Enriching Your Life

Exercise Routine- The Gardening Way

For years, a common attitude toward gardening has been relegated to seasoned citizens poking plants in the ground, watering from a can, strolling happily, albeit slowly, around their flower gardens. The garden is a great place for a functional workout! There’s plenty of stretching, pushing, pulling, and lifting which utilizes several muscles groups at one time. According to the Centers for Disease Control, gardening is... Read More

Happy Mother’s Day

Growing Together Wrapped in a Mother’s Strong and Loving Arms “How will our children know who they are if they don’t know where they came from?”                                                                              ... Read More

More Birding News

Get Outdoors and Explore with the Audubon Society of Greater Denver Walk the Wetlands Sunday, May 1, 8am Walk along the South Platte River exploring ponds and habitats for resident and migrant birds.  This is a great opportunity to learn about the birds of the Denver area. Bring a scope if you have one; some loaner equipment may be available. Beginners welcome! Bird Banding Station... Read More

Let Us Go Back

Let us go back To the simpler and better things. Let us retrace our steps From our greed-born bickerings Back to the quietness Of plain, good friendliness. Let us go back To the old roads of beauty’s quest. Let us again find joy In the fields and the woods, possessed By the thrill of the spring, And of summer wandering. Let us go back To... Read More

Hey Batter Batter – Swing!

What does the iconic sport of baseball and trees have in common?  Before the advent of aluminum, there was only one choice of material for a bat – the heartwood of the American White Ash tree (Fraxinus americana). The strength and springiness of the wood when crafted into a bat are the characteristics favored by many batters.  The manufacture of White Ash bats comprise nearly... Read More

Local Birding News

  Audubon Society of Greater Denver Spring Benefit 2016 Saturday, April 23rd – 6pm to 9pm  at the Inn at Hudson Gardens Join the Audubon Society of Greater Denver for a beautiful spring evening at Hudson Gardens.  The annual spring benefit is an opportunity to socialize with friends, meet new people, share birding adventures and bid on exciting auction items.  With the early migrants showing... Read More

Flora Folklore

Not to be confused with the name of a new Disney character, but a look into the unique and sometimes delightful tales of common flowers.  Ancient societies  used a ‘doctrine of signatures’ to help identify which wild plants and herbs were useful medicines.  Certain parts of the plant (flowers, petals, leaves, etc.) had shapes resembling a part of the human body which was interpreted as... Read More

Goodnight Kisses

With all the plans to spend a weekend of celebrating with loved ones, why not surprise them Easter morning with a Kiss! This delightful and tasty recipe will be gladly received; Ingredients: 2 egg whites Dash of salt ¾ cup sugar 1 – 6 ounce package of butterscotch, chocolate, or mint chocolate chips Directions: Preheat oven to 350° F. Beat egg whites and salt until... Read More

Feast or Famine – The Amazing Potato

Phytophthora infestans and Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!  This was not the cry of the Irish in 1845. The potato’s (genus: Solanum) history takes us from the mountains of Peru to the hills of Ireland, only one of the many migrations this lowly tuber has traveled. Initially, during the 1600s, the potato was enjoyed only by royalty and nobles.  That all changed as the Industrial Revolution... Read More

Outside to the Inside

While we wait for the beauty and bounty of the 2016 garden season outside, a fun blooming project can be brought inside.  If you have access to crabapple, lilac, honeysuckle, apple, plum, forsythia, dogwood, chokecherry or pussywillow then your garden can bloom inside!  This technique is called “forcing branches.”  Follow these 5 simple steps for a jump on spring: 1.        CUT – Select branches that have fat... Read More