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DRACULA at large at Denver Botanic Gardens!

Nick Snakenberg

Dracula  Dracula chiroptera

Nick Snakenberg, our curator of orchid collections, is justifiably proud of his collection of Draculas. Over the past few months he has leeringly invited various staff walking by to admire these exotic and stunning orchids from South America, which he is able to grow superbly in the cool orchid greenhouse (alas! not open to the public).

Concert Sept. 3 - Melissa Etheridge

Melissa Etheridge

We have a concert at York Street tonight, our last of the season. Be sure to read this bio, compiled by Gardens’ member Rick Hum and his wife Sue Ann Hum, before you go to the concert. A special thanks, Rick and Sue Ann, for all of the great bios this year. We'll see you dancing tonight at the concert!

Melissa Etheridge

Literature of the Land Book Club - Fall 2013

Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer

Public ProduceJoin us for the Fall 2013 session of Literature of the Land, a book club series hosted by the Helen Fowler Library. We delve into literature related to the land and to nature, discussing topics that may range from environmental issues to the culture of food and drink, from the American dust bowl to the cinnamon trees of Southeast Asia.  We’ll read three books over three months, focusing on a specific topic of interest.

Concert Aug. 21 – Shawn Colvin


We have a concert at York Street tonight, and tickets are still available! Be sure to read this bio compiled by Gardens’ member Rick Hum and his wife Sue Ann Hum (who were recently married at the Gardens before the Bruce Hornsby concert--they danced their first dance as a married couple at that concert!) before you go to the concert tonight.

Santa Cruz Waterlily - Now in Bloom!

Victoria cruziana

Victoria plant in Monet PoolIt isn't often that I linger at work until after the sun sets. Tonight is an exception. This evening, our Victoria cruziana plants (also known by the common name of Santa Cruz Waterilies) are coming into full bloom in the Monet Pool. As I sit on a bench beside the pond, the heady pineapple scent of a first night's Victoria blossom drifts my way.

Concert Aug. 12 – Josh Ritter

Josh Ritter

We have one concert at York Street next week, and tickets are still available! Be sure to read this bio compiled by Gardens’ member Rick Hum before you go to the concert.

Josh RitterJosh Ritter & The Royal City Band
Monday, August 12
York Street
Doors: 6 p.m. / Show: 7 p.m.
Tickets still available!

Peaches Galore

Sliced Peaches

Dripping down my chin, sticky fingers from sweet free-flowing juice and a bliss smile stretched across my face. Yes, this was my first taste of a truly sun-ripened summertime peach. My father had purchased a big box from a gentlemen passing through our remote mountainous town in northern New Mexico.  I had never seen such big, plump peaches in all my life…much less an entire box full. It was a warm day on our small porch of which I left sweet droplets of peach for the sun to dissolve.

Late to the party (Chihuahuan uplands cacti)

Coryphantha sulcata

Coryphantha sulcataMost hardy cacti bloom in spring. Pediocactus simpsonii for instance (our wonderful mountain ball cactus) can open its first flowers in my garden in March. April and May see the peak bloom on various Echinocereus and suchlike. By mid June most cacti are done and seed is ripening. I grant you the cane chollas (Cylindropuntia) often wait till the 4th of July to bloom...