The Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory, dedicated in 1966 and awarded Denver Landmark Status in 1973, is one of the most unique and compelling displays of tropical plants featuring exotic specimens from the tropical and sub-tropical regions of the world. Various food plants add special interest, including bananas (Musa spp.), chocolate (Theobroma cacao), coffee (Coffea arabica) and pineapple (Ananas spp.).
Watch where you step and see animal tracks and leaves pressed into the pathways! The Boettcher Memorial Conservatory is home to many animals, including ringed teal ducks and two species of poison dart frogs. Our two-story model of a banyan tree provides a multi-layered view of a tropical forest. (Elevator temporarily closed. We apologize for any inconvenience.)
Tropical forests comprise approximately 7 percent of the earth's dry land surface (2% of total surface) and sustain over 50 percent of all species. (Rainforest Foundation U.S.)