A Photo Tour of the Denver Botanic Gardens

by MBC

As the title indicates I have included many photographs taken at the Denver Botanic Gardens including some of the Dale Chihuly designs currently being exhibited.

A Pleasant Place to Visit and a Photographer's Paradise.

I am blessed to live in Denver. One of the wonderful things to see and do here is a visit to the Denver Botanic Gardens located centrally on York St. It covers 23 acres right East of Cheesman Park. It is open 9 - 5 daily. There are also two other locations, but York St. is the main and oldest one. One year I had a vegetable garden there and they provided all seeds and tools. It was great! I met a lot of other gardeners and learned a great deal. Unfortunately, that was years ago and now that space is a parking lot.

In the summer months the Gardens offer summer concerts and people can take a picnic and sit on the grass and listen to music. This summer 2014 and fall Dave Chihuly artist and glassblower has an exhibit showing from June 14 to November 30th and I have included some photos below of this fabulous exhibit. You should go and see it in person. All the praise I've heard turned out to be true. The exhibit is really quite different during the day as opposed to after dark. I recommend going both times if possible. Though it was my experience that the daytime photos came out better.

Over the years, I have collected some very nice photographs at the gardens and I want to share some of them with you. All photos are mine, unless stated otherwise, and are under copyright. Please do not use without written permission.

Have you heard about the corpse plant? It is blooming now and STINKS - I guess it's national news - only blooms very infrequently. They have one now at the Denver Botanic Gardens - the first few days they had people wait 6 hours to see it! Now it has calmed down some.

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Corpse Plant Bloom
Corpse Plant Bloom
Personal photo
Corpse Plant Info
Corpse Plant Info
Personal photo

They Not only Offer Fabulous Flower Gardens But Also Feature Vegetable Gardens

Ornamental Peppers
Ornamental Peppers

This Dome is Full of Tropical Trees and Plants

This area is the best place to visit in the winter months when the stuff outside is covered in snow. But be prepared for humid! This is where they keep orchids and other tropical plants.

Atrium
Atrium
 
Christmas Lights
Christmas Lights
Personal photo

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Garden Potted Flowers

Garden Potted Flowers
Garden Potted Flowers

Garden Gate Near the Japanese Gardens

The photo below was taken by me near the new bonsai garden which is also close to the Japanese garden. Both of these areas are very special and also include water gardens with water lilies. This part of the garden is dubbed Shofu-en which means the “Garden of Wind and Pines”. The designers where Koichi Kawana and Kai Kwahara. It’s not to be missed! Just lovely – if you have time find a quiet place and sit here.

Garden Gate
Garden Gate

They Do Great Special Events Such as the Dale Chihuly Glass Exhibit

His pieces offer bold colors and dramatic beauty. The Gardens Has Purchased One Piece for Permanent Exhibit
Blue Think (Icecycles what I dubbed them)
Blue Think (Icecycles what I dubbed t...
 
Purple Reeds
Purple Reeds
 
I call it the boat
I call it the boat
These are my personal photos
Chihuly Flowers
Chihuly Flowers
 

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They Offer a Walking Tour of the Rock Alpine Gardens

Xeroscaping (or low water use plants) is a major focus here in Colorado where we are so dry and the Gardens offer classes to interested people in the spring or summer months. In March they offered a sale called Cactus and Succulents Galore where local people could purchase plants for their home or garden.

Cactus Example
Cactus Example

The Gardens Feature Many Educational Programs

They offer educational trips, children’s programs, ikebana classes and lectures, help with gardening and more. They stress research and conservation (especially classes on Xeroscaping, since Colorado is such a dry climate and water conservation is a top priority here). The children have their own garden across the street to the East by the parking structure.

Waterfall in the Gardens
Waterfall in the Gardens

One of the Lovely Quiet Contemplative Places to Sit and Enjoy The Gardens

There are all kinds of benches and structures for the guests to sit in quiet contemplation.  Here is one example.

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First Day of Spring - snow in Denver
First Day of Spring - snow in Denver

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Updated: 12/01/2016, MBC
 
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MBC on 10/11/2014

Yes, I loved this exhibit. Have more photos but wanted to focus on the garden itself.

Mira on 10/11/2014

Looks good :) and what a great idea to place those Dale Chihuly designs there! Wonderful!

MBC on 10/11/2014

Thanks, I love this garden.

ologsinquito on 10/10/2014

This looks like a very lovely place. The pictures you chose are beautiful.

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