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Here is an artist's view of the botanic gardens we are planning.

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.


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