Growing A Garden
When you stay in hotels near Denver Botanic Gardens, you’re in for a real treat. Early in the 1950’s a group of individuals in Denver decided that it was important to offer current and future residents and visitors of the city an opportunity to appreciate and learn about the plants native to the area. From this shared love of the city and plants, the Denver Botanic Gardens grew. Originally started on a large open lot in the city, the Denver Botanic Gardens were targets of vandals digging up the plants as quickly as they were added to the garden. The citizens sought a location that would offer additional security while also remaining central to the city. An unconventional plan unfolded to convert an old cemetery in the heart of downtown. By the end of 1958, the land was transformed into a large city park and one of the largest botanic gardens in the nation.
Blossoms, Blooms, and Buds
Today, the Denver Botanic Gardens continues to grow and offer residents and visitors a place to learn, relax, and appreciate the beauty of multiple gardens. Stroll through the gardens to learn more about the plants native to Colorado, along with a chance to view plants from all over the world. The Garden’s mission to not only expose but also educate visitors about the plants is apparent in the many programs available. Take part in a hands-on workshop about gardening, attend a lecture and discussion on water conservation, or take part in a full-day session to learn about horticulture. Always offering new events, it’s never the same from visit to visit.
The 2014 opening of the Science Pyramid is just the latest example of continuous growth for the Denver Botanic Gardens. Step inside the world of field research, locally and around the world, in this interactive exhibit. Through the use of video, audio, and interactive touchscreen technology, guests can gain a better understanding of what research is underway to conserve, expand, and promote our natural environment.
Gather up the kiddo’s and head to the Mordecai Children’s Gardens anytime between March and October to enjoy a day of learning and exploring. Offering kids, of all ages, an environment where they can actively experience the gardens and learn was a priority for the founders of this magical place. Bug hunts, pine cone racing, story times, and a kid-friendly walking path are just a few of the things that await you at the Denver Botanic Gardens.
Sit Back and Relax
Although the Denver Botanic Gardens is a great place to learn, it is also designed to offer visitors an escape. Guests are welcome to stroll the grounds, find a comfortable spot to read a book, enjoy an outdoor summer concert, or bring your laptop and settle in at the café. Offshoots Café offers free Wi-Fi, comfortable chairs, and a laptop bar with a great view of the gardens. Open year-round this space welcomes you for breakfast while you work or perhaps enjoy a lunch date. During the warmer months, the Hive is open for a lovely outdoor lunch made with locally sourced dishes, such as salads, burgers, soups, and decadent desserts. Enjoy an afternoon in paradise before returning to your choice of the hotels near Denver Botanic Gardens.