The Western Colorado Botanical Gardens and Butterfly House has replaced a 15-acre junkyard south of downtown with lush gardens.
Volunteers from the Western Colorado Botanical Society have created gardens devoted to herbs, roses and cactus and succulents, as well as a community garden and a children’s secret garden.
The Native Garden replicates Colorado’s Grand Valley, including the Grand Mesa, the Colorado National Monument and Mount Garfield. Plants here come from the 13 geological regions found in Western Colorado.
A 4,000-square-foot greenhouse is home to 600 orchids and other tropical plants, and a second greenhouse houses butterflies.