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Denver City County Building award-winning garden worth a visit

Consider visiting the garden at the Denver City County Building on the way to or from the blockbuster King Tut exhibit at the Denver Art Museum next door. A recent “Showcase Garden” award from the regional Plant Select® program recognized “the creation and maintenance of an exceptional public demonstration garden.”

“This garden showcases the best perennial flowers for our region and gives the public the opportunity to see them in a unique garden,” says Carl Wilson, Colorado State University Extension horticulturist. He accepted the award on behalf of the garden’s three partners: CSU Extension, Denver Parks and Recreation and Denver Botanic Gardens.

The garden was established in 2005 by Mayor John Hickenlooper as a community conservation garden. The Denver Botanic Gardens designed the garden taking an old European idea of an intricate “parterre” design and updating it with water-wise plants adapted to the Rocky Mountain region. Colorado Master Gardeners volunteers from CSU Extension assist Denver Parks personnel in maintaining the garden. The Water Conservation Program of Denver Parks led by Jill Weurtz deserves credit for managing and making improvements to this demonstration garden over the years.

“The patterns of leaf color and texture add to the changing display of bright flowers creating a garden that really is appealing in all seasons,” boasts Wilson. He encourages people to visit the garden several times a year when they are in the Civic Center area to get ideas for their own garden.

The award earned the garden a gold star on the online map of seventy demonstration gardens around the state on the Plant Select® group’s website, Check the site under demonstration gardens for location details and photos.

CCB Garden parterre design plan

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Updated Saturday, September 25, 2010