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Blooms, bambiraptors and biodegradables are bountiful at the Denver Botanic Gardens

Denver Botanic Gardens - Sunflowers
Denver Botanic Gardens - Sunflowers
Denver Botanic Gardens waterfall in late summer
              Denver Botanic Gardens - York Street

Denver Botanic Gardens membership inspires environmentally-conscious living

As summer draws to a close with many Jeffco parents spending the evening at Back-to-School night, picking kids up from soccer practice, and packing lunch boxes, hundreds of Denver families shirked their mid-week responsibilities to attended the fourth of six members-only nights at the Denver Botanic Gardens.  Wednesday's cool evening temperature encouraged families to linger at their picnic spot, and barefoot children chased energetic dads in the grass surrounding the amphitheater.

Each visit to the Botanic Gardens offers patrons a unique experience, as different flowers, trees and plants come into bloom throughout the year.  Late August is an ideal viewing time for roses and sunflowers. In addition to the beautiful blooms, the Jurassic Gardens exhibit on display at the York Street location features life-size dinosaurs (including the petite bambiraptor) and prehistoric plants from the Cretaceous and Jurassic periods.  Volunteers are on-hand to facilitate kid-friendly activities, including the application of temporary dinosaur tattoos, craft making, and fossil digging.

No other Denver attraction educates and inspires the public toward sustainable living as subtly and effectively as a visit to the Gardens.   The vegetable and herb gardens are as colorful and striking as the summer foliage, and lush grape vines shade walkways and arches.  Waste receptacles are plentiful and strategically placed, and are always accompanied by both a compost receptacle and recycling bin.  Two large compost bins are informative and fully functional.  The newly completed entrance and gift store showcase eco-friendly items such as reusable lunch supplies by To-Go-Ware, biodegradable flower pots by Rosso's International, and a wide selection of books on green living.  

An annual membership to the Botanic Gardens is reasonably priced, starting at $45 .  In addition to unlimited access to the York Street Gardens, Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, and Mount Goliath Trail, there are six after-hours events, special preview nights for the Corn Maze, Blossoms of Light, and Trail of Lights, discounted admission to the Pumpkin Festival, members-only shopping times for the highly anticipated spring and fall plant sales, discounts on educational classes, and advanced tickets to the Summer Concert Series.

Treat the family to a visit to the Denver Botanic Gardens.  With several of the most popular Botanic Garden events just around the corner, fall is the perfect time to purchase or renew your membership.  You'll be supporting a worthwhile cause, and leave inspired to spruce up your garden and incorporate simple, eco-responsible choices into your urban lifestyle.

For more info: Contact the membership office at the Denver Botanic Gardens at 720-865-3525 or visit online at


  • Elaine 5 years ago

    I haven't been to the botanic gardens in a long time but now I want to go again. Thanks!

  • Mandy 5 years ago

    It sounds like a beautiful place. Thanks for sharing.

  • Vickey 5 years ago

    If you are currently not a botanica gardens member, this article just might inspire you to become one. As we head into Fall with temperatures cooling, walking through the gardens is such a relaxing and enjoyable way to spend the early evening. I am currently a member of the The Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, Arizona and just love the adventure of strolling through and discovering the beautiful colors of the desert plants. Our garden even had a butterfly exhibit this past summer....what a treat! Great article on Denvers article and I encourage you to get to check it out this Fall!

  • Karen 5 years ago

    As a long-time DBG member, I can't agree more with the value of the membership. Even when parking was problematic earlier this season, the time spent strolling the gardens was worth the hassle. I look forward to my next visit.

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