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Denver Botanic Garden’s New Summer Exhibit is Open


The Denver Botanic Gardens hosts a summer artist exhibit with sculptures in the garden. Last year’s exhibit was the wildly successful Chihuly. This year’s anticipated summer is exhibit is now open! Deborah Butterfield: the nature of horses opened on May 23. Many people will recognize her minimalistic art style and her infamous horses, as several of her sculptures are on permanent display at the Denver Art Museum.

Denver Botanic Gardens writes “Deborah Butterfield is renowned for the contemporary interpretation of life-size horses that have been the subject of her sculpture for more than 30 years.” Her sculptures are made from metal or wood, and some are even made in the image of her own horses. Their presence in the Gardens blends perfectly with the natural environment and will be exciting additions to the DBG this summer.

History of the organization: DBG opened in 1954 to create an “oasis in the middle of the city”, and in 1959 the Gardens moved to the York Street site.  Denver Botanic Gardens was one of the first gardens in the country to emphasize native plants and to champion environmentally responsible practices, such as water conservation and biological control of pests.

Today, Denver Botanic Gardens continues this tradition at three unique sites: Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield and Mount Goliath. Each of these demonstrates the varied ecosystems of Colorado.


DBG's summer exhibit is included with general admission. Hours and dates are below.

May 23 – September 27, 2015
9 a.m. - 9 p.m. daily (last entry at 8 p.m.)

September 28 - October 18, 2015
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily (last entry at 4 p.m.)

1007 York Street

Denver, CO 80206


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