Rocky Mountain penstemon (Penstemon strictus)

Shortgrass Prairie Restoration Experiment

August 9, 2019 | Research & Conservation
This spring was the first growing season of my prairie restoration experimental research plot at Chatfield Farms. Millions of pounds of seed are planted every year for ecological restoration and the demand for native seed exceeds its supply. I am interested in understanding how the source of seeds...Learn more
Great Blue Heron

Deer Creek Restoration Project

July 22, 2019 | Research & Conservation
Rivers and their neighboring ecosystems are very important for plants and animals – especially in the American West where surface water is limited. Native plants in riverine ecosystems provide food and habitat for birds, mammals, insects and reptiles. The plants also help to filter stream water and...Learn more
Outdoor classroom in Mordecai Children’s Garden

Designed on Nature

June 21, 2019 | Erin Bird
Inspired by nature, 15 undergraduate students in the Environmental Design University of Colorado Boulder (CU-ENVD) designed and built an outdoor classroom in Mordecai Children’s Garden over the course of six months. The space was designed to be imaginative and flexible for a wide range of...Learn more
How the West was Sung

How the West was Sung – A Musical History Program for Families

April 25, 2019 | Melissa Gula
Hang onto your hats and round up the family for a fast and funny adventure through history! Central City Opera presents “How the West was Sung,” a family friendly performance that makes frontier history come alive. When : Sunday, May 5, 1:30 -3:30 p.m. Where : Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms...Learn more
Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory

Top Six Reasons to Take a Tour at the Gardens

January 28, 2019 | Karina Nabors
By taking a tour, you can: Learn something: Gardens staff and docents share their knowledge of our plant collections, natural history, art and architecture. Let their enthusiasm and passion inspire you. Spend quality time: A Gardens tour is the perfect opportunity to gather family, friends or...Learn more
Santa's Village at Chatfield Farms

Santa Sets Up Shop at Chatfield Farms

November 29, 2018 | Natalie Long
Santa has made his home at Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms. Come meet Santa, Mrs. Claus and his reindeer; see thousands of lights; make a holiday craft and more at this year’s Santa’s Village ! If having a memorable Christmas experience is on your December to-do list, we have you covered...Learn more
Deer Creek

Hildebrand Ranch: History & Restoration

November 5, 2018 | Research & Conservation
In the 1860s, pioneers settled on the land next to Deer Creek in what is now Littleton. The stream provided the settlers with the only water around for miles. Frank Hildebrand bought a log cabin and a large piece of land where he and his family constructed barns and other structures for their...Learn more
Santa’s Village at Chatfield Farms

Host Your Holiday Event at Chatfield Farms

October 26, 2018 | Pablo Zacarias
Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms in Littleton, CO has two venue options for your holiday event! Whether you have a smaller group or a large company holiday party to plan, we have the perfect spot for you and your guests. For smaller gatherings, the Polly Steele Center fits 10-25. Nestled...Learn more
Peppers

Beginning Market Farming Certificate Series

October 11, 2018 | Brien Darby
Learn from local farmers and farm educators how to start and operate your own farm. Attend all lectures and workshops to earn the Beginning Market Farming Certificate from Denver Botanic Gardens and Colorado State University Extension. Core curriculum starts Oct. 26, 2018. Lectures on Fridays from...Learn more
Great Blue Heron at Deer Creek at Chatfield Farms

Make a Pond and They Will Come

September 19, 2018 | Research & Conservation
Water can be a fickle friend to ephemeral streams that go dry for part of the year. Water levels can change dramatically over the course of only a couple days. But when the rains come and water levels rise, so do the critters. Chatfield Farms is jam-packed with furry and feathery friends, which we...Learn more

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