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Spring 2018 update!

posted Apr 27, 2018, 5:02 PM by Toshen
As the Town of Lyons continues to recover from the 2013 flood, a number of properties have become available through the Dr. BOP (Deed-Restricted Buy-Out Properties) program. The Rocky Mountain Botanic Gardens group was asked by the town staff to choose which parcel would best fit our purpose, and to then give a presentation to the Town Board of Trustees.

We chose the lot in the confluence that used to be the mobile home park, near the corner of 4th Ave and Prospect St. We presented our proposal, found everyone in favor, and are now drawing up our budget and timeline. When the town approves that, we then ask for approval from FEMA.

We are very excited about this location for the future botanic gardens of Lyons, the very first in Boulder County. It is 1.26 acres adjacent to both the South St. Vrain River and the nearly completed Bohn Park, and is walking distance from downtown Lyons. The nearby neighbors we've spoken with are very happy with our plans.

The members of our volunteer group are Anthea Rice, Kris Todd, Garima Fairfax, Dianne Andrews, Carter Christenson, and Deirdre Daly. We also have 25 volunteers who are enthusiastic to help build the display gardens. If you'd like to be added to our email list of volunteers, please contact Garima:

We plan to begin on the lower part of the parcel, and to divide this area into the natural ecosystems of Colorado: foothills, prairie grassland, montane, riparian (plants that grow along rivers), and plants that grow in the southwest part of Colorado. We'll have pathways meandering through the display gardens, and visitors can learn the names of local plants they see while out hiking, or find new local plants they would like to have in their gardens. Native plants do well in a garden situation, and need less water and fertilizer than cultivated plants. 

The garden will also be a place to view native birds and butterflies from a bench along the path, or to come and do watercolor paintings of native flowers. Our annual plant sale every May supports the creation of this educational garden. 

See the Our gardens page for an updated drawing of the gardens.