10 Beautiful Botanical Gardens in Colorado!

For those seeking carefully-curated garden displays in the Centennial State, this collection of botanical gardens are sure to please. Whether you search for interesting cactus gardens, a magical fairy garden or even a fossilized plant display, these gardens will provide beautiful experiences for all plant lovers. Here are 10 beautiful botanical gardens in Colorado to view incredible plant life in the colorful state. 

1. Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver, CO

The Denver Botanic Gardens is the most popular public garden in Colorado. Visitors enjoy a beautiful display of flora year-round at this 24-acre oasis in the Mile High City. Guided tours are offered, or venture the garden on your own with a self-guided tour. Special events and even concerts sometimes occur at this beautiful botanic garden. 

2. Western Colorado Botanical Gardens, Grand Junction, CO

Located in Grand Junction, the Western Colorado Botanical Gardens features beautiful blooms and butterflies. This 15-acre site features a butterfly house, herb garden, rose garden, orchid display, cactus garden and even a children’s garden. This botanical garden should not be missed if visiting western Colorado. 

3. Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, Vail, CO

The Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, situated at 8,200 feet, is the highest botanical garden in the world. Located in Vail, this high-altitude garden is open year-round. Featuring 2,000 varieties of plants, there is definitely a reason why this garden attracts 100,000 visitors a year. 

4. The Hudson Gardens, Littleton, CO

The Hudson Gardens in Littleton is a 30-acre non-profit garden featuring unique displays and Colorado plant life. A visitor favorite is the Chocolate Garden, which contains plants that mimic the fragrance of chocolate. This botanical garden not only has great floral displays but also hosts events and concerts. 

5. Montrose Botanic Gardens, Montrose, CO

The Montrose Botanic Gardens in Montrose is open to the public daily. Take a self-guided tour through the various gardens including a rock garden, cactus garden and native plant garden. Check for various public events that are hosted at Montrose Botanic Gardens. 

6. Tagawa Gardens, Centennial, CO

Stroll through acres of indoor and outdoor plant displays at Tagawa Gardens in Centennial. For 30 years, this botanic garden has been pleasing visitors with stunning garden environments and various music and arts events. The Fairy Garden is a visitor favorite, which features beautiful plants and fairy houses. 

7. Shambhala Botanic Gardens, Red Feather Lakes, CO

Visit the Shambhala Mountain Center in Red Feather Lakes to experience the Shambhala Botanic Gardens. This unique environment at 8,000 feet features a variety of high-elevation plants on this large campus. The garden features four distinct areas that focus on four climate zones.  

8. Andrews Arboretum, Boulder, CO

This small arboretum in Boulder is a peaceful green oasis in the city. Andrews Arboretum features native and exotic plants. There is a central path running through the arboretum, which is a quick option for those just wanting peace while passing by. 

9. Yampa River Botanic Park, Steamboat Springs, CO

This six-acre botanical garden outside of Steamboat Springs is situated at 6,800 feet elevation. The Yampa River Botanic Park features over 40 different garden displays, all of which are free admission to the public. This season garden is only open from May to September.  

10. Chester M. Alter Arboretum, Denver, CO

The Chester M. Alter Arboretum is located on the University of Denver campus. Experience not only living plant life but also fossilized plants that were found in the Rockies. The Arboretum is home to over 1,800 species of trees, including the Giant Sequoia.

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