Over the years I've had the pleasure of visiting the Denver Botanic Garden several times, in different seasons. Because our focus when in Denver is to visit family, each of my visits to the garden has been necessarily brief. Even though I always feel like I'm flying through the garden and missing great swaths of it, I've gotten to know it a bit and have really come to love it. I heartily recommend you put it on your must-go list if you happen to be in the area.
Our last visit in October by lucky coincidence coincided with the Chihuly exhibition. The installation will be in place until November 30th; if you can't make it in person, I hope you'll enjoy these photos.
A small sampling of what's blooming today in my garden. Short on words 'cuz I'm short on time, but thought I'd get something up here for garden bloggers bloom day. I hustled around and took a few iPhone quickies in my front garden. #gbbd
Lilium 'Golden Splendor'
Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue'. Blooms have faded from vivid blue, but the dried seedhead's strong architecture will endure for months.
Bupluerum fruticosum. Umbrels, reminiscent of dill, are attractrive to bees.
Digiplexis 'Illumination Flame'
Echibeckia 'Summerina Yellow Patio', a crazy new cross between Echinacea (coneflower) and Rudbeckia (blacky-eyed susan).
Mark your calenders and make your plans! While there are a number of shows and events that will be happening in the upcoming weeks, my time is limited so I tend to hone in on the Yard, Garden and Patio Show in Portland and the Northwest Flower and Garden Show in Seattle.
The Northwest Flower and Garden Show takes place February 8th through the 12th at the Seattle Convention Center. All the info you'll need can be found on their website.
Next up on my roster will be Portland Yard, Garden and Patio Show. It takes place February 17 through the 19th at the Convention Center in Portland. All you need to know can be found here.
If I happen to have any show stamina left I'll consider going to the Portland Home and Garden Show the following weekend at the Expo Center. After two shows in quick succession, I usually have plenty of new ideas and inspirations to process so most years I tend to peter out and not make it to this one.
To whet your appetite, here's some photos of last year's shows:
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