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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Cafe Botanique, Thursday 26th - CANCELLED

March 26th Ethnobotanical Café Botanique IS RE-SCHEDULED for April 30th!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009


We are expecting a major snow storm to arrive tomorrow, Thursday, March 26th. Regarding the BI-classes and Cafe Botanique, please call 720-865-3620 to confirm if DBG is open on Thursday afternoon-evening.

Teosinte became Maize (corn)

(Courtesy: National Science Foundation)
(Nicolle Rager Fuller, National Science Foundation)
Indigenous peoples living in the lowland areas of southwestern Mexico may have cultivated corn or maize more than 8,700 years ago according to new research, this is 1500 years earlier than formerly documented. Molecular biologists recently identified a large, wild grass called Balsas teosinte as the ancestor of maize. The suppression of branching from the stalk resulted in a lower number of ears per plant but allows each ear to grow larger. The hard case around the kernel disappeared over time. Today, maize has just a few ears of corn growing on one unbranched stalk. Read more…

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Café Botanique - Thursday, March 26th - Ethnobotany

Ethnobotany in Colorado and Latin America
By Donald L. Hazlett, Ph.D.

After an introduction to ethnobotany, several important ethnobotany ideas and concepts will be discussed, such as the Doctrine of Signatures, exotic versus native and common medicinal flora. Specific examples of plant uses among Native Americans and in the Hispanic population of Colorado will also be presented. Information and examples will be given regarding the importance of plant folk names and calques (literal translations of indigenous names to English).

Dr. Donald Hazlett is a specialist in Native American and Hispanic Ethnobotany, Plant Taxonomy and Great Plains Ecology. He has been working with tropical ecology and ethnobotany in Bolivia, Costa Rica and Honduras as well as CSU and UNC. He is an adjunct ethnobotanist of Denver Botanic Gardens. At the moment, he is preparing a glossary of Hispanic Plant Remedies Available in Colorado and New Mexico boticas.

Thursday, March 26, 2009
Denver Botanic Gardens – Morrison Center
6:30 – 8 p.m.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

DBG' Index Seminum 2008 - Ready for Distribution

Denver Botanic Gardens Index Seminum 2008 is ready for distribution.
The seeds in this seed exchange catalog were collected during the field season 2008. You can download and print your copy from here, link (to download use username: biprogram; password: student)

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Margaret Flockton Award

(Orthophytum heleniceae by Klei Sousa, click the image to enlarge)
Margaret Flockton Award is a prestigious Australian award commemorating the enormous contribution Margaret Flockton made to early Australian botanical illustration and Taxonomy.
Being scientific, only original black and white (pen and ink, graphite or scrap board) is accepted. Lesley Randal from UD Davis, California won the first prize in 2007 and second prize in 2008.
The 2009 award winners will be officially announced on April 9th at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney, AU.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Plan for the Mothersday

Denver Botanic Gardens Anniversary publication will be released by May 15th 2009. You can already pre-order it through Amazon.

The book includes fifty seven exquisite botanical illustrations - each produced by the artists within the Denver Botanic Gardens' Botanical Illustration Program. This publication is our BI-program's Portfolio 2009.

Royal Passion results to The Highgrove Florilegium

(Helleborus orientalis by Elizabeth Cadman)

HRH Prince Phillip, The Prince of Wales has two passions above anything else: Horticulture and painting. These have resulted to a collection of more than 120 original prints from watercolor paintings celebrating the plants and trees growing at Highgrove in Gloucestershire - The Highgrove Florilegium. Distinguished botanists have been working with David Howard, the Head Gardener to HRH to ensure that a representative selection of species is selected. The Garden at Highgrove is now one of the most well-known organic gardens in the United Kingdom.
Fay Ballard, Josephine Hague, Kay Rees-Davies Kay Rees-Davis, Katherine Manisco, Kate Nessler and Jenny Phillips are among the botanical artists who have contributed to the work; Anne-Merie Evans leads the selection panel who ensure that the illustrations meet the required standards.
The first of the two volumes of the Florilegium with 61 illustrations was published in 2008 and the second volume is expected to come out in the summer of 2009. The edition is limited to 175 numbered copies and each of them are personally signed by The Prince of Wales. The images are printed on archival paper and the pages are collated and sewn by hand in the Yorkshire bindery by Stephen Conway.

You can ask for the subscription details from the Publisher, Addison Publications. Last but not least, the price for this fine-art facsimile edition is £10’950 ($ 15’338.7 with today’s exchange rate!!). All royalities from the publication are donated to The Prince’s Charities Foundation.

Some of the images can be viewed here, link

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Carolyn Crawford presents ...

"Botanical Illustrator, Ida Hrubesky Pemperton"
March 12, 2009, 7 p.m.
Carolyn Crawford will show Ida Hrubesky Pemperton's majestetic botanical works of medicinal plants. The unpublished originals reside at the University of Colorado's Museum of Natural History.
This talk is held at REI Community Room, 1789 28th Street, Boulder, CO (further information here)

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Rare – Imperiled Plants of Colorado

(Pediocactus knowltonii by Susan Rubin, artist, BI-instructor)

RARE is a travelling exhibition developed by the Rocky Mountain Society of Botanical Artists now exhibited at the Gates Garden Court of Denver Botanic Gardens (March 7 - May 17, 2009). This exhibit is featuring 40 of the rarest plants included in the over 500 plant species in Colorado which are monitored by several agencies in order to protect them from extinction. You can read more about the Rare Plant Conservation Initiative (RPCI) and Colorado Native Plant Society by clicking the highlighted names. The Flora of Colorado includes over 3000 plant species.
You can order the extraordinary exhibit catalog by emailing exhibits of calling 720.865.3636. The 58-page catalog contains the illustration and detailed information for each of the 40 imperiled plant species exhibited plus artist bios. Price: $19.92 + tax.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Spring is Coming!

(© K. Cleaver)

The juried Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate Program's Art exhibit will be held at Visual and Performing Arts Gallery ( 3645 W,. 112th Avenue, Westminster, CO; Entrance #4, room #1660), Frontrange Community Collage, Westminster, CO; from March 9th through April 2nd. The exhibition showcases works of art from 29 artists currently connected to the Botanical Illustration Program.
The opening reception is on Thursday, March 12, 5-7 p.m.
Driving Directions here...

Friday, March 6, 2009

James Gurney in DBG = How much can be done in 24 hrs?

James is getting familiar with the Dinosaur food, Marjorie Leggitt’s reconstructions of Jurassic flora (Palaeobotanical exhibit at Denver Botanic Gardens)

Lecture for Café Botanique and Book signing ~

And ...
Sketching workshop for an enthusiastic group of Botanical illustrators. Watercolor pencils rock!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Cafe Botanique, Thursday March 5 - DINOTOPIA

Dinotopia: Behind the Scenes
By James Gurney, Artist

Thursday, March 5, 2009
Denver Botanic Gardens – Mitchell Hall
6:30 – 8 p.m.

This talk examines the making of Dinotopia from its origins in 1988 to the most recent book, “Dinotopia: Journey to Chandara.” It explores the nitty-gritty of visualizing imaginary scenes realistically in traditional media. The presentation covers research, thumbnail sketches, reference maquettes, perspective, dinosaur reconstruction, step-by-step sequences, and plein-air painting. After the lecture, Mr. Gurney will sign two of his books: “Dinotopia: Journey to Chandara” and “Dinotopia, A Land Apart from Time.”

James Gurney is an artist known for his plein-air landscape paintings, as well as his award-winning illustrations of fantasy and historical subjects. Gurney is also known for his science illustrations, including the World of Dinosaurs postage stamps for the US Postal Service. Gurney brings a perspective of realism and scientific accuracy to his work in fantasy.
Fee: $10 member, $13 non-member/walk-in
Register on-line (Class # 09WBI010) or call 720-865-3580