Construction of the Denver Botanic Gardens’ new, $15 million, 15,000 square foot Greenhouse Complex is scheduled to be complete and open to the public by Labor Day weekend of 2010. Displays and educational programming throughout the facility will provide information about tropical ecosystems, their diversity, functions and importance. Funded by the citizens of Denver through the voter-approved Better Denver Bond Program, the greenhouse facility is located just to the west of the Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory.
The new complex consists of state of the art greenhouses with flexibility for 12 climate control options. A renovated Marnie’s Pavilion serves as a display space for plants collections that are predominantly orchids, bromeliads and ferns, known as epiphytic plants. The Greenhouse Complex also includes an Orangery with seasonal year-round displays reminiscent of traditional European Renaissance garden displays. The facility also has a public classroom and horticulture department offices. The new buildings incorporate sustainable building in their energy efficient and economical heating and cooling systems, and use of recycled materials.
Visible to the public, the greenhouses inside the Greenhouse Complex will provide visitors a better understanding of all the operations that happen behind the scenes in creating beautiful and dynamic botanic garden displays.
The Denver Botanic Gardens are located at 1007 York Street.