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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 spring 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

March 25, 2020

Construction on the Freyer – Newman Center is now 99 percent complete.

  • 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 to move into and take occupancy.

  • The Research labs are incredibly well appointed with high grade laboratory furniture and technology.

  • The Helen Fowler Library shelving is in place and ready for the books to be relocated back from the DU storage facility. This will be Denver’s fifth largest public library.

  • 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.

  • The grounds that border York Street and 11th Avenue have the irrigation infrastructure installed and ready for plantings imagined and ambitiously prepared for implementation by the talented horticulture staff.

Contact Us

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