Durango BOtanic Gardens
Building Public Gardens Committed to Demonstration and Education
The Durango Botanic Gardens was founded in 2011-2013 with a mission of producing some of the Southwest's premier public gardens. Our mission statement at the founding remains:
“The Durango Botanical Society is committed to the design and development of public gardens throughout Southwestern Colorado for the purposes of education and demonstration."
The initial garden project was begun in 2011, entirely with volunteer efforts, behind the Durango Public Library. That award-winning garden, featuring plants specifically oriented to our southwest growing conditions, was completed in 2014 and dedicated as the Library Demonstration Garden. Like all living, thriving gardens, this garden continues to evolve and serves as a tool for events and education programs hosted by specially trained docents. Our gardens are visited each year by thousands of local folks and out-of-town visitors, including international visitors.
The all-volunteer board continues to focus on strategic planning, development of new gardens, and education. In the last few years DBS has added new gardens, including The Crevice Gardens Along the River Trail and the Gabbro Miniature Conifer Garden.
Our current board, listed below, is now busily implementing its most recent garden project, The Arboreta, which includes the Miniature Tree garden and and The Arboretum, comprised of a variety of larger trees and plants well suited to our region. The Arboreta gardens, will be reaching fruition during 2019-2020 and are located on the north side of the Durango Public Library. None of this would be possible without our dedicated volunteers, our heart and our backbone. Thank you!
2019-2020 Board Officers
John Anderson, President
Open Seat, Vice President
Connie Markert, Treasurer
Drew Currie, Secretary
Theresa Anderson, Docent Coordinator
Hollis Hassenstein, Director of Horticulture
Barbara Johnson, Director of Marketing
Lynn Mitzlaff, Garden Manager
Melanie Palmer, Garden Curator
Jane Collard Gould, Garden Designer
Lisa Bourey, Horticultural Designer
Erik Lewis, Canyon Landscape
Bill LeMaire, Website Administrator
Durango Botanic Gardens
10 Town Plaza #460
Durango, CO 81301
The Gardens are located at 1900 East 3rd Ave. behind and to the north of the Durango Public Library.
Our board meets on the second Monday of every month at noon in program room three at the Durango Public Library.
The Five Founding Board Members in 2010
Cindy Smart Founded the Society in 2010. She gathered the garden enthusiasts below to fill the first board positions. Cindy was the Executive Director through 2018. She retired in 2019.
Sandra Bauman, Joann Wharton, Jeff Wagner and Eva Montane with Columbine Landscapes all joined the Board in 2011 and served a short period of time to help us get off the ground. They helped in organizational projects, educational outreach and our first events. Their work was greatly appreciated and we owe deep gratitude to them for their efforts.