Natural hot springs

February 1, 2015

Strawberry Hot Springs steams on an icy winter day/Strawberry Hot Springs photo By Linda Cornett The geologic violence that gave Colorado its majestic topography left behind a benign gift that has comforted humans for millennia. The state doesn’t claim the largest number of natural hot springs in the country, but does offer a unique combination of relaxing heat and healthful minerals set amid stunning scenery, almost as though the hot…

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Butterfly Pavilion Gardens

The outdoor gardens at Westminster’s Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center features a 1/2-mile nature trail winding along Big Dry Creek and 300 varieties of native plants.

June 30, 2013
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Chester M. Alter Arboretum

June 22, 2013

The University of Denver’s Chester Alter Arboretum is home to 10 Champion and Notable trees: cedar of Lebanon, crabapple, eastern wahoo, European hornbeam, horse chestnut, shantung maple, trident maple, weeping giant sequoia and yellow buckeye.

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Montrose Botanic Gardens

Staff writer In the spare high plains of southwestern Colorado, citizens of the city of Montrose have created and are expanding a botanical garden dedicated to educating visitors. The Montrose Botanical Society was formed in 1995, organized around the dream of a botanical garden. The group has signed a 50-year lease with the city for a 3.5-acre tract of land. Two gardens have been completed: • The Promenade welcomes visitors…

June 22, 2013
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Andrews Arboretum

Boulder’s Andrews Arboretum, the brainchild of a high school botany teacher, features native evergreens and exotic imports, groundcover and flowers along winding paths and quiet seating areas.

June 15, 2013
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Denver Water Xeriscape Garden

Denver Water’s xeriscape garden demonstrates how green gardening can be achieved with minimal water. It includes more than 200 species of flowers, grasses, turf, shrubs and trees.

June 10, 2013
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