The fusion of science and art is 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

End of June, 2019

  • The structural steel is currently being installed and is about 35 percent complete.
  • The lower level is being drywalled which is now 50 percent complete.
  • The second level decking is 50 percent complete.
  • The concrete pour for the first half of the second level will be July 3.
  • The interior mechanical work will begin the end of the first week of July.
  • The perimeter work is being cleared to begin installing the ‘skin’ (exterior walls) of the building by the end of July.
  • The bridge to Boettcher Memorial Center columns are now poured – bridge installation begins the end of July.
  • Overall, the project is 45 percent of total completion.

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.