Sep 22

Denver Botanic Gardens: A Beautiful Spot in the City

View of the Denver Botanic GardensDenver Botanic Garden in Cheesman Park and contains more than 15,000 species of plants.  It is a large 23 acre botanical garden that is home to North America’s largest collection of plants from a cold temperate climate, but that is not all that the garden has in store for its visitors.  There are many different types of gardens there and a person could easily spend a day and still not see everything.  The only downside to having such a large collection of native plants is that if a visitor is from a similar climate then it will be a lot of the plants and flowers they see all ready in Colorado.Petunias

Karen and I really liked how this garden was designed.  The water fountains, ponds, streams, and sculptures throughout made the setting very picture perfect.  Everything seemed to be well maintained and the large staff of the garden seemed to be everywhere cleaning up, helping people, or planting new plants.

Though the parking lot was mostly full on the day that we were there it did not seemed packed at all.  This could be due to the size of the park, but also that the numerous paths that a visitor can choose from allows for everybody to be spread out.  The down side to having so many different paths that are intertwined it is easy for a visitor to end up doubling backing and seeing the same area more than once.
Sunflower Indian Blanket

Karen’s favorite place in the garden was the Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory which is an enclosed tropical rainforest.  I could imagine that it is a very popular place to visit during the cold winter months in Denver.  The tropical conservatory attaches to Marnie’s Pavilion which houses a large indoor pond with waterfall.  The pond and waterfall were beautifully decorated with a variety of tropical plants and flowers.  The two buildings were wonderfully designed and decked out with amazing variety of tropical plants.
Perennial Garden

There were also several other specialized areas that included a variety of themes from a rose garden to those plants that are drought tolerant.  Karen and I tried to make it to every part of the garden but having so many winding paths I am sure we missed something.  Also, since it was getting close to lunch our noses kept leading us to the outdoor café that was there.  The food smelled really good.
Sacred Earth Garden

I really liked the Water Garden and Japanese Garden.  They really did a good job in creating the ponds that those two gardens surround.  Like I have mentioned before I am not all that into plants, but I can appreciated a well designed place and the Denver Botanic Gardens is just that.  Would I go again?  Probably not, but it was worth seeing once in my lifetime.  If you are a person that likes to visit Gardens then I am sure you will love visiting the Denver Botanic Gardens.
Water Garden

Denver Botanic Gardens
Located at 1005 York Street Denver
Hours of Operation May through September 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and October through April 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Daily – Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day
Cost as of this posting- $12.50 for Adults $9.50 for Seniors 65 and over and $9.00 for children 3 to 15
For more information visit their website at http://www.botanicgardens.org/

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1 comment

  1. Cecilie

    Love these picture; you captured the reflection off the water I’d like to blow this up and frame it.

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