I love to garden and Doug loves to take pictures.Life doesn’t get much better than this!The Denver Botanical Gardens is rich in variety, sizes, shapes, colors and smells.It is a peaceful place near the hub-bub of a big city.We have gone here for years, but our trip in February 2009 was met with unexpected surprises.
We made plans to go because our membership brochure told us of a forced tulip display (Tulip Mania).They actually take tulips and inside provide the right environment to force blooming is the middle of the winter!This was certainly enough to peak our interest!
When we pulled onto York Street we were stunned to see the amount of new construction going on.The parking lot was all dug up and the entrance was fenced off and yellow construction tape was making pathways to over here and around over to there in order to get in.We get inside and they have huge banner across one wall talking about the project to expand and improve the whole garden.Yikes – we thought it was pretty swell just the way it was – but lo and behold – this place is going to rock when it’s done.New parking, new main building, new science center, updated Japanese Tea Garden, etc., etc.We can’t wait!!!
While there wasn’t much to see outside as Denver in the winter is pretty bleak for gardens and such, the indoors held our attention with the tulips.There were a fair amount already in bloom and you could see many, many more were to bloom in the near future.Doug took some amazing photographs of the insides of the tulips that were so intricate and delicate with such beautiful colors.
Since the outdoor gardens are seasonal, I’m pleased to have learned that the Garden offers programs all year round.They have limited run exhibits, concerts, and plant/bulb sales, a corn maze, pumpkin festival, Christmas Trail of Lights and a lovely gift shop.In addition to all that they offer a multitude of educational classes on a variety of plant and gardening subjects.
If I have to pick a favorite place in the Botanical Gardens I would have to say it is the Tropical Conservatory.It does nothing for my hair and everything for my visual senses.This is a lush tropical indoor garden with gentle mists pumped throughout.It is beautiful year round.There are delicate orchids, a running stream, green leafed whatevers that I can just stare at as time stops for me in this place.I’m not much on the names of the plants; I just enjoy them – immensely.There are name plaques for those who like to associate a leaf with a name.But not me, I’m there for the ambience, for the rich colors, the feeling of peace and those amazing pictures that Doug brings home.
By Cyndy Harrington
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