Durango BOtanic Gardens

Building Public Gardens For Demonstration, Education, and Inspiration

Getting to Know Us

The Durango Botanic Gardens, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, was founded in 2010 as the Durango Botanical Society with the goal of producing one of the Southwest's premier public gardens.  All of our garden sections are funded by donations and memberships and maintained entirely by volunteers, guided by a volunteer board of directors. We define our mission as...

"Our mission is to create public gardens that demonstrate best practices, advance horticultural education, and celebrate the inspirational power of sustainable gardens."    

The initial garden project was begun in 2011 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 venue for events, educational programs, and tours hosted by specially trained docents. Our gardens are visited each year by thousands of local folks and out-of-town visitors, including international visitors.

In 2016 and 2017 DBG added new gardens, including The Crevice Gardens Along the River Trail, and the Gabbro Miniature Conifer Garden. In 2019 we dedicated additional new gardens, including the Cindy Smart Miniature Tree Garden, and the Arboretum. In 2021 we will dedicate the Elevation Grass Garden.

2020-2021 Board Officers

Bill LeMaire, President

Barbara Johnson, Vice President

Connie MarkertTreasurer

Theresa Anderson, Secretary

Board of Directors

Kathy Ballew, Events Management

Hollis Hassenstein, Director of Horticulture

Barbara Johnson, Director of Marketing

Annette LeMaire, Director of Membership

Lynn Mitzlaff, Director of Garden Maintenance

Melanie Palmer, Garden Curator

Carol Wallace, Director of Social Media

Mailing Address:

Durango Botanic Gardens

10 Town Plaza #460

Durango, CO 81301

Gardens are located at 1900 East 3rd Ave. behind and to the north of the Durango Public Library. 

Email: durangobotanic@gmailcom

Phone: 970-880-4841

In ordinary times, our board meets monthly on the second Monday, at the Durango Public Library. Meetings are currently conducted on the Zoom platform.

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." Margaret Mead

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.

  • Cindy Smart
  • Darrin Parmenter
  • Lisa Bourey
  • Connie Mathews
  • Marye Jackson
  • John Wickman  Joined the board 2 months later

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