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We have just received a matching grant offer of $25,000 from a Durango couple!  But to earn that grant, we have to match it with our own $25,000 from donors by July 13, 2021.  Please donate now!

In 2021 the Durango Botanic Gardens will build the first planting bed of its newest garden--the Literary Garden. Eventually six planting beds will be incorporated into this new, park-like garden with each bed representing a different genre of literature—Indigenous peoples, Southwest, Contemporary, Latinx, Classical, and Youth. Plants, trees, and other flora will be chosen to suggest how the natural world and gardens inspired some of the leading works in each of these literary themes. (Click or touch the image below for an expanded view)

Artist Nia Sturr's conception of how the Literary Garden will permit sociality, enjoyment as well as horticultural and literary education. Click or touch to expand.

The Literary Garden is the perfect harmony between gardens and the library collection. The Gardens will focus on traditionally under-represented communities as well as authors from diverse backgrounds for all ages, spanning from classic to contemporary works. As the Durango Public Library strives to nourish and grow a diverse collection, we will be able to highlight these incredible authors through the connection to the Literary Garden.

Sandy Irwin, Director, Durango Public Library

The Literary Garden is being designed to reflect water-wise planting and garden design as well as concepts in water-harvesting, a critical new feature in gardening in the southwest as we experience a drier, changing climate. We believe this new garden will offer our community a special place for relaxation and reflection. The Literary Garden seeks to build community, add to the quality of life in the North Main Neighborhood District.

The Durango Botanic Gardens has been building public gardens around the library since 2011, beginning with the award-winning Demonstration Garden behind the library. Since then we have added numerous gardens designed to demonstrate best garden practices, enhance horticultural education and inspire our community to build beautiful, sustainable gardens.

The Durango Botanic Gardens is an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) non-profit with no paid-staff and with most board members contributing their own funds for plants, mulch, and other garden needs.

We cannot, however, build this garden without the support of the community. We are approaching city and county officials, a variety of foundations and other grantors, and individuals like you to help with funding. We appreciate anything you are able to contribute to this new community asset.

Contributors to this major public garden project will be recognized at our website, in our library bookcase and in a special dedicatory souvenir book according to their donation level.

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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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