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Holiday Decor at the Governor’s Mansion

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The Colorado Governor’s Residence at the Boettcher Mansion will be open for public tours Dec. 14 to 20 from 10 am to 2 pm. This provides the perfect opportunity to see “Colorado’s Home” bedecked with holiday finery. The interior was decorated by the Colorado chapter of ASID, while Lifescape Colorado had the honor of decorating the exterior grounds of the Governor’s Mansion.

Tours are free of charge, but tickets are limited, so we recommend making reservations to hold your spot. In addition to beautiful holidays decorations, guests will be able to see art and artifacts with ties to three original Denver pioneer families — Cheesman, Evans and Boettcher.

Throughout the 19th century, Americans who believed in the Manifest Destiny set their sites outside crowded East Coast cities and began the great westward migration. In 1861, one of these pioneers, Walter Scott Cheesman, drove an ox cart from Chicago to Denver and joined his brother in the drug store business. Cheesman worked hard to make the most of his new town, and was instrumental in bringing railroad services and developing the real estate market. In 1907, he began construction on what is now the Governor’s Residence.

The home’s construction was continued after his death by his wife and daughter Gladys Evans. In 1923, the house was sold to successful businessman Claude K. Boettcher and was presented to his wife as a Valentine’s Day present in 1924. Eventually, the home was left to the State of Colorado to be used as a Governor’s home.

The Governor’s Residence has evolved and grown over the past two centuries. It features stunning Colorado landscaping, including a pond, an extensive fountain-centered rose garden and a solarium. The interior has several celebrated architectural and artistic features, including a Waterford cut crystal chandelier that originally hung in the White House ballroom during President Grant’s term in 1876.

Stay tuned for future updates on the decorating progress, as well as pictures from the upcoming media night on Dec. 2! Several of us from Lifescape will be attending.

Settle into the holiday season by touring beautiful Colorado landscaping and architecture at The Governor’s Residence.

Best Flowers for Fall Gardens

If you’re beginning to mourn the flowers from your summer garden, why not turn your attention to flowers that can bloom throughout the fall months? While fall may not be the brightest season, there are a number of flowers that do quite well in our mountain climate. Combined with evergreens and landscape plants that boast changing foliage, your garden can have plenty of visual interest through the fall.

Here are some of the best flowers for fall gardens in Colorado.


Source: Barbara Pintozzi via Houzz

Asters. Not only are asters strong and reliable, they don’t get their bloom on until late summer and early fall when other favorites are already withering on the stalk. Asters come in pink, blue, lavender, white and violet. They like full sun and well draining soil — which we have a lot of in our neck of the mountains. Do make sure you like where you plant them because they have a tendency to spread out.


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Kale and Cabbage. You may remember that kale and cabbage do well in cool season vegetable gardens. You can also purchase decorative and edible varieties that will add vibrant greens, purples and whites to your fall landscape. Best of all, a nip of frost will actually enhance their color.


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Goldenrod. Ah, goldenrod — it adds a burst of sunshine right where you need it. They are must-have flowers for fall gardens in Colorado because they are so easy to grow, are happy in both full sun and partial shade and will be a happy greeter along walkways and garden paths.


Source: Barbara Pintozzi

Coneflowers. This is another cheerful flower. It looks like a daisy with slightly drooping petals. Coneflowers are in the genus Echinacea. They are hardy perennials and they attract both birds and bees. Coneflowers like full sun and are drought resistant. They also look lovely when cut and added to vases.


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Plumbago. This is a three-for-one perennial. It provides green foliage during most of the year. Then in fall, Plumbago’s leaves change to red and it blooms with delicate blue blooms. Can a gardener ask for more from a single plant?

What’s your favorite fall flower? Contact Lifescape for help planning your colorful fall landscape.


Rocky Mountain Bristlecone Pine

The deep tones and sculptural silhouettes of evergreen trees against the backdrop of glistening white snow are what make Colorado winters so magical. The Rocky Mountain bristlecone pine is an evergreen species native to Colorado that has painted this majestic picture for thousands of years.


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It’s believed that the bristlecone pine is the oldest living thing on this earth. This is due to the fact that these durable trees have incredible strategies for survival. They can even remain standing for hundreds of years after they die!


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The slow-growing Rocky Mountain bristlecone pine is adapted to cold and dry climates. Once matured, it reaches up to 30 feet tall and 15 feet wide. It has needles, about 1 1/4 inch long, that are dark-green to green-blue and pine cones, between 2 and 4 inches long, that are purplish brown.

As The Gymnosperm Database cites, “The needles of [Rocky Mountain bristlecone pine] are usually narrower and sharper than in [Great Basin bristlecone pine] and [Foxtail Pine], and the leaves almost always have a narrow, median groove on the abaxial surface.”

The needles also produce what looks like opaque beads. These white resin flakes, which are produced by the needles, are actually a characteristic exclusive to this pine species, making them easy to identify.


Source: Jocelyn H. Chilvers via Houzz

Their small size, slow growth and signature beauty make these evergreen trees wonderful for rock gardens, containers, raised beds and other landscape designs. Plant single pine to create a focal point in a minimalist design or incorporate it among shrubs, grasses or perennials to add height and sculptural appeal. Landscape design writer Jocelyn Chilvers suggests combining these evergreen trees with other drought-tolerant native plants like golden currant, creeping Oregon, grape holly and juniper.

Here, the Rocky Mountain bristlecone pine is paired with blue fescue and pussytoes creating a gorgeous contrast of colors and textures.


Source: Jocelyn H. Chilvers via Houzz

With these ancient beauties and other Colorado favorites, the landscape designers at Lifescape Colorado can help you achieve a beautiful drought-tolerant landscape you can enjoy all year long. Contact us to learn more about our landscape design and garden maintenance services.

Project Spotlight: Colorado Golf Club

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Design by Lifescape Colorado

Located just south of Denver in Parker, Colo., the Colorado Golf Club stretches over 7,604 pristine yards and plays to par-72. When Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw first set out to design it, they envisioned a course that would glorify the natural landscape, while providing a haven for golfers of all levels. Their success is irrefutable. The Championship Course offers nice challenges for even the world’s top players.

In 2007, T&L Golf named the Colorado Golf Club one of the top 10 new courses of the year, and GOLF Magazine even named it one of the “10 to Watch” worldwide. Most recently, the Championship Course hosted the 2010 Senior PGA Championship and the 2013 Solheim Cup.

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Design by Lifescape Colorado

Lifescape Colorado has had the honor of designing and installing the entire clubhouse complex and entrances for the elite golf club. Now, our Lifescape Care team maintains the highly-manicured areas of the entrances and the native prairie near the clubhouse.

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Design by Lifescape Colorado

Working on a golf course that hosts professional tournaments presents many challenges, but the first challenge we faced was having to bring the landscape back to life. The building of the Colorado Golf Club was brought to a halt during the 2008 economic downturn, and it wasn’t until three years later that the construction was finally completed. In 2011, the Lifescape Care team was faced with the challenge of restoring the overgrown and neglected landscape.

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Design by Lifescape Colorado

Our scope of maintenance work for the Championship Course ranges from mowing perfect lines in turf areas to training vines and diligently pruning and deadheading perennials. In several ways, we’re also getting the opportunity to put our true horticulture expertise into play.

  • Installing season color amidst drastic swings in weather conditions
  • Caring for over 220 roses on the rose terraces (a focal point of the clubhouse)
  • Executing special irrigation and pest and disease monitoring of the 50-foot transported ponderosa pines
  • Battling necrotic ring spot in the turf area with broadleaf weed control pre-emergent and summer and fall fertilizations
  • Designing and executing a patriotically-themed landscape for the internationally televised 2013 Solheim Cup event
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Design by Lifescape Colorado

The year-long Solheim Cup project was particularly exciting and challenging. After having our design approved by the executive leaders hosting the tournament, we ended up grappling with a major curve ball as Colorado temperatures broke records from 1872. The special rose program we were forced to develop and execute as a result was well worth it. The colorful landscape display was even the opening image on NBC News’ coverage of the event!

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Design by Lifescape Colorado

Working with the CGC continues to be an incredibly fulfilling partnership as we help them overcome budget constraints, unpredictable weather and disease and pest infestations. We maintained a strict awareness of the active course and its members by adhering to course rules and flexible service schedules. Lifescape invites you to visit the course and immerse yourself in this award-winning landscape.

Learn about Lifescape Colorado and our landscape architecture, construction and maintenance services by calling 303.831.8310.

Refresh Your Front Yard Landscape

The changing season requires a fresh look at your front yard landscape. Are your plants past their prime? Could your front walk benefit from fall interest? If your deciduous trees have dropped their leaves, it’s the ideal time to contact a professional landscaping crew to prune them. Note the areas that need work, and then use these front yard landscaping ideas to get a refreshed look.


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Increase your bed size. Were your flowering eyes bigger than your garden beds could accommodate this summer? One rule of thumb is to have planter beds that span at least half the width of your house. If your beds are on the small size, use this season to expand them and amend the soil, so it is ready to plant in the spring.


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Does your landscape flow? Now that some of your blooming plants are beginning to shed their summer glory, it might be time to add new bursts of color that will continue the flow of your landscape design. First, consider adding perennials that do well in Colorado and will continue to do well year after year. Then, look for annual flowers, like alpine ivy geraniums or impatiens, that do well in our cooler climate. You can also use containers to plant a burst of seasonal color next to your front door entryway.


Source: Paradise Restored Landscaping & Exterior Design via Houzz

Add some gathering areas. If your home doesn’t have a porch, consider adding some seated gathering areas. This can be as simple as laying down some pavers and adding a table and chairs, or as complex as designing a new patio. Either way, it will provide extra square footage when the weather’s nice.


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Enclose your porch. This is a desirable option for those of us who aren’t as fond of winter’s chill. An enclosed porch adds a significant number of days to your outdoor living season and comes in handy in the summertime too.

Do you need help determining which front yard landscaping idea would work best for your home? Contact the design experts at Lifescape.