The Denver Botanic Gardens
The York Street location, just 20 minutes west of Aurora, offers visitors access to a wide array of gardens and collections over its 24 acres. The garden itself is divided into five distinct groupings, each representing a different variety of plants from around the world, including:
- Gardens of the West
- Internationally-Inspired Gardens
- Ornamental Gardens
- Water Gardens
- Shade Gardens
In addition, guests can tour the science pyramid to learn more about the garden’s scientific foundation and take part in science chats to learn about the garden’s conservation efforts and the wildlife that directly benefits from the programs the Conservation Department champions.
Just west of Highlands Ranch and South of Littleton is Chatfield Farms. The 700-acre native plant refuge and working farm located along the banks of Deer Creek includes the historic Hildebrand Ranch, the 1874 Deer Creek Schoolhouse, and a restored 1918 dairy barn and silo. Visitors are encouraged to investigate the grounds and visit areas that include:
- Wildflower Gardens
- Children’s Play Area
- 2.5 Miles of Nature Trails
- Natural Area
- Agricultural Gardens
Guests are also encouraged to explore the connection between art and nature with the current and upcoming art exhibits from local and regional artists, such as Pixelated: Sculpture by Mike Whiting, which explores the relationship between the natural and artificial world.
Summer Concert Series
If you’re searching for a way to relax after your summer hike, make the trip to the York Street location and take advantage of the Summer Concert Series. Tickets to the concert series include admission to the gardens and guests are encouraged to bring food and relax at a family-friendly event that features renowned artists like:
- Melissa Ethridge
- Chaka Khan
- Amos Lee
- Bruce Hornsby
- The Gipsy Kings
Concerts begin in late July and continue through mid-August.
While visitors thrill to the offerings of the Denver Botanic Gardens year-round, special events make it an even more magical space to visit. Throughout the season guests can join staff to learn about edible flowers, explore artistic representations of plants from the garden, enjoy photography from professionals and amateurs from Centennial, Parker, and the surrounding areas, and take part in workshops that take visitors deep beyond the surface of the
Thanks to generous funding from the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District, the Denver Botanic Gardens is able to offer several free days throughout the year at both the York Street and Chatfield Farms locations. While these days don’t include ticketed events, they do give guests free access to the public areas of the garden.
The Plains Conservation Center, in a joint effort with the City of Aurora and the Denver Botanic Gardens, also offers free days throughout the year to allow guests to enter during normal business hours, explore, and learn about the regions flora and the conservation efforts in place to help preserve it for future generations.
There are many other attractions, events, and festivals in and around Denver that may excite you. Find your favorite, and get out and enjoy all our community has to offer!
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