Durango BOtanical Society

Building Public Gardens Committed to Demonstration and Education

Get to Know Us

The Founding Board Members ( 2011-2013) had a vision and enlisted community enthusiasm,volunteers and contributions to develop the premier
garden project for DBS. 
Our mission:

 “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 founding Board through the present Board evolved to develop the Demonstration Garden further as a tool to create events and an education program that included Docents. The present Board has focused on strategic planning and long term education and garden development in Southwest Colorado. They have developed Phase 2 and 3 of the Durango Botanic Gardens. 
The Crevice gardens Along the Trail and the Gabbro Miniature Conifer Garden. ( a wind garden concept by Lisa Bourey and Erik Lewis).

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.

2019-2020 Board

John Anderson President

Open Seat Vice President

Connie Markert Treasurer

Camilla Potter Secretary


Nancy Wallace

Theresa Anderson

Jonni Greiner

Barbara Johnson

Carol Wallace


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

Mailing Address:

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:    Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed  citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. 

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.

  • Cindy Smart   Founder
  • Darrin Parmenter
  • Lisa Bourey
  • Connie Mathews
  • Marye Jackson
  • John Wickman  Joined the board 2 months later

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.

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