Sustain What You Love: Leaving a Legacy with the Gardens

April 8, 2022 Ashley Guesman , Major Gifts Manager

Denver Botanic Gardens is all about sustainability. We implement sustainable practices like regenerative agriculture at Chatfield Farms, we sustain rare books in our Helen Fowler Library for the enjoyment of future generations, outfit flat-roofed buildings with solar panels to preserve the energy of the sun and navigate the challenges of water conservation (see recent blog post, The Start of Something Big). Sustainability is embedded in everything we do!

This principle can be applied to your support of the Gardens. When you make a gift to the Gardens, you play an essential part in providing support for core programs including horticulture, education, research and conservation. Your gift today sustains the Gardens and supports the many ways we serve our communities. You love supporting the organizations you care about during your life. Now your support can continue beyond your lifespan. 

When you include a gift to Denver Botanic Gardens in your will, you invest in your legacy. Your planned gift emphasizes the importance you place on connecting people with plants and conserving this habit for future generations.

Including a provision for the Gardens in your will is not difficult or cumbersome. In fact, you are almost there! Without leaving the Gardens’ website, navigate to FreeWill to create your own living will. FreeWill is a no-cost will creation tool that anyone can use to create a living will. All estate plans made using FreeWill are 100% legal and specifically tailored to your jurisdiction.

We love to celebrate our amazing champions and friends, so if you have already included Denver Botanic Gardens in your will, or have plans to do so, please let us know! By including the Gardens in your estate plans, you are invited to join our Perennial Friends Society, a legacy society made up of individuals who have made a commitment to the Gardens’ future with a bequest or other estate plan arrangement. Members of the Perennial Friends Society enjoy:

  • Annual recognition events including a hosted picnic at a summer concert and the holiday luncheon hosted by the Gardens’ board of trustees
  • Special tours and lectures specific to research and travel by Gardens’ scientific staff, annual outdoor art exhibitions and specific gardens and programming throughout all of Denver Botanic Gardens
  • Recognition in the annual report and other publications (with permission)

Curious about planting your legacy? Please contact the Development Department at or 720-865-3517.


This information is not intended as legal or financial planning advice. An attorney specializing in estate and charitable gift planning is essential to advise you about the best charitable estate planning strategies. It is also important to include your accountant in your discussions.

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