The Denver Botanic Gardens in the Cheesman Park neighborhood is a 23-acre public park with a conservatory, a variety of theme gardens, and a sunken amphitheater which hosts various concerts in the summer. Tour the botanic gardens and learn about the ongoing conservation efforts and plant diversity while exploring the distinctive gardens that define and celebrate a Western identity and a unique high-altitude climate and geography.
While at the gardens, enjoy their newest exhibition "Human/Nature: Figures from the Craig Ponzio Sculpture Collection." This exhibit presents 18 figurative sculptures that explore the human form in both classical and abstract styles, featuring the work of Eric Fischl, Jacques Lipchitz, Sassona Norton, Beverly Pepper, Auguste Rodin, Manolo Valdes and Ann Vrielnick.
After visiting the gardens, stroll the rolling hills and enjoy the shade of the many trees in the beautiful 80-acre Cheesman Park. Many visitors don’t realize the eerie history of Cheesman Park and that they very well may be walking or sitting right upon the grave of one of the many who was buried here in the 19th century. Surrounded by Capitol Hill mansions in the heart of downtown Denver, Cheesman Park is not only frequented by visitors to the botanical gardens but is also said to be home to a number of restless spirits. Boo!
Note: Participants are strongly encouraged to have acclimated to altitude for at least 24 hours. Sunscreen and sunglasses are recommended.