About the Botanic Gardens:
Colorado's dry climate challenges gardeners across the state, but the Denver Botanic Gardens always provide inspiration. The gardens contain more than 34,000 plants, as well as xeriscape gardens that require little water.
Originally, the Botanic Gardens were situated on 100 acres of unfenced land at City Park in the early 1950s. Unfortunately, erstwhile citizens kept stealing the plants at night. Eventually, an old cemetery at 10th & York Street was planted over for the gardens. Today, the Denver Botanic Gardens spreads across 24 acres in Denver as an urban oasis.
From June 14 - Nov. 30, 2014, the Denver Botanic Gardens is displaying glass sculptures from Dale Chihuly. The artwork is interspersed throughout the garden grounds, and the exhibit is included in the price of admission. The exhibit marks the first time Chihuly artwork has been installed in the Rocky Mountain region. Erin Bird, a spokeswoman for the Denver Botanic Gardens, said they anticipate large crowds for the exhibit.
A native of Tacoma, Wash., Chihuly traveled to Venice, Italy, on a Fulbright Fellowship to learn the art of team glassblowing. "Glassblowing is not an easy craft to do by yourself -- it’s much easier with an assistant or a team," Chihuly said in a statement on his website.
Hours and Admission:
Hours for 2014:
Winter (Jan. 1 - June 14, 2014 and Sept. 29 - Dec. 31, 2014): 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
Summer (June 14 - Sept. 28, 2014): 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily
The Denver Botanic Gardens is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
Admission for 2014:
$12.50 adults, $9.50 seniors, $9 students and youth
Children under 2 years of age are admitted free.
Directions and Address:
From I-25, take the 6th Ave. East exit, then go east on 6th Ave. to Josephine St. Take a left onto Josephine St. and continue for three blocks. Take a left into Denver Botanic Gardens parking garage between 9th and 10th Streets. Please note both 6th Ave. and Josephine St. are one-way streets.
Denver Botanic Gardens
1007 York St.
Denver, CO 80206
Don't Miss It:
The renowned concert series held at the Botanic Gardens usually sells out pretty quickly, so act fast to get tickets.
- The Blossoms of Light turn the gardens into a sparkling holiday wonderland in December and January.
- The Summer Concert series takes place in the outdoor amphitheater on the garden grounds.
- The Spring and Fall plant sales offer budding gardeners a wide variety of plants, as well as expert advice.