Plants are here and planting has begun! The first planting day was Tuesday, June 23, when volunteers worked to tuck many flowers, grasses, and shrubs into the Prairie Grasslands Garden.
A 400-foot irrigation tube has been installed - most plants in this garden only need watering to get established, since they are all Colorado natives. After that, they will only need water during very hot spells. We are all very excited that it will soon look like a garden! Photos by Cathy Rivers except where noted.

Our Mission

Our mission is to foster an understanding and an appreciation of our Rocky Mountain native plants and wildlife, and to create a place where Lyons locals and all visitors to the garden of all ages can learn, and enjoy the peace and beauty of the natural world.

Our Vision

We are creating an outdoor botanic garden in a natural setting for the benefit of the community of Lyons and visitors from Colorado and beyond, to enjoy now and for future generations. Photo above and below by Betzy Ekstam.

Botanic Garden Overview

The garden will feature native plants that grow in the foothills surrounding Lyons as well as plants from the mountains above Lyons, riparian areas along rivers, grasslands to the east of Lyons, and plants from the southwestern part of Colorado.

The Rocky Mountain Botanic Gardens will be the first botanic garden in Boulder County, Colorado. The foothills environment of Lyons, where the mountains meet the prairie grasslands, is an exceptional setting for a botanic garden.

Visitors will be able to discover native plants that will do well in their yards with little watering or special needs, as well as learning the names of Colorado plants that they see while outside hiking, biking, walking or participating in other outdoor activities. There will be small signs in front of our plants to identify both their Latin and common names. We think of our garden as nature with name tags!

We are a nonprofit organization in Colorado and have our 501 (c) 3 status from the IRS. Our garden will be free and open to the public all year, with donations accepted. We plan to offer classes such as native plant identification, gardening with native plants, and attracting bees and butterflies to your garden.

Photo by Zach Berta-Thompson


Town of Lyons

We will contribute to the community of Lyons by creating a beautiful local attraction for people within and beyond Lyons. The Town supports this project wholeheartedly and is contributing resources to our garden through a lease agreement for the property and other logistical arrangements.

Lyons Ecology Advisory Board

We have a collaborative project with the Lyons Ecology Advisory Board and the Lyons Walking Arboretum. See Town of Lyons website (link below) for more information about the Walking Arboretum.

How Does Our Garden Grow? Volunteer and Donate


If you share this vision and love of plants, you are invited to help us create the Rocky Mountain Botanic Gardens. We are a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization accepting donations to purchase plants, equipment and water as part of our startup costs. Please mail donations to:

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

Venmo Coming Soon!


We're working in the gardens again! If you want to join us, we're practicing social distancing and ask that you bring your own mask and if possible, your own tools. We meet at the garden location on Sundays, Tuesdays and Fridays from 9 - 11 a.m. weather permitting.

We boast a rotating group of about 25 volunteers who are committed to enthusiastically helping us build the display gardens. 

If you'd like to be added to our email list of volunteers, we'd love to have you! Please contact Garima Fairfax via email at

Little Free Nature Library

Who knew...that we needed ANOTHER Library in Lyons? Check out our "Little Nature Library" installed on the 4th Street side of the Botanic Gardens site (near the Bohn Park pedestrian bridge). The focus is on subjects of NATURE; donate a book, or borrow and return one that interests you. Purchase of the Library was funded primarily through a grant from the Lyons Community Foundation, and by the Rocky Mountain Botanic Gardens.