Denver Botanic Gardens

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Located in the middle of the Mile High City, Denver Botanic Gardens was one of the first gardens in the country to emphasize native plants and to champion environmentally responsible practices, such as water conservation and biological control of pests. One of the top-ranked botanical gardens in the US, Denver Botanic Gardens offers spectacular plant displays and unlimited opportunities for lifelong learning.

The Denver Botanic Gardens actually has four locations to choose from… York Street, Mordecai Children’s Garden, Chatfield and Mount Goliath.

York Street – The Main Gardens
The gardens are set on 23 acres and contain 45 artificially designed gardens and more than 32,000 diverse species of plants. Highlights include the Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory, the Greenhouse Complex and Marnie’s Pavilion. Every season has something special at the Denver Botanic Gardens. Spring brings new green leaves. Summer showcases a profusion of wildflowers. Fall bring great events like the Pumpkin Festival. Winter brings the lovely Blossom of Lights show.

There are two on-site locations to grab a snack and you’ll want to be sure to stop by The Shop at the Gardens, which offers over 10,000 unique gift items and gardening products.

Throughout the year, the gardens host various special events, concerts, lectures, classes, tours and more. The really neat part of the garden is that every part has wireless access, so you can take your computer and work from the beauty of the gardens.

Mordecai’s Children’s Garden
The Children’s Garden offers a place for kids to play, explore and discover. The children’s garden is open spring through fall. This is a place where children can run, climb, dig, explore and just plain have fun.

Chatfield
Connected with the gardens is the Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, which is a working farm. Chatfield includes the Deer Creek Discovery area for children, a children’s tree house, numerous nature trails, wildlife observation areas, a 19th century schoolhouse and more. This picturesque nature preserve is set against the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and is a lovely getaway for families.

Mount Goliath
Mount Goliath, a mountain peak section of the Mount Evans area, located 17 miles from Idaho Springs within the Arapaho National Forest. The Mount Goliath trail winds through subalpine and alpine areas where wildflowers and animals live amid grand mountain vistas and the sculptured, grizzled beauty of the bristlecone pines.

All of the gardens are involved in research, protecting and preserving rare species, plant and species restoration and more.

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Denver Botanic Gardens
http://www.botanicgardens.org/
1007 York Street
Denver, CO 80206
Phone: 720-865-3500 General Information
Phone: 720-865-3585 Information Desk

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