Durango BOtanic Gardens

Building Public Gardens For Demonstration, Education, and Inspiration

     Our Docents Share Their Love of Gardens


The title of "docent" derives from the Latin meaning 'teacher'.  Indeed, a key mission of the Durango Botanic Gardens (DBG) is education, sharing what we have learned about gardening in the Southwest through hard work, trial-and-error, and perseverance. That's why on most any Saturday morning, spring through summer, you'll find a docent available in our gardens to give you a tour--it can be one individual or a group.  We strongly recommend that groups call first to 970-880-4841 so we can give you the attention you deserve.  Learn about the interesting history of our gardens as well as why these specific plants are in the garden and what we continue to learn from them.  (We are still conducting tours with all participants wearing masks and distancing; all photos here taken before pandemic restrictions.)

Interested in becoming a docent?

Want to become one of our docents? If learning more about our gardens and our mission is something that intrigues you and you like to share your love of gardening, consider becoming a docent.  No one is thrown into the deep end without training. Please contact us if you are interested in becoming a Docent with DBG by sending an email to durangobotanic@gmail.com or a phone call at 970-880-4841.   



The Durango Botanic Gardens graduated ten new docents in 2019, the largest class in its history.

The following are remarks offered by new docent, Madeline Marquardt, at the induction ceremony.

A plant needs roots in order to grow. With man it is the other way around:

Only when he grows does he have roots and feels at home in the world. (Eric Hoffer)

I was asked to say a few words about what becoming a docent has meant to me. I, like many others in Durango, am a transplant. I started my time here believing I had to give up gardening simply because it was "not the midwest," not what was comfortable to me. After arriving here, I began to notice the beauty of the landscape that was so foreign to me and realized that I wanted to learn and be a part of this new beauty and connect with people who felt the same. Becoming a docent is part of that process, learning about what is around me and connecting to others that feel that same passion. I have learned much from those who are so giving and caring about our community.  Being a DBG docent has given me a new beginning and new growth.

Below, the 2019 graduating docents

2019 Graduating Docents, (l-r), Susan Hannon, Shirlee Krantz, Annette LeMaire, Patsy Ford, Carol Wallace, Sharon Matheson, Drew Currient, Madeline Marquardt, Bill LeMaire, Barbara Arnold.  Kneeling in front row, (l-r) Docent Trainer and Gardens Curator, Melanie Palmer and Docent Coordinator, Theresa Anderson.

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