Denver Botanic Gardens Hours & Location:
Hours: The Denver Gardens are open from 9am to 9pm from May through September, and 9am to 5pm from October through April. The Gardens are closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. This is a paid admission garden.
Contact Info: The Denver Gardens are located at 1007 York St, Denver, CO 80206 - Phone: 720-865-3585
Features of the Denver Botanic Gardens:
All-America Selections Garden: Began in 1933, the AAS has introduced more than 700 new varieties of plants that are judged yearly in unbiased trials from May through August. This Garden features all the current, as well as past years’ varieties.
Anna’s Overlook: A pyramid shaped hillside featuring several varieties of native grasses and water friendly plants and ground cover. This overlook offers a unique view of the Denver Gardens in several directions.
Birds and Bees Walk: A favorite garden for children, the Birds and Bees walk was specifically designed to be a living storybook that attracts bees, birds, and other pollinating wildlife.
Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory: A model banyan tree offers guests of the garden the opportunity see an aerial view of the tropical forest collection in the conservatory, including coffee plants, banana trees, and cocoa plants.
Community Gardens: The Denver Gardens encourages gardeners from all around the community work together and share their experiences in organic gardening to improve their communities and neighborhoods.
Dryland Mesa: This garden acts as a test site for growing a variety of unusual plants from the southwestern United States, including yuccas, cacti, and other succulents.
El Pomar Waterway: This garden is a beautiful mix of extensive hardscape with a full length reflecting pool and brick path that ends in an amazing waterfall.
Collections at the Denver Botanic Gardens:
Endangered Species: This is a collection of endangered plants that come from all around Colorado’s West Slope.
Flytrap Feast: This is a fascinating collection of flytraps that are native to the Carolina bogs.
Gates Montane Garden: The Montane zone of Colorado is the ecosystem that is found around an altitude of eight thousand to ten thousand feet. This garden features a collection of shrubs and trees from this ecosystem.
Herb Garden: More than 150 varieties of herbs are grown in this unique garden that found its inspiration from Middle Age monks who grew medicinal herbs in hidden plots and guarded their many secrets.
Japanese Garden: The Denver Gardens shipped a genuine Japanese teahouse all the way across the Pacific ocean and had it reassembled in this garden by skilled artisans.
June's PlantAsia: This one acre display garden features over eight thousand fragrant and exotic plants from eastern Asia, including lilies, pines, and maples.
Lainie’s Cutting Garden: Designed entirely for the purpose of harvesting cut flowers for vases and indoor decoration, these types of gardens became very popular in the Victorian age in the late 19th century.
Laura Smith Porter Plains Garden: This garden is landscaped to trick visitors into thinking that the plains extend much farther than they really do, much like the Midwest prairie can often be deceiving.
Le Potager: An entire garden designed to display all sorts of edible foods, flowers, and herbs.
Lilac Garden: European settlers brought many new flowers with them when they arrived in the Americas, one of them were lilacs that were originally native to Asia. Over eighty different lilacs offer delightful fragrances in this colorful garden.
May Bonfils-Stanton Memorial Rose Garden: The rose garden of the Denver gardens was opened in 1982 and features roughly 175 varieties of heirlooms and roses.
Display Gardens at the Denver Botanic Gardens:
Oak Grove: Oaks are not common to the Colorado region, but these large, beautiful, and disease hardy trees have proven themselves well in this climate and region.
O’Fallon Perennial Walk: Designed in the traditional style of a European garden, this walkway is packed with lush and colorful perennial flowers. Visitors will be amazed at the array of textures, shapes, and colors of this garden.
Ornamental Grasses Garden: The Denver area was predominantly covered in grasses, perennials, and shrubs since the dinosaur era, dating back sixty five million years. This garden offers more than fifty different varieties of ornamental grasses.
Parking Garage and Streetscape: This colorful entrance to the Denver Gardens announces to all who see it that they have arrived at their destination.
Plant Select Garden: The plants in this collection have to undergo an extensive selection process to prove their suitability to the Denver climate and region. This has been an invaluable resource for gardeners in this region since 1997.
Rock Alpine Garden: Rock gardens are becoming increasingly popular, and here over 500 tons of native rocks are landscaped to provide a habitat for over two thousand plants that are suited to this type of environment.
Romantic Gardens: Four separate gardens make up this display and offer one of the most delightful adventures that is sure to please the senses and warm the heart.
Sacred Earth: This area of the Denver Gardens displays plants and flora that were commonly used by the American Indians of this region.
Other Points of Interest at the Denver Botanic Gardens:
Scripture Garden: A peaceful and secluded garden comprised of plants dating back to biblical times.
Shady Lane: Over fifteen types of crabapple trees provide the perfect shade for a variety of hostas and other shade loving plants.
South African Plaza: Calla lilies, red hot pokers, geraniums, and ferns thrive in this South African themed garden in the heart of Colorado.
Water Gardens: The Denver Botanic Gardens is home to one of the finest aquatic plant display in the world, with a collection of over 450 water loving species of plants.
Water-Smart Garden: Colorado’s semi arid western climate make it uniquely suited for a wide variety of plants from similar climates around the world such as South America, the Mediterranean, Central Asia, and South Africa.
Western Panoramas: Offering amazing tree displays that include species from three of Colorado’s climates zones, the foothills, plains, and subalpine.
Wildflower Treasures: This container garden displays many rare wildflower species that are native to Colorado, some of which are endangered.
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