Denver Botanical Gardens

I recently visited the Denver Botanical Gardens and somewhere in the depths of the gorgeous, lush gardens, and ponds full of lilies there is a kitchen garden, quietly growing in the heat.

It’s compact but packed full of kitchen favourites, plus an abundance of the heat-loving fruits like Tomatillos (or are they Physalis, I can never remember)…

…and Kohl Rabi that is way, way bigger than it would have been in my garden back home!

The Calvolo Nero looks great with a backdrop of espaliered Apple trees.

And a terracotta forcing pot makes a decorative centre-piece to this purple Basil.

And… while digging around in the Pumpkin patch (as you do!) I found this perfect little custard Squash.

7 Comments on “Denver Botanical Gardens

  1. We’ve just come back from a visit from over the pond too :D

    By coincidence we were talking to a couple from Denver last Thursday whilst waiting for a boat, who were singing the praises of this very place.

  2. A Colorado local, Denver Botanic Garden is practically in my backyard…I got a real giggle seeing it on your blog. So glad you enjoyed your trip. I love your blog…blackcurrant recipes were what led me to you as no one in the US knows what to do with the lovely fruit!

  3. What a lovely garden.

    I grow my own Kohl Rabi … but I’ve never managed to grow them that size!

    Next year I plan to grow more of my vegetables in with the flower beds, mainly because it makes for a really interesting border.

    Lucky you!.

    Best wishes,


  4. It was interesting to see the custard squash – I’m growing these on my allotment in Suffolk, UK under the name of pattipan squash. My grand-daughter loves them sliced in omelettes.

    Great blog!

  5. I’m glad to see that it’s not just me who can’t resist rooting through the pumpkin patch for a glimpse veggie treasure when visiting kitchen gardens.