Donations are crucial to the success of our mission
Donations are crucial to the success of our mission: Building public gardens that beautify, educate, and enhance livability in our community. The Durango Botanic Gardens is a 501(c)(3) non-profit. All of our workers and staff are volunteers and our gardens are built largely with donations. See below for a number of options that will support this mission and, at the same time, add to your personal legacy. Tax regulations related to charitable deductions have changed, some of them favorable to nonprofit donations. As always, however, check with your tax advisor for specifics to your situation.
General donations are welcome. Select this option to give us the flexibility to apply where most needed.
Another way to marry our library and our hardscaping is with these bookcase stones that rest securely on steel shelves. Benefactors may enscribe their names, their organization's name, or the names of loved ones on these truly long-lasting "book" spines. Celebrate your love of books and gardens at the same time. A bookcase stone donation is available at $300 per stone, including enscription.
Generously sized flagstones, with your name, your business, or a quotation that inspires can be enscribed on these large stones that provide a path through the Demonstration Garden. Garden path flagstones stones are a wonderful opportunity to leave a truly lasting legacy or memorial. Price for an enscribed flagstone is approximately $1500 but could vary with the size, complexity of the message you choose.
The Literary Garden envisions a marriage of gardens and literature and honors our partnership with the Durango Public Library.
The Literary Garden is being designed and built around themes found in many of our favorite books, poems, and other works of literature that have been inspired by nature and gardens. Library staff has offered input on authors who have made gardens and nature central to their writing. This information is guiding us in plant and tree selection, art, and other features of the garden. The new garden also will incorporate innovative ideas in water conservation and retention.
The Garden will be comprised of six planting beds, each devoted to a different literary genre or tradition, including Indigenous Peoples, Youth, the Southwest, Latinx, Contemporary, and the Classics.
We hope this garden encourages reading and expands our knowledge of different literary traditions and, in so doing, enhances our respect for cultural diversity.
Outdoor art has had a place in our gardens from their inception and now we are expanding our art presence in the garden with new pieces. In 2021 a stunning, 75’ long mural, featuring plants common to our region and varying microclimates will adorn the parking lot retaining wall between the library and the Riverside Professional Building. The mural is being produced by Nia Sturr, a professional muralist. The mural is funded by donations and a grant from the Creative Economy Commission.
We are also adorning our gardens with intricately designed laser-cut metal panels. Several panels have been produced so far but there’s room for more. Not sure what design you would like? Call us at 970-880-4841 for more information and to be put in contact with an artist for ideas that will make the panel special for you.
Help us make the Durango Botanic Gardens one of the premier locations for art in Durango as well as having the satisfaction of supporting local artists and the creative arts industry.
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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.
Durango Botanic Gardens
10 Town Plaza, #460
Durango, CO 81301