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Horticultural Outreach Programs

Denver Botanic Gardens' horticultural outreach programs include design consultation services for municipalities and community projects.

Sustainable landscape design reduces water consumption, promotes pollinators and improves the aesthetic in areas where the community interacts with the landscape.

Sustainable design doesn’t mean "zero scape" or plants that are hard to grow and maintain. You can have a lush, textured and colorful landscape that requires very little water and maintenance using xeriscape plants.

We can provide designs for your project, work with your landscape architects and contractors or simply consult on recommended plants for the project.

Email us at horticulture@botanicgardens.org with any questions.

 

Horticultural Services Offered

  • Garden/landscape design
  • Garden installation/maintenance consultation
  • Other horticultural consulting on a case by case basis
  • Specialty in water-smart gardening, green roofs, vegetable gardening, indoor horticulture

Depending on the scope of the project, services provided by the Gardens may include any or all of the following:

  • Initial meeting and consultation
  • Time and cost estimate
  • Technical advice on design elements and maintenance
  • Detailed project plan
  • Availability of Denver Botanic Gardens’ horticulture specialist during project planning and installation

Our outreach projects include:

 
City of Lakewood 

  • Service provided: planting designs
  • Project description: landscaping for one mile median on Colfax from Kipling to Simms
  • Project description: landscaping for crevice garden at corner of Kipling and Alameda

After one year of establishment the median plantings do not require regular irrigation.

  • Installation date (for both): 2018 

 

Town of Severance

  • Service provided: planting design 
  • Project description: Town Hall and Administration Building landscaping 

Landscape shows off a prairie-style planting, a yucca garden and traditional plantings that provide all season interest. The garden is a Plant Select® Demonstration Garden.  

  • Installation date: 2020

 

Greenwood Village and Cherry Hills Village

  • Service provided: consulting on plant selection and installation practices 
  • Project description: Three mile median on Belleview (from University to I-25)
  • Installation date: 2020

 

Boulder County Courthouse

  • Service provided: planting design
  • Project description: landscaping for Boulder County Courthouse, fountain planting
  • Installation date: 2020

 

Cherry Creek North

  • Service provided: planting design 
  • Project description: 1st and Josephine Streets, St. Paul Street (west side) between 2nd and 3rd Streets  
  • Installation date: 2021

 

City of Evans

  • Service provided: planting design
  • Project description: community complex
  • Installation date: 2021

2022 Resource Central Collaborations

  • Garden in a Box from Resource Central — Created in collaboration with Denver Botanic Gardens and Northern Water, we’re introducing our new Splendid Seasons garden. Splendid Seasons brings color, interest and pollinators to your yard all year long. These plants will be show-stopping and will save you water. This garden is sold out for the spring but it will be restocked for our fall season in late June. Sign up and we'll email you when it's back in stock for fall planting.
  • Learn How To Water Less — These free Waterwise Yard Seminars are taught by Colorado low-water landscape pros. They’ll share tips to keep your yard looking great while using less water. All webinars are 6-8 p.m. on select weekdays. Free seminars, registration required.

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