Denver: Gardens Big and Small

Last week I was in Denver at a conference. In between sessions, I wandered around and found … you got it—gardens. My first day there, I had arranged to see a friend, who took me to Denver’s Botanical Gardens. Turns out there was a big installation by Dale Chihuly.

That's not wild rice!

That’s not wild rice!  Photo by Glenn Slocum.

All over the garden organic shapes sprang up, often looking like plants, but gleaming and glowing like the glass they actually were. It was just luck I arrived during the time it was there. But even if I hadn’t, it’s a very nice garden with lovely examples of different plant ecosystems.

In the Japanese Garden, there was a boat full of glass shapes.

In the Japanese Garden, there was a boat full of glass shapes. Photo by Glenn Slocum.

The next day, when the conference had started, I looked out the second floor window of the Hyatt at 15th and California and saw a lovely urban garden in a parking lot. It was fenced in and had raised beds with tomatoes, squash, and other vegetables hanging on in the October air.

Note the lovely central seating, composting bins at right, and, of course, the tool shed.

Note the lovely central seating, composting bins at right, and, of course, the tool shed.

I checked around and found that an organization called Concerts for Kids developed it in 2009 when a company couldn’t get construction financing. It supplies food to Food for Thought, an organization that provides meals for low income kids over the weekend. It’s also a farm market space in the summer. Pretty darn cool!

Another view in, between the bars...

Another view in, between the bars…

The next day, I got to a conference session early and started wandering around the Colorado Convention Center. And behold, I stumbled upon the Blue Bear Farm.

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This was also fenced in, but it had a variety of goodies, including very well-housed bees, varieties of greens, asparagus, tomatoes, pumpkins, squash and picnic tables for the people with access to keys. Apparently these vegetables are used for events at the Convention Center.

The bee hives, upper left, were painted like houses and had pitched roofs.

The bee hives, upper left, were painted like houses and had pitched roofs.

And if you’re wondering who the blue bear is, well, apparently he wants in to the Convention Center…

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One Response to Denver: Gardens Big and Small

  1. pauljoeRTW says:

    I loved seeing the Chihuly photos. Art that grabs your attention like that really energizes me! Thanks for that. One’s eye automatically goes to the beautiful, ummm (loss for word), irregularities he adds. I’m glad you’re the curious energetic type who can instinctly find these little gems. I hope our world continue in the direction of farming for social betterment.

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