I went to the Denver Botanic gardens a few weeks ago. The gardens are very nice. Lots of beautiful flowers and plants to see a few okay places to eat. The best places to see were the Asian garden with the black rock path and the tropical forest area. Unfortunatly they were working on a lot of different gardens and the fountains were not working. They did turn them on while we were there for a moment and they smelled like rotten fish. All of that would have been something I could have overlooked. As a whole the trip was a c+. We were there with a small group of well behaved children and were told we could NOT go into the childrens garden because our group of 7 children with 3 parents was too large.....?
I did not get into the gardens this trip due to time constraints, but do offer a brochure to peak your interest. The park is 23 acres in size, and exhibits 45 designed gardens and 32,000 plants. The garden is 10 minutes east of town along Cherry Creek that runs through Denver. It is at 10th & York. Hours are 9-8 mid May-Sept on Sat through Tuesday, and 9-5 the other days. Off season is is open 9-5. Admission to the York site is $11.50/$12.50, and $3 less for seniors and children. To me a bit steep in the price for a tour lasting maybe 1-2 hours max
This is one of the best botanical gardens in the country. It has a conservatory with tropical plants, a Japanese garden, native Colorado plants, aquatic plants, and many more. Be sure to visit the gift shop for that unusual little something. Check the website for special events, such as live musical shows.
Some of my friends find the Botanical Gardens lacking an adrenaline rush. It is definitely slow-paced and for those who appreciate nature. However, the few of us that go frequently loooove the BG because of the beautiful gardens and often innovative exhibits. If anything, it provides beautiful affordable sights or the perfect paths to take a walk!
You can check out the photos I've attached from various trips there. My favorite was the graffiti exhibit right before I moved away from Denver. They provided a beautiful juxtaposition of urban nature (which I believe may have been the title of the exhibit). I recommend picking up a map and choosing which gardens you want to see the most because, most likely, you will get tired after all of the walking.
The rainforest portion is indoors and VERY HOT!! The first time I ever went, we were sweating so badly that my friend could not stand the heat and waited for me to finish my photographs. So, beware and bring plenty of WATER.
Full of beautiful out door plants and walking trail you'll feel like your in the jungle. Just 5 minutes from Downtown Denver. With local busses and everything within walking distance. There is an out door mall full of shopping, restaurants, entertainment and free mall bus ride. Your sure to enjoy.
DENVER'S BOTANIC GARDENS HAVE an indoor rain forest that certainly isn't as big as Omaha's Lied Jungle, and has no animal life in it, but is nevertheless well worth a visit. Perhaps the photos will give you a better idea than anything I could describe. Even our 28-year old son, who has no particular interest in horticulture or botany, really seemed to enjoy the visit.
Since we were there in April, the outside gardens and water features had yet to spring to life. However one could tell that in another month it would be exceptionally beautiful and interesting. In fact the gardens have 23 acres with 32,000 plants from all corners of the world.
Adult admission was $7.50 and will increase to $8.50 for the summer months. There are various rates for students, children, etc.
The one thing that caught my interest about the Denver Botanical garden is their layout and the way they have organized their collections
I had apparently gone at the wrong time of the year to sample the species of vegetation that they had in their external grounds, esp because the only thing I saw there was brown and dry grass - being the onset of Winter, when the Sun was very mild and it was a chilly breeze. But the main reason I had been there was to try some photography on the vegetation.
I was not disappointed as much but I could have done better capturing those moments and experimenting better with my camera.
I would probably post more pics than write about my experiences...
Denver Botanical Gardens. They are beautiful. There are many different themed gardens and lots of places to sit and enjoy. You can bring a picnic lunch ( I would recommend this), but they do have a small restaurant and food stand (only open in the summer I think & quite pricy).
Explore 23 acres of fragrance and foliage any time of the year at our facility at 1005 York Street. Whether it’s January or June, the Gardens offers an unforgettable horticultural experience. They have an indoor tropical garden that is very warm and humid. In the winter around the holidays they have it all decorated with lights. They have lots of special activities through out the summer, concerts, art shows and a plant sale.
Enjoy the fragrant and beautiful gardens while you exercise! Lovely grounds, several garden themes including Romantic, Japanese, Xeriscape, Fragrance, Childrens, Water, French Kitchen, etc. Nice cafe by the Monet flower/water garden, concert series, too! Indoor tropical greenhouse. Extensive class schedule, also.
This is the Tropical Conservatory in the Denver Botanical Gardens. It is free to get in with your admission into the gardens. It's a rather large building that is kept at a warm temperature and high humidity. Keeping the environment change in mind it is a very good idea to bring a bottle of water along into the conservatory. The city of Denver is often over 90 degrees in the summer with low humidity. It's the moisture inside that will really get to you. The Conservatory hosts a number of tropical plants from Asia, Africa, and the Americas.
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