Do you know the saying “April showers bring May flowers”? Well I am happy to report that May and all of its promised glory are just around the corner… and what better way to celebrate this colorful time of year than by visiting a fragrant garden or two? If you are looking to get your garden fix, be sure to check out these 12 hidden (and not-so hidden) gardens around Colorado:
1. Andrews Arboretum (Boulder)
Though it may be small, the Andrews Arboretum is memorable nonetheless with its gorgeous collection of exotic and evergreen trees.
2. Tagawa Gardens (Centennial)
Tagawa Gardens ain't your mamma's garden shop! In addition to flowers, plants, and shrubbery for sale, Tagawa offers stunning gardens to stroll through, various classes, and other hands-on activities.
3. Montrose Botanic Gardens (Montrose)
The award-winning, non-profit Montrose Botanical Society, which was established in 1995, planted these incredible blooms as a way to educate the Uncompahgre Valley about horticulture.
4. Denver Botanic Gardens (Denver)
Quite possibly the most tranquil spot (with the most recognizable garden) in the Mile High City, the Botanic Gardens are home to 24 acres of flourishing gardens, special events, and concerts. (P.S. If you think they look spectacular in the spring, wait until you see them all lit up at Christmas!)
5. Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory (Denver)
Located inside of the Denver Botanic Gardens is the unique Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory, which houses more than 85,000 square feet of tropical plants and flowers. Word to the wise: Bring a water bottle when you visit, because it gets HUMID under the dome.
6. The Gardens on Spring Creek (Fort Collins)
Since 1986, Northern Colorado's favorite spot for beautiful blooms and fragrant scents has been The Gardens on Spring Creek. Plan to stay awhile. There are nearly 10 different gardens to explore.
7. Garden of the Gods (Colorado Springs)
It's not your typical garden per se, but a unique and historic landmark that deserves to be experienced.
8. Western Colorado Botanical Gardens (Grand Junction)
Alright western slopers; this one is for you: the Western Colorado Botanical Gardens feature more than 12 acres of stunning gardens and butterflies. (Fun fact: the Western Colorado Botanical Gardens sit in the same spot that used to house tires, batteries, and junked cars.)
9. Betty Ford Alpine Gardens (Vail)
This stunning mountainside attraction, which was named for--you guessed it--former First Lady Betty Ford, boasts six presentation gardens, including Schoolhouse, Children's, Alpine Tundra, Mountain Perennial, Mountain Meditation and Alpine Rock.
10. Chester M Alter Arboretum (Denver)
Housed and maintained by the University of Denver, the Chester M Alter Arboretum is made up of more than 2,200 trees and shrubs.
11. Yampa River Botanic Park (Steamboat Springs)
The Yampa River valley just became even more beautiful thanks to the lovely 6-acre Yampa River Botanic Park and its 50 unique gardens.
12. Hudson Gardens (Littleton)
With thousands of stunning flowers, varying habitats, and ponds like these, it's no wonder so many choose to host their wedding or other special event at the Hudson.