Getting away and being able to see the wonders of the world of plants and trees is something that you can do at the Denver Botanic Gardens in Denver, CO. These Gardens cover 23 acres and are sure to be a delight with the many exotic forms of plants. These gardens are the most popular in the United States.
The Denver Botanic Gardens has three different locations and each one has a specialized focus. The main Denver Botanic Gardens are right in the city of Denver. The Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield is another great place, and so is the one at Mount Goliath.
Being that the Gardens are in this area means that they are exposed to a lot of sunlight and not much humidity. Hail and cold abound, however, and this mix gives rise to some unique practices and beautiful flowers and plants, as well as excellent preservation of the environment.
Whether it is in the middle of summer or winter, you can enjoy the tropical atmosphere and plants with palm trees inside the Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory. This is a tropical paradise with a number of different types of palm trees and a whole world of plants from the warmer regions.
The Gardens in the city has a number of different gardens, including some that are local and others that are from around the world. There are also many other things to see such as art exhibits and many art classes, as well as lectures being offered by various horticulturists. Several tours are available, too.
At Chatfield, the Denver Botanic Gardens offers a nature preserve among the grasslands. There are various nature trails, a place to observe wildlife, beautiful gardens, and some great educational exhibits. Visitors can also see a historical farm, a one-room schoolhouse from the 19th century, and a beehouse with live bees. There is also a children's play area, too, where they can play on a whimsical treehouse.
Mount Goliath is near Mount Evans. This is an outdoor wildlife trail where you can enjoy the beauty of the mountains and subalpine and alpine areas. In these regions there are plenty of floral beauties that are visible in the warmer months. The trail is free for all ages, and the hikes begin at 8:45 AM. There will be a cost because you must use the road to Mt. Evans.
Two very excellent shows that are looked forward to every year around Christmas are the Blossoms of Light in Denver, and the Trail of Lights in Chatfield. Both of them have more than 1 million lights each. The Blossoms of Light display adds extra beauty when accompanied by the white snow and ice of winter. In addition, intricate sculptures of ice add an even more wonderful scene, which becomes almost romantic and kissing places will come back. In Chatfield, the Trail of Lights offers a long and a shorter trail that includes a restored 1880's homestead. Both places offer Holospex glasses for even better viewing, as well as warm drinks and some tasty treats. Some entertainment may also be available, but you may want to check their online calendar.
Specialized classes are also offered at the Gardens. You can take just one of the kundalini yoga classes or enroll for the whole series. A Tea, Health, and Weight Class provides an opportunity to work out with others and learn about health.
Opening in 2010, the Mordecai Children's Garden is sure to be a delight to the younger set. With such features as The Cave, a swing bridge, a touch tank, Marmot Mountain, the Pipsqueak Pond, the Morrison Discovery Center, and much more, it is sure to win the interest of children.