Betty Ford Alpine Gardens
183 Gore Creek Drive, Ford Park, Vail
, CO 81657 (970)476-0103.
Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center
- At an altitude
of 8,200 feet, this striking garden is one of the highest gardens in North
America and, of course, specializes in plants that will grow and thrive at high
altitude. Expected to be completed in 2000, it is comprised of four separate
gardens, each with a different focus: the Alpine Display Garden, the Mountain
Perennial Garden, the Mountain Meditation Garden, and the Alpine Rock Garden.
6252 West 104th Avenue, P.O. Box 377, Westminster
, CO 80020 (303)469-5441.
Cooley's Iris Gardens
term "insect zoo" isn't charming enough for this remarkable 7,200 square foot
fully functioning tropical forest, home to over 1,200 spectacular butterflies
from 50 different species. Over 100 different species of tropical and
sub-tropical plants provide nectar and shelter for the butterflies living in the
NE Silverton Rd., Silverton
, OR (503)873-5403.
- From mid-May to June 5, Cooley's Gardens
displays more than 500 tall bearded iris varieties. Hospitality
matches the spectacular flowers, with wheelchair accessibility and
overnight parking for RVers.
: 1005 York Street, Denver
, CO 80206-3799 (303)331-4000.
- The newest
garden in this large Botanic Garden, specializing in Rocky Mountain
horticulture, is a Monet Garden replicating the plants and design elements of
Monet's Garden at Giverny. Other gardens include: the Lobby Court Garden, the
Rock Alpine Garden, the Japanese Garden, Plains Garden, Water Garden, Herb
Garden, Vegetable Garden, Scripture Garden and Water-Smart Garden.
Denver Botanic Gardens
(formerly Chatfield Arboretum): 8500 Deer Creek Canyon Road, Littleton
, CO 80123 (303)973-3705.
- Managed by the Denver Botanic Gardens, the Arboretum's 700 acres display native
plant and wildlife, unique flower gardens (Dryland Perennial Gardens and the Kim
Sterne Survival Garden), several distinct ecosystems and a touch of Colorado
history. The open grassland of the arboretum includes a woodland river
(riparian) ecosystem and 10 acres of wetlands, as well as two historic farms and
an old schoolhouse.
S. Sante Fe Drive, Littleton
, CO 80120 (303)797-8565.
County Sheriff's Complex Rose Garden
- Set off against the
grandeur of the Rocky Mountains, the 30 acre regional display garden exhibits
thousands of drought-resistant flowers, shrubs and trees. The visitor will
discover an oval garden, a rose garden, ponds, perennial beds, and specimen
trees as well as theme gardens: the Mary Carter Greenway, the demonstration
garden, the Inn at Hudson Garden, and a colorful xeriscape garden.
: 200 Jefferson County Parkway,
CO 80401-2697 (303)232-3653.
Memorial Rose Garden
- This impressive building features an All-America
Rose Selections accredited garden.
: Roosevelt Park, 700 W. Long Peaks Avenue and Bross
, CO 80501.
Mesa County Office (Colorado State Cooperative Education) Demonstration Gardens
- This public park features an All-America Rose
Selections garden with 1,400 lovely rose bushes.
Location: 2775 US Highway 50, Orchard Mesa
, Mail: P.O. Box 20,000-5028, Grand Junction, CO 81502-5028 (970)244-1834.
Montrose Botanic Gardens
- These demonstration gardens include rose
gardens, "Plant Select" gardens, xeriscape gardens, perennial gardens, and an
ornamental grass garden.
: P.O. Box 0323,
CO 81402 (970)249-5404.
Memorial Rose Garden
- This recently created garden includes a Promenade
with perennials, grasses, shrubs, trees and mixed annuals, a Xeriscape
Demonstration Garden, and the Valley Garden with roses, "waves of
grass", aromatic plants, perennials, and more.
: Sterne Park, 5800 S Spotwood Street,
Colorado Botanical Gardens
- This All-America Rose Selections garden with a
charming gazebo is maintained by
the Arapahoe Rose Society.
: 641 Struthers Avenue, Grand Junction
, CO 81501
Office: (970)245-3288 Greenhouse: (970)245-9030.
Yampa River Botanic Park
- A junk-strewn 12 acre site has
blossomed into a 4000 square foot greenhouse/butterfly house with over 600
tropical plants, Ann's Garden (32 varieties of hybrid dahlias), a Native Garden
(with a scale model of the Grand Canyon), a Japanese Garden, a Rose Garden, a
Sensory Garden, and a Children's Garden.
75 Anglers Drive, Steamboat Springs
, CO (970)879-4300.
Despite a growing season limited to 60 frost-free days a year, an altitude of 6,800 feet, dry summers, intense sunlight and cold,
and snowy winters, this beautiful and unique 5 acre mountain garden thrives. Over 40 themed gardens include a Butterfly Garden, aHummingbird Garden,
a Rock Garden, a Rose Garden, a Pioneer Garden, an Edible Native Plants Garden, a Water-Wise Garden and many more.