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As one of the nation's few admission-free public gardens, donations are crucial to the success of our mission

Thanks for considering a donation.  In the donation form below, choose a general donation--which allows us to use your funds where best needed--or choose one of our specific donation options that best matches your interests.  However you choose to support us, we and the gardens, appreciate it.

Literary Garden

Support our next garden project which envisions the marriage of gardens and literature.  Read more

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Bookcase Stones

Bookcase stones with your choice of inscription is a great way to honor family members.  Read more

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Art in the Gardens

If your interests also include art, in its many forms, consider donating to our Art in the Gardens Fund.  Read more

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Garden Path Stones

Inscribe names, poems, other meaningful thoughts on these pathway stones through the Demonstration Garden.  Read more

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Bookcase Stones
Add Your Name to Our Bookcase Stone "Library"   

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.

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Garden Path Engraved Flagstones
Make For a Loving, Lasting Legacy

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
“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.” Cicero

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.

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Art in the Gardens

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 2022, with a grant from the city of Durango's Creative Economy Commission and Lodger's Tax, we purchased and installed an acoustical sculpture that is both a stunning work of art as well as a wind-drive musical instrument.  

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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If you wish to donate by check or have special instructions for us, please email us at You can mail your checks to 10 Town Plaza #460. Durango CO 81301.
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Flagstones and Bookcase Stones can take several months depending on how busy the engravers are.
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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.

Mailing Address:

Durango Botanic Gardens

10 Town Plaza, #460

Durango, CO  81301

Phone: 970-880-4841

General Donation    

General donations are welcome.  Select this option to give us the flexibility to apply where most needed. 

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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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