Xeriscape Resources

There are many public Xeriscape gardens in the Denver metro area. Most are free to the public.

  • Arvada Demonstration Garden
    Location: 7030 Garrison St.
    Admission: Free
    Wheelchair accessible: Yes
    Self-guided tours: Yes
    Classes and guided tours: Year-round classes
    Hours: Check website
  • Aurora Xeriscape Demonstration Garden
    Location: Northwest corner of Alameda Parkway and Chambers Road
    Admission: Free
    Wheelchair accessible: Yes
    Self-guided tours: Yes
    Classes and guided tours: Year-round classes
    Hours: Sunrise to sunset, seven days a week
  • Carson Nature Center
    Location: 3000 W. Carson Drive (north of Mineral, west of Santa Fe)
    Admission: Free
    Wheelchair accessible: Yes
    Self-guided tours: Yes
    Classes and guided tours: Year-round classes
    Hours: Park open sunrise to sunset, seven days a week for self-guided tours; check website for nature center hours
  • Denver Botanic Gardens at York Street
    Location: 1007 York St.
    Admission: Free if member; non-member adults $15 — see website for more info
    Wheelchair accessible: Yes
    Self-guided tours: Yes
    Classes and guided tours: Year-round classes; contact directly for guided tours
    Hours: Check website
  • Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield
    Location: 8500 W. Deer Creek Canyon Road
    Admission: Free if member; non-members $5 per passenger vehicle
    Wheelchair accessible: Yes
    Self-guided tours: Yes
    Classes and guided tours: May – September classes
    Hours: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., seven days a week
  • Gallop Gardens
    Location: 6015 S. Gallop St.
    Admission: Free
    Wheelchair accessible: Yes
    Self-guided tours: Yes
    Classes and guided tours: None
    Hours: Sunrise to sunset, seven days a week
  • Gove Community Garden
    Location: 13th Street and Colorado Boulevard
    Admission: Free
    Wheelchair accessible: Yes
    Self-guided tours: No
    Classes and guided tours: April – October free compost classes
    Hours: Open during compost classes
  • Harper Humanities Garden and Chester M. Alter Arboretum
    Location: Near South University Boulevard and Evans Avenue
    Admission: Free
    Wheelchair accessible: Yes
    Self-guided tours: Yes
    Classes and guided tours: Guided tours May – September at arboretum. Check website for specifics.
    Hours: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m., seven days a week
  • Harvard Gulch Park/Colorado State University Extension
    Location: 888 E. Iliff Ave.
    Admission: Free
    Wheelchair accessible: Yes
    Self-guided tours: Yes
    Classes and guided tours: Yes, check website for contact info
    Hours: Accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week
  • Hudson Gardens
    Location: 6115 S. Santa Fe Drive
    Admission: Free
    Wheelchair accessible: Yes
    Self-guided tours: Yes
    Classes and guided tours: Year-round classes; call 303-797-8565 for guided tours
    Hours: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., seven days a week
  • Kendrick Park Gardens
    Location: 9351 W. Jewell Ave.
    Admission: Free
    Wheelchair accessible: No
    Self-guided tours: No
    Classes and guided tours: No
    Hours: 5 a.m. – 10 p.m., seven days a week
  • Mount Goliath
    Location: Mount Evans Scenic Byway
    Admission: Amenity fee to access Mount Evans
    Wheelchair accessible: No
    Self-guided tours: No
    Classes and guided tours: June – August for guided tours
    Hours: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and sometimes Saturday
  • Tagawa Gardens
    Location: 7711 S. Parker Road
    Admission: Free
    Wheelchair accessible: Yes
    Self-guided tours: No
    Classes and guided tours: Year-round topics
    Hours: Check website for hours
  • The GrowHaus
    Location: 4751 York St.
    Admission: Free
    Wheelchair accessible: Yes
    Self-guided tours: No
    Classes and guided tours:
    Hours: Public tours Saturday and Sunday, check website
  • Urban Roots
    Location: 1000 Acoma St.
    Admission: Free
    Wheelchair accessible: Yes
    Self-guided tours: No
    Classes and guided tours: In-store expertise
    Hours: Check website for hours
  • War Memorial Rose Garden
    Location: 5804 S. Bemis St.
    Admission: Free
    Wheelchair accessible: Yes
    Self-guided tours: No
    Classes and guided tours: No
    Hours: Accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week

Last updated Jan. 19, 2016

Recommended Reading List

Colorado State University Extension Fact Sheets:

  • Creasy, Rosalind
    The Complete Book of Edible Landscaping
  • Ellefson, Connie, Tom Stephens and Doug Welsh
    Xeriscape Gardening: Water Conservation for the American Landscape
  • Ellefson, Connie
    Xeriscape Colorado: The Complete Guide
  • Erickson, Jonathan
    Saving Water in the Home & Garden
  • Ferguson, Nicola
    Right Plant, Right Place
  • Feucht, James R. and Jack D. Butler
    Landscape Management
  • Hakala, Sue
    Drought Gardening
  • Huddleson, S. and M. Hussey
    Grow Native: Landscaping With Native and Apt Plants of the Rocky Mountains
  • Johnson, Eric & Millard, Scott
    The Low Water Flower Gardener
  • Knopf, Jim
    The Xeriscape Flower Gardener: A Waterwise Guide for the Rocky Mountain Region
  • Landscaping for Water Conservation: Xeriscape!
    Jointly published by the city of Aurora and Denver Water
  • Nelson, Ruth Ashton
    The Handbook of Rocky Mountain Plants
  • Nehrling, Arno
    Easy Gardening With Drought-Resistant Plants
  • O'Keefe, John M.
    Water-Conserving Gardens and Landscapes
  • Ottesen, Carole
    Ornamental Grasses – The Amber Wave
  • Perry, Bob.
    Landscape Plants for Western Regions: An Illustrated Guide to Plants for Water Conservation
  • Phillips, Judith
    Southwestern Landscaping with Native Plants

    Natural by Design: Beauty and Balance in Southwest Gardens
    Plants for Natural Gardens: Southwestern Native & Adaptive Trees, Shrubs, Wildflowers & Grasses
  • Phillips, Kathryn
    Paradise By Design: Native Plants and the New American Landscape
  • Rumary, Mark
    The Dry Garden
  • Springer, Lauren
    The Undaunted Garden
  • Sunset New Western Garden Book
  • Sunset Waterwise Gardening
  • Taylor, Jane
    Plants For Dry Climates

    Taylor's Guide to Water-Saving Gardening
  • Thomas, Christopher
    Water-Wise Gardening
  • Weinstein, Gayle
    Xeriscape Handbook
  • Wheatly, Margaret
    Successful Gardening with Limited Water
  • Williams, Sara
    Creating the Prairie Xeriscape: Low-Maintenance, Water-Efficient Gardening

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