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Ornamental Gardens

Full of color, the ornamental gardens include many horticultural favorites, such as roses, daylilies and irises. Many of these gardens are enhanced each spring by annual flowers.

Dates: Year Round

Ann Montague Iris and Daylily Garden
Ann Montague Iris and Daylily Garden

This garden features more than 200 cultivars of iris and 150 cultivars of daylilies interspersed with other spring-blooming bulbs and perennials to create a tapestry of color from early spring through mid-summer. Go to the Gardens Navigator website for more information and a plant list.

Annuals Garden and Pavilion
Annuals Garden and Pavilion

This display garden of annuals (formerly the All-America Selections Garden) bursts into view with bold, brilliant color. New blooms continually replace old ones as the finest plant introductions in North America demonstrate their vigor. Go to the Gardens Navigator website for more information and a plant list.

El Pomar Waterway
El Pomar Waterway

This elegant garden features a stucco wall, brick walkway and long reflecting pool, culminating in a waterfall. The bottlebrush-like flowers of Oriental fountain grass line the pool, while vertical beech trees and blue oat grass soften the border along the wall. Go to the Gardens Navigator website for more information and a plant list.

The Ellipse in Honor of Nancy Schotters
The Ellipse in Honor of Nancy Schotters

Adjacent to the Romantic Gardens, the Ellipse features roses from May Bonfils Stanton collection, as well as the Chihuly sculpture, "Colorado." Also on display are hydrangeas, peonies, delphiniums, daylilies and other rose companions. Go to the Gardens Navigator website for more information and a plant list.

Fragrance Garden
Fragrance Garden

A living potpourri, the Fragrance Garden features aromatic herbs and flowering plants, ranging from heavily perfumed roses to delicately scented mock orange and spicy oregano. Leading out from the plaza is a circular pool that features lotuses and waterlilies. Go to the Gardens Navigator website for more information and a plant list.

Gloria Falkenberg Herb Garden
Gloria Falkenberg Herb Garden

Designed in a traditional European style, with circular, narrow beds at the center, Denver Botanic Gardens Guild helps maintain the herb garden. It features culinary and medicinal herbs from the Middle Ages that are still common today, as well as a sandstone sundial. Go to the Gardens Navigator website for more information and a plant list.

Lainie's Cutting Garden
Lainie's Cutting Garden

The cutting garden is designed in concentric circles, with fast-growing annuals planted at the center and perennials radiating out to the edges. An urn adorns the center of the garden, drawing the eye in, while each bed is assigned a color theme for ease of harvesting. Go to the Gardens Navigator website for more information and a plant list.

Le Potager: A gift from the Ladd Family
Le Potager: A gift from the Ladd Family

French-style design combines with agriculture in this culinary garden of vegetables, herbs and edible flowers. Lined with a mixture of boxwoods, basils, chives and stone walls, the garden boasts multi-colored vegetables and espaliered apple trees. Go to the Gardens Navigator website for more information and a plant list.

Lilac Garden
Lilac Garden

The Lilac Garden features over two-dozen species and nearly 80 selections of lilacs, prized for their late-spring displays of showy and fragrant clusters of flowers, nestled in a diverse display of bulbs and perennials. This garden is explorable via an an experimental lawn, composed of dozens of species of grasses and flowering plants. Go to the Gardens Navigator website for more information and a plant list.

May Bonfils-Stanton Memorial Rose Collection
May Bonfils Stanton Memorial Rose Collection

The rose collection is now incorporated into the Ellipse and the Romantic Gardens beds.

O'Fallon Perennial Walk
O'Fallon Perennial Walk

O’Fallon Perennial Walk is a superb place to begin a leisurely stroll through the Gardens. Modeled after European perennial borders, it weaves together a rich variety of perennials of varying colors, heights, shapes and textures. Go to the Gardens Navigator website for more information and a plant list.

Orangery
Orangery

In keeping with traditional French orangeries, this glass walkway showcases exotic tropicals, Italian cypress and seasonal plantings in custom, Versailles-style planters. It also displays a variety of potted citrus that are moved to the outside terrace during warm months. Go to the Gardens Navigator website for more information and a plant list.

Romantic Gardens
Romantic Gardens

Evoking sentiment and privacy, the Fragrance Garden, Schlessman Plaza and El Pomar Waterway were the first gardens at York Street to host outdoor weddings. They combine fragrant, lush flowers with graceful walkways, arches, gazebos and columns. Go to the Gardens Navigator website for more information and a plant list.

Schlessman Plaza
Schlessman Plaza

As part of the Romantic Gardens, this plaza offers picturesque settings for weddings and other events. It features twin pavilions, as well as pillars painted in whimsical colors. Go to the Gardens Navigator website for more information and a plant list.

Scripture Garden
Scripture Garden

A contemplative space, the Scripture Garden brings together plants originating in the Fertile Crescent, the ancient region of the Middle East associated with Jewish, Christian and Muslim faiths. The plants were selected to symbolize various religious stories and interpretations. Go to the Gardens Navigator website for more information and a plant list.

Sensory Garden
Sensory Garden

This unique garden utilizes architectural features and sensory plantings to enable people of all ages and abilities to interact with plants. Specialized gardening techniques and structures help to minimize barriers and maximize people’s abilities. Go to the Gardens Navigator website to learn about the green wall in the Sensory Garden.

Victorian Secret Garden
Victorian Secret Garden

This garden pays homage to Europe’s golden age of plant exploration in the late 1800s, when it was fashionable to create opulent tropical gardens to show off personal wealth and exotic plant collections. Since Colorado’s climate is arid, this garden uses hardy plants that capture the look of tropicals. Go to the Gardens Navigator website for more information and a plant list.

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