The 10-acre teaching garden at the Aurora Municipal Center demonstrates the diversity and colorful displays possible in a low-water garden.
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.
Long’s Iris Gardens in Boulder is an urban agricultural business specializing in dig-your-own bearded iris. Visitors are welcome to wander among the blooms during their peak in May and June.
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.
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.
Staff writer The xeriscape Gardens at Kendrick Lake Park colorfully demonstrate the diversity of plants that can thrive in Colorado’s arid climate. The gardens in Lakewood, south of Denver, showcase the plants that are happy in Colorado’s five flora types – Great Plains, steppe or foothills, montane, alpine and Great Basin. The more than 350 plant varieties have been selected from local sources or from more exotic locations that share a…
The 30-acre Hudson Gardens and Events Center features an herb garden, a chocolate garden, aquatic plants, an iris display and a pumpkin patch. Concerts are held each summer.
The Buffalo Herd Nature Preserve has a herd of two dozen bison in a pasture in Denver’s oldest mountain park. See them Interstate 70.
Golden sits at the base of the foothills west of Denver and features the Colorado School of Mines, the Coors brewery, historic buildings and railroad and mountaineering museums.
The Lookout Mountain Nature Center and Preserve houses interactive exhibits about the ecology of the region and demonstrates sustainable building materials and design. Outside are breathtaking overlooks, easy and challenging trails.