Garden Vacations

Each year, the Botanical Garden embarks on a garden vacation to tour the distinct gardens of a different part of the country or world. These one-of-a-kind garden tours are ideal way to visit a new location and soak in garden inspiration without the hassle of planning your own itinerary. Garden vacations include transportation to and from daily destinations, top-rated accommodations, select meals and more. Recent trips include Victoria, British Columbia and Dublin, Ireland.

2021 Trip: Gardens of Denver and the Rocky Mountain Steppe

Join the Botanical Garden on a special trip to the horticulturally diverse Rocky Mountain steppe as we travel around Denver and Fort Collins, Colorado, Aug. 26-31, 2021.

Itinerary highlights include:

  • A visit to Denver Botanic Gardens (DBG), hailed as one of the nation’s top five botanical gardens. This 24-acre urban garden hosts a wide range of gardens and collections, with an ever-widening diversity of plants from all corners of the world. The tour will immerse you in the essence of Western gardens, including a lunch with DBG President and CEO Brian Vogt.
  • A tour of The Gardens on Spring Creek, an 18-acre garden in Fort Collins dedicated to highlighting the Rocky Mountain plant palette and plants that thrive at the convergence of the prairie and the foothills. Recent additions include designs by Lauren Springer, renowned planting designer and author who works at The Gardens and will guide our group. The Gardens are home to the largest collection of cold hardy cacti in the United States and a stunning showcase of native plants.
  • A visit to the Colorado State University (CSU) Flower Trial Gardens and the Perennial Demonstration Garden, two award-winning outreach projects from the CSU Department of Horticulture.
  • The opportunity to experience gardens designed by Emmanuel Didier of Didier Design Studio, the landscape architect who designed the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden’s master plan
  • An exploration of area private gardens that will showcase innovative and inspirational ideas for gardening in the tough climate of the Mountain West.
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Please contact Director of Philanthropy Azure Christensen at or 515.323.6289 with questions.