Public Gardens

Visiting public gardens that showcase native plants is a great way to get ideas for your own yard, learn about natives and just enjoy their beauty! Listed below are sites with maintained native gardens and some also have wild areas. Please check with each garden for hours, fees and special programs. 

  • Denver Botanic Gardens – York Street -Colorado’s premium public garden where conservation programs play a major role in saving species and protecting natural habitats. Stroll the Dryland Mesa, Laura Smith Porter Plains, Ponderosa & Bristlecone Pine Borders, Wildflower Treasures and Western Panoramas gardens to see Colorado native trees, shrubs, groundcovers and perennials.  Get directions
  • Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield Farms 700-acre native plant refuge and working farm located along the banks of Deer Creek featuring both dryland and riparian species. Get directions
  • Hentzel Park and Babi Yar Park – Native vegetation and trees encourage solace in these memorial parks. They were recently redesigned and include a restored native prairie area as well as other areas planted in natives. Find 72 species of native wildflowers and grasses. Get directions
  • Hudson Gardens Experience the beauty of a 30-acre landscape with garden exhibits, trails, open spaces, and event venues in a self-directed exploration. Get directions
  • The Gardens at Kendrick Lake Park – Once a weedy patch of struggling Kentucky bluegrass, it has been transformed into a beautiful, water-thrifty landscape featuring many Colorado and regionally native trees, shrubs and perennials. Get directions
  • Lookout Mountain Nature Center – Connect with the natural world. Interactive exhibits take visitors on a tour of the flora and fauna of the foothills ecosystem. Get directions
  • Prairie Park — Prairie restoration park in progress. Walk/bike 14 acres along the Historic Buchtel Boulevard which is home to butterflies, birds and other wildlife; and where you can learn about and see native plants. Get directions
  • Riverside Cemetery – Denver’s oldest operating cemetery is designated as a national historic district. In 2001, the cemetery lost its water rights to the nearby South Platte River and the grounds are slowly returning to native vegetation.  Colorado’s early pioneers and leaders are buried here.  Get directions
  • Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge – Step into nature and see the native wildlife that call the Refuge home. Planting and restoring native grasses and plants provide shelter, food, and nesting materials for wildlife and animals: bison, deer, raptors, songbirds, waterfowl, prairie dogs, and coyotes are just a few of the animals you will see. Get directions
  • Rocky Mountain Native Gardens – Opened May 2021, in Lyons, CO, this public garden fosters an understanding and an appreciation of our Rocky Mountain native plants and wildlife. Get directions