Art Nouveau of Native Plants <ul><li>Sarada Krishnan </li></ul><ul><li>Denver Botanic Gardens </li></ul><ul><li>2010 APGA ...
Defining Native <ul><li>DBG’s Native Plant Collections: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Colorado Native Collection  – those plants w...
Native Collections Colorado Natives Other Western Natives # accessions 4,300 3,200 # families 16 21 # genera 19 27 # speci...
Native Collections <ul><li>1961 – Gates Montane Garden – first native plant collection </li></ul><ul><li>1979 – Rock Alpin...
Garden Style: Structural <ul><li>Watersmart Garden </li></ul><ul><li>Established 1994 </li></ul>
Garden Style: Structural <ul><li>Design Parameters: </li></ul><ul><li>Focus: Western natives </li></ul><ul><li>Demonstrate...
Garden Style: Structural <ul><li>Year-round appeal emphasizing form and texture </li></ul><ul><li>Cacti & yucca in combina...
Garden Style: Formal <ul><li>Centennial Garden </li></ul><ul><li>Established 2002 </li></ul>
Garden Style: Formal <ul><li>Design Parameters: </li></ul><ul><li>Formal xeric garden </li></ul><ul><li>Use of dryland and...
Garden Style: Formal <ul><li>Cercocarpus ledifolius  (Curl-leaf Mountain Mahogany) </li></ul><ul><li>Juniperus scopulorum ...
Garden Style: Naturalistic <ul><li>Laura Smith Porter Plains Garden </li></ul><ul><li>Established 1983 </li></ul>
Garden Style: Naturalistic <ul><li>Design Parameters: </li></ul><ul><li>Display what Denver was like pre-European settleme...
Garden Style: Naturalistic <ul><li>Garden sub-habitats: </li></ul><ul><li>Marginal/wetland </li></ul><ul><li>Riparian </li...
Garden Style: Naturalistic <ul><li>Western Panoramas </li></ul><ul><li>Established 2000/2001 </li></ul><ul><li>Design Para...
Garden Style: Naturalistic <ul><li>Ponderosa Border </li></ul>
Garden Style: Naturalistic <ul><li>Bristlecone Border </li></ul>
Garden Style: Naturalistic <ul><li>Cottonwood Border </li></ul>
Garden Style: Combination <ul><li>Dryland Mesa </li></ul><ul><li>Established 1986 </li></ul>
Garden Style: Combination <ul><li>Design Parameters: </li></ul><ul><li>Un-irrigated </li></ul><ul><li>Testing ground for u...
Garden Style: Trough Garden <ul><li>Wildflower Treasures </li></ul><ul><li>Established 2001 </li></ul><ul><li>Design Param...
Inspiration from Nature
Inspiration from Nature <ul><li>Anza Borrego Desert State Park </li></ul>
Inspiration from Nature <ul><li>Cylindropuntia echinocarpa  – Gold Form </li></ul>Cylindropuntia echinocarpa  – Silver Form
Inspiration from Nature
Inspiration from Nature <ul><li>Ponderosa pine as Japanese character pine </li></ul>
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"Art Nouveau" of Native Plants Krishnan

  1. 1. Art Nouveau of Native Plants <ul><li>Sarada Krishnan </li></ul><ul><li>Denver Botanic Gardens </li></ul><ul><li>2010 APGA Annual Conference </li></ul><ul><li>June 5, 2010 </li></ul>
  2. 2. Defining Native <ul><li>DBG’s Native Plant Collections: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Colorado Native Collection – those plants which are known to occur naturally (pre-European settlement) within the borders of Colorado, but not necessarily exclusive to Colorado </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Western North American Native Collection – those plants native (pre-European settlement) to other regions of Western North America, but not found naturally within the borders of Colorado </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Native Collections Colorado Natives Other Western Natives # accessions 4,300 3,200 # families 16 21 # genera 19 27 # species 655 1154 # garden hybrids & cultivars 278 246
  4. 4. Native Collections <ul><li>1961 – Gates Montane Garden – first native plant collection </li></ul><ul><li>1979 – Rock Alpine Garden </li></ul><ul><li>1983 – Laura Smith Porter Plains Garden </li></ul><ul><li>1986 – Dryland Mesa </li></ul><ul><li>1992 – Endangered Species Garden </li></ul><ul><li>1992 – Ornamental Grass Garden </li></ul><ul><li>1993 – Dwarf Conifer Berm </li></ul><ul><li>1994 – Watersmart Garden </li></ul><ul><li>2000/2001 – Western Panoramas </li></ul><ul><li>2001 – Sacred Earth </li></ul><ul><li>2001 – Wildflower Treasures </li></ul>
  5. 5. Garden Style: Structural <ul><li>Watersmart Garden </li></ul><ul><li>Established 1994 </li></ul>
  6. 6. Garden Style: Structural <ul><li>Design Parameters: </li></ul><ul><li>Focus: Western natives </li></ul><ul><li>Demonstrate ways xeric natives can be used in combination with plants from similar regions of the world </li></ul><ul><li>Bring native plants to mainstream horticulture </li></ul>
  7. 7. Garden Style: Structural <ul><li>Year-round appeal emphasizing form and texture </li></ul><ul><li>Cacti & yucca in combination with crambe and penstemon </li></ul><ul><li>Pine trees grounded by sweeps of poppies and gazania </li></ul>
  8. 8. Garden Style: Formal <ul><li>Centennial Garden </li></ul><ul><li>Established 2002 </li></ul>
  9. 9. Garden Style: Formal <ul><li>Design Parameters: </li></ul><ul><li>Formal xeric garden </li></ul><ul><li>Use of dryland and native plants </li></ul><ul><li>Plants adapted to high exposure to sun and wind with low precipitation </li></ul><ul><li>Also plants amenable to formal grooming </li></ul>
  10. 10. Garden Style: Formal <ul><li>Cercocarpus ledifolius (Curl-leaf Mountain Mahogany) </li></ul><ul><li>Juniperus scopulorum (Rocky Mountain Juniper) </li></ul><ul><li>Zinnia grandiflora (Prairie Zinnia) </li></ul><ul><li>Chamaebatiaria millifolium (Fernbush) </li></ul>
  11. 11. Garden Style: Naturalistic <ul><li>Laura Smith Porter Plains Garden </li></ul><ul><li>Established 1983 </li></ul>
  12. 12. Garden Style: Naturalistic <ul><li>Design Parameters: </li></ul><ul><li>Display what Denver was like pre-European settlement </li></ul><ul><li>All plants native to prairies and adjacent CO habitats </li></ul><ul><li>Seeds obtained from within 30 miles of Denver; local genetic material </li></ul><ul><li>Un-irrigated </li></ul>
  13. 13. Garden Style: Naturalistic <ul><li>Garden sub-habitats: </li></ul><ul><li>Marginal/wetland </li></ul><ul><li>Riparian </li></ul><ul><li>Rocky outcrop </li></ul><ul><li>Xeric woodland </li></ul><ul><li>Tallgrass prairie </li></ul><ul><li>Mid/mixed grass prairie </li></ul><ul><li>Sandhills prairie </li></ul><ul><li>Shortgrass prairie </li></ul><ul><li>Pioneer garden (heirloom plants grown by pioneers </li></ul>
  14. 14. Garden Style: Naturalistic <ul><li>Western Panoramas </li></ul><ul><li>Established 2000/2001 </li></ul><ul><li>Design Parameters: </li></ul><ul><li>Each border represents a stylized version of a classic habitat in CO </li></ul><ul><li>Emphasis on grasses, wildflowers & signature trees </li></ul><ul><li>Provides western sense of place in the heart of the Gardens </li></ul>
  15. 15. Garden Style: Naturalistic <ul><li>Ponderosa Border </li></ul>
  16. 16. Garden Style: Naturalistic <ul><li>Bristlecone Border </li></ul>
  17. 17. Garden Style: Naturalistic <ul><li>Cottonwood Border </li></ul>
  18. 18. Garden Style: Combination <ul><li>Dryland Mesa </li></ul><ul><li>Established 1986 </li></ul>
  19. 19. Garden Style: Combination <ul><li>Design Parameters: </li></ul><ul><li>Un-irrigated </li></ul><ul><li>Testing ground for uncommon southwestern native plants </li></ul><ul><li>Occasional plants from South & Central America also included </li></ul><ul><li>Represented major families: Cactaceae & Agavaceae </li></ul>
  20. 20. Garden Style: Trough Garden <ul><li>Wildflower Treasures </li></ul><ul><li>Established 2001 </li></ul><ul><li>Design Parameters: </li></ul><ul><li>Western interpretation of traditional European trough gardens </li></ul><ul><li>Each trough represents a rare & specialized habitat found in CO; primarily small and specialized native plants </li></ul><ul><li>Surrounding beds devoted to western native wildflowers </li></ul>
  21. 21. Inspiration from Nature
  22. 22. Inspiration from Nature <ul><li>Anza Borrego Desert State Park </li></ul>
  23. 23. Inspiration from Nature <ul><li>Cylindropuntia echinocarpa – Gold Form </li></ul>Cylindropuntia echinocarpa – Silver Form
  24. 24. Inspiration from Nature
  25. 25. Inspiration from Nature <ul><li>Ponderosa pine as Japanese character pine </li></ul>

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