Grantee Profile: Denver Botanic Gardens
The Denver Botanic Gardens (DBG) has been a Colorado cultural staple since their inception in the 1950s. They are one of the country’s first public botanic gardens to emphasize native plants and to champion water conservation and biological control of pests. Each of their gardens demonstrates the varied and beautiful ecosystems of Colorado. Today, Denver Botanic Gardens has three locations: York Street in Denver, Chatfield and Mount Goliath.
Denver Botanic Gardens is the 5th most visited botanical garden in the United States and one of only 17 to be accredited by the American Association of Museums. Extensive educational programming and art installations by renowned sculptors have greatly contributed to engaging new audiences.
Significant capital improvements have been made over the past several years as part of Denver Botanic Gardens’ Master Development Plan. In 2008, Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Trustees pledged a leadership gift of $1.5 million to DBG’s capital campaign; in recognition, the new Welcome Pavilion was named in honor of the Foundation.
Other big additions to Denver Botanic Gardens: There’s a new parking structure for visitors, greenhouse complex, science pyramid and the Children’s Gardens. There’s also been major renovations to the Bonsai Pavilion & Tea Garden and the Waring Garden.
The last phase for Denver Botanic Gardens’ Master Development Plan is the construction of the Center for Science, Art and Education (CSAE), which is an interdisciplinary resource blending science with art and education.
Bonfils-Stanton Foundation offers support of one of the three galleries planned for the Center for Science, Art and Education.
Art, herbaria and library collections will be housed in CSAE, with additional space for research, conservation and education activities. It will also include a research center, the Herbarium of Fungi, Herbarium of Vascular Plants, and a 275-300 seat auditorium, library, classrooms, meeting rooms, entrance/lobby, and art galleries. The three art galleries are essential for Denver Botanic Gardens to display, interpret and promote visual art as a catalyst for learning.
Learn more about Denver Botanic Gardens on their website at botanicgardens.org.
Learn more about the Bonfils-Stanton Lecture Series at botanicgardens.org/bonfils-stanton.