Our mission

To foster understanding and appreciation of our native plants and wildlife, and to create a place where visitors of all ages can enjoy the peace and beauty of the natural world.

Our dream

We have a dream to create the Rocky Mountain Botanic Gardens, a beautiful, educational garden featuring Colorado native plants in Lyons, Colorado, for our community as well as for visitors from Colorado and beyond.

We are a non-profit organization that will be open to the public all year. We plan to offer classes such as native plant identification, gardening with native plants, and attracting bees and butterflies to your garden. Our gardens also will be available to rent for events.

The foothills environment in Lyons—where the South and North Fork of St. Vrain Creek meet, and grasslands give way to foothills—creates an exceptional setting for the Rocky Mountain Botanic Gardens.

Rocky Mountain Botanic Gardens will reflect diverse environments found in Colorado, including prairie grasslands, a cactus garden, a riparian garden featuring plants that grow near rivers, a foothills forest area with ponderosa pines, and an alpine wildflower garden.

Help us grow with your donations

If you share this dream and our love of plants, you are invited to help us create the Rocky Mountain Botanic Gardens. We are accepting tax deductible donations to purchase land and equipment as well as to help with startup costs. We're looking for 1 - 3 acres in or near Lyons. If you have land or know of land that could be donated please contact us or find us on Facebook.

Rocky Mountain Botanic Gardens, P.O. Box 613, Lyons, CO 80540

Spring plant sale

We have an annual plant sale one weekend every May, and we carry an incredible variety of plants that do well in the Lyons area. While we continue to search for a site for our botanic gardens in or near Lyons, Colorado, we have our sales behind Steamboat Mountain Natural Food Store, at 454 Main Street in Lyons.

We offer perennials, including many natives, plus dozens of varieties of herbs, annuals, veggies, and hanging baskets. We make sure to have plenty of deer-resistant plants, plus knowledgeable volunteers to help answer your gardening questions.

We also sell colorful summer t-shirts printed with our botanic garden logo.

We've had some people come to our sale who have never been to a botanic garden. We talk about how sometimes you are walking along a trail in the mountains, and you see a plant that you would like to know the name of, and we explain that's what a botanic garden is: nature with name tags!

You can find botanic gardens all over the world; beautiful, artistic gardens with plants divided into their different zones, where you can learn about the plants, watch for birds or butterflies, or just sit on a bench and have lunch.

We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.