Denver Botanic Gardens. Simply Breathtaking.
The perfect blending of art and structure, beauty and horticulture, the Denver Botanic Gardens are a premier Denver destination for residents and tourists alike. Located on 23 breathtaking acres in downtown, this city sanctuary provides guests the opportunity to enjoy stunning natural beauty while at the same time serving the educational and scientific communities with its extensive conservation and research programs.
The main garden, located at 1005 York Street, is actually an intricately woven tapestry of over 35 distinct gardens, paths, water features and conservatories. Couples can take an intimate stroll through the Romantic Gardens, a collection of tucked away enclaves, fragrant collections and cozy structures. Children will be delighted with the Secret Path designed especially for them, including the Playscape, Soil Station and over-sized musical instruments scattered throughout. They will be so excited at the creative interaction between visitor and nature at the Birds and Bees Walk that they won’t even notice they have learned the principles of pollination along the way. Artists will love the French-inspired form of Monet’s Garden, complete with water elements, vibrant color displays and espaliered apple trees growing along the fences. The masterful blending of all these different garden elements is what makes the Denver Botanic Gardens a pleasure everyone should indulge themselves in.
Touring the Denver Botanic Gardens can be as structured or as informal as visitors would like. There are volunteer guides available to lead visitors through the Gardens’ many treasures, explaining the significance and contributions of each element. There are also drop-in tours, self-guided tours, group tours and even a sensory garden tour for those interested in learning how to integrate horticulture and planting into controlled environments such as container gardening or in health care situations.
No matter how you experience the Gardens, every trip should end with a stop at the Gift Shop. There visitors will find a one-of-a-kind selection of gift ideas, ranging from outdoor elements such as fountains, tools and even seeds, all the way to books, videos, artwork and jewelry. The Gift Shop is open all year during the Gardens’ operating hours and can be reached at 720-865-3595.
Searching for an elegant, garden themed venue for your special occasion? The Denver Botanic Gardens offers several options for receptions and meetings. The grandeur of Mitchell Hall accommodates up to 220 seated guests or 300 people standing. Audio visual elements are available and a stage at the end of the Hall is perfect for entertainment or announcements. Gates Garden Court is a more intimate spot for up to 60 seated guests and its private balcony overlooking the Community Gardens provides a romantic touch to almost any occasion. Weddings are often held outdoors in the Monet Garden or Romantic Gardens and classes or meetings are perfect for the Classrooms or Morrison Center, located nearby at the corner of 11th and York Streets. No matter the occasion, the Denver Botanic Gardens is an elegant, pastoral option that should not be overlooked.
One of the unique features of the Denver Botanic Gardens is that their beauty is not just limited to the downtown York Street location. The Gardens can also be enjoyed at the Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, Mount Goliath and Centennial Gardens. Chatfield is a 750-acre expanse specializing in native plans, located in nearby Littleton. Mount Goliath takes advantage of the high-altitude terrain along the Mount Evans Scenic Byway with trails and wildflowers. Centennial Gardens is a compact, 5-acre site also in downtown Denver known for its formal design yet utilizing water resistant and drought tolerant plants.
All four sites are operated by the Botanic Gardens, an agency of the City of Denver. Fees for the York Street Gardens range from $4 for students and youth in Winter to $8.50 for adults during peak summer months. Visitors to Chatfield pay $5 per vehicle. There is no cost to visit Centennial Gardens or Mount Goliath. For further information about the Denver Botanic Gardens, visit them on the web at www.denverbotanicgardens.org or contact them at 720-865-3585.
Beyond the Botanic Gardens, Denver is home to nearly 4,500 acres of parkland, several hundred acres of Rivers and Trails, and over 14,000 acres of magnificent mountain parks. The Denver Department of Parks and Recreation is responsible for 285 athletic fields, including baseball, football, tennis and rugby, 29 recreation centers with 16 outdoor and 12 indoor swimming pools, 7 public golf courses and numerous other facilities providing Denver residents and vacationers the ultimate recreational opportunities. The City of Denver is also responsible for Red Rocks Amphitheater outside of town as well as the Genesee Ropes Challenge Course, an outdoor adventure used by youth groups, corporate groups, non-profits and sports teams to build trust, skill, and confidence. For specific information on park locations, facilities and specific recreational amenities, visit the City’s recreation home page at www.denvergov.org/parks_recreation.
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