The Library Demonstration Garden was our first public garden project begun in 2011 and completed in 2012. A small group of volunteers, led by Cindy Smart, founder of the Gardens, requested permission of the city to convert a space behind the recently completed Durango Public Library into a public garden that would demonstrate scientifically focused plant selection for our region. With a growing infusion of people from different parts of the nation--many new to the challenging growing conditions in our region--these gardens act as a kind of living 'showroom' of what works in our area. Click our touch map to expand for better viewing.
The focus of the Demonstration Garden is scientific. DBS has partnered with Plant Select® and Denver Botanic Gardens to bring plants, shrubs, and trees from the Intermountain West and other geographic areas that are adapted to our challenging conditions. The garden has been divided into 7 sections that highlight plants from different life zones found in and around the Durango area. Start with the Prairie Garden at the entrance and enjoy your tour. The garden map is color coded and follows the garden path from the entrance sign.