Denver Botanic Gardens: A Hidden Gem in the State of Colorado

The state of Colorado is known to encompass an immense portion of the Southern Rocky Mountains and its mainland is mostly comprised of desert lands, foothills, and high plains. The state portrays breath-taking views of the rock mountains and valleys, and not much of the greeneries and vegetation.

But, apart from these rocky mountainous geographical features of Colorado, its capital city, Denver, shelters an empire of rich and cultured plantation that has become a leading sightseeing destination for both the locals and tourists. Centrally located on York Street, Denver, along the Cheesman Park neighborhood, the Denver Botanic Gardens is 23 acres of parkland that houses theme gardens with a variety of plants from different parts of the world, a conservatory that aims to educate visitors about their major role in saving and protecting species and natural habitats of plants, and a sunken amphitheater where summer concerts are held.

There are two other diverse locations of the Gardens found in Chatfield, near the Chatfield State Park, and the Mt. Goliath, along Mt. Evans. The Chatfield location is an historic farm and homestead that offers natural riparian and meadow areas. Meanwhile, Mt. Goliath features an alpine wildflower garden. Alpine floras such as the spring beauty, alpine forget-me-nots, moss campion, fairy primrose, purple fringe, and chiming bells can be seen here.

On the one hand, to connect and to educate people with the Kingdom Plantae, especially the species which can only be found in the Rocky Mountain regions, are the missions the management of Denver Botanic Gardens want to accomplish. On the other hand, transformation, relevance, diversity, and sustainability are the four core values launched in January 2008 as part of Denver Botanic Gardens’ new branding platform.

The American Association of Museums accredited Denver Botanic Gardens for its exemplary endeavor in collecting, documenting, and preserving the largest collection of plants in North America.

Aside from the tours, conservatory, and summer concerts, the Gardens provide more facilities such as group gardening classes, public lecture and symposia, rocky mountain gardening certification, botanical illustration, children and family programs, summer sensory program, events, and art exhibits, garden rentals, food and concession service, botanical shops, and free access to the Helen Fowler Library that has the complete premier collections of plant-related resources in the United States.

The tours are facilitated by passionate volunteer members of the Gardens. Also, membership and donations are highly acknowledged. And so, the next time you want to plan a vacation, the Denver Botanic Gardens in Colorado is an exceptional place to include in your itinerary. Check out its official website at Botanic Gardens to know more details about the tour admission.