Prodded by a local nonprofit group and encouraged by a successful horticulture program that spawned dozens of local gardens, the citizens of Fort Collins in 1997 voted for a $3 million project to build a series of public Gardens on Spring Creek.
The gardens, committed to encouraging sustainable horticulture, are open year-round during daytime hours. Admission is free.
There are nine gardens currently, with another four in the planning. Display gardens include a children’s garden, a wetland demonstration site, daylily and dahlia gardens, a rock garden and a vegetable garden called The Garden of Eatin’ that provides thousands of pounds of produce to the Larimer County Food Bank.
Classes are offered for children and adults in subjects from sprinkler efficiency and the botany of beer to cooking classes for kids and a monthly family fun night with stargazing, beekeeping and insects.