See our ticketing calendar for a list of sold out dates and times for Blossoms of Light.

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

Oct. 30, 2019

Construction completion on the Freyer – Newman Center is now at 70 percent. 

  • We are at almost 100 percent enclosure of the building.
  • Glazing is now complete on the exterior walls.
  • The first level is now 100 percent framed and rocked. Finish work on the walls is now underway.
  • Concrete has been poured on the North Drive and has been finished with asphalt.
  • The bridge connecting the Center to the Boettcher Memorial Center is now up and framed. Drywall is nearly complete and glazing will go in in the next few weeks.

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.