More than a month after my actual trip to the Denver Botanic Gardens, I'm posting my photos. I have to hurry it along as I'll have lots of new photos by the end of next week, after garden trips to Columbus and St. Louis (and Vincennes, IN and Royal, IL!).
I loved Denver Bot as much on my second visit as I did on my first last year. It's right in the middle of the city so it isn't huge, but it consists of many individual gardens, all in different themes, such as:
...a water-smart garden,
...a Great Plains garden,
...a kitchen garden,
...a Japanese garden,
The individual garden areas are arranged so you don't see everything at once, but approach each area with delight in discovery. My niece came with me and it was interesting watching her reaction. Even though she has no interest in gardening, I think she found it fun. (She was especially tickled to see the veggies they grew, especially cabbages, as she'd never seen them anywhere but in the grocery store!)
Last year, the Gardens integrated artwork by local teens and young adults into the gardens. This year the theme was Jurassic Gardens and dinosaurs peeked out at you in various locations.
It was really difficult narrowing down what photos to show you, but hopefully the number makes up for the lack of descriptions. Feel free to comment if you have a question or need an ID.
I hope you enjoyed the pictorial essay. For more info on Denver Botanic Gardens, see the blog entries I did last year on Blogger and MLive.