Beautiful and Sustainable Gardens of Denver, Colorado
Garden Design's Self-Guided Day Trip to Denver, Colorado.
Easily accessible by train from the airport, downtown Denver is known for its walkability, although a free shuttle running the length of 16th Street Mall brings the abundance of eateries, galleries, and boutiques within easy reach of all. Looking for the perfect selfie spot? No trip to Denver is complete without visiting the Big Blue Bear, peering endlessly into the windows of the Denver Convention Center.
When you’re ready to explore a little farther afield, local garden expert Jodi Torpey suggests you set a day aside to tour three of her favorite local gardens which she has selected for their beauty and sustainability. “It’s amazing what you can do with a drought-resilient garden,” she comments. “These are really inspiring.”
Begin the day at the Aurora Water-Wise Garden, an educational demonstration garden that also features a poignant memorial. From here, it’s just a 30-minute drive to the Denver Botanic Garden. While there, Jodi suggests focusing on the new Steppe Garden that showcases diverse plants from semi-arid steppe regions around the world. After lunch, continue on to The Gardens at Kendrick Lake, where a one-mile walking trail around the lake meanders through a lush dryland garden featuring mature plantings in an artistic design.
If you have a few moments to spare at the end of the day, you might also like to visit Belmar Park's 132 rolling acres of natural grasslands and trees with historic buildings dotting the landscape, or Hayden Park on Green Mountain's 2400 acres of green space and trails with stunning views of Denver to the east.