The mission of the Durango Botanic Gardens is to demonstrate best practices in plant selection and gardening technique and to expand the horticultural palate of local gardeners, introducing them to new plants that can add variety to their gardens and landscaping. We are also intent to demonstrate and advance water-wise gardening and water-harvesting and retention, a critical feature in gardening in the southwest as we experience a drier, changing climate. We also 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. All of our gardens are free and open to the public.
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.