AAA Editor Notes
Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St. between Cheesman and Congress parks, covers 24 acres. More than 45 formal gardens include rare and endangered plants from around the world, plants native to Colorado, those brought to the state by pioneers, Great Plains grasses and wildflowers, bristlecone and ponderosa pines, an outstanding orchid collection and the Monet Pool, with flowers and water lilies inspired by the French Impressionist.
Rock alpine, herb, romantic and Asian gardens also are displayed. The domed Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory contains thousands of tropical and subtropical plants. A myriad of holiday lights illuminate the gardens during Blossoms of Light in December.
Food is available. Time: Allow 1 hour minimum.