lot
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Mushrooms in the Turf – Fun Guys, or Not?

August 13, 2018 Emily Stine
After a rain, it’s not uncommon for me to see small white-capped mushrooms popping up in the turf. Many people start worrying – does it mean the grass is unhealthy? Does it mean they’re doing
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Oh the Gall! Strange Growths on Leaves

July 30, 2018 Emily Stine
One of the most frequent questions I get around this time of year is “what is growing on my leaves?” while being handed a hackberry leaf with knobs on the back. These knobs are galls – abnormal
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Japanese Beetle Biological Control Release

July 15, 2018 Emily Stine
Japanese beetles (Popillia japonica) have become numerous around Denver Botanic Gardens – I can’t walk near grapes, roses or other flowering plants and not see them. Even though these insects are

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