These gardens encompass an impressive 21 acres (8.5 hectares). Specialized gardens offer visitors a variety of botanical ... More
Denver Botanic Gardens
These gardens encompass an impressive 21 acres (8.5 hectares). Specialized gardens offer visitors a variety of botanical experiences. Seek solitude in the sanctuary of the Japanese Garden, overlooking a pond with goldfish and bonsai trees. Reminisce on your childhood with Dr. Seuss, Winnie the Pooh and other favorite characters in the Storybook Gardens. The Xeriscape Demo Garden and the Rock Alpine Garden are the places to gather ideas for your own backyard. In all there are more than 30 gardens to explore. Hours vary seasonally; check the website for more details.
The numerous different types of gardens within the Gardens were exciting, even in late fall. There are many shapes, sizes and ground treatments. The dried plantings also offered great shapes, textures and sizes. I can hardly wait to see them all green and in bloom in spring, summer, and early fall before many of the decidous plants were brown for the winter. In summer it will be intriguing to visit the Japanese Tea Garden Tea House.
But, the best and most surprising was the fabulous placement of numerous Henry Moore's abstract(?) sculptures. They could be viewed from multiple places and were in most of the gardens. Even as a novice in art appreciation, I was still impressed. When you visit be sure to see the indoor displays as well.
Unfortunately, the display is temporarily on loan and may not be present after January 2011. Check it out on their website.
We can hardly wait to revisit the Garden! Perhaps another interesting sculptor will be on display soon.
Their website advertises that "Right now is a great time to visit!" But I say "au contraire!" You pay $11 to simply see the indoor portion, which is nice. However, the entire outside is dead, dead, dead, and BROWN. Half of it was "burned" in preparation for late springs/summer. I know the Colorado climate, but if they are going to charge you to walk through that, they should warn you it is not what you are expecting. It was a waste of money. Call before you go and make sure it is ready for visitors.
Denver's Botanic Gardens are beautiful, especially their tropical indoor garden and it's a nice contrast to the dry, extreme weather conditions outside. The other gardens were gorgeous too and I saw things I never knew existed. It was a very romantic date and I can't wait to go back again. Make sure to visit fairly early in the day though; there's a lot to see!
The Botanic Gardens is a great place to take your sweetie. A walk among the roses is very romantic. There are tons of different plants and flowers to see and photograph. It's a great place to go even if you don't have much of a green thumb.
If you're looking for a day of wandering looking art gorgeous flowers and gardens, I suggest going here. I loved my time here (almost 6 hours to see everything at my own pace) and was very happy with the minimul money spent to get in. Very lovely displays and statues as well. Would definitely go back.
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