Denver Botanic Gardens

Denver Botanic Gardens

Denver has one of the top-ranked botanical gardens in the US – as our flight wasn’t until the evening, we were able to spend several happy hours there on the day we went home from last summer’s road trip.

My botanical knowledge is rudimentary to say the least, so I haven’t attempted to caption any of the photos in the next two galleries. Click on anything you like the look of to enlarge or start a slide-show.

Possibly my favourite part was the Monet Pool: water lilies galore.

While we were there, the gardens were hosting Stories in Sculpture – 13 pieces from the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. If you are observant, you will count 14 sculptures below – the gardens have their own collection and I’ve included one example from it (Dale Chihuly’s Colorado, the first image). If you click on this gallery you’ll find it is, unlike the others, labelled – the sculptor as the title, and the name of the piece in the caption.

There is a bistro in the gardens, which we didn’t try, and a café which we visited for morning coffee and lunch, both good, so you could easily spend all day in there. We had a short time left before we needed to leave for the airport and popped into the neighbouring Cheesman Park.

Then we had to go home after three wonderful weeks touring Colorado, Wyoming and Montana. My first post about it was published on September 29, 2016, so it has been seven months in the writing. I’ll need to speed up, because I certainly don’t want to do any less travelling!

Next – Budapest.


  1. You had such a comprehensive and rewarding road trip! I love this botanical garden: the Monet garden and all the other colorful plants, especially the ones that look like miniature clusters of peppers. I also love the Colorado sculpture (Dale Chihuly is wonderful) and Woodrow. Great last minute visit. 🙂


  2. Beautiful place.
    I like the sculpures, but I like the flowers a lot more. Some of them are so unusual.

    That’s been a lot of blogging, that’s true, but you had a wonderful experience to share and I’m happy I had the chance to see such nice places… if only vicariously.
    Thanks so much for sharing.


  3. ‘Without words’ is very striking. I like your style, because I started out thinking I don’t caption plants for just the same reason (it’s Jude’s job, isn’t it? 🙂 🙂 ). But then I do like captions and don’t use them nearly so much as I used to. I love the sensuality of a good garden though and this one is beautiful. Yes- have to get a wiggle on, but then, so much of the pleasure is looking back and remembering. 🙂 Have a happy week, Annabel (and keep warm!)


    • I’d rather leave off a caption than just put Bird or Flower which is about the level of my knowledge, but on the whole, I do try to title and caption pictures just for my own satisfaction so that I remember exactly what they are. Too many senior moments otherwise!

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