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Denver Botanic Gardens

Traditional European horticulture combines with contemporary design at Denver Botanic Gardens, a 24-acre oasis in the center of Denver. Meditate in the Japanese Garden, climb through the Rock Alpine Garden or take the kiddos to explore the Mordecai Children’s Garden.

A garden mecca

Denver’s art museums aren’t the only city’s only attractions to create a splashy, colorful show. Mother Nature likes to get in on the fun, too. The Denver Botanic Gardens features a variety of botanical collections, including Alpine, Amenity, Aquatic, Cactus, Native, Tropical and Steppe selections. With 45 different gardens, some 33,000 plants and two satellite locations, Denver Botanic Gardens strives to be a pioneer in water conversation with many drought-tolerant locations.

A visit to the Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory at the York Street location — the largest single-structure tropical conservatory in the country — is a must. Enjoy aerial views of the tropical fore from a constructed banyan tree model. The Conservatory is also home to some of our favorite things: bananas, chocolate and coffee.

An educational experience

Families can explore the 3-acre Mordecai Children’s Garden from March to November. Race pinecones down Springmelt Stream, hunt for bugs in the Glorious Grasslands, discover plant-animal life on Marmot Mountain and go on a phenology walk. (That is, of course, after you teach the kids what phenology means.)

Gain insight and knowledge of this urban oasis on a premium tour, where you can learn about ecology, horticulture and plants from all over the world. Our satellite location in Idaho Springs features a Mount Goliath nature walk. This docent-led journey exposes nature enthusiasts to the Rocky Mountains, which give way to delicate alpine plants and ancient bristlecone pines.

An ongoing events calendar includes classes in botanical illustration, Kundalini yoga and therapeutic horticulture. You can even learn how to start your own garden.

Nature projects

The beauty stretches far beyond the Denver Botanic Gardens’ York Street location. The Chatfield satellite location in Littleton features a beautiful nature preserve along the banks of Deer Creek, where a working farm makes way for outstanding bird watching. Tour the Chatfield location’s 19th century schoolhouse, working beehives and wildlife observation area. During the holiday season, the site plays host to corn mazes, pumpkin festivals and a holiday Trail of Lights.

A partnership between the Downtown Denver Business Improvement District and Denver Botanic Gardens created a beautification project along the 16th Street Mall. Planters boast themed landscapes, rotating annuals and seasonal displays, helping to promote the success of Denver’s public thoroughfare.

Rotating art exhibits

Watch out Mother Nature. Art makes a splash here, too. The Denver Botanic Gardens is constantly playing host to rotating art exhibits. Featuring world renowned artists, these installations range from imposing bronze sculptures to delicate glass pieces. Some works even include plant-based materials that change throughout the seasons.

Denver Botanic Gardens
1007 York St. | 720.865.3501
www.botanicgardens.org