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  • Blogs

    July 16, 2014

    Dahlia Square could become a garden spot -- but right now plans are sowing dissension

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2013

    Expert gardeners Lauren Springer Ogden and Scott Ogden talk plant sensuality

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2012

    The sixth annual Art Farm Harvest art show is tomorrow

    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.

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2012

    Herbs flavor the "The Chef's Pantry" class at the Denver Botanic Gardens

    "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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2012

    What's for lunch? A cockroach, if you're eating at Da Lat

    I had just finished eating mole at a brilliant Oaxacan restaurant in Santa Ana, California when my phone beeped. And there it 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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2011

    Tips for gardening in small spaces from Gayla Trail

    Davin Risk​Gardening 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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2011

    The Denver County Fair: Where poetry blooms

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2011

    Bed bugs: Will repealing law requiring sanitization of used mattresses encourage bugs?

    Flickr​Update 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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2011

    Bedbugs: How is Denver coping with these tiny yet terrifying bloodsucking pests?

    ​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 >>

  • Culture

    February 24, 2011
  • Blogs

    January 7, 2011

    Bed bugs: How bad is the infestation in Denver?

    "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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2010

    Today: Chipotle gives back to Denver Urban Gardens

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2010

    Park Hill gardener pleads for life: Kenny Be's Sign Language

    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 >>

  • Calendar

    June 10, 2010
  • News

    June 3, 2010
  • Blogs

    May 18, 2010

    Salad good for you? Only if you want to avoid divorce court

    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 >>

  • Calendar

    May 13, 2010
  • Blogs

    March 25, 2010

    Tonight: Plan your kitchen garden at the Denver Botanic Gardens

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2010

    After-action report: Broadway Book Mall and beyond

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2009

    Macy's and Food Bank of the Rockies aim to feed 10 million

    ​ 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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2009

    Urban homesteading deluxe with Fort owner Holly Arnold Kinney

    Joel WarnerHolly Arnold Kinney and neighbor Matt Slater in Kinney's greenhouse​Most 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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2009

    Urbavore's Dilemma: Breaking Ground is putting down roots in vacant lots

    Joel WarnerThe Breaking Ground team​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 gr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2009

    Urbavore's Dilemma: Blue and Yellow Logic hopes to mix up a new form of green

    Joel WarnerAshara Ekundayo and Maurice Ka at the Eastside Growers Collective garden​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 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2009

    Denver offers a bonanza of free construction permits 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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2009

    Dave Logan invades Tom Martino's territory with

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2009

    Urbavore's Dilemma: Grow Local Colorado brings back the Victory Garden

    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 >>

  • Calendar

    July 17, 2008

    Art In Bloom

    Eric Matelski brings the gallery outside.

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2008

    The Return of the Denver Daisy

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2008

    Denver Daisy, Redux

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2008

    Denver Daisy, RIP

    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 >>

  • News

    July 5, 2007

    Suite Dreams

    Things are looking up way up on 14th Street.

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2007
  • Culture

    March 15, 2007

    Now Playing

    Brief reviews of current shows

  • Calendar

    March 24, 2005

    Across Time and Space

    Lasers speed up passages at the Colorado History Museum.

  • News

    May 6, 2004

    Birthday Blues

    In this pyramid scheme, no one comes out on top.

  • Calendar

    January 1, 2004

    Stop, Look, and Listen

    The sounds of jazz erupt in quilted form

  • Dining

    November 27, 2003
  • News

    July 17, 2003

    A Tale of Two Cities

    From a royal mess to a people's playground, Denver's parks grounded the Webb years.

  • Calendar

    June 19, 2003

    Party Proopser

    World horrors reduced to reality TV

  • Culture

    June 19, 2003


    Brief sketches of what's happening in the Denver art scene.

  • Goods & Services

    March 27, 2003

    Best Seeds for Alpine Gardeners

    Rocky Mountain Rare Plants

  • Calendar

    February 13, 2003

    Exhibit A

    Where it's always showtime

  • Calendar

    November 14, 2002

    Talking Shop

    Rare finds and real deals.

  • Film

    August 30, 2001

    Dirty Work

    A tale of prison gardeners is this summer's sweetest feel-good comedy.

  • News

    June 14, 2001

    The Secret Garden

    Employee concerns bring an early frost to the Botanic Gardens' blossoming bond proposal.

  • Goods & Services

    March 29, 2001
  • Calendar

    July 29, 1999
  • Calendar

    April 30, 1998

    Night & Day

    April 30 - May 6, 1998

  • Film

    August 21, 1997
  • News

    February 23, 1994



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