Top Six Reasons to Take a Tour at the Gardens

March 29, 2018 Caitlin Hogg , Former Learning Engagement & Interpretation Coordinator

By taking a tour – be it an overview of the Gardens, a specific botanic theme or behind-the-scenes info on an art exhibition – you can:

  1. Learn something: Gardens staff and docents share their knowledge of our living collections, history, art exhibitions and architecture. Enthusiasm and passion will inspire.
  2. Spend quality time: A Gardens tour is the perfect opportunity to gather family, friends or colleagues.
  3. Be fit and healthy: No need to wait in line for a treadmill at a crowded health club because when you tour our 24-acre York Street site or Chatfield Farms, you'll forget you’re exercising.
  4. Relax: Escape daily pressures and lose yourself in our urban oasis.
  5. Stop procrastinating: Easily register for a tour.
  6. Save money: Tour tickets include general admission so you can come early or stay after to take a closer look at the grounds, exhibits and other offerings.


  • Step back in time with plant stories by joining A Walk through Thyme Tour.
  • Stroll through the Gardens with a docent as they highlight seasonal points of interest on a Seasonal Discoveries Tour.
  • Our next Garden Guru Tour is about bulbs. Immerse yourself in the Gardens with an expert horticulturist as your guide.
  • Beginning in May, discover the new art exhibition, Pixelated: Sculpture by Mike Whiting, with a tour led by a docent or an art curator.


  • Explore Chatfield Farms with a knowledgeable docent by scheduling a tour for your group of 10 or more. To schedule a tour, please contact us at or 720-865-3500.

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