This year we planted 1000 new plants at Rocky Mountain Botanic Gardens, including over 50 new species. We planted the first plants in the middle of the summer in 2020, and kept planting until it snowed. In 2021 we started in early spring and continued until the ground froze. Now those early plants have grown and multiplied, matured and blossomed, in our sunny climate. And we keep adding!
Our garden features native plants of Colorado, and we try to find a wide variety of beautiful and hardy wildflowers, shrubs, and trees for our display gardens. We’ve purchased from 8 different nurseries and 5 different seed companies to find these special wild plants of Colorado for our community. And whenever we plant new plants, we are careful to add them to the area of our garden that matches their native range. When conditions are right for native plants in the garden, they are carefree and settle in easily.
Sandstone signs mark garden zones
We have one area for plants that are found growing along creeks and banks of lakes, and this year we’ve added Beaked Hazelnut, Wild Grape, Great Blue Lobelia, Swamp Milkweed, Pin Cherry, and Bottle Gentian. Along one side of the garden we have plants that grow in western and southern Colorado, where this year we’ve planted Broom Senecio, Black Sagebrush, Southwestern Penstemon, and Antelope Buckwheat.
In our mountain area we’ve added Douglas-Fir, Wild Strawberry, Mountain Goldenrod, Baneberry, Owl’s Claws, Bigleaf Lupine, Sawsepal Penstemon, and Giant Goldenrod. For our foothills additions, we planted annual Indian Blanketflower, White Aster, Skyblue Penstemon, Dogbane, Wild Licorice, and Red Windflower. And in our prairie garden just inside the front gate, we added Western Ironweed, Arizona Fescue, Bush Morning Glory, Rocky Mountain Blazing Star, Plains Verbena, Buffalo Gourd, and Blue Sage.
Visit and/or Volunteer
It’s been a fantastic Indian Summer season for the yellows this year ~~ we have Rabbitbrush in bloom now, as well as Chocolate Flower, Broom Senecio, Black-eyed Susan, and of course Sunflowers.
If you love plants or want to learn more of our Colorado Flora, come visit our local botanic garden. We’re open dawn to dusk seven days a week, with plenty of parking near the corner of Prospect St and 4th Ave, near the back entrance to Bohn Park. If you come every 4 to 6 weeks during the growing season, you’ll see everything at its peak, as well as hummingbirds, sphinx moths, goldfinches, and many kinds of butterflies. And in autumn you’ll find unusual seed pods and of course colorful leaves.
We are happy to be the first botanic garden in Boulder County, and feel that Lyons is a unique place for an educational display garden. We have both St. Vrain Creeks coming into town, as well as being nestled in the foothills, at the junction of the prairie and the mountains.
We are all volunteers, and we meet every Sunday, Tuesday, and Friday mornings from 9 to 11 a.m. If you’d like to join us, bring garden gloves and your favorite hand tools. We usually take a couple of months off when the garden is buried in snow, but on any beautiful Colorado volunteer day, we’ll be there.
You can find directions and read more about us on our website: RMBG.org
…………….Garima Fairfax, Director RMBG