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Discover the over 40 outdoor gardens at Denver Botanic Gardens either in person or from the comfort of home. Every day brings new blooms, fruit and vistas on the 20+ acres.

Late spring flowers are blooming across the Gardens. You may see late blooming bulbs such as Camassia, Fritillaria and Eremurus flowering during your visit. Many trees and shrubs bloom in May and June including fragrant Viburnum, lilacs and hydrangeas. Iris also join the riot of color. You can see many different colors of iris flowers in the Ann Montague Iris Garden, the Roads Water-Smart Garden, and the Ellipse Garden.

Tour updated May 13, 2024

Cover image: Penstemon eatonii

Baptisia australis (Blue False Indigo)

blue-purple blooms on native shrub

Chionanthus retusus (Chinese Fringetree)

small white flowers on ornamental tree

Iris 'Dollface' (Iris)

Nearly 1000 different iris varieties grow at York Street and Chatfield Farms and bloom between late April and mid-June. Take a close look at the patterns and colors on the flowers here in WaterSmart and in when you see them in other gardens. Smell the ones that are near the pathways.

Roads Water-Smart Garden (Garden Features)

The Water-Smart Garden is spectacular through the seasons. Enjoy the new path which provides more views of the plants in this garden. Many early blooming bulbs are planted throughout this garden alongside herbaceous perennials and shrubs.

Echinocereus × roetteri (Hybrid Hedgehog Cactus)

red-orange flowering cactus

Beehive (Garden Features)

Look up at the wall near the Conservatory to see the beehives. Can you see honeybees flying in and out?

Steppe Garden (Garden Features)

The Central Asian steppe is the native land for many of our most-loved spring-blooming bulbs. Visit the Steppe Garden and discover many species tulips, iris, fritillaria and other familiar plants that create early color in our gardens.

Paeonia suffruticosa (Tree Peony)

large white flowers on one of the many peonies that bloom in June's Plant Asia in May

Clematis integrifolia (Solitary Clematis)

herbaceous form (non-vining) of Clematis with dark purple flowers

Rosa spinosissima (Scotch Rose)

an early-blooming species rose bush that was propagated from seed that was collected in Kazakhstan

Syringa vulgaris 'Wedgewood Blue' (Lilac)

smell the flowers on the lilacs in this area; there are many different varieties growing on the adjacent hillsides of the Ann Montague Iris Garden; see if you can find ones with different flower colors or leaf colors

Convolvulus assyricus

if this plant reminds you of the bindweed that plagues many home gardens that is because it is in the same genus as bindweed; this plant is much better behaved in the Rock Alpine Garden!

Acanthus hirsutus ssp. syriacus (Syrian Bear's Breeches)

the purple and white spikes on bear's breeches are always fun to see in bloom; they last for many weeks in the garden

Rock Alpine Garden (Garden Features)

The Rock Alpine Garden has thousands of different plant varieties growing on about one acre. This areas bursts into color in late spring with plants from many steppe and alpine areas around the world. In the late summer and fall it transforms with brightly colored fruit, golden flowers of the aster family, and the brilliant blues only found in gentians.

Picea abies 'Pusch' (Norway Spruce)

this small evergreen is over 20 years old; look for the bright red cones forming

Iris 'Polynesian Honey' (Iris)

this iris is bright mustard yellow with darker orange on the falls (the cascading petals0

Laura Smith Porter Plains Garden (Garden Features)

The Plains Garden was burned on February 21st. Visit in the coming months and watch the plants emerge from the ash. Controlled burns are conducted approximately every 3 years and helps suppress weeds, remove the biomass of the many grass species, and provide nutrients to the deep rooted plants that were dormant when burned.

Malus ioensis var. texana (Texas Crabapple)

a native apple variety with perfume scented flowers

Xanthoceras sorbifolium 'Psgan' CLEAR CREEK® (Golden Horn Tree)

this large shrub/small tree is covered with white flowers with orange-veined centers

Nexus Garden (Garden Features)

The Nexus Garden will be in full bloom in late May through early June as many of the different varieties of prickly pear and other cacti flower amongst the tapestry of groundcovers like ice plant.

Viburnum lentago (Nannyberry Viburnum)

medium-sized shrub with large "snowballs" of white flower clusters

Cornus controversa 'June Snow-JFS' June Snow™ (Giant Dogwood)

small tree that will soon be in full bloom

Colorado (Garden Features)

Euphorbia epithymoides (Cushion Spurge)

golden flowers on early blooming herbaceous perennial

Camassia leichtlinii ssp. suksdorfii (Caerulea Group) (Suksdorf's Large Camas)

bulb that produces tall spikes of blue flowers

Cotinus coggygria 'Royal Purple' (Smoke Tree)

bright red-purple leaves on this large shrub; look for the flowers that are forming and will soon be the "smoke" that gives this plant its common name


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How long does it take to tour Denver Botanic Gardens? ›

People typically spend up to 2.5 hours at the Gardens. The average time that it takes to walk through the Gardens is about 1.5 hours.

How much do the Denver Botanic Gardens cost? ›

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Can you take pictures at Botanical gardens Denver? ›

Thank you for considering the UCR Botanic Gardens for your special photo shoot. Due to high demand for photo shoots, the Botanic Gardens require advance permission and charge a fee for all photography sessions, with limited numbers (3) permitted on select days of the week- Thursdays, Fridays, and open Sundays.

What time does the Denver Botanic Garden open in the summer? ›

Summer Hours: May 12 – Sept. 2, 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.

What is special about Denver Botanic Gardens? ›

One of the top five botanic gardens in the nation, Denver Botanic Gardens is an oasis in the city, offering year-round events, Mordecai Children's Garden, lifelong learning opportunities and research to preserve Colorado's precious natural resources.

What is the ranking of the Denver Botanic Gardens? ›

Zoom in: The Denver Botanic Gardens near Cheesman Park was named No. 3 on Vogue's recently released ranking of the best botanical gardens in the U.S. It also landed in sixth place on Tripadvisor's top 10 list for 2024.

Do you have to pay for parking at the Denver Botanic Gardens? ›

Limited free parking is available in our parking complex between York and Josephine streets during our regular hours of operation. No overnight parking is allowed. Parking in the parking complex is only for Gardens' visitors. Street parking is available in Cheesman Park or Congress Park, where posted.

Do I need to buy tickets in advance for Denver Botanic Gardens? ›

Please purchase or reserve your tickets in advance for general admission, programs and all events.

Can I bring my own food to the Denver Botanic Gardens? ›

Visitors can bring any food and drink they like. Seating areas throughout the Gardens are limited, so we recommend packing a picnic blanket.

What is not allowed at Botanical Gardens? ›

Vehicles are not allowed inside the garden. The collection of live plants and their parts like flowers, fruits, leaves, etc. is strictly prohibited. Walking and playing across the cultivated beds and lawns is not allowed. Smoking and drinking alcohol are not allowed.

What should I wear to the Botanical garden? ›

Botanical gardens can be quite hot during the day, so it's best to wear breathable fabrics like cotton or linen. Avoid wearing dark colors as they absorb heat and can make you feel uncomfortable. Instead, opt for light-colored clothing that reflects the sun's rays.

Do they serve alcohol at Denver Botanic Gardens? ›

Bring Your Own

Concert attendees are allowed to bring in food and beverages, including alcohol in the original container. Please drink responsibly. Alcohol is not available for purchase anywhere on the property. The Gardens encourages sustainable packaging and minimal waste for any food or beverage brought onsite.

How big is Denver Botanic Gardens? ›

Denver Botanic Gardens at York Street, in cooperation with the City and County of Denver, presents a wide range of gardens and collections on 24 acres.

Can you run around Botanic gardens? ›

This is a very popular area for birding, hiking, and running, so you'll likely encounter other people while exploring. The trail is open year-round and is beautiful to visit anytime.

Is Denver Botanic Gardens good in winter? ›

Denver Botanic Gardens' horticulture staff are frequently asked "What is there to see in winter?" The answer is "Plenty"! In addition to the bountiful winter-interest of dormant plants, persistent berries and coniferous cones and needles, there are also numerous indoor spaces to explore to satisfy your plant fix.

How long does it take to walk through the Denver Museum? ›

“I have never been to Denver. How much time should I allot to tour the museum? Thanks!” 3 hours or more to see things in detail.

How long does it take to walk through the Denver Art Museum? ›

Allow about 2 to 2.5 hours.

How big is Botanic gardens? ›

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