Durango BOtanic Gardens
Building Public Gardens Committed to Inspiration,Demonstration,and Education
The Durango Botanic Gardens, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, was founded in 2010 by 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...
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.
2020-2021 Board Officers
Bill LeMaire, President
Drew Currie, Vice President
Connie Markert, Treasurer
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 Metzlaff, Director of Garden Maintenance
Melanie Palmer, Garden Curator
Carol Wallace, Director of Social Media
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.
Our board meets monthly on the second Monday, typically at noon at the Durango Public Library. Meetings are currently conducted on the Zoom platform.
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.