prairie bunch grass at Denver park
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Swathes of little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium) at a downtown Denver park. Ornamental grasses really work in Denver’s dry, windy winter climate.

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Sandy Snyder's garden
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I had an opportunity to meet Panayoti’s friend and long-time former Denver Botanical Garden employee Sandy Snyder. Her garden brims with cold-hardy succulents, cacti, shrubby native oaks and Mahonia, and an intriguing array of cushion plants from the steppes of the Caucasus. I loved her home’s architecture and the beautiful arc of the hammock – undoubtedly an incredible place from which to watch that huge sky!

Sandy and Panayoti
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Sandy and Panayoti – long time friends and co-workers.

Sandy Snyder's garden - yellow cushion flowers
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One of many gorgeous cold-hardy rock garden plants. I need a reminder on the name of this charming plant!

Sandy Snyder's garden - bulb lawn
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Sandy has an extraordinary lawn of buffalo grass – apparently a sheet of multi-colored species crocus and adorable, miniscule narcissus in spring. I caught the very tail end of the show but it was still beautiful!

Sandy Snyder's rock crevice garden
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The crevice rock garden in Sandy Snyder’s front garden. In another couple of weeks, it should be bright with sub-alpine flowers.

Kendrick Lake garden Pulsatilla flowers
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Early Pulsatilla flowers at the drought-tolerant public display gardens at Kendrick Lake

Gardens at Kendrick Lake
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Gardens at Kendrick Lake – looking spare in late March, but soon to be engulfed in sheets of bright flowering bulbs, cushion plants, cactus blossoms and perennials.

Agave at Gardens at Kendrick Lake
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Acres of sinewy gravel beds, thickly planted with drought-tolerant plants, provide Denver residents with a spectacular palette of environmentally suitable plants.

Agave rupicola
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Love the handsome olive-green foliage on this Agave rupicola – a species that was unscathed by particularly brutal early and late frosts this past winter.

Kendrick Lake purple Opuntia
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A gorgeous purple Opuntia cactus at Kendrick Lake gardens

Panayoti at Chatfield
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Chatfield houses the stock and propagation greenhouses for the Denver Botanical Gardens. Panayoti checks out trial plants here, including his recent collections from Kazakhstan.

prairie bunch grass at Denver park
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Sandy Snyder's garden
Sandy and Panayoti
Sandy Snyder's garden - yellow cushion flowers
Sandy Snyder's garden - bulb lawn
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