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January 1, 2011 Volume

Focus on Native plants and people
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Colorado: In 2011, the Denver Botanic Gardens will celebrate Native art, plants, ethnobotany and culture.  New exhibits will combine native plants and art to show the“the horticultural side as well as the art side,” said Lisa M.W. Eldred from the Botanical Gardens.

The displays will include audios from Native elders who talk about each plant's traditional uses, especially in medicines, building materials, dyes and food and their roles in the spiritual and ceremonial life. Tribal elders will also share knowledge of cultural preservation which is being lost, especially in urban areas.

Both indoor and outdoor exhibits are planned. Beginning in February, 2011, the Gardens highlight on-site Native artists and craftsmen in both the traditional and contemporary fields.  In May, the outdoor exhibits will open. Some will be housed in the existing "Sacred Earth " section.

The “Sacred Earth” section was designed with input from the local Indian community. Yellow sunflowers, trailing melon vines, and corn stalks are similar to the wider Colorado Plateau. Staff members call the the garden “a special, iconic place.”

The local Native community will also be involved with the 2011 project.

Denver's Botanic Gardens is among  America's most noted urban gardens.

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