Greenhouse is Great Gardening Reminder


I spent a few hours on Monday volunteering at the City Greenhouse fulfilling part of my master gardener commitment. The weather outside was cold and windy, but it was warm and humid inside the greenhouse and the low rumble of fans drowned out the blustery day. The smell of moist soil was a nice reminder that gardening season is already underway.


Rows and rows of a new variety of Tropical Canna, ‘Bronze Scarlet’ and ‘Tropical Punch’, were planted from seed only two months ago, but they are already a foot tall. When the weather warms, parks staff members will be planting these in city park gardens throughout Denver.


More than 20,000 geranium seedlings are already growing strong, too. The seeds for these ‘Orbit Red’ geraniums were planted 10 days ago. Soon, they’ll be ready to transplant into larger containers–another good master gardener volunteer activity. Cocktail forks are the perfect tool to lift these tiny plants up and out of their trays.


‘Orange Punch’ tropical canna are already in full bloom in one of the many greenhouse rooms. The greenhouse also grows plants for the grounds of the nearby Denver Zoo.


In addition to the plants grown for Denver city park gardens, the greenhouse has an entire room filled with orchids and other unusual tropical plants. Paradise on a cold Colorado February day!


 

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