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Gardens on Spring Creek, Fort Collins

#5 of 19 in Parks in Fort Collins
Garden · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
In 1995, a non-profit group successfully convinced the Fort Collins city council to initiate a city-funded community horticulture program. The positive results of that program’s many dozens of gardens and gardening projects were then used as a springboard to secure the endorsement of voters in a 1997 municipal election, resulting in $3,000,000 in City funding for The Gardens on Spring Creek.

In the spring of 2001, The Friends organization was established for the purpose of providing support for The Gardens on Spring Creek and to aid the implementation of its mission and programming. After much hard work, including many thousands of volunteer hours, The Gardens opened to the community in January 2004.

In 2018-2019, The Gardens on Spring Creek completed a $6 million expansion project and now offers an expanded Visitor’s Center and gift shop, Butterfly House, Everitt Pavilion and Great Lawn, along with five acres of new gardens to explore.

Currently, The Gardens attracts more than 100,000 visitors each year, with year-over-year growth. Nearly 700 volunteers donate more than 10,000 hours annually, and year-round education programs impact 8,000 children and adults. The Gardens on Spring features the largest collection of cold hardy cactus on public display in the United States and produces 7,000 pounds of food annually for the Food Bank for Larimer County.
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  • What a great experience to take the grandkids to the nighttime Xmas display, a fantasmagorical light show with some very good exhibits. The little dwarf (elves) workshop was a huge hit with our 2...  more »
  • We attended one of the special "member preview days" in November and made multiple trips to see the beautiful "garden holiday lights" in December. Wonderful lay out and stage / venue for concerts...  more »
  • They have been closed for renovations and expansion. The building addition is still on-going, but the expanded garden section allows people in. Wonderful to wander and look at all the plants. Everything is labeled, and arranged in theme groupings. The new performance stage is amazing. I hope they have shows soon!
  • Gardens on Spring Creek I didn't have high hopes for this botanic garden as I've been to some of the best in the west but it's great. During the height of Colorado's growing season the place is alive with color. If you love plants and flowers, it's a must visit in Fort Collins. The Gardens are such a great place to walk around, look at all their surroundings, plants, there are always friendly volunteers you can talk to... Totally enjoyable place to visit, no matter what time of the year it is...
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