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Tours

Gardens staff, instructors and docents share with you their knowledge of and passion for plants, horticulture and art. We offer a variety of guided tours at our urban site and throughout the Front Range.

 

Tours at York Street:

Guided tours are an insightful view of the Gardens and its collections. These informative conversations also allow you to share your thoughts, ask questions, and uncover lesser-known spaces.

 

Offsite Tours:

Explore the beauty of Colorado! These guided walks take you away from the bustling of the city to learn from and reconnect with nature.

 

Tour Policy:

Payment for pre-scheduled tours is required upon registration.

Payment for private group tours requires a deposit (15% of your total cost) at the moment of reservation and payment of the balance five business days before your tour.

 

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellations more than one business week prior to a tour are subject to a 15% cancellation fee.

Cancellations with less than one business week prior to a tour are non-refundable.

 

Cherokee Winter Nature Tour - At Cherokee Ranch and Castle

Those lucky enough to have hiked Cherokee Ranch know that there are a wealth of habitats and a rich flora that distract your eyes downwards, even as the vistas of the rugged backbone of the Rockies and distant misty towers of downtown Denver tempt you to look further away. We have experienced toasty winter days that were breathless and surprisingly sunny, as well as blustery days in the summer. One thing is for sure—you will never be bored on a Cherokee hike! This year we are starting much earlier—for better birding. But the plants will already be awake!

 

Whoever says winter is the “dormant” season? Wise naturalists know that nature does not sleep, you can now SEE those birds flitting in the bare branches. Buds are set on everything, and there is much more than just bark, branches and berries to liven a walk. You can see two species of Chickadees and Nuthatches that never stop in their search for food and there are a few last lingering hints of flowers. You will be surprised at how many evergreens there really are; not just pines and junipers and Oregon Grape, but many of our native shrubs and forbs keep living foliage and rosettes through the winter: they are still hard at work chlorophyll pumping! You might also be surprised to know that some Dark-eyed Juncos fly all the way from the Pacific Northwest and even Canada to winter at Cherokee. Other winter species include Flicker, Woodpeckers and a resident Red-tailed Hawk. What better time and place than Cherokee Ranch in the bright, winter light.

 

 

$20 member, $25 non-member.

 

Tour Guides: Panayoti Kelaidis and Lynn Willcockson

 

 

 

* Plants don’t really care how you dress for the field trips but BIRDS DO!! It is easier to see birds if you DO NOT wear white or other very bright colors –i.e. yellow, orange or red. Also, bring your binoculars: they can be used for both birds and plants

* Please wear comfortable shoes and bring your own supply of water for a 2 hour adventure

*Directions and details for your hike will be emailed to your email address approximately one week before your hike

 

 

COlorado COnnections Tour

Understand the climate, beauty, ecology and horticulture of the Rocky Mountain region with a guided tour of iconic gardens and plants in the West. Gain practical knowledge about water-smart gardening and take a closer look at the science and contemporary issues surrounding Colorado plants.

 

Price: $14, $9 student, $7 member

 

Special instructions: Tours are outdoors; dress accordingly for the weather. Water, sunscreen and sunglasses are recommended. Please bring booking confirmation. Meet guide in the lobby of the Boettcher Memorial Center after entering through the Gardens’ main entrance.

 

Note: Tours with low registration are subject to cancellation.

 

Don’t miss this season’s signature exhibition, “Deborah Butterfield: The Nature of Horses.”

 

 

Curator Conversations: Deborah Butterfield

Explore Deborah Butterfield’s sculptures with the keen eye of a curator. This one-hour tour will deepen your understanding of the artist, her artistic development, and what went into developing the exhibit. Be prepared to walk away thinking about horses in a novel way.

 

Price: $17, $9 student, $10 member

 

Special instructions: Tours are outdoors; dress accordingly for the weather. Water, sunscreen and sunglasses are recommended. Please bring booking confirmation. Meet guide in the lobby of the Boettcher Memorial Center after entering through the Gardens main entrance.

 

Image Credit:

Deborah Butterfield, Lucky, 1996-97

Denver Art Museum Collection: Funds from the Enid and Crosby Kemper Foundation, UMB Bank Trustees.

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Photograph (C) Denver Art Museum

Deborah Butterfield: The Nature of Horses Tour

Immerse yourself in artist Deborah Butterfield’s world of horses. Her passion and enthusiasm for these majestic animals is tangibly expressed in her fascinating sculptures. Explore the exhibition with a docent as your conversation guide.

 

Price: $14, $9 student, $7 member

 

Special instructions: Tours are outdoors; dress accordingly for the weather. Water, sunscreen and sunglasses are recommended. Please bring booking confirmation. Meet guide in the lobby of the Boettcher Memorial Center after entering through the Gardens main entrance.

 

Note: Tours with low registration are subject to cancellation.

 

Image Credit:

Deborah Butterfield, Willy, 1996-97

Denver Art Museum Collection: Funds from the Enid and Crosby Kemper Foundation, UMB Bank Trustees.

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Photograph (C) Denver Art Museum

 

 

Fiendish Flora Tour

Explore the dark side of plants and investigate a secret world of clever, ruthless, and sometimes deadly ecology. Plants, like humans, can be both delightful and villainous. This guided walk explores the dangerous defense mechanisms of plants.

 

Price: $14, $9 student, $7 member, $7 child (12 years-old and older)

 

Special Instructions: Most of this tour will be inside the Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory. Please bring booking confirmation. Meet guide in the lobby of the Boettcher Memorial Center after entering through the Gardens main entrance.

 

Ghosts in the Gardens

 

Denver Botanic Gardens dares you to join us after dark! At our annual Ghosts in the Gardens Tours, our guides will lead you through one of three separate ghost tours of your choosing. Each tour guide will tell haunting stories of the Gardens’ one hundred years of history and illustrate points of interest inside and outside what used to be called “The Boneyard”. Each tour will be different and subjects will include actual staff ghost stories, real overnight security staff ghost encounters, and intriguing history (including access to the Waring House Mansion that is not open to the public). So conjure your courage and capture your fear as you walk our dark paths after hours and dare the night, here at Denver Botanic Gardens' Ghosts in the Gardens Tours.

 

Tour guides: Kyle Burnett, Jonathan Knox, Mike Kedziora, and Dan Morrey

 

Pricing

Members: $23

Non-members: $27

 

Notes:

• Be prepared for a lot of walking outdoors and indoors.

• Dress accordingly for the weather.

• Children 12-years old and older are welcomed. This tour is not recommended for younger children.

• Children are the responsibility of their parents at all times.

• Part of the tour (the Waring House) is not wheelchair accessible.

 

 

 

 

 

Seasonal Discoveries Tour

No matter the time of year, botanical treasures await your discovery with these guided tours of gardens at their seasonal peaks. Experience the Gardens’ landscape at its best, whether through the colorful bounty of summer, the crackling beauty of fall or the marvelous contrasts of winter.

 

Price: $14, $9 student, $7 member

 

Special instructions: Tours are outdoors; dress accordingly for the weather. Water, sunscreen and sunglasses are recommended. Please bring booking confirmation. Meet guide in the lobby of the Boettcher Memorial Center after entering through the Gardens main entrance.

 

Note: Tours with low registration are subject to cancellation.

 

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