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Gardens on Tour 2022 Preview

30 Apr 2022 4:21 PM | Bill LeMaire (Administrator)

The following was originally published in Neighbors magazine by Carol Wallace, a member of the Gardens on Tour Committee..


Durango Botanic Gardens brings back its signature Gardens on Tour on June 25, 2022. The Tour will showcase nine local gardens in various terrains, soils, altitudes, some in water-critical areas, and the Durango Botanic Gardens surrounding the Durango Public Library.

This self-guided Tour may begin with a garden located in town. The use of stone is featured in stairs leading to a kiva patio with stacked sandstone showcasing miniatures, and aalpine garden followed by a path leading into a tranquil backyard containinPlant Select plants.

Moving to the historic downtown Durango neighborhood, there will be stops atwo homes built in the early 1900s. Here, visit gardens showcasing miniatures, perennials, vegetables, a crevice garden, a dry riverbed, and a water feature. Antique artifacts and Asian influences are used in the garden’s designs.

The Tour will head south to "The Rimto visit a unique garden with a dramatic overlook of the Animas Riveand the surrounding mountains. The Rim's soimakes for difficult growing conditions. However, xeric plants and flowers wereadded to well-planned gardens nestled within 500-year-old pinion and juniper trees.

Heading north on Florida Road, you visit two neighbors who turned their adjacent city lots into aexciting mix of gardens. Various perennials, pollinators, cutting, xeric, vegetable gardens, and water featureare showcased.

Continue north to aexpansive area with large waterfalls flowing into ponds creatively constructed using metal from old mining equipment and an old pump jack.

Moving further north with Missionary Ridge as a backdrop, the Tour visits a log home nestleamong Spruce treeandsurrounded by multilevel gardens. There are ponds, waterfalls, and a hard-rock mine replica near the original 1880s cabin with an old outhouse. The area around the home has been the setting for well-known movies sucaButch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid.

Finally, cross the Animas Riverentering the heart of the Animas Valley. You will find aample outdoor living space overlooking a featured waterscape, surrounded by local plants for season- long color and a giant labyrinth for use in contemplation.

The Tour is on June 25, am-4 pm. Online sales (credit card only) begin May 3 at www.durangobotanicgardens.orgWrist bands and guidebooks may be picked up athe Durango Public Library on Friday, June 24, from 10:00am-3:00pm, and Saturday, June 25, from 8am-12pm. Purchase your tickets early tavoid selling outWe may have tickets available Saturday morning, credit card only.

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NOTE: Our physical location is 1900 E. Third Avenue, at the Durango Public Library. The gardens are located to the north and east of the library, along the Animas River Trail.

Mailing Address:

Durango Botanic Gardens

10 Town Plaza, #460

Durango, CO  81301

Phone: 970-880-4841
Email: durangobotanic@gmail.com

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Durango Botanic Gardens

Our Location:

The Durango Botanic Gardens are physically located at the Durango Public Library, to the north and east of the library.  The library is located at 1900 E. 3rd Ave., Durango.

There is no admission charge.  Stroll the gardens yourself (there is ample signage in most gardens) or call us at 970-880-4841 to arrange a group tour. See our Information Tab for more.

Contact Us:

10 Town Plaza, #460
Durango, CO  81301    

Phone:  970-880-4841

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