Denver Botanic Gardens

The Denver Botanic Gardens, a public botanical garden, is located in Denver's Cheesman Park neighborhood. The park covers 23 acres (93,000 m2) and includes a conservatory, various theme gardens, and a sunken amphitheater that hosts concerts during the summer.

Three locations are part of Denver Botanic Gardens. York Street in east-central Denver is the main location and formal garden. The Chatfield Botanic Gardens, located near Chatfield State Park, features natural meadows and riparian areas as well as a historic farm/homestead. Mt. Goliath is a wildflower garden in the alpine, located along hiking trails.

The Denver Botanic Gardens and nearby Cheesman Park are situated atop Prospect Hill's former cemetery. The majority of the bodies were removed in 1893. However, the remains of the interred were still being removed into the 1950s. In 2010, graves were discovered during the renovation of the park's irrigation and sprinkler systems.

Denver Botanic Gardens has North America's largest collection from cold temperate climates. It also features 7 diverse gardens that mainly include plants from Colorado and other states.

In 1986, the Gardens created the world's first Xeriscape Demonstration Garden. Two years later, Dryland Mesa was given its new name. It was based upon the "7 Principles of Xeriscape" and includes drought-tolerant plants that are native to the arid West or Mediterranean regions.

Shofu-en--the Garden of Wind and Pines--is the Japanese Garden. It was created by Kai Kwahara and Koichi Kawana.

The Botanic Gardens' York Street location opened Denver's first publicly accessible green roof.

Denver Botanic Gardens also boasts the original conservatory in America made entirely from concrete and Plexiglas panes. Each of these were designed to channel condensation away from the walls to prevent it dripping on visitors. 1973 was the year that Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory received landmark status.

Firsthand: Creating Gardens for All People was published by Beckon Books in 2020 by the Gardens. It was commissioned by CEO Brian Vogt and researched by Karen Peters and Dan Obarski. In 2021, the book won the Independent Book Publishers Association Benjamin Franklin Silver Award for the Coffee Table book category.

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