Durango BOtanical Society

Building Public Gardens Committed to Demonstration and Education

     Our Docents Share Their Love of Gardens


The title of "docent" derives from the Latin meaning 'teacher'.  Indeed, a key mission of our Society is education, sharing what we have learned about gardening in the Southwest through hard work, trial-and-error, and perseverance. That's why on most any Saturday morning, spring through summer, you'll find a docent available in our gardens to give you a tour--it can be one individual or a group; it can be pre-arranged by calling us or you can drop by.  If you wish to have a specific group tour, it's recommended you call first to 970-880-4841 so that we can give you the attention to deserve.  Learn about the interesting history of our gardens as well as why these specific plants are in the garden and what we are learning from them.

Interested in becoming a docent?

Want to become one of our docents? If learning more about our gardens and our mission is something that intrigues you and you like to share your love of gardening, consider becoming a docent.  No one is thrown into the deep end without training and docent training for 2019 is happening soon! Please contact Theresa Anderson if you are interested in becoming a Docent with DBS.  The classes are scheduled for April 27, May 3 and May 18.  See the Events tab for more information or contact Theresa Anderson at durangobotanicalsociety@gmail.com, or call 970-880-4841.   


   Valentine’s Day Folklore

By DBS board member, docent, and docent coordinator, Theresa Anderson.

If you are reading this you must love gardening or maybe you are a lover of gardens. Either way, the more you know about plants and flowers, the more you want to know.  We chose one of our favorite Plant Select plants to highlight for you on Valentine’s Day:   Cape-Forget-Me Not.

The Cape-Forget-Me-Not makes a wonderful addition to a crevice garden or a rock garden.

There are many legends surrounding this most loved flower regarding how the flower got its name.  In Victorian Days, ladies wore them as a sign of their enduring love, maybe because of the romantic legend that hails back to medieval times.

A German Knight and his lady-love were enjoying a picnic by the side of a steep bank overlooking a swift running stream.  They spotted some beautiful blue flowers growing along the stream’s bank.  The knight descended the steep bank and as he was picking some of the flowers a flash flood suddenly arose.  As the waters carried him away he tossed the flowers on the bank for his lady-love and called out to her, “forget-me-not!"

The Cape-Forget-Me-Not, Anchusa capensis, grows in full sun to partial shade and is hardy in zones 5-10 (up to 5,000’).  The trim evergreen rosettes produce a bounty of dazzling cobalt-blue flowers with fetching white eyes from May to October.  It is suitable for many border situations and will naturalize with a moderate self-sowing habit.

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