Ebb & Flow

Water in the Semi-Arid West

“Water, water, water…There is no shortage of water in the desert but exactly the right amount, a perfect ratio of water to rock, water to sand, insuring that wide free open, generous spacing among plants and animals, homes and towns and cities, which makes the arid West so different from any other part of the nation. There is no lack of water here unless you try to establish a city where no city should be.”
     – Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness

With the support of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation and in line with the Gardens’ mission of connecting people with plants, we are excited to bring you a series designed to explore water as it relates to our ability to thrive in Colorado’s dry environment.

Throughout the 2017 series, we explore the importance of water through the lens of art, conservation, home ownership and gardening. The lecture series includes topics such as enhancing the abundance of water throughout the world, rock gardening and water quality of the Colorado River through underwater photography. A parallel series of intimate workshops, tours and trips further the exploration.


Three Ways to Register

  1. Online
  2. By phone: 720-865-3580
  3. In person: Bonfils-Stanton Visitor Center, 1007 York Street, Denver, CO, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily



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