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Freyer - Newman Center

The Freyer – Newman Center marks the final step in our four-phase Master Development Plan. Phases one, two and three have been completed, raising nearly $76 million since 2007.

The fusion of science and art is at the heart of Denver Botanic Gardens.

It is rare that an institution contains breadth and depth in a variety of specialties related to human interaction with the natural world. At the Gardens, one can find preserved plant and fungi specimens, documented uses of plants and historic botanical illustration. Contemporary botanical illustration programs extends the scientific art of documentation into the 21st century.

The Gardens’ holdings are unique because horticulture, plant conservation and preservation, mycology and art unite to document human relationships with these elements and the larger environment. Housing each of these programmatic elements in a single facility — the Freyer - Newman Center — will make these assets more accessible to the public.

The Gardens broke ground in May 2018 for the Freyer - Newman Center. The LEED GOLD building, designed by Denver’s Davis Partnership Architects, is slated for completion in summer 2020.

Thanks to Denver voters for supporting 2B!
For the second time in our history, Denver Botanic Gardens was included in a package of general obligation bond proposals that were decided by the voters of Denver on Nov. 7, 2017. We are now able to complete our Master Development Plan with the new Center and the rehabilitation of the Boettcher Memorial Center. The Center will house six classrooms; four galleries; new herbaria for vascular plants, mushrooms and slime molds; laboratories; a new library and a coffee shop. A children’s zone will be added to the Boettcher Memorial Center.

Denver Botanic Gardens announces two named donors whose contributions will help realize a 10-year Master Development Plan. Robert and Judi Newman and Ginny and John Freyer together have contributed the final amount of funds to make possible the construction of a new center for science, art and education.

Construction Update

May 22, 2020

  • The outdoor areas of Denver Botanic Gardens reopened to the public (with restrictions).  
  • Library books and office staff are setting up their spaces in preparation for the day we will be able to open the building to visitors.  
  • The landscape plantings are complete and final signage is being installed.
  • The coffee shop tenant has received their construction permit and will begin construction next week with an anticipated completion in July.  
  • The Phipps construction trailer will load out on June 4.
  • The 10’ x 40’ video wall is complete and is displaying images on the screen that are visible from the entryway as well as every corner of the atrium.
  • The 277 seat auditorium is in perfect order and ready for the first presentation or screening – whichever is first scheduled.
  • The Botanical Illustration classrooms have state-of-the art lighting and technology screens awaiting the scheduled classes occurring in early summer.
  • Furniture is in place for the Education, Exhibits and Research staff.
  • The Research labs are incredibly well appointed with high grade laboratory furniture and technology.
  • The three art galleries are spectacularly dazzling, even without art yet taking its place within the spaces.
  • There are six electric vehicle charging stations in the 240 space staff parking garage.

Here is a gallery of the Center's design renderings. Renderings by Davis Partnership Architects.


The Future of Non-Living Collections at Denver Botanic Gardens

This time-lapse video shows construction activity for the Center from August 2018 through Jan. 17, 2020.

The Center marks the final step in our four-phase Master Development Plan.

Contact Us

For information about giving to the Freyer - Newman Center Campaign, please contact Johanna Kelly at 720-865-3517 or

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