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DENVER BOTANIC GARDEN

On my way to the Detroit APLD conference, I decided to stop for a day in Denver to see the Denver Botanic Garden. Much to my delight, Panayoti Kelaides, their Outreach Director, became my garden guide. The garden is very large with many different components. My photos are a teensy slice of what I saw there. I was most taken with the rock gardens and the wide expanses of perennials and grasses.

pond and greenhouse beyond
A large pond and water feature catch visitors eyes as soon as they leave the large building in the background.
Stone and plants at the DBG
The stone everywhere in the garden is beautifully used and expertly placed.
Vertical Rock
A fabulous exampleof a rock garden where the stones are laid up and down to minimize erosion.
vertical rock close-up
closer view of the rock garden
more rock garden at the DBG
Exhuberant drought-tolerant plantings are everywhere!
large grassy meadow
A large grassy meadow provides an excellent example of prairie grasses in the Rocky Mountains.
grasses and sculpture
A wonderfully primitive sculpture sits among tall grasses.
DBG's Japanese Garden
Existing in the Rocky Mountains is a well-adapted Japanese Garden.
pond sculpture
A playful columnar sculpture sets mid-pond where two benches have the perfect view.
eryngium and granite
Eryngium dance among the stones with a wonderful textural contrast.
wall and cacti
Wonderful textural contrast between cacti, wood shingles, and the smooth wall.
conifers and perennials
A large variety of conifers offers evergreen substance for the winter when the perennials are dormant.
shade garden pebble mosaic
Installed by the DBG's staff, this is a fabulous pebble mosaic in a shady garden.

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