Durango Botanic Gardens a 2016 project will consist of a Literary Garden, a Zen Garden, a Children's Garden and a newly renovated amphitheater.

Durango BOtanical Society

Building Public Gardens Committed to Demonstration and Education

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Durango Botanic Gardens

These Gardens are located 
behind the Durango Public Library at 1900 E 3rd Ave.
The gardens are fully developed, funded and maintained 
by Durango Botanical Society.

Community grants and funding are critical to the success of these gardens. 

These gardens are a legacy to future generations.. 

Below is the Demonstration Garden map showing the new Crevice Gardens Along the Trail that lead up to the new Durango Botanic Gardens. Rendition by Lisa Bourey. Near the bottom of this page is the new Arboretum Plan.

The first phase of the Durango Botanic Gardens, The Library Demonstration Garden, was completed in 2014. The second phase, The Crevice Gardens Along the Trail, and the Gabbro Miniature Conifer Garden ( A Wind Garden Design) were completed in 2016.

The  Crevice Garden Design Team of  Kenton Seth, Lisa Bourey and Erik Lewis led a workshop and tours in May of 2016 as we opened the gardens to the public. Kenton gave a presentation about this new specimen garden. Many of these plants have been donated by Denver Botanic Gardens and are very rare. The map below reflects a work in progress. There are two gardens on the trail level leading to the library. There are additional crevice gardens on the upper shelf below the deck area of the library building. 

Our docents give tours of these gardens on Saturday mornings during garden maintenance. May thru September

The Arboreta

The Arboreta construction program will be ongoing beginning in 2016 with the The Gabbro Miniature Conifer Garden and followed by The Miniature Tree Garden(2018-2019), The Arboretum (2018-2020) and The Arboretum Along the Trail (2020). 

Learn about the trees at our Dedication on September 28, 2018 

We will post a Powerpoint presentation that you can download that will have all of the trees we recommend 

and note all the trees that have been planted.

 In 2017 DBS planned the Arboretum Gardens and Lisa Bourey designed the Arboretum Gardens. These gardens will have early development in the spring of 2018. The gardens are located next to the library on the trail. We have partnered with the Colorado Garden Foundation, the Library, the City of Durango, the Parks and Recreation Department(the Arbor Division) to expand upon the Tree City USA status that the city now holds.  We will be planting trees and shrubs that will do well in the area, offer visual interest and some unusual species that will add interest to residential landscapes.  Below are additional gardens, The Zen Garden and The Literarary Garden, which we hope to develop in the future.

Below please find some Arbor Foundation information

Arbor City USA

We will soon post the Arboretum Plans by Lisa Bourey. The literary Garden and the Zen Garden were designed by Jane Gould

Located below the Durango Public Library at 1900 E 3rd Ave.
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