Denver Botanic Gardens

The Denver Botanic Gardens is an organization in Denver Colorado, United States. The organization manages three public gardens. The director of the facility is Brian Vogt. He was appointed the director in February 2014 after working as an assistant director for four years prior to that. The

Gardens are composed of three different gardens. These are the Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms, managed by Caitlin Connolly, the Skyline-Highline, managed by Brian Vogt and the Alpine Botanical Garden managed by Misha Nichols.

The Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms was opened in 1986. The facility is located in Jefferson County, Colorado and has a surface of about 100 acres of land which were leased from the Chatfield Farms and has 10 greenhouses of about 1,000 feet. It is the largest property of the Denver Botanic Gardens. This gardens specializes in plants which are native to the Great Plains. There is also a lake, trails for hikers and biking paths. The facility was originally designed as an education center for horticulture and floriculture.

The Skyline-Highline garden is another location of the Denver Botanic Gardens which is located on South Table Mountain, Colorado. This garden was opened in 2009 and is dedicated to the native plants that are found at high altitudes of Colorado. The garden is at the 1,500 meters above the sea level and has around 400 different species of plants which are all set up to be displayed in a trail system. It is considered as the largest alpine garden in North America and is designed to display the plants at their natural habitats.

The Alpine Garden is situated at Leadville, Colorado. It was opened in 2001 and has plants that are native to the Rocky Mountains. The garden focuses on plants that have adapted to the conditions of alpine climates. There are around 70 different species found here which include shrubs, wildflowers, grasses and trees.

Mission of the Denver Botanic Gardens

The mission of the organization is to provide environmental education through horticulture. It also aims to research different plant species from various parts of the world and discover their uses in modern society.

The Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms operates a demonstration garden which is used in teaching local schools about gardening and horticulture.

Plant Collections

The Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms specializes in plants native to the Great Plains. The garden also hosts events like wildflower symposiums during the spring time.
The Skyline-Highline garden has plants that are native to the Rocky Mountains. There is also a wildflower symposium which is held yearly to give the public an opportunity to learn about wildflowers.
The Alpine garden hosts special events like plant festivals where experts would showcase different types of plants.

Events

The Denver Botanic Gardens has their wildflower symposiums during the spring time where experts show different wildflowers to the public. There are also various festivals at the three gardens managed by the organization.
There are regular classes which are held at the Skyline-High line garden where students are taught about different species of plants. The Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms on the other hand does gardening demonstrations for school children to teach them how to garden.
The Denver Botanic Gardens hosts tours for the public at their facilities. At the Skyline-High line garden, there is also a volunteer day where community members can get involved with the garden.
Conclusion
The Denver Botanic Gardens are a nonprofit organization that manages three gardens in Colorado. The gardens are used for research purposes and also for environmental education.