Gardens

Here is a sampling of some of our more than 50 gardens. Some are sponsored by organizations and individuals, some of whom tend their gardens themselves.

Botanic Walk Garden:

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This garden makes a great entrance to the Park from the North.The native narrowleaf cottonwood trees and their understorey of native red osier dogwoods and riverine hawthorns were planted by first-graders partnered by high schoolers in the early days of the Park.

Blue Garden

(Rainbow Neighborhood)

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Near the Main Entrance to the Park, the Blue garden is one of six color gardens in the Rainbow Neighborhood. In Spring you will find sweet-smelling grape hyacinths here, in summer blue iris and later, monkshood and balloon flowers.

The Crevice Garden

(Hummingbird Neighborhood)

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Avid gardeners in the Czech Republic originated the idea of the Crevice Garden for growing alpine rock plants. Formations of rocks like this are common in the vertical strata found in our mountains. This garden uses flat rocks on edge, planted close together, deep in the soil. This limits the amount of soil around the roots of each rock plant, promotes good drainage and forces the roots to go deep, where they find water and are protected from the heat of the sun.

Lily Garden:

(Sundial Neighborhood)

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Redesigned in 2013 and funded by a grant from the Colorado Garden Show, the Lily Garden puts on a spectacular show all summer.

The Medicinal Herb Garden:

(Wind Neighborhood)

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This elegant garden with a patio and dry-stone beds grows medicinal herbs from all over the World.

The Coreopsis Corner

(Green Neighborhood)

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The Coreopsis Garden is a three season garden; pasque flowers in the spring, columbine in June, and coreopsis summer and fall.

Garden for All Seasons:

(Wind Neighborhood)

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The Garden for All Seasons is set in some wonderful massive sandstones and has the goal of growing a selection of plants, shrubs and trees that together will bring constant blooming in the garden from spring to fall.

The Hidden Garden:

(Reflecting Neighborhood)

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Shaded by tall native cottonwoods, the Hidden Garden has beautiful trillium and and other elegant flowers that thrive in the shade. It is home to the ‘Little Bear’, one of the favorite sculptures in the Park.

Penstemon Garden:

(Reflecting Neighborhood)

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This garden honors the genus penstemon which is the largest genus of plants in North America, with its origins in this region of the Rocky Mountains. There are 273 species, of which 60 are native to Colorado.This may be the World’s only garden devoted exclusively to penstemons.

Jeff's Garden:

(Trillium Neighborhood)

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This south-facing garden features volcanic rocks from the flanks of the Flat Top Mountains and is bisected by a gentle trail. It is an eclectic display, including containers, that has season-long colors.

Carol Fox Garden:

(Trillium Neighborhood)

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A tiny garden, contained by rocks, sits on the west end of Trillium House, facing the Core Trail, named for an early Board Member of the Park.

Spring Bulbs Garden:

(Foliage Neighborhood)

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Spring bulbs are remarkable. For example, crocus bulbs will lie close to the surface, dormant in frozen soil, then burst into bloom through snow before you would think the ground is warm enough. Hyacinths, daffodils, tulips and other bulbs will follow as the soil warms more.

The Foliage Garden:

(Foliage Neighborhood)

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With an emphasis on leaves instead of flowers this mostly shady garden showcases Hostas, Lungworts, Ornamental Grasses and shrubs with colored foliage.

Sascha's Rock Garden:

(Kiosk Neighborhood)

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Sascha's Rock Garden sits by the Yampa River. It features alpine blooms from around the world that grow between large rocks. A beautiful spot to commune with the River.

Annuals Garden:

(Pond Neighborhood)

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Most of the plants in this Park are perennials, meaning that the same plant blossoms for more than one year, or bulbs and corms that store their nutrients underground before each winter. Annuals plants, on the other hand, grow and flower for one year then die and have to be grown from seed each year. This is the only garden in the Park that is re-designed and replanted every year.

Rose Garden:

(Kiosk Neighborhood)

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Steamboat’s climate is challenging for roses except shrub roses. These are grown in a pampered garden of raised beds adjacent to West Creek.

The Members' Rock Garden:

(Members Neighborhood)

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Planted in 1997 with help from the Denver Botanic Garden, the plants in the Members’ Rock Garden survive the intense heat of a south exposure by hiding their roots under large rocks and capturing unseen moisture.

Dorothy's Garden:

(Members Neighborhood)

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Planted with mostly native plants this dry garden shows a xeric garden suitable for our arid climate. The pollinators love this garden.

Doris' Arbor Garden'

(Sundial Neighborhood)

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Funded by a grant from the Colorado Garden Show, Doris’ Arbor Garden was the first major garden overhaul completed by the Park and demonstrated how good soil can really make plants thrive.

The Stumpyland Fairy Garden:

(North Neighborhood)

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A place for children to use their imaginations and be creative that has flowers growing in stumps.

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