Our first stop at the gardens was at the conservatory where the more tropical plants are kept. No snow there!
They had a lovely collection of orchids, shown growing in natural settings. One nit that I had to pick with the DBG was a woeful lack of labeling on too many of the plants. That was true of the orchids, also.
Whatever this beauty's name, its blooms were spectacular.
I loved the color of this slipper orchid.
This one certainly stood out amidst the greenery.
This one was quite small but you could hardly miss it.
The orchids existed in a jungle-like environment that featured several waterfalls.
The environment also had a large collection of a diversity of tropical plants, some of which were familiar to me and some not.
Several of the tropical plants showed fantastic blooms.
I was surprised to see this huge morning glory vine climbing a rock in the enclosure. It's the same one I'm growing in my garden this year! I have to admit, though, that theirs looks a bit more healthy than mine.
The orangery was adjacent to the tropical plant space and, in addition to the citrus trees there, it featured an extensive collection of succulents. I was delighted to see them. I've become a big fan of succulents this year.
Some of these looked very similar to the ones I have in my garden.
I especially loved the use of other plants with the succulents, like this pretty variegated geranium.
The most fantastic sight in the orangery was this fruit of the Buddha's hand citrus. I wonder what the fruit tastes like. Have you ever tasted one?
This was only the beginning of our visit to the Denver Botanic Gardens. More to come!