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A Midcentury Icon: 50 Years of the Boettcher Tropical Conservatory

The Gardens’ Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory was completed in 1966. The building has been a midcentury architectural landmark for 50 years. Designed by architects Victor Hornbein and Ed White, the 11,500 square foot building took two years to build and is the only conservatory in the country made of cast-in-place concrete. Even before its completion, the building won international recognition for its unique design and unusual structure. More than 600 species and varieties of tropical plants are displayed. The tropical terrain includes pools, waterfalls and four resident ducks.


To celebrate this anniversary, the Gardens is hosting a special event. Guests are invited to enjoy 60s-themed appetizers and nonalcoholic beverages, tours of the conservatory and a presentation in Mitchell Hall featuring a video interview with lead architect Ed White, Dan Havekost associate architect and Richard Breaker from GH Phipps Construction. A panel discussion with architecture and history experts further explores how this building has been an icon on Denver’s architectural landscape and continues to inspire architects and enthusiasts of midcentury design. The conservatory will open to allow the rare opportunity to tour the space with horticulturists and docents after dark. Markers will identify plants that have been present since 1966.


$25, $20 member


Panel Participants:

Kurt Klanderud, President of GH Phipps Construction Companies

Kim Manajek, Associate Director of Exhibitions, Art & Interpretation at Denver Botanic Gardens

Brit Probst, Principal at Davis Partnership architecture firm

Steve Turner, Vice President of Preservation Programs at History Colorado, State Historic Preservation Officer



Blossoms Of Light

Non-Peak Admission Nov.27 - Dec. 13:

$11 Adults

$9 Adult Member, Senior (65+),

$8 Child (ages 3-15)

$6 Child Member

Free for children 2 and younger

Peak Admission Dec. 14 - Jan. 2:

$13 Adults

$11 Adult Member, Senior (65+)

$10 Child (ages 3-15)

$8 Child Member

Free for children 2 and younger

**Groups of 15 or more may purchase tickets at the door or by calling 720-865-3584.

You must present a ticket for admission to Blossoms of Light. Once your online purchase is complete, you will be emailed a confirmation email that will include a multi-page PDF attachment, which will include your tickets. Please print your tickets! Members and guests without tickets will have to wait in the on-site ticket purchase line at the event to check in. Confirmations and receipts will not be accepted as proof of purchase.

Members receive two complimentary tickets to Blossoms of Light and Trail of Lights. Online ticket redemption required and cannot use postcard as ticket. Members, if you have any trouble redeeming your complimentary tickets, please call the Membership Department at 720-865-3525.

Dates and Times:

Nightly, beginning November 27, 2015 through January 2, 2016

5:30-9:00 p.m.

Note: When purchasing tickets online, you will be asked to select a specific date.

After your purchase is complete, you will receive an email confirmation with an attachment titled "Tickets." You must print all pages of this file for entry into event.


Dia De Los Muertos

Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), a Mexican celebration, is a day to celebrate, remember and prepare special foods in honor of those who have departed. On this day in Mexico the streets near the cemeteries are filled with decorations of papel picado, flowers, candy calaveras (skeletons and skulls), and parades. It is believed that the spirit of the dead visit their families on October 31 and leave on November 2.


Member-Only Morning

Members can visit the Gardens at 8 a.m. before public hours. Grab a spot on a favorite bench, sip a cup of tea by the Monet pond, or enjoy a morning walk on quiet paths.

Deborah Butterfield: The Nature of Horses




New Gardener Boot Camp

Are you a blank slate when it comes to starting your very own garden? Worried about ending the growing season with a pile of dead plants and sad vegetables? Join us at Denver Botanic Gardens for a full day event, packed with answers to all those looming and mysterious gardening questions. Get started on the right foot this year with all of our best beginner’s classes, carefully designed to equip you with all the tools you’ll need to master that garden once and for all!


Classes include:


Garden Planning 101… where do I start?

This beginner’s class will take you step by step through the process of laying out a plan of attack for your garden! Whether you are starting with a blank slate garden or working with an old outdated garden this class will give you the basics on where to start. It will discuss needs and planning tools for raised beds, container gardens and in-ground vegetable gardens. We will discuss the basics of garden locations, sun requirements, water needs, starting from seed, transplanting and the basics of planning the organization of perennials and annuals, trees and shrubs. This class is the perfect fit for anyone needing to understand how the garden works together as a whole.

Soils 101

Soils will always be the first place to start when building a beautiful garden. This class will cover the best management practices for building your soil for in-ground beds, containers and raised beds. It will discuss the basics of composting as well as demonstrate the value of soil testing.


Beginning Vegetable Gardening

If you have never planted edible plants or had little success at growing your own vegetables, Bryant will walk you through the ABCs from planning, soil preparation, crop selection, watering, fertilizing, pest protection, and harvesting your first vegetable garden. Bryant will cover tips on the most popular vegetables to grow, including leafy salad greens, tomatoes, squash, peppers, and more. You'll leave with a comprehensive understanding of how to successfully do each gardening task, and take home a planting guide that will help you through the entire growing season.


Annuals and Perennials for Color in the Garden

Plants provide the backbone of the garden with vibrant colors, textures, and forms that weave together to create your own personal oasis. Learn the basics of perennials, annuals and biennials, how to make the best selections for your garden and how to best maintain your plants throughout the season. From the traditional to the unusual we will explore the limitless varieties of plants and send you into the growing season prepared.


These classes combined usually cost more then $200 but with New Gardener Boot Camp event will be $60 members, $80 non-members. Register Early as space is limited.

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