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Denver Botanic Gardens

1007 York St. Denver, CO 80206 | Central Denver | 720-865-3500

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Well-tended gardens and conservatory, the Denver Botanic Gardens feature the Cloud Forest Tree, a living sculpture supporting hundreds of blooming orchids and epiphytes; also offering classes, tours and events.


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  • Cafe Society: Culinary Events
    The Denver Botanic Gardens features much more than flowers. It also hosts classes that teach you what to do with what you grow, including tonight's Chef's Pantry cooking class, where...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Various forms of fungus grow in Colorado from the time the snow melts (melting snow creates an ideal environment for certain species) into late fall — which is why Colorado is home to...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    “We wanted to experiment with trying an event-themed cocktail party,” says Denver Botanic Gardens spokeswoman Erin Bird, explaining the origins of Unwind. “This is the...
  • Cafe Society: Culinary Events
    Unwind: H2O, an after-hours event at the Denver Botanic Gardens tonight, will highlight the Chihuly artwork in the Gardens' waterways, including "Float Boats," "Turquoise Reeds" and...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    The photogram, or “cameraless photography,” one of the most primitive photographic techniques, first gained attention in the 1930s through the experimentation of artists like Man...
  • Show and Tell: Tourism
    There's a reason why tourists crowd Denver's city streets each summer: It's a happening town and sports valhalla, with pro teams, adventurous and ethnic eateries, a downtown mall, urban...
  • Show and Tell: 3 for free
    From an archaeology lecture focusing on an 1892 outhouse to a plant-themed art opening to a screening of Dawn of the Dead, this week is overflowing with fun, free events. Read on for more...
  • Show and Tell: 3 for free
    If you're emerging from the 4/20 haze without much cash, we've got you covered. You can learn to knit, watch a cartoon and comedy show, or visit the springtime flowers at the Denver Botanic...
  • Cafe Society: Culinary Events
    Denver Restaurant Week wraps up tonight -- but if you hurry, you can still snag a reservation at one of more than 300 participating restaurants. And some of those eateries have decided to...
  • Cafe Society: Culinary Events
    While people scramble for reservations for a romantic dinner on February 14, two events today will be a feast for the senses. "An Appetite for Seduction," a Valentine's Day-inspired class...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    While past summer/fall outdoor exhibitions at the Denver Botanic Gardens have taken us to South Africa and the bamboo forests of Japan, this year's sculptural blockbuster is sticking closer...
  • Show and Tell: Holidaze
    For many, New Year's Day is the unofficial closing of the holiday season -- the last hurrah before school and work recommence. Since it's a federal holiday, a lot of places close down, but...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    The annual Blossoms of Light and Trail of Lights at the Denver Botanic Gardens’ two locations have been holiday traditions for years, and with each turn, the displays have gotten...
  • Cafe Society: Culinary Events
    Hungry for the holidays? Businesses and restaurants around town are cooing up great deals. For example, Trillium will be featuring Aquavit, that Scandinavian spirit, throughout the week in...
  • Cafe Society: Culinary Events
    The season of giving is here, presenting us with opportunities to help others at the same time we remember our family and friends. A can't-miss event in more ways than one is the annual...
  • Cafe Society: Culinary Events
    The Lowry Beer Garden is hosting a Thanksgiving Food Drive to support the Denver Children's Home through Monday, November 25. Donate five non-perishable food items at the restaurant and as a...
  • Show and Tell: Talking Shop
    The Halloween ghouls have all slunk back into their closets for another year, and that means -- you guessed it -- the holiday shopping season is upon us. And the urgency is amped up in 2013,...
  • Show and Tell: Holidaze
    Though the holiday known as Day of the Dead -- Día de los Muertos -- sounds mournful, its festivities are rooted deep in a traditional celebration of life. After tonight, Halloween will be...
  • Show and Tell: Halloween
    The Halloween season isn't just about candy and costumes -- there's a supernatural side to the holiday, and Colorado is full of great ways to get spooked. From cemetery walks to haunted wild...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Even if you’re not a gardener, you can appreciate the genius of the Drunken Botanist (aka Amy Stewart), whose book The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create the World’s Great...
  • Culture: Art
    For every artist doing three-dimensional pieces in Colorado, there are a hundred more working in two dimensions. That makes a pair of current shows featuring sculpture and installations...
  • Show and Tell: Art
    Michael Paglia visits MCA Denver and the Denver Botanic Gardens in this week's review, taking in two separate shows focusing on sculpture. The show at MCA focuses on works by John McEnroe...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    “Color can be kind of a tyrant,” says Scott Ogden. But for master horticulturists Ogden and his wife, Lauren Springer Ogden, a beautiful garden is about more than just visual...
  • Cafe Society: Culinary Events
    Denver Botanic Gardens is hosting Boots, Bulls & Blossoms from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. this evening. Tickets are $25 for members and $30 for non-members, and include three drink tickets. See...
  • Show and Tell: Interviews
    For Scott Ogden and Lauren Springer Ogden, gardening is about much more than a pretty-looking plot. Having designed public and private gardens across the country, the horticulture experts...
  • Cafe Society: Culinary Events
    The thirtieth annual A Taste of Colorado runs from Friday, August 23 through Labor Day. The four-day, free festival features food (well, you have to pay for that), music, and more....
  • Cafe Society: Culinary Events
    The fifth annual Cherry Creek North Food & Wine Festival takes over Fillmore Plaza on Saturday afternoon. The celebration features eats from nineteen of Cherry Creek's food and beverage...
  • Cafe Society: Culinary Events
    The second Marczyk Fine Foods, at 5100 East Colfax Avenue, is celebrating its second anniversary with a New England-style clam bake tomorrow from 4 to 7 p.m. For $24.99, party-goers can...
  • Show and Tell: Nature
    It's time to embrace the longest day of the year, to celebrate the first day of summer and the fact that it's still light enough to ride your bike at 8:30 p.m. and warm enough to eat ice...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    “Over hill, over dale, thorough bush, thorough brier/Over park, over pale, thorough flood, thorough fire/I do wander everywhere....” Take it from A Midsummer Night’s Dream:...
  • Show and Tell: Photos
    Undeterred by the weekend's sunny weather, Denver's face-painted vampires braved the elements to chase unsuspecting humans through the Denver Botanic Gardens during this year's vampire 5K....
  • Show and Tell: 3 for free
    Shake off your cabin fever by going out on the town this week -- without spending a dime! For starters, you can tiptoe through the tulips at a Denver Botanic Gardens free day, try your luck...
  • Cafe Society: Culinary Events
    Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York Street, is stirring things up for Denver Restaurant Week, offering two cooking seminars for members, complete with snacking. Today's class features a...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    The Denver Botanic Gardens improves on Blossoms of Light, at the Denver location — and its sister event, Trail of Lights, at the Chatfield DBG — a little bit each year, and this...
  • Show and Tell: 10 for $10
    Even if you are rolling in dough, you won't need to spend much of it in order to eat pancakes and see art tonight. That's just one of the bargain entertainment options this weekend; others...
  • Show and Tell: Holidaze
    As the holiday season kicks into high gear, Colorado celebrates with some high-wattage displays of light. Tonight, downtown Denver's oldest architecture will be lit up with thousands of LED...
  • Show and Tell: Talking Shop
    It started a few years ago with a slight buzz, but the concept of buying local has become a resonant holiday-season mantra for urban forward-thinkers. In its wake, handmade holiday markets...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    In anticipation of unveiling an expanded Japanese garden and neighboring Bill Hosokawa Bonsai Pavilion and Tea Garden this spring, it made perfect sense to the folks at the Denver Botanic...
  • Show and Tell: Denver Arts Week
    For much of this year, the Denver Botanic Gardens has been an intersection for Asian and American culture. It began with the Kizuna: West Meets East outdoor exhibit, for which bamboo...
  • Show and Tell: Halloween
    Looking for somewhere safe to trick-or-treat? Want to hear some ghost stories in a haunted, old West setting? Hankering for a spot where the whole family can dress up and enjoy a little...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Margaret Kasahara has been playing with the boundaries between East and West — and where everything meets in the middle — for about a decade, so she was a natural to create a...
  • Show and Tell: Events
    El Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a holiday that honors the dead through altars, offerings, sculptures and dances. For the Aztec, who had been celebrating this tradition for more...
  • Show and Tell: Comment of the Day
    Every Friday, Robin Edwards offers a list of "10 things to do for $10 this weekend," a roster that most recently included Running with the Gays, a vinyl swap and Occupy the Debates. But no...
  • Show and Tell: 3 for free
    Since rent is due today, you might be foraging for food for the next few days. But you don't have to skimp on fun! In 3 for free, we feature several weekday events that are -- you guessed it...
  • Cafe Society: Culinary Events
    The first film in this year's Chipotle-sponsored Sustainable Film Series at the Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York Street, is screening tonight at 6 p.m. Through the fall, the series will...
  • Cafe Society: Culinary Events
    On Thursday, September 6, Dish, Westword's eighteenth annual food-and-drink festival, will fill the Sculpture Park at the Denver Performing Arts Complex with great entertainment, great...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    After completing their award-winning documentary King Corn in 2007 – about their attempts to farm an acre of corn -- filmmakers Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis decided that their next...
  • Cafe Society: Culinary Events
    "Colorado just has so much," explains Susan Evans, longtime herbalist and avid gardener. "Most restaurants today try and offer something other than your standard menu, and Colorado is...
  • Music: Show Preview
    For forty very odd years, Loudon Wainwright III's lacerating wit, unflinching candor and impish glee have combined to skewer everything in sight, from the near and dear to the feared —...
  • Backbeat: Best of Denver
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  • Calendar: Highlights
    Summer evenings at the Denver Botanic Gardens are something to be savored, and that’s why the growing concern at 1007 York Street hosts themed Sunset Strolls from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m....
  • Calendar: Highlights
    All dressed up and everywhere to go: Now that the Denver Botanic Gardens has unveiled its beautifully reimagined Japanese garden and mounted Kizuna, a summer blockbuster of massive, graceful...
  • Cafe Society: Culinary Events
    Garden Grapes & Hops takes place tonight at the Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York Street, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. The event features food from over twenty restaurants and drinks samples from...
  • Cafe Society: Culinary Events
    Summer is in full swing -- as evidenced by the blossoming of the local street-food scene -- and its culinary fruits are bountiful. Here's a taste of what's on the calendar for the first...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    At some point in all lives, we've all wanted to live in a tree house, but perhaps no one more so than tree house expert Pete Nelson, who will kick off this year's Bonfils-Stanton lecture...
  • Show and Tell: Arts and Culture
    When Kizuna: West Meets East, a site-specific installation of monumental works in bamboo, opens tomorrow at the Denver Botanic Gardens, it will only be the next step in a process that began...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Shawn Sheehy has been creating pop-up cards and books for years, and after he moved into his first-ever house (and spent a summer gardening in his new yard), he was inspired to create Pop-Up...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Mondays at the Denver Botanic Gardens are worth savoring. It's quiet and still, and you just might have the whole place to yourself (unless you're overrun by a school group, which should be...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    It's Presidents' Day, and if you're lucky, you won't even have to play hooky to take advantage of the SFCD Free Day at the Denver Botanic Gardens. And if at first the idea sounds tinny to...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Lights might be the best part of the holiday season: neighborhoods and business districts all lit up, more lights twinkling on trees and candles aglow in menorahs, kinaras and luminarias....
  • Show and Tell: Holidaze
    Lights might be the best part of the holiday season: neighborhoods and business districts all lit up, more lights twinkling on trees and candles aglow in menorahs, kinaras and luminarias....
  • Show and Tell: Events
    Denver's Food Day activities are rooted at the Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York Street, which has partnered with several community groups for an eleven-hour extravaganza that's part of a...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    In the past few years, the Denver Botanic Gardens has become a place to see major art shows, and this season’s main offering is dedicated to Allan Houser, the late Native American...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Curious about what it takes to keep a coop full of chickens in your own back yard? The Denver Botanic Gardens and chicken-coop keepers around the city are here to enlighten you with a...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Austin sociologist and author Julie Ardery thinks the timeless and symbiotic rapport between humans and flowers is something that’s worth thinking about, and, as her Human Flower...
  • Cafe Society: Culinary Events
    Brush up on your Mexican cooking skills tonight when the Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York Street, hosts its Mexican Fiesta II Cooking Class and Dinner from 6 to 8 p.m. The menu features...
  • Cafe Society: Culinary Events
    The Denver Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is throwing the fourth annual Sabor at the Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York Street. The bash, which includes food and drinks from Denver restaurants...
  • Cafe Society: Culinary Events
    Denver Botanic Gardens is teaming up with Chipotle to present the Sustainable Food Film Series, monthly (or so) food-related film screenings that include panel discussions and free...
  • Music: Show Preview
    Because Chris Isaak's pompadoured mug might as well be the picture of eternal California youth, it's a little discomfiting to realize that the Golden State singer-songwriter is now five...
  • Cafe Society: Culinary Events
    The Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York Street, will present a Grow Great Grub class tonight, as part of the Bonfils-Stanton Lecture Series; Gayla Trail will lead the discussion that starts at...
  • Backbeat: Concerts and Clubs
    With a career that spans over six decades, Mavis Staples (appearing tonight with Dr. John & the Lower 911 at the Botanic Gardens) doesn't need much of an introduction. The Rock And Roll Hall...
  • Backbeat: Concerts and Clubs
    Sharon Jones (performing this evening with her band, The Dap Kings, at the Denver Botanic Gardens) is a soul revivalist, whether she intended to be or not. The Brooklynite was a session...
  • Show and Tell: Lectures
    John Kasaona has helped pioneer a dramatic revival of wild lands in his native Nambia through a program called Integrated Rural Development and Nature Conservation (IRDNC), where members of...
  • Show and Tell: Free Stuff
    If you don't have the $12.50 admission price to cough up, you're generally SOL on seeing the Denver Botanic Gardens -- free days are not particularly common, and those prison-style walls...
  • Cafe Society: Culinary Events
    The Bonfils-Stanton Lecture Series at the Denver Botanic Gardens continues with "Local Flavors: Cooking and Eating From America's Farmers' Markets," with author/chef Deborah Madison.A tour...
  • Cafe Society: Culinary Events
    There's been a lot of research lately on the foods that help fight and even prevent disease (surprise: a low-fat, mostly vegetarian diet seems to be the key). That research forms the basis...
  • Cafe Society: Culinary Events
    It's almost the end of summer, which means soon it won't be warm enough to eat outside. That's the idea behind tonight's Feast in the Field -- al fresco dining at its best, with live music...
  • Cafe Society: Culinary Events
    The Denver Botanic Gardens will harvest fresh herbs to be used in tonight's cooking demonstration, "How to Cook With Aromatic Herbs," at Le Central, 112 East Eighth Avenue, from 6:30 to 8:30...
  • Cafe Society: Culinary Events
    Do you have an herb garden? If so, do you have a plan for what to do with all those fresh herbs your garden is surely producing? If not, you need to visit the Denver Botanic Gardens, 1005...
  • Cafe Society: Culinary Events
    Food activist and social-justice expert Bryant Terry will be lecturing tonight at the Denver Botanic Gardens -- but don't expect a garden-variety talk. Terry, whose most recent...
  • Cafe Society: Culinary Events
    It's the perfect time of year for a picnic, and the Denver Botanic Gardens will prove it frmo 6 to 8 p.m. tonight, when the venue at 1005 York Street hosts a Tapas Picnic. You bring the...
  • Cafe Society: Culinary Events
    Tonight, garden designer and cookbook author Lucinda Hutson will speak at the Denver Botanic Gardens, 1005 York Street, as part of the Bonfils-Stanton Lecture Series. The garden will host an...
  • News: Columns
    James Dean lived fast and died young, and the same will soon be true of a mural of the Rebel Without a Cause actor, which has graced the side of the Video One building at 1301 East Colfax...
  • News: Columns
    Everyone knows that 27 is the rock-star death year. Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison — they all died at that very young age. Naturally, it made sense to assume that I would...

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