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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 Late Summer 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 sureùou will never be bored on a Cherokee hike! This year we are starting much earlieræor better birding. But the plants will already be awake!

 

Late summer is an excellent time to observe the bounty of both flora and fauna rolling through the hills of Cherokee Ranch. Aster and Goldenrod are everywhere. Blazing star paints purple spikes in the tousled mats of buffalo grass. Mid- summer bird activity continues at Cherokee as well. It is possible to see three species of hummingbirds as they stop to feed to store up energy on their way to Central America for the winter. The Mountain and Western Bluebirds have finished nesting and the young (juveniles) are seen throughout the Ranch property. There is no better place to soak up the sun than on a late summer plant hike and bird watching adventure at Cherokee Ranch

 

Tour Guides: Panayoti Kelaidis and Lynn Willcockson

 

$20 member, $25 non-member.

 

* Plants don´ 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 ©.e. yellow, orange or red. Also, bring your binoculars: they can be used for both birds and plants

*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

 

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

 

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.

Sept. 29 - 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.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Greater Denver Urban Homestead Tour

 

OFFSITE at various locations all over the Denver metro area. A Tour Guide and Map will be emailed one week prior to the tour date. Please make sure your email address is correctly entered when you register.

 

Interested in sustainable home practices, self-sufficiency, and lifelong learning? Then join us on Saturday, August 23rd for this self-guided tour of local urban homesteads. See food production, chickenkeeping, beekeeping, goatkeeping, natural building, composting, sustainable design, and more applied in all kinds of spaces and neighborhoods.

 

This self-guided tour is open house style: tour hosts are opening up their homesteads between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. You receive a map with marked tour stops and descriptions of each homestead. You decide where you want to go, how many homesteads you want to visit, and how long you want to spend at each stop. Mapping out your route beforehand or having a GPS is recommended.

 

 

Register online and receive an emailed PDF map of tour hosts and descriptions one week prior to event.

 

$5 per person.

 

Community partner: Heirloom Gardens

http://eatwhereulive.com/

High Altitude Garden Tour - Fall

Come cool off in the mountains at the second high-altitude garden tour featured this year at Penn and Cord Parmenter’s ranch in the beautiful Wet Mountains.

 

This is the “Vegetable Walk of Fame” – a tour designed specifically to see the gardens bursting with late summer harvest. See corn in succession, pumpkins on the vine, cool weather veggies, herbs, flowers and lots and lots of tomatoes. There will be seed saving in progress, which is sure to inspire some taste-testing as well and even a visit to Cord’s blacksmith shop.

 

Seeing is believing, and once you’ve seen Penn and Cord's mountain gardens loaded with food, you will want to go right home and start growing vegetables!

 

Penn’s Forest Garden is in the trees on a decomposed granite mountain and has a collection of over 45 raised beds – built with dry-stack rock or wood.

 

Cord’s Bio-Intensive Garden is in the open and down the mountain in the rich bottomland soil, featuring 28 large bio-intensive beds, a fleet of covers and a few well-placed hail guards.

 

This walking, talking, educational tour includes demonstrations, examples and two totally sustainable passive solar greenhouses. The setting is gorgeous; bring your camera, a sack lunch, water, the usual stuff …

 

$25 members, $30 non-members

 

Tour Location:

12746 CR 255

Westcliffe, CO 81252

North of Westcliffe

South Central Colorado

Wet Mountains

Participants meet at the tour site ready to start at 12 p.m.

 

Come prepared for 8,140 ft. in the ‘fall’. See you on the mountain!

 

Mount Goliath Tour

 

Discover the life cycles and lore of the alpine tundra and the intense beauty of a natural garden that lasts only 40 frost-free days.

This is a trail of contrasts--awesome Rocky Mountain vistas of the Divide peaks; delicate floral treasures; wind-sculpted, ancient bristlecone pines; cold summit winds; and gentle summer breezes. The path winds through the exquisite blooms of the alpine tundra, talus slopes and subalpine meadows providing a delightful and educational tour in one of Colorado's most beautiful natural areas.

 

Mount Goliath docents lead the tour down the stunning M. Walter Pesman Trail – -a moderately difficult, 1.5 mile downhill trek from 12,153 ft. to 11,540 ft.

 

Important Remarks:

- Limited to 24 participants

- Tours are free of charge. However, YOU MUST PAY the amenity fee to the U.S. Forest Services at the Mount Evans Fee Station

- Be aware: this is a downhill trek on a moderately difficult trail that starts at 12,100 ft. Before registering, please ensure that you are physically fit and medically able to participate in vigorous physical activity at high altitude conditions.

- Donations to the Gardens for Mount Goliath tours are accepted and you can do so by choosing to register with the $10 option below.

- Tours are open to adults and children 10 years old and up.

- A Denver Botanic Gardens membership does not allow free access to the Mount Evans Recreation Area. Visitors to Mount Goliath and Mount Evans need to pay the amenity fee.

- Tours with less than 10 participants are subject to cancellation.

- Mount Goliath tours are not available as private tours

- For more information contact us at tours@botanicgardens.org

 

Please note - the Gardens does not manage the Mount Goliath recreational area, and questions not directly related to tours should be directed to the Clear Creek Ranger District in Idaho Springs.

 

Tour - Edibles in the Gardens

 

Join Ebi Kondo, curator of the Japanese Garden at Denver Botanic Gardens, for a pre-lecture tour of the popular Le Potager Garden – touring this collection of edibles will be sure to be inspiring both admiration and envy. This European inspired formal kitchen garden is a wonderful example of balancing aesthetics and functionality.

 

$12, $10 members

 

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

 

 

Urban Agriculture Tours: Downtown Denver

Join DBG, Slow Food Denver, and Grow Local Colorado as we showcase urban agriculture projects all over the city.

 

Each tour day will bring you to three different urban farms and end with a delicious, seasonal lunch at the last stop. Meet fellow urban agriculture supporters, see farms at their height of production, and enjoy great food!

 

Tour #3: Downtown Denver

Date: Saturday, September 20

Time: 8:30am to 12:30pm

 

On this Downtown tour, we'll first go to Blue Bear Farms at the Colorado Convention Center, where we will get a tour from Produce Denver. Then we'll visit Sustainability Park, where we'll get a tour from the youth farmers at Green Leaf Denver. After that we will go visit a small farm in the RiNo district and then have lunch at the Horse Barn, the headquarters of Denver Urban Gardens.

 

http://denverconvention.com/about-us/sustainability/blue-bear-farm/

http://producedenver.com/

http://www.greenleafdenver.org/

http://www.dug.org/

 

 

$28 Denver Botanic Gardens and Slow Food Denver members, $32 non-member.

Price includes catered lunch. Tour participants drive themselves, but can choose to carpool with others in the group when we meet together in the morning.

 

All tours will start and end at Denver Botanic Gardens. Locations subject to change. Travel Details will be emailed out one week prior to the event.

 

Urban Agriculture Tours: Northwest Denver

 

Join DBG, Slow Food Denver, and Grow Local Colorado as we showcase urban agriculture projects all over the city.

 

Each tour day will bring you to three different urban farms and end with a delicious, seasonal lunch at the last stop. Meet fellow urban agriculture supporters, see farms at their height of production, and enjoy great food!

 

Tour #4: Northwest Denver

Date: Saturday, October 4

Time: 8:30am to 12:30pm

 

Tour UrbiCulture Community Farms, a multi-plot farm committed to providing food to people of all income levels in the Denver Metro area:

http://www.ucfarms.org/

Little Raven Farms, a neighborhood supported agriculture project based upon permaculture principles:

http://littleravenfarms.wordpress.com/

and Sunnyside Up Farm, a neighborhood community supported agriculture farm:

http://farmsunnysideup.com/about/

 

 

$28 Denver Botanic Gardens and Slow Food Denver members, $32 non-member.

Price includes catered lunch. Tour participants drive themselves, but can choose to carpool with others in the group when we meet together in the morning.

 

All tours will start and end at Denver Botanic Gardens. Locations subject to change. Travel Details will be emailed out one week prior to the event.

 

Urban Agriculture Tours: Southeast Denver

Join DBG, Slow Food Denver, and Grow Local Colorado as we showcase urban agriculture projects all over the city.

 

Each tour day will bring you to three different urban farms and end with a delicious, seasonal lunch at the last stop. Meet fellow urban agriculture supporters, see farms at their height of production, and enjoy great food!

 

Tour #1: Southeast Denver

Date: Sunday, August 3

Time: 8:30am to 12:30pm

 

Tour Sprout City Farms at the Denver Green School:

http://sproutcityfarms.org/

Ekar Farm:

http://ekarfarm.org/

Garden Court Apartments, where refugee farmers tend a network of community garden plots

and enjoy lunch at The Garden:

http://www.thegarden-parkhill.com/

 

$28 Denver Botanic Gardens and Slow Food Denver members, $32 non-member.

Price includes catered lunch. Tour participants drive themselves, but can choose to carpool with others in the group when we meet together in the morning.

 

 

All tours will start and end at Denver Botanic Gardens. Locations subject to change. Travel Details will be emailed out one week prior to the event.

 

Urban Agriculture Tours: Southwest Denver

Join DBG, Slow Food Denver, and Grow Local Colorado as we showcase urban agriculture projects all over the city.

 

Each tour day will bring you to three different urban farms and end with a delicious, seasonal lunch at the last stop. Meet fellow urban agriculture supporters, see farms at their height of production, and enjoy great food!

 

Tour #2: Southwest Denver

Date: Saturday, September 6

Time: 8:30am to 12:30pm

 

Tour Aero Farm, a veteran owned vertical tower farm:

http://www.aerofarmco.com/

Sprout City Farms' Mountair Park Community Farm, a brand new farm that will be a resource for education, food access, and community collaboration:

http://sproutcityfarms.org/map-community-farm/

And Revision, an urban farming initiave that empower residents to build and advocate for community food systems:

http://www.revisioninternational.org/

 

 

$28 Denver Botanic Gardens and Slow Food Denver members, $32 non-member.

Price includes catered lunch. Tour participants drive themselves, but can choose to carpool with others in the group when we meet together in the morning.

 

All tours will start and end at Denver Botanic Gardens. Locations subject to change. Travel Details will be emailed out one week prior to the event.

 

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