Nothing says Winter like a refreshing stroll through a lush greenhouse. Despite the snow, ice and subfreezing temperatures, we are blessed with an abundance of sunshine here in Southwestern Colorado. And taking advantage of the regions excellent solar gain are a few local greeneries, out to beat Old Man Winter. Heres a look:

Begonia flowers bloom at Fort Lewis Colleges new herbarium. A geodescent dome at Community Connections greenhouse on Holly
Avenue provides cover for the year round garden. The FLC herbarium harbors a wide variety of plant life. Justin West prepares to harvest wheatgrass at the Turtle Lake
Refuge. The signature sword-shaped leaves of a yucca at the
herbarium. Stacey Carlson waters baby greens at the Holly House. Echinocactus Grusonii, aka the gold barrel cactus, is native to
Central Mexico.