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
'Woods Blue Goddess' waterlily

Summer in the Water Gardens

August 22, 2017 | Tamara Kilbane
August and September are prime months to see the water gardens in their full glory. This is the season that every water gardener daydreams about during the winter. The design and planning of the displays during those cold, dark months, along with the work of propagating and planting during the...Learn more
Giant water platters (Victoria ‘Longwood Hybrid’)

Water Gardens - Spring Behind the Scenes

April 12, 2017 | Tamara Kilbane
Spring has arrived in the water gardens at Denver Botanic Gardens. Hardy waterlilies are breaking dormancy, developing submerged leaves and their first few floating leaves of the season. Aquatic iris, cattails, pickerel plant and lizard’s tail are also showing a flush of new spring growth. Beyond...Learn more
This Week at the Gardens: August 26th

This Week at the Gardens: August 26th

August 27, 2011 | Ellen Hertzman
A quick, (almost) foolproof guide to water blooms: if the leaves lie flat on the water and the flowers also rest on the water, you are looking at a hardy waterlily. These plants can survive a cold winter under the ice. And while you will find numerous blue tropicals, hardy waterlilies don’t produce...Learn more
Water Gardens are Fabulous in Sept., Part I

Water Gardens are Fabulous in Sept., Part I

September 14, 2010 | Joe Tomocik
The Gardens, including the water gardens, are fabulous if not spectacular in September. Victoria…grandest waterlily of all! Whereas the hardy waterlilies are slowing down a bit in September (many have been flowering since late May), the tropical waterlilies including the Giant Water Platter are...Learn more
Let the Games Continue III

Let the Games Continue III

September 15, 2009 | Joe Tomocik
A cool and rainy summer brings a different, yet inspiring water garden display to Denver Botanic Gardens. Visitors traversing the Gardens from the southeast corner are again treated to the soothing magical sounds of water, waterlilies galore and dramatic reflections. Romantic Garden Pool A ninth...Learn more
Nymphaea capensis in bloom in research greenhouse

Nymphaea capensis in bloom in research greenhouse

November 20, 2008 | Joe Tomocik
Sporting a lovely blue flower in the research greenhouse last week was the exotic species tropical waterlily, Nymphaea capensis . The plant was grown from seed and presented to the Gardens by Curator of Native Plants, Dan Johnson. Dan and C. McMaster collected the seed in the wild (Feb. 2006) in...Learn more
Water Gardens in full bloom

Water Gardens in full bloom

August 29, 2008 | Joe Tomocik
Fly Trap Feast Carnivorous Venus Fly Traps (Dionaea muscipula) and pitcher plants (Sarracenia cvs.) are found at both entrances to the Fly Trap Feast. Close to the north entrance is a demonstration display showing the use of aquatic plants as filters, a fine example of sustainability, one of the...Learn more
Nelumbo nucifera 'Mrs. Perry D. Slocum' lotus

Nelumbo nucifera 'Mrs. Perry D. Slocum' lotus

August 25, 2008 | Joe Tomocik
In the Monet pond, the leaves of the Gardens’ favorite lotus Nelumbo nucifera 'Mrs. Perry D. Slocum' sporting plate-like water resistant leaves. In the background is an exciting graffiti artist’s mural (Lady Pink) and reflection. The colorful murals are part of the Gardens’ popular "Urban Nature"...Learn more
Nelumbo 'Rosy Clouds' lotus

Nelumbo 'Rosy Clouds' lotus

August 25, 2008 | Joe Tomocik
Nelumbo 'Rosy Clouds' lotus continues to flower magnificantly in the Victoria (upper) pool. The flowers open in the morning and close in the afternoon, for three consecutive days. They are delightfully fragrant. N. 'Rosy Clouds' is an excellent lotus for Colorado Gardens.Learn more

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