Botanic Gardens, Classes, Wildflower Displays and Concerts
As the rush of spring rolls into the warmth of early summer in Denver, nature settles into its groove, offering up the beloved blooms and blossoms of June. From garden tours to horticultural classes, waving fields of wildflowers and natural dye gardens, there are plenty of surprises for garden lovers in the Mile High City.
Denver Botanic Gardens
Every family has a mother figure, and the gardening clan in Denver bows to its matron, the Denver Botanic Gardens. June starts a simmering summer of classes, tours and spectacular floral themes ranging from water-wise gardening to habitat heroes and a tropical conservatory. Visit the garden’s website for updated classes and availability, and snag a ticket to one of the summer concerts.
Tagawa Gardens in Centennial, about 15 miles from downtown Denver, goes exotic with night-blooming perennials that glow in the dark and medicinal plant walks along the Cherry Creek Trail. Learn from Denver’s premier clinical herbalists, ethnobotanists and horticulturalists who bring new dimensions to the concept of urban gardening.
Antique roses, berries and honeybees are just the beginning of what you’ll experience at Harlequin Gardens in Boulder, about a 30-minute drive from Denver. Stroll through magnificent show gardens, and sign up for classes on how to make your own garden space look like theirs.
Enjoy blooms and tunes at the same time with a lazy Sunday at the Hudson Gardens Summer Concert Series. Stroll the gardens and grounds, and spread out a picnic – or just graze from one food truck to another as they simmer with the sounds and tastes of summer.
By far, the most immersive garden experience near Denver is just outside the city limits in Littleton, about 10 miles from its maternal founder, the Denver Botanic Gardens. Chatfield Farms spreads across 700 acres along the banks of Deer Creek, hosting native flora, multiple ecosystems and 10 acres of wetlands, while harboring endangered plant species and xeriscape gardens requiring little irrigation.
As an affiliate of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas, Chatfield Farms nurtures about 150 types of native wildflowers and shrubs. One of the most intriguing reasons to visit the farm is to see its Dye Garden, a thriving collection of 15 dye plant varieties used to color fabrics. Check the farm’s website to grab a spot in one of the fabric-dying classes sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Weavers Guild.
Bring the kids along to Chatfield to climb the play area’s tree house and to roam the butterfly gardens, one-room schoolhouse, 1800s ranch, farm and two miles of nature trails.
Denver embraces the outdoors all year long, so make sure you live in the heart of the city. Tour one of Pinnacle’s Denver apartment communities today and find out how to make it your home.