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Durango Botanic Gardens 2023 Board of Directors - Names and Areas of Responsibility

Board of Directors 

Bill LeMaire,


Develops meeting agendas, chairs board meetings, member of Marketing committee, website administrator, chair of the Art in the Gardens Committee, and lead grant writer.

Barbara Johnson, Vice President Barbara Johnson, Vice President
Chairs Marketing and Outreach committee, member of Literary Garden and Docent Training Committees. She also develops the Great Garden Series of lectures.

Connie Markert, TreasurerConnie Markert, Treasurer
Manages organization’s finances, maintaining banking relationships, preparing financial reports, etc. She co-chairs the Annual Bulb Sale.

Annette LeMaire, Secretary 

Chairs the Membership Committee and is a member of the Marketing Committee and designs our collateral materials. She is on the Art-in-the-Gardens and New Gardens Committee. 

Melanie Palmer, Director and Curator

Melanie Palmer, Director and Curator

As Curator of the Gardens, Melanie arranges for the selection and planting of our trees, shrubs and other flora.  Melanie amanages the DBG Docent Progam and is co-chair of the Annual Bulb Sale. She also manages and maintains our plant database.

Hollis Hassenstein, Director and Horticulturist

Hollis Hassenstein, Director and Horticulturist

As our Horticulturist, Hollis works closely with the Curator to determine selection of plants, trees, and shrubs that are best suited for our area.

Lynn Mitzlaff, Director and Garden Maintenance Team Leader

Lynn Mitzlaff, Director and Garden MaintenanceLynn coordinates and chairs a committee that manages and leads our nearly 50 garden volunteers in maintaining our gardens. 

Cathy Metz, Director and Director of Outreach

As Director of Parks & Recreation for the city of Durango for 25 years, Cathy was instrumental in helping the Durango Botanic Gardens develop a Memorandum of Understanding with the city enabling DBG to build public gardens.  Joining the board in 2022, Cathy continues to expand the DBG relationship with the city and other local institutions.  She is also chair and in charge of developing the new Community Venue Garden.

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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

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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 the About Us Tab for more.

Contact Us:

10 Town Plaza, #460
Durango, CO  81301    

Phone:  970-880-4841

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