- Sometimes people in the middle of a metropolitan area just want a quiet place to walk and relax—and the Denver Botanic Gardens facility is an ideal retreat. Open year-round, the facility is partitioned off into separate collections with plants and flowers from alpine to aquatic, desert to tropical. A charming Japanese garden is a perennial favorite. For the average gardener, this is a chance to gain planting and setup ideas, or conservation tips. Those with a more scholarly slant can get detailed specifics from an enthusiastic staff. The venue is a Denver favorite for outdoor summer concerts, plus year-round classes and activities. Temporary exhibits and special events such as the annual Blossoms of Light holiday display and seasonal plant sales dot the calendar. Visitors can also experience Botanic Gardens' satellite locations scattered about Denver: a nature preserve at Chatfield Reservoir, alpine tundra at Mount Goliath and Centennial Gardens, a Colorado-based display with a French twist.
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