We have temporarily closed all Denver Botanic Gardens locations. Denver Botanic Gardens’ response to COVID-19

These collections express humanity’s connection to the natural world through documentation, research, art and literature. As a museum, the Gardens' collections support scientists, horticulturists, artists, consultants, land managers and educators.

In 2018, the Gardens received a $247,840 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services’ (IMLS) Museums for America program to increase accessibility of the non-living collections. Learn more about the award and plans for our collections.

Living Collections

Plants growing on the grounds and inside the greenhouses and conservatory, as well as those stored as seeds, comprise the living collections at the Gardens. These collections are the Alpine, Amenity, Aquatic, Native, Steppe, Tropical, Cactus & Succulents. Individual plants within these collections are grown for aesthetic purposes, research and/or conservation efforts.

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Natural History Collections

The Kathryn Kalmbach Herbarium of Vascular Plants (KHD), Sam Mitchel Herbarium of Fungi (DBG) and Denver Botanic Gardens Arthropod Collection (DBGA) are an integral part of the Gardens. 


Library Collections

The Helen Fowler Library holds a significant collection of botanical and horticultural materials about the Rocky Mountain region and similar regions around the world. General collection, rare books, archival and historical collections, subjects will be of interest to visitors of all ages, the academic researcher and general gardener.

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Art Collections

The Gardens collects art to inspire, educate and inform, further connecting people with the natural world. Mostly botanical in nature, the art collection contains more than 1,200 works, including engravings, etchings, drawings and paintings. In addition, sculpture in a variety of media complements garden spaces year-round.