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Tour - Xeric Paradises

Sunday, June 23, 2019 - 8:00 AM

Running Time: 7 hours

Ends At: 3:00 PM


Everyone talks xeriscape, but this tour features those who live and breathe it! Visit three premier gardens that have pioneered many of the plants and concepts shaping Colorado water-smart gardening. Each of these gardens emphasizes native plants, but with a unique take on native gardens and how to incorporate them into the urban cityscape.


Jim and Dorothy Borland: This ample garden on a corner lot contains hundreds of native plants, almost all grown from seed by Jim, which weave a tapestry of color through the garden year. The hidden gardens in the equally large back yard receive more water and cover the gamut of perennials, herbs and vegetables. There s even a robust pawpaw! The Borland's have a botanic garden fit to a city lot.


Kelly Grummons: For three decades, Kelly has been a cutting-edge nursery owner and plantsman. His private garden showcases his extraordinary artistic eye and displays perfect specimens of the many gems he s introduced to the trade. Don t miss the 500-year-old Ponderosa Pine bonsai, which was willed to Kelly.


The Gardens at Kendrick Lake: These gardens revolutionized regional expectations of xeriscape demonstration gardens. Here you will not only find the best in xeric and Plant Select® specimens, but also hundreds of superb specimens that are approaching their second decade of mature growth. Staff from Denver Botanic Gardens and Lakewood Parks will be on hand during the tour to answer questions.


Price: $26, $22 member

Special Instructions: Tour participants drive themselves, ticket price is per carload of participants. Please purchase one ticket for your entire group traveling together.

Travel Details will be emailed out 48 hours prior to the event.


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