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.
Natural History Collections (Herbaria)
The Gardens’ herbaria document vascular plant and fungal biodiversity and species distribution in Colorado and the Southern Rocky Mountain Region.
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.
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.
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.