The 24-acre Denver Botanic Gardens on York Street, just east of downtown Denver, are filled with beauty that can be enjoyed year-round, whether in the renaissance of spring, the dormancy of winter and seasons between. It is known for the diversity of plants from the world over but with special emphasis on the flora of the American West, where arid and sometimes harsh climate conditions have created fascinating adaptations.
International gardens include those inspired by Japan, China, South Africa and even the tropics. And the water gardens, including one inspired by Claude Monet’s Giverny, are exquisite and romantic.
The new The Science Pyramid invites visitors to see the world of plants through a scientific lens and also with interactive technology, while half-century-old parabolic conservatory houses tropical plants. Outdoors, the 3-acre Mordecai Children’s encourages families to explore plants and the natural world through hands-on experiences and play.
The Botanic Gardens host special art exhibits and outdoor summer concerts, plus lectures, plant shows, an exemplary library, special exhibitions of monumental art and an annual plant sale that gardening enthusiasts wait for every year.