Denver Botanic Gardens

Denver Botanic Gardens' mission is to connect people with plants, especially plants from the Rocky Mountain region and similar regions around the world, providing delight and enlightenment for everyone.

To this mission, the Gardens added four core values as an integral element of a new branding platform. These values, adopted in 2007 - transformation, relevance, diversity and sustainability - spell out the Gardens' intentions in the years ahead. Along with the Gardens' new brand platform, strategy, icon, and the Flourish Capital Campaign, the core values are cohesive and serve as a map to chart our course.

Organizational Overview

Name
Denver Botanic Gardens
Phone
720-865-3644
Address
1007 York St
Denver, CO 80206
EIN
84-0440359
Website
botanicgardens.org
Email
development@botanicgardens.org
Mission
Statement
Denver Botanic Gardens' mission is to connect people with plants, especially plants from the Rocky Mountain region and similar regions around the world, providing delight and enlightenment for everyone.

To this mission, the Gardens added four core values as an integral element of a new branding platform. These values, adopted in 2007 - transformation, relevance, diversity and sustainability - spell out the Gardens' intentions in the years ahead. Along with the Gardens' new brand platform, strategy, icon, and the Flourish Capital Campaign, the core values are cohesive and serve as a map to chart our course.

Background Statement

Denver Botanic Gardens was founded in 1951 by local gardeners, botanists and civic leaders. In 1958 the Gardens moved to its current primary location on York Street. The Gardens expanded in 1966 to include the Boettcher Memorial Conservatory, an indoor facility for tropical and sub-tropical plants, which made the Gardens a year-round attraction. The Conservatory soon became one of the ten most significant major conservatories in the United States, and is currently the only major tropical plant conservatory in the Rocky Mountain region. The unique structure, designed by Hornbein & White, became a city-designated historic landmark in 1973.

Denver Botanic Gardens is accredited by the American Association of Museums and is internationally recognized for the variety of its plants and gardens, including its Japanese Garden, Plains Garden, Rock Alpine Garden, Sensory Garden and water lily collection. The Gardens' Helen Fowler Library houses 33,000 items and is the largest collection devoted to botany, horticulture and gardening in the Rocky Mountain region.

The Gardens extends to three unique locations:
1) York Street, the 23-acre main location, includes indoor and outdoor plant displays, an herbarium, a library, lecture halls and classrooms. Plant displays feature over 32,500 species of plants in 45 gardens. The gardens feature plants from over 30 countries with arid climates similar to that of Colorado.

2) Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield encompasses 750 acres of open space southwest of Denver in one of the country's fastest growing suburban areas. It offers nature trails, educational exhibits, an historic farm and schoolhouse and 50 acres of wetland and riparian communities. The site is also an affiliate of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, a national leader in native plant research and education.

3) Mount Goliath Alpine Trail presents an interpretive high altitude trail and alpine garden, as well as a Nature Center located along the Mount Evans Scenic Byway. Mount Goliath is managed in partnership with the USDA Forest Service and is the highest rock alpine garden in the world.

Board Chair/President Statement

If you haven't visited Denver Botanic Gardens for a while you are in for a treat!

In 2008 the Gardens' Board of Trustees launched a new Master Development Plan. Beyond ensuring long-term maintenance of infrastructure and facilities, we have added opportunities for visitors to connect with plants in ways that are relevant to their lives.

As of the end of 2011, after just three years of our Flourish Campaign, the Gardens has completed 30 construction projects and reached $49.6 million out of an overall goal of approximately $73 million needed to complete the Master Development Plan. This new platform of facilities has launched programs and world class exhibits, including (in 2010) Moore in the Gardens and in 2011 Native Roots Modern Form with 23 monumental monumental sculptures by Apache artist Allan Houser which explores the preservation of cultural and botanical heritage.

Now children from the entire region can visit the Mordecai Children's Garden. Since opening in August 2010, over 94,000 people have visited this garden. Children who have never had the chance to visit the mountains can experience plant life typically found only at higher elevations. Young people from low income families receive sponsored admission tickets and scholarships, funded by private donations.

The Gardens has also added research facilities, including a Tissue Culture Lab and a Conservation Genetics Lab. Each summer our research teams can be found, all across the Rocky Mountain West, cataloguing and preserving rare species.

The physical transformation throughout Denver Botanic Gardens helped increase attendance, membership and the popularity of seasonal events. Visitor attendance has climbed over the last several years from 632,736 in 2009 to over 800,000 today in 2011. Memberships were up by 43% over 2009. By the end of 2010 there were over 28,000 member households and that continues to grow in 2011.

The Board of Trustees remains vigilant ensuring that every dollar contributed has the strongest impact and that Denver Botanic Gardens is looking toward a future filled with dynamic programs and activities.

Nancy Schotters
Board of Trustees Chair

Impact Statement

The Gardens' core values: transformation, relevance, diversity and sustainability have enabled the Gardens to increase the ways we connect people with plants in 2012. The unification of art and science, as well as the art of science, shaped Gardens activities within its foundation areas of horticulture, education and researchconservation. Whether through the seemingly small act of a child planting and caring for a seed, or through the hosting of multi-day seminars for the nation's top ecologists and conservationists, the local and national communities were motivated to think creatively in order to better understand our environment through Denver Botanic Gardens' programs.

Needs Statement

Our operations budget is what makes this beautiful oasis possible. From horticulture to research, education to art and exhibits, we pay for everything we do from a wide array of funding sources. The majority comes from admissions, membership, earned income and donations. These donations, your gifts, are vital to this equation.

Executive Director Statement

Now is the time. After 30 construction projects, ranging from refinished bathrooms to the spectacular new Greenhouse Complex, Denver Botanic Gardens is ready to make every encounter with visitors a transformative experience.

Children stand atop Marmot Mountain, with sweeping views of the Front Range, and are enticed by the Springmelt Stream. Every moment in the Mordecai Children's Garden provides a close connection with nature - Colorado style. Many kids growing up in an urban world master technology but lack an opportunity to be grounded, literally, in the enticing, exciting and enriching Great Outdoors. The Gardens offers plentiful opportunities to provide that balance.

Inside the Greenhouse Complex, visitors now find a breathtaking experience with orchids from around the world. Stroll down the Orangery and you not only enjoy a multi-sensory infusion of color, light and scents, but you also look deep into the inner-workings of the Gardens, the greenhouses which hold the Rocky Mountain region's finest collections of plants.

Behind the scenes, science is happening. A new tissue culture lab helps propagate plants from every corner of the earth. The new conservation genetics lab assists our research staff understand and preserve plants from throughout Colorado.

Down at the DBG Chatfield location, a new Visitor Center welcomes people to a unique immersion into the world of 19th century farmers. Two historic farms are enlivened by a Community Supporting Agriculture project, providing fresh vegetables, fruits and flowers to over 150 households and many charities that feed the poor.

2013 will bring new opportunities to engage more people with the Gardens. We will open a new Bonsai Pavilion and Tea Garden in honor of Denver legend Bill Hosokawa. Japanese art will be on display and many cultural activities will connect visitors with a culture that celebrates humanity's connection to nature.

Denver Botanic Gardens is now the fifth most visited in the United States. Our efforts in the coming years will be to capture this momentum and build classes, exhibits and experiences that delight and inform a diverse audience. Now is the time and Denver Botanic Gardens is ready!

Brian Vogt
Chief Executive Officer

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