The thirty-plot community garden lies in the shadow of Liggins Towers, a brick high-rise full of Section 8 apartments in northeast Park Hill. The property is owned by Zion Baptist Church, the oldest African-American congregation west of the Mississippi, but the garden is relatively new; the Eastside ... More >>
For Scott Ogden and Lauren Springer Ogden, gardening is about much more than a pretty-looking plot. Having designed public and private gardens across the country, the horticulture experts look to engage all of the senses when bringing plant life together. This Thursday, August 29 at the Denver Bot ... More >>
From 4 to 7 p.m. tomorrow, September 8, Denver Urban Gardens and Art Farm will join forces for the sixth annual Harvest outdoor community art show and garden gala, held at the West Washington Park Community Garden located at 201 Grant Street in Denver.
"Colorado just has so much," explains Susan Evans, longtime herbalist and avid gardener. "Most restaurants today try and offer something other than your standard menu, and Colorado is turning into a place where people want to eat what's local, fresh and seasonal." For that very reason, Evans will ... More >>
I had just finished eating mole at a brilliant Oaxacan restaurant in Santa Ana, California when my phone beeped. And there it was...an upside down cockroach dead on its ass on a plate. The offending restaurant? Da Lat, a Vietnamese joint on Federal Boulevard that just last month made my 100 Favorite ... More >>
Davin RiskGardening writer Gayla Trail says that one of the strangest places she's seen a plant growing was corn coming up out of a crack in the pavement in an alley. Trail will use this, and other examples, to help inspire gardeners to grow their own plants even in the smallest, strangest sp ... More >>
Poetry is all about words well chosen; success in gardening starts with the right seeds. Placement, or syntax, means everything to both: While the poet needs to know exactly when to let the sun shine directly on a word and when to hide it in shadow, the gardener must likewise synchronize his ... More >>
FlickrUpdate below: Last month, our feature story "Bug Bedlam!" detailed Denver's bed bug infestation, supposedly one of the worst in the nation. Tomorrow, the state Senate Health and Human Services Committee will hear a bill to repeal Colorado's so-called Bedding Act, which requires that use ... More >>
Blood spots on your sheets. Tiny black dots of fecal matter clustered on the edge of your mattress. Piles of translucent skins. Bunches of white eggs the size of dust specks. Itchy bites. All of these revolting clues point to the conclusion that your bed is infested with bedbugs -- a problem ... More >>
"I heart Denver!" Are bed bugs a big problem in Denver? Missy Henriksen, spokeswoman for the National Pest Management Association, which is currently hosting its inaugural National Bed Bug Forum in nearby Broomfield, assures us that the decision to host the confab in Colorado had nothing to d ... More >>
A Flickr photo.Denver loves the home-grown chain Chipotle, and the restaurant empire has been loving Denver right back. On September 11, several Chipotle locations donated a portion of their proceeds to B-Cycle. And today, all metro-area Chipotles will ll be giving 50 percent of the proceeds ... More >>
Full-sized photo below.The very nature of gardening is a life and death matter. Out in the yard, something has to die so something else can live. Tending greenhouse-grown transplants from toxic weeds and voracious bugs requires round-the-clock protection from a hoe-wielding vegetable vigilant ... More >>
Foxglove is pretty poison.Advice for the lovelorn: Lettuce alone. Lisa Leigh Allen of Highlands Ranch decided that she had had enough of being married and decided to skip divorce court by simply poisoning her husband, Jonathan Allen, a police officer in Jefferson County. And so she served hi ... More >>
A Flickr photo.There are plenty of reasons why you might want to plant your own kitchen garden -- money and health foremost among them. But how do you go about figuring out what to plant, and how do you design your garden so that you get the same aesthetic pleasure from fruits and vegetables ... More >>
So how many people braved the weather last night and came out for my last book signing? Eleven. Which some people might see as sad, but not me. First, because that doesn't even take the record for my least-attended signing (which would be eight people showing up on a night without apocalyp ... More >>
September is Hunger Action Month, and department store giant Macy's is partnering with Feeding America and food banks across the country to fight hunger here at home. Macy's will launch its "Come Together" awareness and fundraising campaign, which aims to feed 10 million people suffering fr ... More >>
Joel WarnerHolly Arnold Kinney and neighbor Matt Slater in Kinney's greenhouseMost of the gardening operations I've been exploring as part of "Urbavore's Dilemma," my summer-long series on the local urban agriculture movement, are grassroots affairs: compost bins made from recycled plastic b ... More >>
Joel WarnerThe Breaking Ground teamUrbavore's Dilemma is an ongoing web series detailing city dwellers' commitment to urban homesteading. From May through September, Westword writer Joel Warner will get his hands dirty, covering everything from backyard chickens to front-lawn gardens, from gr ... More >>
Joel WarnerAshara Ekundayo and Maurice Ka at the Eastside Growers Collective gardenUrbavore's Dilemma is an ongoing web series detailing city dwellers' commitment to urban homesteading. From May through September, Westword writer Joel Warner will get his hands dirty, covering everything from ... More >>
www.denvergov.org Applying for permits of any kind isn't thrilling stuff. But for the next two weeks, the process of getting the city's building department to check off on your home improvements involves the words "free" and "bonanza." What's more exciting than that? From June 1 until June 15, dur ... More >>
There could be some tension at the next Clear Channel Denver staff meeting. Dave Logan, longtime voice of the Broncos and co-host of the KOA afternoon-drive program The Ride Home (as well as a former high school athlete recently honored as being one of the fifty best ever by Parade magazine), is l ... More >>
Urbavore's Dilemma is an ongoing web series detailing city dwellers' commitment to urban homesteading. From May through September, Westword writer Joel Warner will get his hands dirty, covering everything from backyard chickens to front-lawn gardens, from greenhouses to co-ops and food-sharing. His ... More >>
Eric Matelski brings the gallery outside.
Last weekend, on day seven, my second attempt at raising a crop of Denver dailies took a tumble off the deck. Although the cause seemed lost, I swept up some of the dirt and tossed it back in the pot. And on June 30, lo and behold, a slender seedling -- a Denver daisy -- popped up. The five other s ... More >>
The garden glove has been thrown. "Sounds like your thumb is anything but green, Patty," Cloudclimber posted in a comment responding to my Denver Daisy, Day Fifteen entry. "I got 14 plants out of that little seed packet and am going to set them out tomorrow." In that report, I noted that a single s ... More >>
Leave town for a few days, and what happens? Your Denver Daisy starts pushing up daisies. As described here, my Denver Daisy -- or Rudbeckia Denver Daisy, as the special plant celebrating the 150th anniversary of Denver is officially known -- got off to a fast start. It germinated almost a week ear ... More >>
Things are looking up — way up — on 14th Street.
Brief reviews of current shows
Lasers speed up passages at the Colorado History Museum.
In this pyramid scheme, no one comes out on top.
The sounds of jazz erupt in quilted form
From a royal mess to a people's playground, Denver's parks grounded the Webb years.
World horrors reduced to reality TV
Brief sketches of what's happening in the Denver art scene.
Rocky Mountain Rare Plants
Where it's always showtime
Rare finds and real deals.
A tale of prison gardeners is this summer's sweetest feel-good comedy.
Employee concerns bring an early frost to the Botanic Gardens' blossoming bond proposal.
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April 30 - May 6, 1998
UP IN WINDBLOWN CHEYENNE, SHANE SMITH CULTIVATES ALL KINDS OF LIVING THINGS--BANANAS, SWEET PEAS AND PEOPLE NO ONE ELSE WANTS.