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Our goals

Protect Native Plants in a Beautiful Natural Setting that Provides an Esthetic and Enriching Visitor Experience. We will maintain and display living collections of native Colorado and Rocky Mountain plants, creating a place where everyone can enjoy the peace and beauty of the natural world. We will protect and/or improve existing wildlife habitat.

Provide Education Programs on the Value of Native Plants and Animals for all Age Groups. We will promote awareness and knowledge of native plants and wildlife throughout the Gardens.

Develop a Partnership with the Town of Lyons. We will contribute to the community of Lyons by creating a beautiful local attraction for people within and beyond Lyons. We are exploring collaborative projects with the Ecology Board and the Garden Club.

Provide for the Long-term Care and Maintenance of the Gardens. We will assemble an excellent volunteer staff with the capability to create and maintain the Gardens. We will provide for the financial needs of the Gardens through donations and grants. We will recruit a dedicated Board of Directors to assist with all aspects of the development and maintenance of the Gardens. We will provide a variety of opportunities for volunteers to participate in the creation and maintenance of the Gardens.

Our staff

Our current volunteer staff members bring a diverse set of experience and skills to Rocky Mountain Botanic Gardens.

Garima Fairfax, Director of Garden Design and Horticulture. Garima is a botanist, ecologist, herbalist, and a Colorado State University Master Gardener. She has over 20 years experience teaching botany and medicine-making. She has expertise in garden design, greenhouse management, and growing native plants. She is the author and illustrator of a vegetarian botany cookbook, and has created and manages her own herbal skin care business.

Kris Todd, Associate Director of Horticulture. Kris has a B.S. in Horticulture from Colorado State University and a diploma in landscape design. She is a Colorado State University Master Gardener who has worked for many years in the garden industry and was a volunteer at the Denver Botanic Gardens Alpine Garden. She has experience in greenhouse management and garden design.

Dianne Andrews, Associate Director of Horticulture. Dianne worked as a botanist and ecologist for both the city and county of Boulder open space programs for many years and has extensive knowledge of Colorado’s native plants. During the 1990s she owned and managed a native plant nursery and greenhouse near Lyons. She currently teaches classes about Colorado’s forests, wildflowers, and birds.

Contact us

Rocky Mountain Botanic Gardens
PO Box 613
Lyons, CO 80540

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


Lyons, CO