York Street gardens will close at noon on Friday, Dec. 9. Chatfield Farms will be closed during the day on Dec. 9. Both York Street and Chatfield Farms will be open for Blossoms of Light and Trail of Lights on Dec. 9.
Gale was staffing the information desk in the Boettcher Memorial Center, and as she resupplied maps and brochures, she felt someone behind her. The hair on the back of her neck stood up and a shiver darted down her back. Turning, she saw a shadow. Dark as ink, Gale couldn’t see the wall behind it; simultaneously the shadow slowly faded. Was our volunteer a witness of a haunting echo, one of many apparitions rumored to haunt Denver Botanic Gardens? Or was it just a trick of the light, or maybe something else entirely? These questions only generate more questions.
For example, did Gale’s experience arise from an exhumation of three caskets from the heavy slab floor of Gates Hall, renovated in the early 1990s? Similarly, why was Denver County Coroner’s office called when John Sullivan’s remains were discovered intact underneath what was to become the Krohn Building? All solid questions, yet are they tied to Gale’s experience? If Gale’s story is just a coincidence, then why are there rumored to be so many ghost stories at Denver Botanic Gardens?