Denver Botanic Gardens

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After three years, “Stinky” -- the Denver Botanic Gardens’ beloved corpse flower -- may be preparing to bloom again.

Denver Botanic Gardens horticulturist Nicholas Giaquinto predicted the rare bloom, which is said to give off an odor much like rotting corpse, to occur in early to mid-September.

Officially known as the “amorphophallus titanum,” it’s related to common house plants the philodendron and the peace lily, Giaquinto said. The rancid smell is used to attract pollinators such as flies and beetles.

The potent plant also attracts humans.

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Something is rotten at the Denver Botanic Gardens and people are lining up in droves to get a whiff.

"It – uh – releases a fragrance similar to rotting meat," said horticulturist Aaron Sedivy of the star attraction, the Amorphophallus Titanum – more commonly known as the corpse flower.

Record numbers of people – about 3,000 a day – have come to see and more importantly, smell, the flower, said Erin Bird, the Denver Botanic Gardens' communications manager.

"It is a really strange concept," Bird said. "But I think humans are just drawn to weird, oddity things."

Denver School Of Botanical Art and Illustration

A sprig of dried rose hips sits atop Nels Broste's drafting table, in a classroom inside the Denver Botanic Gardens. Broste has drawn an outline on the paper in front of him, and flips back and forth between sheets of tracing paper as he tries to perfect his composition.

Connie Sayas, his instructor, walks up with some encouragement and a few tips.

"So what I like is these interesting shapes, so if this was your paper, we've got this nice jagged edge here," said Sayas.

"I also like the balance between the different textures, so we know that these rose hips are crinkled up, it will be a really nice contrast. So you want to push those textures."

Broste is not an artist by training -- he's a retired engineer -- but his sketch is spot on. He recently earned a certificate from the Denver Botanic Gardens School of Botanical Art and Illustration. He's taking this extra class, "for the fun of it."

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Dale Chihuly’s name has become synonymous with the art of blown glass. Glass is also typically synonymous with another word: Fragile. Although Colorado is one of the most hail-prone states in the country, that hasn’t stopped Denver Botanic Gardens from hosting a monumental sculpture show of glass.

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A towering pile of giant glass icicles greets visitors to Denver Botanic Gardens. It's part of the Chihuly exhibition, an installation of glass-and-steel sculptures that spring up like alien flowers among the garden's 24 acres.

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Plant Select, a cooperative group of plant lovers from Denver Botanic Gardens, CSU and the greenhouse and nursery industries, have announced their 2014 winning plant selections.

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Denver’s Botanic Gardens is already well-known for a vast diversity of color and flora. Now something inorganic is dotting that landscape: Sculpture.