The Horticultural Art Society of Colorado Springs has created three gardens in Monument Valley Park on the edge of the Colorado College campus.
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.
The 10-acre teaching garden at the Aurora Municipal Center demonstrates the diversity and colorful displays possible in a low-water garden.
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.
The 76-acre High Plains Environmental Center offers three miles of trails, workshops and interactive environmental research, with a focus on sustainable living in an urban setting.
Two xeriscape gardens in Colorado Springs show off the possibilities of gardening with little to no added water.
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.
Colorado is home to a number of public gardens. Here is a guide to some of the best from the Denver Botanical Garden to the Charles M. Alter Arboretum.