Flourish: A Visionary Garden in the American West | Center for Colorado & the West at Auraria Library http://coloradowest.staging.auraria.edu/book-review/flourish-visionary-garden-american-west[12/8/2015 1:05:58 PM] Home Flourish: A Visionary Garden in the American WestFlourish: A Visionary Garden in the American WestSubmitted by jainlayconley on 11-20-2009 11:24 AMAuthor: Panayoti Kelaidis Publishing: Boulder, CO: Johnson Books, and Denver, CO: Denver Botanic Gardens, 2009. xiv + 146 pages. Drawings, photos. 10-1/2 x 9-1/4. $26.95 hardcover. Reviewer: Jacqui Ainlay-Conley Reviewer Affiliation: Center for Colorado & the West at Auraria Library This book chronicles the creation and growth of one of the states living attractions, the Denver Botanic Gardens (DBG), and profiles many of its star performers, the plants. Edited by Panayoti Kelaidis, Senior Curator and Director of Outreach, this publication was a group effort to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the gardens. Contributors included volunteers, horticulturists, gardeners, librarians, and trustees. Following a foreword by Chief Executive Officer Brian Vogt and an introduction by Kelaidis, Flourish is divided into three sections: Historical Highlights, Early Visionaries, and Plant Portraits. Deb Golanty, Senior Librarian at the gardens Helen Fowler Library, compiled a historical timeline, with photographs, which highlights milestones in the Botanic Gardens growth. Beginning with the DBGs inception in 1941, she chronicles important events like the 1959 dedication ceremony for the current York Street location; the construction of the Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory in the 1960s; the growth in the Japanese gardens in the 1970s; the launch of the highly successful summer concert series in the 1980s; and accreditation from the American Association of Museums in the 1990s. Golanty guides us into the twenty-first century when the gardens blossom into a nationally renowned and respected institution. Early Visionaries contains a few select biographies of the many champions who designed and created the botanic gardens out of Denvers Pioneer Cemetery. Among these visionaries were early acting director, and the gardens first horticulturist, George W. Kelly; benefactress and major philanthropist, Ruth Porter Waring; and two Dutch landscape architectsMichael Walter Pesman and Saco Rienk DeBoer. The Plant Portraits section makes up the majority of the book. Over seventy plants that are grown in the gardens are profiled. Especially captivating are the color renderings painted by artists from the DBGs botanical art program. In addition to the artwork, there are numerous color photographs. Gardeners will appreciate the plethora of informationincluding the height, width, blooming season, and sun requirements of each plants. Though there is an index for plants, a complete index for the book is notably missing. Including some historical context would also have been helpful. What was the impetus for founding the gardens, other than local initiative? Was this part of the conservation movement? What role did women play in the creation of botanical gardens and can this be seen in the Denver institutions own history? Did DBG follow EXPLORE BY MEDIABook Reviews Photographs Video Biographies New Publications Resource Guides County Newspaper HistoriesEXPLORE BY TOPICLand & Natural Resources Government & Law Agriculture Mining Commerce & Industry Transportation People & Places Communication Healthcare & Medicine Education & Libraries Cultural Communities Recreation & Entertainment Tourism ReligionEXPLORE BY CULTUREHispanic Native AmericanWhile on the Dominguez-Escalante expedition in 1776, Bernardo de Miera y Pacheco drew the first map of Colorado.
Flourish: A Visionary Garden in the American West | Center for Colorado & the West at Auraria Library http://coloradowest.staging.auraria.edu/book-review/flourish-visionary-garden-american-west[12/8/2015 1:05:58 PM] Auraria Library 303-556-4587 1100 Lawrence Street Denver, Colorado 80204 In the News Partners & Donations About Us Contact Us the pattern of most civic gardens in the twentieth century by transitioning from a pleasure garden to a scientific institution? The latter appears so, but the reader is left to decipher that on their own. Flourish should appeal to local gardeners and Denver history buffs. The subject matter, bright cover, and beautiful illustrations make this a perfect coffee table book or appropriate reading material for sun porches and solariums. Reviewer Info: Jacqui Ainlay-Conley has an MA in history and a certificate in historic preservation from the University of Colorado Denver. She has written and lectured on a wide variety of topics including the New Deal in Colorado, the history of paint, historic structures associated with tuberculosis sufferers, and a biography of smelting tycoon August Meyer. She is currently the King Fellow at the Center for Colorado & the West at Auraria Library. Add new comment