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  • Writer's pictureBret and Amber Tueller

Stop & Smell the Roses

With temperatures rising and spring in the air, we’re ready to get outside!

Studies show that spending time outside helps to improve your mood, reduce stress, and maintain mental wellness. Consider these public gardens within a 30-minute drive to find some peace and appreciate nature.


Castle Rock Community Garden at Glover'sPark 534 S Gilbert St, Castle Rock

Castle Rock residents who love to garden organically or simply want to give it a try have an opportunity close to home. In 2012, the first public community garden opened in Town - the Castle Rock Community Garden at Glover Park. The Town of Castle Rock Parks and Recreation Department supports this project, but it is a community-based and community-run effort.

Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield Farms 8500 W Deer Creek Canyon Road, Littleton

Chatfield Farms is a 700-acre native plant refuge and working farm located along the banks of Deer Creek. Chatfield Farms is home to historical buildings dating back to the 1800s, 2.5 miles of nature trails and numerous wildflower gardens. Bring your binoculars and wander the many trails. Entry fees will apply.

Douglas County Public Gardens Along 3rd Street and Wilcox Street, Castle Rock

The Douglas County Public Gardens are a point of pride for the CMG program and the City of Castle Rock. Nestled among three Douglas County buildings in the heart of downtown Castle Rock are ten beds of annuals, perennials, ornamental grasses, and shrubs, many of which are from the Plant Select® program. Beds also showcase the clock tower and Veteran’s Monument Bed.

Gallup Gardens 6015 S Gallup St, Littleton

North of Gallup Park and next door to Bemis Public Library, this beautiful botanical garden is nestled near the park and Gallup Reservoir. Winding paths are laid out and shaded spots to rest are provided. The garden is filled with beautiful flowers and trees.

Hudson Gardens 6115 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton

The Hudson Gardens & Event Center is a nonprofit organization encompassing thirty acres of garden exhibits, trails, open spaces, and event venues only minutes from downtown Littleton. These spaces become scenic backdrops for community events and private occasions. We also provide membership experiences and free, daily admission for self- directed exploration.

Memorial Rose Garden on Havana 1250 S Ironton St., Aurora Stop by and enjoy our wonderful On Havana Street Rose Garden at the Gardens on Havana. This little garden is located near Maurice’s and the Xfinity store. The Lisa Strawn Memorial Rose Garden is a hidden gem in this shopping center. Stop by and smell the roses!

Sedalia Museum and Plant Select Demonstration Garden 4037 N. Platte Avenue, Sedalia

Sedalia Museum offers local historical buildings and artifacts and is open on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons from May to September. The museum grounds serve as a demonstration garden for Plant Select plants. Plant Select® is a nonprofit collaboration of CSU, Denver BotanicGardens and professional horticulturists. They seek out and distribute the very best plants for landscapes and gardens from the intermountain region suited for Colorado weather and moisture.

Twenty Mile Historic Park 18999.5 E. Mainstreet, Parker

The historic Twenty Mile House building is restored and preserved as the Pine Grove Post Office and memorialized in 20-Mile Historical Park. The Town of Parker maintains the building and surrounding garden area that offers a mini oasis in the middle of a bustling Mainstreet area.


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