Denver Botanic Gardens’ York Street location will open with capped numbers and timed tickets on Friday, May 22. Here are details on what to expect upon your return. Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms’ re-opening is yet to be determined.

Mammillaria spinosissima

Tender Cactus and Succulent Collection

April 17, 2020 | Nick Daniel
While most humans have slowed down and are staying at home, the plants in our invaluable living collections at Denver Botanic Gardens are continuing life as normal, including the cactus and succulent collection. In the greenhouse, many of the tropical cactus are forming buds and blooming, the aloes...Learn more
Social distancing spring walk

Mindful Walks: Spring

April 14, 2020 | Angie Andrade Foster
Although it feels like the whole world has changed in the last month—and in a lot of ways it has—nature remains the same. The progression of nature carries on, plants keep growing and seasons are still changing. Spring is here and nature is beginning to wake up to show off its beautiful new growth...Learn more
Mosaic Plant

Spring in the Aquatic Collections' Greenhouse

April 10, 2020 | Tamara Kilbane
While the world outside has changed in so many ways, life in the Gardens’ greenhouses have followed a more predictable pattern. Spring remains a busy time indoors here, with many plants getting their start to the season as cuttings, seeds or divisions. Others, such as our carnivorous plant...Learn more
Tillandsia tectorum

Bromeliaceae in the Tropical Conservatory

April 7, 2020 | Scott Preusser
The family Bromeliaceae offers some fascinating plants, a variety of which can be found in the Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory. Though the Gardens is currently closed due to COVID-19, you can learn about some of these plants now—and go on a mini scavenger hunt to find them when we re-open...Learn more
Crevice garden west of the meadows in the Rock Alpine Garden

April Virtual Walking Tour - Rock Alpine Garden

April 3, 2020 | Mike Kintgen
In a complex world, a simple cycle like the return of spring can be reassuring. Nothing beats spring in the Rock Alpine Garden; rock gardens are traditionally at their best in spring as the residents are often native to high elevations and keyed to bloom during the brief alpine summers found around...Learn more
Deer Creek

The Next Generation of Scientists

April 1, 2020 | Stephanie White
Denver Botanic Gardens plays a critical role in the research and conservation of plants and their ecosystems. While many of our research and conservation efforts focus on stream sites throughout Jefferson County, rare plant populations on the Western Slope and seeds of native species throughout all...Learn more
Masdevallia mendozae

The Orchid Collection in the Greenhouses

March 30, 2020 | Nick Snakenberg
Believe it or not, this fall marks 10 years of growing plants in our new greenhouse facilities. The upgraded systems have impacted the quality and range of plants we can successfully cultivate, and this is especially noticeable in the orchid collection. Orchids are one of the largest plant families...Learn more
Spring garden

Spring Into Your Vegetable Garden

March 27, 2020 | Brien Darby
If you’ve recently found yourself in possession of a lot of free time and the need to stay close to home, this is the perfect opportunity to start your vegetable garden off on the right foot. Here is your checklist for March and April: Garden cleanup: If it didn’t happen last fall, clear out any...Learn more
Chatfield Farms CSA

The Power of Plants in Promoting Human Well-Being

March 25, 2020 | Sarada Krishnan
During this time of limited social interactions, overwhelming news and the directive to stay at home, it is perhaps more important than ever to unplug here and there and connect with nature. Even just getting outside into your yard, garden or onto your balcony to sit, undistracted, and take in the...Learn more
Boettcher Memorial Center

Connect with the Gardens While Social Distancing

March 16, 2020 | Erin Bird
While Denver Botanic Gardens may be temporarily closed, there are still plenty of ways to experience the Gardens digitally. Here are a few ideas for how to explore the Gardens from the safety of your home. Online educaion classes and workshops for adults and children. From collection insight to...Learn more
Physaria alpina

Can alpine species “bank” on conservation?

March 12, 2020 | Alex Seglias
Imagine having your body frozen and being revived decades later to continue your life in society. Would it be expected that you should easily integrate despite the drastic changes that have taken place? Would you have health effects that could limit your quality of life? Conserving seeds in seed...Learn more
Pulsatilla vulgaris

March Walking Tour - Marching into Spring

March 9, 2020 | Cindy Newlander
As I write this, the Gardens is covered with a thick carpet of snow and snowflakes are gently falling again, but sunlight comes through my window ever later each day. March is usually the month that we start to see the landscape in the Denver region wake up. Buds enlarge on the previously dormant...Learn more