Winter is almost over, however there are still lots of options for enjoying the Gardens. Be sure to see some of the thousands of spring bulbs that are starting to bloom throughout the Gardens!
The Mordecai Children’s Garden just opened for the season. If you have kids, the Children’s Garden is an obvious choice to visit because of the swaying bridge, the mini-theater, and the view of the Gardens and the Rocky Mountains from the Lookout. Even if you don’t have children, the Children’s Garden is a really great example of a large scale, green roof alpine garden. The Mordecai Children’s Garden is conveniently located across the street from our York Street location and is open March through November.
If you live further south, Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield is another good choice. I also recommend Chatfield if you want to escape from the city for a while. Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield is a working farm, with over five acres dedicated to growing produce for our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. The area also has significant historical interest, including the Hildebrand Ranch, the restored dairy barn and silo, and a one-room 1874 Deer Creek Schoolhouse. Our Chatfield location is at C-470 and Wadsworth.
My favorite time to visit Denver Botanic Gardens is right after it snows. Everything is white and sparkly. There’s less foot traffic through the Gardens. Everything looks different under a coating of snow. Lots of shapes and textures in the Gardens keep things visually interesting. The Japanese Garden in particular is stunning in the snow. This time of year, you can even sometimes see flowers poking out from underneath the snow.
Membership to Denver Botanic Gardens has great value. In addition to helping make Denver a better community, supporting children and adult education programs, supporting our research on Colorado plants, and generally helping us achieve our mission of connecting people to plants, membership gives you free access to all of these locations: York Street, Mordecai Children’s Garden and Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield.
Kim Brokling, Membership Coordinator