Durango BOtanic Gardens

Building Public Gardens For Demonstration, Education, and Inspiration

Visit, Tour Our Evolving Gardens

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Durango Botanic Gardens are serious about protecting our visitors and our volunteers. Accordingly, while we are still conducting some outdoor tours, we seriously practice safe social distancing and the wearing of masks.  If you or your organization would like a tour of the Durango Botanic Gardens, call us at 970-880-4841 or email us at durangobotanic@gmail.com. Click on map below to enlarge.

The Durango Botanic Gardens are a series of public gardens, free and open to the public, that include the Library Demonstration Garden (see map below), The Crevice Gardens Along the Trail, and the Arboreta Along the Trail.  The Arboreta includes the Gabbro Miniature Conifer Garden, the Cindy Smart Miniature Tree Garden, and the Arboretum (larger tree specimens). Our gardens will continue to evolve as we experiment with and study a variety of species. The newer Arboreta offer the public the opportunity to watch the process of garden design, construction, and selection of plantings. The Arboreta also reflects plant and tree selection based on fire mitigation and drought tolerance.

We are continually evolving.  Our next garden project will be the Literary Garden to the west of the library.  This garden will marry flowers, trees, and plants with themes and authors in literature.  This project will recognize our partnership with the library and our philosophy that together, libraries and gardens create their own kind of magic.  

Visitors may also wish to check out the working sundial and thyme garden built in 2019 by a sister organization, the Mountain Thyme Herb Society.

During more normal, non-pandemic times, we offer tours of our gardens on Saturday mornings from May through September. Special group tours are available.  On any given Saturday morning (again, in normal times) from May through September you will find perhaps a dozen or so Durango Botanic Gardens volunteers weeding, spading, planting, watering, etc.  Included amongst the group will be a friendly, knowledgeable docent-on-duty eager to share with you our garden selections, our history, and our plans for the future.

Our gardens are designed, developed, and maintained by the Durango Botanic Gardens, a 501(c)(3) non-profit for the purposes of education and demonstration. The gardens evolve as testing and studies are concluded. Some plants and trees thrive here and others do not. We are dedicated to sharing this information with the public so that they can choose plants and trees that are proven winners in our harsh and unusual climate

The Library Demonstration Garden is a Plant Select Demonstration Garden. This garden features plants appropriate for the different microclimates in our region.

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