The Western Colorado Botanical Garden in Grand Junction is a stunning experience that visitors won’t need any prior education on gardening to enjoy. Guests will come away in awe of the colors and inspired by the beauty found in the many themed gardens located there. The botanical gardens encompass over 12 acres of land in Grand Junction, Colorado and were founded in 1994.
In 2003, the gardens expanded exponentially and now include more than 10 different and unique gardens and a greenhouse that was repurposed in downtown Grand Junction. They plan to continue to expand and offer even more gardens and events. They are open to the public and non-for-profit, so all admission costs, memberships, and gift shop purchases go back into the botanical gardens day to day operations.
The cost of admission to the botanical gardens is a set price for adults with a discounted admission cost for military, students, seniors and an even lower admission cost for children ages 3 through 12. Children 2 and under are admitted free.
They also offer memberships to guests who plan to visit the botanical gardens multiple times over the course of a year, which allow visitors to pay a single flat rate for unlimited access. Not only does a membership allow admission to Western Colorado, but also to over 300 other gardens across the nation. Guests with memberships also receive 10% off at the gift shop.
The garden is closed on Sundays and Mondays and open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 8am to 4pm. Hours may vary in winter so check with the staff before a visit to verify that they are open.
The landscaping that makes up the gardens are considered living and breathing displays that were designed to change with the seasons to allow guests a unique experience every season they visit.
Rainforest Beauty- The beautiful Pacific coastal region is represented in this lush rainforest that guests can enjoy all year round. Make sure not to miss the chile peppers, banana tree, and orchids.
Shoren Eu Garden- This outdoor garden focuses on the breathtaking views and outdoor wildlife like turtles and koi fish swimming in the pond under lily pads. The garden exudes peace.
Ernie’s Cactus Garden- One of the fan favorites, the succulent and cactus garden features some of the finest specimens in the whole valley. With cold-hardy cacti and succulents well as many plants native to the area, guests should make sure to watch out for spines!
Children’s Secret Garden- Specially designed for children, this “secret” garden is meant to awe, inspire, and educate children about the fun and importance of gardening!
Native Garden- This garden is a miniature version of Grand Valley in Colorado, complete with Grand Mesa, Mount Garfield, and the national monument. The live plantings represent each of the 13 different geological zones in the Western Colorado area.
The gardens also own a repurposed site in the downtown area that used to be filled with junk, like car parts, dead batteries, and used tires. That site now houses a 4000 square foot butterfly house and greenhouse, that showcases over 600 different orchids and a variety of other tropical plants from all over the world.
The botanical gardens feature a collection of different venues meant to suit every need, from weddings and receptions to birthday parties, baby showers, and even business meetings. Visitors who are interested in renting out any portion of the botanical gardens should contact the staff and schedule a consultation and tour, both of which are offered totally free of charge. The botanical gardens offer both indoor and outdoor venues that are customizable to any special day and the staff is happy to work with people to cater to their specific needs.
There are also several community garden events that are held on the premises throughout the year. Keep an eye on the website for additional information included dates, times, additional cost, and type of event. One of the favorite offerings is the summer concert series, which offers a variety of different musical genres. They are always looking for additional acts as well, so guests who are interested in potentially playing the Garden Groove should contact the staff for more information as well.
The botanical gardens operate a small gift shop on the premises. The gift shop carries a small variety of garden themed merchandise including items to garden at home, apparel, bumper stickers, and gardening books as well as children’s toys. Purchases go back into supporting the care of the botanical gardens.
Western Colorado Botanical Garden, 641 Struthers Avenue, Grand Junction, CO, 81501, Phone: 970-245-3288