Oh my! Last weekend, John and I spent a few hours at the Denver Botanic Gardens. What a gorgeous garden chockfull of mature hedges, unusual plantings, native Colorado beauties, exotic water lilies, profuse succulent gardens, absolute heaven on earth.
The dahlia above☝was as large as a dinner plate.
I took a million photos (#slightexaggeration) and could have stayed the entire weekend.
Guess what? As members of the Botanical Gardens of the Ozarks… our admission was FREE. Reciprocity is a great perk of membership! (On my bucket list—to visit all the reciprocal gardens…how cool would that be?)
Today, I’m sharing some of my favorite pictures. Enjoy them. Pretend you are at the Denver Botanic Gardens and make plans to visit the next time you’re in Denver. It’s truly a magnificent place. I was a kid on sugar overload zipping along taking pictures and not getting the names of most these beauties.
The pictures don’t do justice to the flowers or the gardens.
Do they ever?
Flower / Plant Power:
Dr. Seuss inspired? This tropical bloom lives in the greenhouse. Maybe the most stunning greenhouse I’ve ever seen…
Buddha’s Hand is considered a sign of good fortune in the East. Yes, it’s a lemony-type fruit that tastes like lemon rind without the bitterness.
The Monet Pool was one of my favorite spots at Denver Botanic Gardens with a wide variety of 500 water plants and unique blossoms. August and September are the best months to see the water gardens. Great timing on our part but completely accidental.
See? Ah-maz-ing. (The video attached explains more about these Victoria lilies that grow several feet in diameter.)
Fire in the garden! If you look closely at the background, you can see the gorgeous, dome-shaped greenhouse.
Such personality! I should have made a video of this giant wooly worm plant blowing in the breeze. (That’s not its real name.)
Remember how Horton discovered the Whos of Whoville living on a spec of dust on a clover? If I were the mayor of Whoville, I would move the entire village to this daisy. Nothing against clover though.
Another beauty or potential Whoville site.
I returned home wholly inspired. My mind is churning with new ideas for my own garden.
Maya Angelou said you are the sum total of everything you’ve ever seen, heard, eaten, smelled, been told, forgot—it’s all there. Everything influences each of us, and because of that I try to make sure that my experiences are positive.
I’m happy the Denver Botanic Gardens is now part of me. ☺
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Water Gardens at Denver Botanic Gardens