Denver Botanic Gardens Continues to Support the Community
Learn how you can support the Gardens in return
When the world ground to a halt during COVID-19, one place remained a sought-after sanctuary: Denver Botanic Gardens. Comprised of 24 acres and featuring more than 40 different gardens, it offered a safe place for people to socially distance, be outside, and soak up nature, art, and beauty.
Gardens offer respite; the desire to connect with nature is programmed into our DNA. Historically, gardens were essential parts of hospitals, as the positive effects of nature were profoundly evident in patients.
In 2020, Denver Botanic Gardens introduced Evenings of Healing, a free program for frontline workers and first responders, and those who have fought for justice and endured undue hardship. It featured live music and an environment for tranquility and contemplation.
This year, you can participate in a similar, ticketed program through August called Evenings al Fresco, and savor the golden hours at the Gardens with socially distanced performances.
During a time where fear, stress and uncertainty were at the forefront of daily life, the Gardens’ Therapeutic Horticulture Program expanded to offer “Therapeutic Thursdays,” an online series where participants engaged their senses and connected with plants in everyday life. “Mindfulness in Bloom” offered bite-sized guided mindfulness sessions through the Gardens’ YouTube channel.
Onsite programs have returned to the Gardens (such as yoga, kids’ classes, tours and more), but a concentrated effort to offer diverse online programs remains in place—and people from all over the world are tuning in. Explore a new hobby or refresh a familiar one—who knows? Maybe you’ll meet someone from another country when you do.
In 2020, everyone was starting home gardens. Seeds and seedlings were difficult to come by, and grocery store shelves were often empty. The Gardens’ Urban Food Initiatives (UFI) program distributed nearly 10,000 pounds of produce to the community through partners like Food Bank of the Rockies.
Visit Chatfield Farms or Le Potager Garden at York Street in person to see just a couple of the places this food comes from, and consider joining the Chatfield Farms CSA (Community Supporting Agriculture) next winter for weekly shares of farm-fresh produce all summer long.
While there’s hope on the horizon, we’re not fully out of COVID-19 yet. The Gardens continues to support the community, and in return, the community has opportunities to support the Gardens—whether through general admission, attendance at special events, by purchasing a membership, or simply making a donation.
If you’d like to make a larger impact before summer is over, attend the annual summer soiree, the Fête des Fleurs, the annual gala that contributes to the Gardens’ core programs, such as children’s education, public outreach, horticulture, research and conservation.