Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Rocky Mountain High, part 2....taking time to smell the flowers

The Saturday departure date of my recent trip to Denver allowed me to sneak in a little garden time amid all the beer, breweries and Great American Beer festival. Part one of this trip report focused on all that, this part is all about the Denver Botanic Garden.

I've followed (and purchased) the books by Lauren Springer for some time - beginning with The Undaunted Garden. (And find it fitting that she married another one of my favorite garden authors, Scott Ogden, and together have a company called Plant Driven Design). The interest in Lauren's writing introduced me to the Denver Botanic Garden, which has held a spot on my must visit list for far too long.

Really far too long. What a delightful and inspiring garden. The current special exhibit is an installation of Henry Moore sculptures placed throughout the space. (Click on any of these images to bring them up in a larger format)

Shortly after entering the garden, I was wow-ed by the long double perennial/mixed border allee. Just stunned.

I could have spent hours in just this area, which made even more special by the sound of music flowing from the private event (looked and sounded like an Indian wedding)  in the formal garden just past this area.

This wasn't the only spot within the gardens set up for a private event. The South African Plaza was set with chairs, and had signs warning it would be closed later in the day. Tho' it was the containers that caught my eye here.
Another intriguing aspect of the gardens is the use of water, often combined with sculpture. The water forms a mirror like surface, reflecting the sculpture, adding depth to the space.
Additional areas highlighted more perennials, annuals, edibles, woodland/shade plants, roses, water-wise plants, a Japanese garden, and in the Asian garden a flowing pebble walkway echoing the small stream which ran next to it. 

And of course, the flowers....beckoning both the bees and me. A great garden one I hope to visit again soon, to explore further.


  1. Hi Kim, Those are great pictures of what looks like an extraordinary garden! It's amazing how good design and appropriate plant selections make all the difference in what some might consider a difficult gardening climate.

  2. Woah, that's one beautiful botanic garden.

  3. Thanks guys

    @gardeningasylum - What strikes me know that i think about it is that this garden was stunning, and there's no way September 16th is peak season. Must find out when that is, and go back there. Too bad it's not closer, when I lived outside St Louis, loved visiting MOBOT in every season

    @MBT - No kidding, everywhere well maintained and striking. Loved it