The Denver Botanic Gardens are world class with 45 gardens (32,000 diverse plants) on 24 acres located in an urban oasis.

They have everything I want to see in a public garden: an extensive adult education program, an exciting events and exhibition calendar, lists of popular artists for concerts, a tropical conservatory, fancy gift shop, bistro, spring plant sale, art exhibitions, holiday lights, 3 acre children’s garden with hands on digging, climbing, exploring and learning, a herbarium and a library. Denver Botanical Gardens feature North Americas largest collection of plants from cold temperate climates around the world.  They even have a botanical art and illustration certificate program and are an accredited museum.

As far as major public gardens in America, Denver Botanical has the third largest number of volunteers. It shows! They must have and army of volunteers just to keep up with all the events going on in the gardens.

The current exhibit is titled – Kizuna (West Meets East). Kizuna translates as the bonds between people in Japanese. Extremely large bamboo art sculptures have been designed by Tetsunori Kawana and Stephen Talasnik representing the influence Japan had on the West and have been set up with the help of many volunteers.

There is free car parking, bike parking, Denver B-cycles (Denver’s cycle sharing program) located right out front and even free WiFi in the garden. If I lived in Denver I would live close by these gardens, bike over with my trusty computer backpack, get a membership and make the gardens my virtual office.

Adult admission $12.50 (free with many reciprocating garden memberships)

The peaceful, urban oasis of well designed and maintained gardens bursting with colorful and fragrant flowers and comforting sounds of chirping birds – PRICELESS.

Denver Botanic Gardens

1007 York Street

Denver, CO 80206 www.botanicgardens.org

720-865-3500

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