Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Denver Botanic Gardens, let's go! Chapter Three of Five...

In case you want to start at the top, I've done two other posts on my visit to the Denver Botanic Gardens, they're here: Chapter One, Chapter Two. I plan to finish off my coverage with a trio of posts this week. Today we'll start at the beginning...

The Garden Bloggers were met in front of the garden by Panayoti Kelaidis, Senior Curator and Director of Outreach at the DBG. He welcomed us, gave us a bit of history...

And then took off through the garden, we followed.

Not down that pathway (truth be told I never did make it down that pathway).

No we were on a mission: lunch. We ate in the center of the garden and were then on our own for a hour or so (a painfully short amount of time). I returned the next day, post-Fling, with Andrew. What follows is a mash-up of photos from both visits.

Yucca faxoniana, on the left.

Yucca thompsoniana here, and resting.

The water-smart garden...

Marrubium rotundifolium, this grows in my garden.

Agave is utahensis ssp. kaibabensis

And again, because it's beautiful.

There were a lot of different opuntia in the garden, I didn't catch the name of most of them. (update, this one is Opuntia polyacantha 'Crystal Tide').

Opuntia 'Dark Knight.'

Yucca linearifolia

Agave parryi

Salvia jurisicii Artemisia filifolia (thanks to Kenton Seth for correct ID on this as well as others)

There were several sculptures in the garden. This one I liked, most of them I did not.

And there was water...

And trough gardens...

More from the garden later this week...

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  1. Beautiful shots. Love the first Agave utahensis photo. Really emphasizes the star-like shape. May I use one if your photos of the water smart garden (the one with the path) in a talk I am giving? I will give you full credit as always.

  2. I loved the water smart garden (once I finally found it). I'm going to look for Marrubium as a ground cover for my dry sunny front garden. Nice shots of the pond, which I never saw, but I especially like the higgledy-piggledy troughs on top of the mound.

    1. I've had trouble finding it locally and have ordered online.

  3. Not seeing this botanic garden was the biggest regret I had about missing the 2019 Fling. I'd have been very riled by the short time provided to explore, though.

    1. Ya it was pretty ridiculous. The only thing that kept me from having a breakdown was knowing I'd be going back again on my own time.

  4. The pathway, the one you didn't take, had me quite elated: those green water falls on either sides of that path are fantastic. Salvia jurisicii. I wish I had one.

    1. I do wish I'd managed to walk down there...a complete oversight.

  5. DBG has been on my garden bucket list for years, and I felt so lucky and happy to go back there on the Monday following Fling. All those beautiful, xeric plantings had me panting!

    1. I first read panting as painting and thought maybe you'd taken up a hobby none of us knew about!

  6. DBG is one of my favorite botanical gardens I have ever visited. Excellent post- photos were beautiful!!!

  7. What a fabulous botanical garden. A real treat! And the lunch was good, too.


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