We tried to cram a trip to the Denver Botanic Gardens, a visit to Bob Nold’s garden, and a stop at the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the national rock garden society’s annual plant sale and fund raiser into little more than 24 hours. It wasn’t enough time! Add on to that a bit of food poisoning to make the trip even more challenging….
Still, we had a good time and got to see cool plants everywhere! We were lucky to spend some time with Mike Kintgen and see some of his favorite plants at DBG. I didn’t take enough pictures, but I would like to share a few with you.
You need to go the botanic gardens this year for all sorts of reasons. You can see plants there that you will not see anywhere else in Colorado. The garden designs are inspiring. The plants are fascinating. And the Chihuly exhibit just adds to the experience. The exhibit lasts until November, so you still have time. Go!
I’ve been obsessed with agastaches for over 20 years. This one is really different! The color is a red without orange….not like anything I’ve ever seen. Bob’s garden was beautiful and filled with amazing plants, but the only picture I took was this one. My excuse, if I can offer one, is that I was sick. I didn’t get any pictures of the cyclamen that are so pretty this time of year, or the huge Cercocarpus ledifolius in his front yard that is the most spectacular specimen of this species I’ve ever seen.
The next three pictures are of the crowd at the chapter fund raiser. It was held at Marcia and Randy Tatroe’s garden. If you like native plants or alpine plants, or cactus and succulents, you need to get to know this group. If I lived closer to Denver I’d go to all their events. Panayoti, in his charming and humorous way , helped sell the plants, pointing out the stars in each category. There were eriogonums in bloom that I couldn’t resist. I came home with a flat full of new and different stuff to try here. It’s so much fun to hang around with plant geeks. Here’s the link to the chapter website: http://www.rmcnargs.org/index.php/events
After the sale we got a chance to walk around Marcia’s garden. It’s good to see a garden in mid-September–you start to notice all the things you missed when it was at its blooming height in spring or early summer. Foliage and structure are revealed.
I don’t usually like these star patterned petunias, but there was something about this one that caught me.
Little bulbs popped up here and there. Delightful.
I came away from Denver with lots of great plants, and now it’s back to work. I’ve been reminded that even a short trip can give you new energy and inspiration.