Colorado is renowned for its natural beauty, attracting outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers from all over the world. From Rocky Mountain National Park to Garden of the Gods, there’s no shortage of mountains, parks, plants, and wildlife. If your favorite parts of nature are of the flora classification, then there’s no better place to visit than the Denver Botanic Gardens! With locations at both York Street (only minutes from Castle Marne) and Chatfield Farms, this plant paradise houses anything and everything green. The Denver Botanic Gardens is one of the city’s must-see attractions, whether you study plants or not!
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5 Reasons Why You Need to Visit the Denver Botanic Gardens This Spring
1. Explore Plant Life from Across the Globe
North and South America, Europe, Africa and Asia: you’ll find plant displays and collections from all of these continents at the Denver Botanic Gardens. What better way is there to celebrate the changing of seasons and the newness of Spring than with amazing plant life? See the exotic plants that inhabit rainforests, learn about garden styles from all over the map (including the Japanese-style Ella Mullen Weckbaugh Tea Garden and the beautiful Shofu-En Japanese Garden), or the explore plant life that you might be overlooking in your background. The York Street location is home to an incredible 24-acre gardens park and Chatfield Farms features both the Wildflower and Lavender Gardens.
2. Butterflies at Chatfield
IHead to the Chatfield Farms location for Butterflies at Chatfield! See a wide variety of these beautiful winged creatures in person (including the silver-spotted skipper butterfly) while strolling through a beautiful indoor garden that houses dozens of plant species.
3. Amazing Exhibits
Spring 2018 at the Denver Botanic Gardens is flourishing with can’t-miss exhibits! Witness the beauty of the orchid at the Orchid Showcase (Jan. 11-Feb. 19) or gain a deeper appreciation for nature at through art and photography at the “Whimsy: Botanical Art & Illustration” (now through Feb. 19) and “Naturally Artifical: Works by Jason DeMarte” (Feb. 21-May 20) exhibits. Plus, if you happen to love nature and video games (yes, it’s possible to enjoy both), then you won’t want to miss out on “Pixelated,” a sculpture exhibit by Mike Whiting that brings the style of old-school video games in sculpture form to the gardens.
4. Hands-On Education
Whether you’re a graduate student or grade school teacher, you’ll uncover a world of knowledge at the Denver Botanic Gardens. Field trips, gardening resources, the School of Botanical Art & Illustration, workshops, lectures and internships are all offered for those who wish to expand their botanical knowledge.
5. Special Events
There’s never a bad time to visit, especially on one of the Denver Botanic Gardens free days! The events calendar is always full, too, featuring live music, a Cajun festival, the Bumble Jamboree, plant shows, and more.
Visiting the Denver Botanic Gardens
One of the Mile High City’s most exciting and unique attractions, the Denver Botanic Gardens make for a family-friendly trip. Both the York Street and Chatfield Farms (in nearby Littleton, CO) locations are open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information on things to do at the Denver Botanic Gardens, as well as tickets and visiting information, visit their website.
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Located less than a mile from the Denver Botanic Gardens York Street location, Castle Marne Bed & Breakfast is the ideal choice for downtown Denver accommodations. Our rooms are the perfect combination of aesthetically pleasing decor and modern amenities. Private balconies, jetted whirlpool tubs, king- and queen-size beds, hot tubs and more – it’s all here Castle Marne. And did we mention the food? Gourmet breakfast, afternoon tea, and the option for a candlelight dinner prepared with local ingredients by local chefs. You won’t find more romantic and conveniently located lodging than Castle Marne. Contact us today online or at 1-800-926-2763. Be sure to download our free Denver vacation guide, too!