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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 Fall Nature Hike - 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!

 

In Fall the Sumac and plums are turning color in the gullies, and the oaks are showing some burnished bronze. Fall is a fabulous season on Cherokee Ranch Senecio, Aster and Goldenrod are everywhere. Blazing star paints purple spikes in the tousled mats of buffalo grass. The Spotted Towhee bird can be overlooked in the spring and summer, is more visible now since many of the spring and summer residents have started their fall migration. Two species of Jays – Scrub and Steller’s can now get the attention they deserve. They can be “missed” in spring and summer as we look at the other species.

 

 

$20 member, $25 non-member.

 

Tour Guides: Panayoti Kelaidis and Lynn Willcockson

 

* 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

 

Hike location -

Cherokee Ranch and Castle

6113 N Daniels Park RD

Sedalia, CO 80135

 

* 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

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

Chihuly Exhibition Tour

 

Friday - Sunday

Jun. 14 - Sept. 28: 8:30 a.m. & 6 p.m.

Oct. 3 - Nov. 30: 9 a.m. & 3 p.m.

 

Enjoy a tour featuring the impressive site-specific artworks by Dale Chihuly. The bold and dramatic installations transform the Gardens. Experienced docents lead you on an hour-long guided walk to learn more about the artist and his sculpture.

 

Pricing:

- Member: $10

- Non-member: $17

- Student: $14

 

Remarks:

- The purchase of tour tickets includes admission to the Gardens. You don't need to buy general admission tickets if you are coming for a guided tour.

- Tours are outdoors; dress accordingly for the weather

- We recommend that you bring a bottle of water, sunglasses and sunscreen

- Please bring your booking confirmation. This will expedite check-in

- Access to the Gardens on the day of your tour will be through the Piñon Gate located directly north of the Bonfils-Stanton Visitor Center (Gardens main entrance).

 

Image Credit: Dale Chihuly, Blue and Purple Boat (detail), 2006. New York Botanical Garden, The Bronx, New York.

 

Fiendish Flora Tours

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.

 

Pricing:

- Member: $10

- Non-member: 17

- Student: $14

- Child (12 years-old and older): $7

 

Remarks:

- The purchase of a tour ticket includes admission to the Gardens. You do not need to buy a general admission ticket if you are buying a guided tour ticket.

- Tours take place indoors in the Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory, Marnie's Pavilion and the Orangery.

- The indoor spaces where the tour takes place are hot and humid; please dress accordingly.

- Children are the responsibility of their parents at all times

- Please bring your booking confirmation. This will expedite check-in

- Access to the Gardens on the day of your tour will be through the Piñon Gate located directly north of the Bonfils-Stanton Visitor Center (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.

 

 

 

 

 

Tour - Winter Harvests and Gardens

 

 

Senior Horticulturist Angie Andrade Foster will lead a pre-lecture tour around the Gardens to see how we creatively provide interest in our collections through the slower and colder months.

 

$12, $10 members

 

 

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