Denver Botanic Gardens to Present Entry Garden for 2018 Colorado Garden & Home Show

DENVER BOTANIC GARDENS TO PRESENT ENTRY GARDEN FOR 2018 COLORADO GARDEN & HOME SHOW

59th Annual Colorado Garden and Home Show will welcome attendees with pollinator-themed entry garden

 DENVER (January 11, 2018) – Colorado Garden Foundation (CGF) announced today its partnership with Denver Botanic Gardens to bring the show’s 5,500-square foot entry garden to life at the 59th Annual Colorado Garden & Home Show, held Feb. 24-Mar. 4, 2018, at the Colorado Convention Center. The entry garden will highlight the importance of pollinators, including larger than life displays of birds, bees, butterflies and bats among colorful plants and flowers.

Visitors will be welcomed to the Show via a walkway made up of pavers painted by students who visited Denver Botanic Gardens this past summer. From there, guests of all ages will enjoy a dragonfly-themed children’s garden; bird nests crafted from recycled pallets; a pergola complete with growing vegetables and farm stand; bee, honeycomb and hive displays; bat houses and more. An antique tractor with a farm stand from the Gardens’ Chatfield Farms location will be the centerpiece, along with four corner pollinator gardens, each focused on one pollinator: bee, bird, butterfly and bat.

Denver Botanic Gardens staff will educate visitors on the importance of pollinators during live theater sessions throughout the 10 days of the Show.

Dr. Sarada Krishnan, director of horticulture and the Center for Global Initiatives at the Gardens says “We greatly value our ongoing partnership with the Colorado Garden & Home Show and are honored to be involved with the entry garden. We hope to inspire attendees to add pollinator-friendly plants to their gardens and will celebrate the wonderful agriculture programs at Chatfield Farms that rely on pollinators to produce bountiful harvests.”

Green inside and out, Denver Botanic Gardens began in 1951 and is considered one of the top botanical gardens in the United States and a pioneer in water conservation. The Gardens strives to entertain and delight while spreading the collective wisdom through outreach, collaboration and education. Their conservation programs play a major role in saving species and protecting natural habitats for future generations. Additional sites extend throughout the Front Range: Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms is a 700-acre native plant refuge with an active farm in Jefferson County; Mount Goliath is a high-altitude trail and interpretive site on the Mount Evans Scenic Byway.

“Denver Botanic Gardens and Colorado Garden Foundation are two nonprofits with a rich history in horticultural endeavors here in Colorado and in fact, we are both approaching our 60th anniversaries, so it’s an exciting time for us to collaborate,” said Jim Fricke, Executive Director for Colorado Garden Foundation. “Our past partnerships at the show and through our Foundation have been tremendously successful, and we expect the 2018 Colorado Garden & Home Show to be no exception. We look forward to the partnership and to bringing the entry garden to life in February.”

Considered one of the premier shows of its kind, the annual Colorado Garden & Home Show is the region’s largest, oldest and most prestigious consumer garden and home improvement show west of the Mississippi. It’s also the only show produced by a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that contributes show proceeds to grants and scholarships. Since the 1970s, Colorado Garden & Home Show has awarded more than $7.8 million for horticultural projects and scholarships throughout the state.

The 2018 Colorado Garden & Home Show takes place Feb. 24-Mar. 4, 2018 at the Colorado Convention Center, during the following hours:

Sat, Feb 24 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.  – $12 adults / $10 seniors
Sun, Feb 25 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.  – $12 adults / $10 seniors
Mon, Feb 26 12 p.m. – 7 p.m. – 2 for 1 Admission
Tues, Feb 27 12 p.m. – 7 p.m. – 2 for 1 Admission
Wed, Feb 28 12 p.m. – 7 p.m. – 2 for 1 Admission
Thurs, Mar 1 12 p.m. – 7 p.m. – 2 for 1 Admission
Fri, Mar 2 12 p.m. – 8 p.m. – $12 adults / $10 seniors
Sat, Mar 3 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. – $12 adults / $10 seniors
Sun, Mar 4 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. – $12 adults / $10 seniors

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About Colorado Garden Foundation

Colorado Garden Foundation, a nonprofit corporation, 501(c)(3), provides funds for horticultural-related grants and scholarships for the benefit of Colorado. To date, the Foundation has awarded more than $7.8 million for horticultural projects and scholarships throughout the state. Colorado Garden Foundation presents the Colorado Fall Home Show focusing on home renovation, remodeling and sustainable living and the Colorado Garden & Home Show, the Rocky Mountain region’s largest, oldest and most prestigious consumer garden and home improvement show west of the Mississippi in February. For more information, visit ColoradoGardenFoundation.org, facebook.com/coloradogardenfoundation or Twitter and Instagram @cogardenfdn.

About Denver Botanic Gardens

About Denver Botanic Gardens Green inside and out, Denver Botanic Gardens began in 1951 and is considered one of the top botanical gardens in the United States and a pioneer in water conservation. Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Gardens’ living collections encompass specimens from the tropics to the tundra, showcasing a plant palette chosen to thrive in Colorado’s semi-arid climate. The Gardens is a dynamic, 24-acre urban oasis in the heart of the city, offering unforgettable opportunities to flourish with unique garden experiences for the whole family – as well as world-class education and plant conservation research programs. Additional sites extend this experience throughout the Front Range: Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms is a 700-acre native plant refuge with an active farm in Jefferson County; Mount Goliath is a high-altitude trail and interpretive site on the Mount Evans Scenic Byway. For more information, visit us online at www.botanicgardens.org.

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