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Feb 07

Western Colorado Botanical Gardens

Western Colorado Botanical GardensThe Western Colorado Botanical Gardens is a nice small garden that we visited to see their butterfly house.  With 15 acres of space it is not a large garden but I find it to be a nice size for our two little girls.  The tropical greenhouse, Children’s Secret Garden with its faux castle, and butterfly area were it’s three best features.  While the outside gardens left something to be desired.  The one word that I would use to describe the Western Colorado Botanical Garden is potential.” New Butterfly
Not disappointed in our visit.  However, the place left us wanting.  The Western Colorado Botanical Gardens seemed to us like it tried to create new garden areas without completing the ones they already had.  Leaving a hodgepodge of semi-completed areas.  They have a lot going for it.  We just wish they had a bit more direction in where they wanted to go with this botanical garden. 
Butterfly HouseThe main reason we were there was to check out the butterfly garden.  It did not disappoint our three-year-old.  It was small loop that had a variety of tropical plants and a few dozen butterflies.  Enough butterflies that everywhere we looked there was one to be found.  The attendant was very chatty.  We found it nice to get to talk to someone from the area.  We followed the butterfly house with a trip through their tropical greenhouse.  A charming area with a small koi pond and a variety of tropical fruit bearing plants. Bird of Paradise
After seeing the tropical greenhouse and butterfly garden things went a little downhill.  The Western Colorado Botanical Gardens has some nice things going for it.  They have some nice statues and artwork throughout the garden.  I thought their themed gardens were appropriate for the area of the country this garden is located.  To us it just seemed like things were not as nice or as neat as thing could have been.  We probably would have left slightly disappointed and then we found their Children’s Secret Garden.  The faux castle complete with moat was also a hit for our daughters.  It allowed our very imaginative three-year-old’s mind to run wild.       
Botanical Garden Entrance
Overall the Western Colorado Botanical Gardens is a pleasant little garden that could have been so much more.  We enjoyed it for the joy that it brought to our daughters faces when they saw the butterflies. We thought the staff did a great job, very friendly.  I think they have a good thing going it just seems to need a little bit more direction in where they want to go with it.     

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Western Colorado Botanical Gardens
Located at 641 Struthers Avenue, Grand Junction Colorado
Hours of Operation Tuesday through Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. during the summer months closed also on Tuesday during the winter months
Cost as of this Posting – Adults 13 and over $5.00, Seniors and Students with ID $4.00 and Children 3 to 12 $3.00
For more information visit their website at
http://www.wcbotanic.org/

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