The Denver Botanic Gardens, an oasis in the city, is a 24-acre conservatory that features multiple themed gardens, an amphitheater, and plenty of year-round events for both the seasoned botanist and families alike. Take a self-guided tour through the Ornamental Gardens, or bring the kids and explore the hands-on ecosystems at the Mordecai Children’s Garden. From the Summer Concert Series to the Lavender Festival, The Gardens offer fresh, breathtaking adventures for every nature enthusiast.

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It’s spring time at the Denver Botanic Gardens. Photo Credit: @cong_zhou (Instagram).

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The Gardens has a unique history with an unlikely piece of land. Originally built in 1951 in City Park, the Denver Botanic Gardens relocated to what was formerly known as the Prospect Hill Cemetery in 1958.

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Bluebird sky day at the Denver Botanic Gardens. Photo Credit: @hayz999 (Instagram).

What you can find at the Denver Botanic Gardens:

The Gardens offer a wide range of wonders – from the Bonsai Pavilion in the Internationally Inspired Gardens, to the floating water lilies of the Water Garden – you’re sure to find something inspiringly beautiful. You may also pack a lunch and take the kids to the Children’s Garden for some hands-on learning, or head over to the Science Pyramid for an interactive presentation of the horticulturalists’ research.

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Hyacinth in bloom at the Denver Botanic Gardens. Photo Credit: @valmontphotos (Instagram).

Looking to save some cash? Head over the Denver Botanic Gardens’ Chatfield Farms in Littleton, Colorado to tour the 700-acre plant refuge and working farm for only $5 per vehicle. Be sure to check out the events page, free days are offered year-round at both the York Street Gardens and Littleton Chatfield Farms!

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A bee enjoys the flowers at the Denver Botanic Gardens. Photo Credit: @taylor_tufano (Instagram).

The Gardens is located at 1007 York St. in Denver, Colorado. While open year-round, the summer hours of 9am-8pm begin May 14th. Ticket prices range from $9-$12.50 depending on age (children 2 & under are free). Don’t miss the Spring Plant Sale on May 12th and 13th; admission to the Plant Sale and Gardens is free!

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