My parents came to town about a week ago to escape the heat in their hometown of Phoenix, AZ and to explore Denver a little bit. We ended up at the Botanic Gardens in the middle of the week and I realized that I had never been to the gardens during the summertime. I was slightly shocked about this because I have been living in Denver for the past seven years. We usually go right around Christmas because their Christmas light show is awesome but it is definitely a different experience seeing the gardens at night and covered in hundreds of Christmas lights compared to seeing it in the day when all of the flowers are blooming.
I am sure that the Botanic Gardens seem to be slightly boring for some, but the day that we went it was surprisingly busy for a normal Wednesday afternoon. My absolute favorite part of the gardens is the Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory. It is basically a huge greenhouse that houses a plethora of tropical plants. It is quite a treat to walk in from the dry air of Denver to a wonderful tropical humid masterpiece with waterfalls and bananas growing overhead. I actually posted a video of this if you want to see for yourself over on Instagram 🙂
I could stay in the conservatory forever but we did manage to take a stroll through the rest of the garden and we grabbed a bite to eat at the restaurant on site, The Hive Garden Bistro. My mom and I split a delectable Hive Salad and a couple of lemonades to cool off from the midday heat. It was rather overpriced, but I wasn’t too surprised by the pricing.
I love how they work in multiple different climates and different plant types into the same space. They have multiple different water features and rivers/ponds that flow throughout the garden which is a nice contrast to other gardens I have been to. They have a water garden with huge lily pads which I found to be rather charming. I think my favorite aspect of the garden is that it almost acts like a sanctuary from the world. Sure, you are still surrounded by a ton of people but it’s quieter than the surrounding bustling city. People walk around the gardens with respect and everyone is there to enjoy the beauty of nature.
I’ll keep this one short and let the pictures speak for themselves. If you are going to be in the Denver area, spending a couple of hours at the garden is a great way to spend an afternoon! Admission is $12.50 for adults, $9.50 for seniors (65+) and $9 for kids (3-15) and students. https://www.botanicgardens.org/
Have a great weekend!
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