This beautiful xeric garden was recently honored by the Plant Select program as a demonstration garden partner with the coveted Golden Shovel Award. The garden was recognized for the exceptional educational opportunities it offers visitors.
At 5600 windy feet in elevation, the garden has the San Juan Mountains as its backdrop.
More than one acre (on the almost four acre site) is planted and it features a native plant island and a promenade lined with perennials.
A dedicated group of volunteers called “The Weed Warriors” meets every Wednesday to maintain the garden.
In August the 2012 USA Pro Cycling Challenge will make a scheduled stop at the Montrose Botanic Gardens during the first leg of the race.
Photo courtesy of the Montrose Botanic Gardens.