Durango BOtanical Society
Building Public Gardens Committed to Demonstration and Education
The Founding Board Members ( 2011-2013) had a vision and enlisted community enthusiasm,volunteers and contributions to develop the premier
garden project for DBS.
“The Durango Botanical Society is committed to the design and development of public gardens throughout SW Colorado for the purposes of education and demonstration."
The evolution of dedicated Board Members enabled the Durango Botanical Society to complete the Library Demonstration Garden through volunteer efforts.
The 2017-2020 Board listed below has implimented phase 3, The Arboreta. They were involved in all aspects of design, plant and tree selection, educational outreach and development of educational materials. They were also on the ground planting and maintaining these gardens.
John Anderson President
Open Seat Vice President
Connie Markert Treasurer
Camilla Potter Secretary
Melanie Palmer Garden Curator
Hollis Hassenstein Director of Horticulture
Lynn Mitzlaff Garden Manager
Jane Collard Gould Garden Designer
Lisa Bourey Horticultural Designer
Erik Lewis Canyon Landscape
Contractor and Stone Mason
Durango Botanical Society
10 Town Plaza #460 Durango CO 81301
The Gardens are located at 1900 East 3rd Ave. Behind the Library 1on the Animas River Trail
The Society meets on the second Monday of every month at noon in program room three at the Durango Public Library.
Margaret Mead once said:
The 5 Founding Board Members in 2010
Cindy Smart Founded the Society in 2010. She gathered the garden enthusiasts below to fill the first board positions. Cindy was the Executive Director through 2018. She retired in 2019.
Sandra Bauman, Joann Wharton, Jeff Wagner and Eva Montane with Columbine Landscapes all joined the Board in 2011 and served a short period of time to help us get off the ground. They helped in organizational projects, educational outreach and our first events. Their work was greatly appreciated and we owe deep gratitude to them for their efforts.
We are in the PINK!