Saturday, November 15, 2014

The Denver Botanic Garden in Autumn


Take a walk with me along a path under an arbor dripping with autumn color in the Denver Botanic Garden.  I was here in late October to visit the spectacular Chihuly Glass Exhibit that is closing at the end of November--click here to read that blog post-- but now I'd like to show you the other beautiful ways the garden looked on my visit.

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There are 42 different individual gardens within the garden devoted to special themes, with groupings of over 700 native Colorado plants, flowers, shrubs and trees that fit that theme,


Every path leads to new views of these mini gardens within the Denver Botanical Garden in every season, but the reds, golds and oranges of autumn gave them all a special glow.


There are botanical delights to see everywhere....


...including the sighting of a female Downy Woodpecker in a tree!


Fall is certainly a beautiful time to visit the garden.....


...as there are also many flowers still in bloom!


Here is a small selection of flowers I photographed on my visit. 


We also visited the Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory within the Denver Botanical Garden, where cacti and succulents were displayed outside, while inside...


....the climate and moisture was equal to a day in a tropical rainforest,


There were a few Chihuly glass displays in the conservatory, but the real stars here were.....


.....the phenomenal lush and exotic tropical trees and plants that lined the paths and draped over the walkways from vines


The orchids and bromeliads that are in bloom this time of the year were delicate treasures for the eye to behold!  

The Denver Botanic Garden is located at 1007 York Street, in Denver, Colorado, just 10 minutes from the downtown area.  Click here to read parking, transportation, and other information for visitors. I highly recommend going for a visit if you are in the Denver, Colorado area.


If you are a reader in the US, you probably know from weather reports this week that our area in Colorado welcomed its first "Arctic Blast"!  We had a couple inches of snow and a few days of record breaking cold temperatures. Even the community horses had to wear coats! I was thankful for a warm home, and the precious sight of watching my little granddaughter sit and watch the snow fall. She is saying many words now, and it was fun to see and hear her reaction to the snow.

If you are wondering how the Chihuly Glass Exhibit held up in the snow and cold click here to see a photo from the Denver Botanic Garden of an exhibit in the snow and their report. You can read all my blog's facebook updates on this link, and follow me on Instgram on this link. Thanks for visiting!

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43 comments:

Ni de Aqui, Ni de Alla said...

Lovely flower pictures! And the ones of the fall leaves are so pretty too! I got suet yesterday now I'm here, just waiting for the woodpeckers :) Yours is so pretty!

bj said...

ahhh, I love this..the flowers are so pretty and you did an awesome job on taking the photos.
Love your NY....:)

Pamela Gordon said...

Beautiful photos of this amazing place. So wonderful to see all the blooms in the tropical garden area. Thanks for sharing the info on the gardens. You always give great detail on what to see and how to get there.

Michelle Pitts said...

The gardens look amazing in the colours of autumn...we are in Spring in Australia so everything is lush and green before the harsh hot summer hits and turns everything crispy. Thank you for sharing...HPS Michelle

Ciao Chow Linda said...

I love visiting botanic gardens Pat, and with the Chihuly glass it would be even more enticing to visit. So sorry you're getting blasted with winter so early this year. No snow yet, but it seems to be moving here to NJ too.

Bonnie said...

Just delightful. Thanks for sharing.

I am not ready for the "artic blast" but I have no control over it. Our temps are at the freezing mark at night too. Daytime warms considerably. It is time for the new season.

Lovely photos. I enjoyed them.

Marie said...

Oh yes...not only do I need to go back to Colorado in the fall for the mountain views! But the Botanical Gardens is amazing in the Autumn as well! We never made it there, even when we lived there those six months after our daughter was born, or when we got back to visit when she was 6. So, a visit is in order. Great photos! Glad you got to see the woodpecker also. Really amazing flowers and plant display and I love the fall color!

Felicia said...

beautiful gardens but they are missing one thing.....those beautiful mountains.

steviewren said...

The color in your photos is really pretty...from the autumn colored leaves in the trees to the tropical flowers in the conservatory. It looks like a beautiful place to visit during any season of the year.

Happy coming Thanksgiving season!

Jackie and Joel Smith said...

I am a fan of Chihuly and I know he's been featured here in the Phoenix Botanical Gardens but I liked your comment about the real stars of the garden. . .somehow his works always seem to pale in comparison to the stunning plants in these gardens. A fun tour!

Kim Hkiss said...

The splash of color is awesome!

Kim,USA

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

One of the nicest botanical gardens I've seen and I'm going to read the article on the glass art in the snow. I'd love to have a few pieces in my garden for winter interest.
Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday Pat.

Rajesh said...

Beautiful garden with so much colorful flowers. There is lot to see.

Sara D.B. said...

You have created wonderful collages, Pat! It would be lovely to visit that Garden...
The photo of your little granddaughter admiring snow fall is very sweet.
Have a nice new week!

Lina Gustina said...

Very lovely garden.
Enjoying your shots. So many beauties there.
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SmilingSally said...

Hi Pat,

You've given us a pretty bouquet of flowers. Thanks for playing today.

Happy Blue Monday!

Tracy said...


This was pure delight, Pat such a beautiful garden--so much variety, even in the autumn. And now snow... bbbrrr... Keep warm there! We're getting ready to travel in a few days to share Thanksgiving in the US with my family. With holidays approaching, I'm also making a departure from blogland. But I'll still be around... ;o) Happy Holidays to you & yours ((HUGS))

Donna said...

I will be in Denver next fall and will definitely visit these gardens...stunning...we also got the Vortex hit here in central NY with 8 inches of snow ...snow all week forecasted and frigid temps still in the 20s.

Ida said...

Everything was just beautiful. This would be a place I would enjoy seeing.

Jen said...

I love the orchids and bromeliads. My favorite plants.

ann said...

Wonderful post. I met one of blog friends in person for the first time at the Botanical Gardens in June. Your photos are totally different that the ones I took, naturally. It is an amazing garden and you have presenting it beautifully.

Annesphamily said...

Your photos are always lovely! Thanks for sharing. Love all the color!

Jayanthi Sindhiya said...

Lovely pictures.so cute.nature is always the best

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Oh I really enjoyed ambling along the pathways of the Botanic gardens with you Pat. I'm amazed to see so many flowers still blooming in late October.
What a charming picture of your sweet granddaughter watching the snow - a magical moment in her young life!

ladyfi said...

Glorious sunlit photos!

Claudia said...

So you have me missing autumn and it's not winter yet. The photos are so lovely - do adore visiting gardens. We try to do so on all road trips. We had flowers until the first early snowfall also. The next time we are in Denver, we shall have to check out the gardens.

Betsy Adams said...

Hi Pat, I read about your arctic blast and snow... We had it too---and even woke up to some snow and a temp of 12 degrees this morning. Gads---to think we have had two snows already and it's only Nov. 18... Crazy...

Beautiful Fall photos from the Botanic Gardens... I love Fall and am sad to see it end. I posted one of two blog posts yesterday showing some pretty Fall Colors in North Carolina...

Stay warm and keep enjoying that granddaughter.
Hugs,
Betsy

Betsy Adams said...

I forgot to say that I think that woodpecker is a HAIRY Woodpecker. They are much larger than the little Downy's.

Hugs,
Betsy

carol l mckenna said...

Magnificent photography and you seem to be having the best time! Colorado agrees with you!

Happy Week to you,
artmusedog and carol
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Linda W. said...

What beautiful gardens! Love all the fall colors! Nice photos.

AdriBarr said...

I always enjoy visiting botanic gardens. My, but this is just glorious, and how beautiful all the fall colors are. I just love seeing your state through your eyes.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Thank you for the tour. The greenhouse looks quite inviting on cold days! Still hoping weather allows us a visit while were in co, but whatever the kids have planned we will have fun as we always do with them.

Rambling Woods said...

Wonderful place to visit and so much to see... Love fall color.... Michelle

Al said...

Beautiful - I really need to make it up there before the exhibit closes.

New Jersey Memories said...

I visited Colorado four years ago and it was lovely. We visited Leadville (the altitude killed me), Eagle, and Aspen, but the closest we got to downtown Denver was the airport. Colorado was beautiful, and so are your photos!

Sara Chapman said...

I had no idea that Denver had such botanical treasures. I will be sure to add that to my list of places I'd love to visit. I did a book about the Volunteer Park Conservatory in Seattle, I loved it so much, so I'd love to see another version. Thanks for your lovely tour. I particularly like the intro (path) image. Thanks!

Judy ~ My Front Porch said...

Beautiful...the gardens in fall. The snowscape is beautiful as well...but maybe a little too much too soon for your liking?

Jeanne said...

Good morning Pat, I am so glad I found some time to visit your post. YAY! more of the astounding gardens. I can't believe how big it must be to include all of the wonderful photos you shared. I love gardens like this so much. The prize is the awesome woodpecker find. All I can say is WOW! Your posts are always a wonderful and enjoyable place to visit. Thank you!

Wishing you and your wonderful family a happy Thanksgiving.

xo, Jeanne

Karen (Back Road Journal) said...

The botanic garden is a real gem and lovely with all the fall colors.

A Quiet Corner said...

To see all that color especially now that the cold weather is here is a real real and some for those tropicals remind me of the plants we see on vacation. The best flower was, of course, your granddaughter!!...:)JP

Joyful said...

Everything is so beautiful.

Barb said...

Hi Pat, I love visiting the garden in all seasons. I was there on Tuesday - an overcast day perfect for viewing the Chihuly Exhibit. There was even little snow still on the ground. Here in the mountains, we're awaiting another winter storm. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, Pat.

schmidleysscribblins.com said...

A wondrous place and not to be missed. One of my favorite places.