Busman's holiday: a propagator's private garden
|Mike Bone in native habitat|
|A garden of unique combinations|
|Salvia penstemonoides and yellow Hesperaloe|
|One of Mike's many troughs|
|Purple sedum medly|
|Part of the veggie garden|
|Pink banana squash|
|Mike alongside Bugmansia|
|A wonderful assortment of hardy cacti in pots|
|Another luxurious combination of plants in pots and the garden|
|Talinum calycinum adds a second season of interest to a pot with Pediocactus in it.|
|Heterotheca jonesii x villosa|
During the day, Mike oversees an ambitious and far flung Propagation program in two greenhouse complexes 18 miles apart: he has assembled an extremely talented team of growers and produces an an enormous volume of plants for staff at the gardens, but also for the Plant Select program, and plant sales.
I know that many plants that enter the Botanic Gardens collections began as cuttings, seed or purchased plants nourished at his home garden, with propagules flowing to DBG. I am sorry to have only shown you a glimpse--there is the better part of an acre of ground here--and although Mike has only been here a few years, he is rapidly transforming the space into one of the Denver area's premier gardens. You must meet the man, and weasel your way out there...I do on a regular basis! I can assure you that you'll walk away inspired!