Denver’s Botanic Gardens are my all-time favorite place in the city. I can’t quite put it into words why I love the Botanic Gardens so much, but I will try ;)
Maybe it’s because it strikes the right balance between open space, utilitarian buildings, educational resource, and beautiful zen reflection area. Maybe because of the 'Frank Lloyd Wright-esque' art-deco doors to the tropical conservatory?
Even the buildings feel as if they have sprung up organically. There is a beautiful, almost ironic quality to the concrete that is a huge part of the structures. There are curves, symmetry and elegance in perfect harmony with all the plants and trees.
I have been a member of the Gardens for a good while and I highly recommend it. I have the fob that allows access from Cheesman Park (see my blog on Cheesman Park here) and I avail of that privilege as often as I can. It calls to my inner gardener who adores this place that is so wonderfully kept. I admit I could never have a garden as good, but I do come here for inspiration and to see how plants handle the different seasons.
I cannot begin to do justice to all that the gardens have to offer but check out their website www.botanicgardens.org for all that they do! It’s a very extensive list!
There are events all year round including a summer concert series in the outdoor amphitheater and my personal favorite - the blossoms of light during the winter holiday period that is truly a magical experience with the garden lit up with over a million lights!
The Gardens host a number of free days during the year - again, check out the website for the most up to date information.
There are also special events for members and a number of plant shows and exhibitions. They offer educational programs for adults and children as well as a host of other attractions and of course a gift shop!
Refreshments can be found in one of the two eateries within the garden offering a lovely array of food and drinks.
All in all the Gardens are the jewel of the Cheesman and Congress Park neighborhoods, being located on the east boundary of Cheesman Park on York Street. The 23 acres contain a conservatory and a plethora of themed gardens - the Japanese garden Shofu-En being my personal favorite.