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My Secret Garden

“Color can be kind of a tyrant,” says Scott Ogden. But for master horticulturists Ogden and his wife, Lauren Springer Ogden, a beautiful garden is about more than just visual presentation. In tonight’s 50 Shades of Green: Gardening for Sensuality, the pair will discuss the smells, textures and sounds that a well-curated plot can provide.

“Fragrance is a big part of it,” says Springer Ogden, who has been a guest teacher and garden designer at the Denver Botanic Gardens for more than twenty years. “There are different kinds of fragrance — the kind that wafts, and the kind that you don’t smell unless you actually touch or rub [a plant].”

And it goes beyond sensual flower scents and beautiful blooms: The Ogdens will also discuss planting varieties of flora that attract hummingbirds and insects, as well as edible vegetation that requires no cooking. The gardeners will also take advantage of the evening time slot to emphasize using the other four senses when vision is suppressed by darkness.

50 Shades of Green: Gardening for Sensuality kicks off at 6 p.m. at the DBG, 1007 York Street, with a tasting reception hosted by Slow Food Denver. The lecture begins at 7. Tickets are $15 to $20, and the tasting is included. The Ogdens will lead a companion gardening workshop tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. for $40 to $45. For tickets and information, go to
Thu., Aug. 29, 6 p.m., 2013


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