A classic, Colorado fall landscape with towering trees reflected in a pond, a bridge crossing the pond, and blue mountains in the background.

A Place for Branching Out

The Hudson Gardens & Event Center is owned and operated by South Suburban Parks and Recreation. The location encompasses 30 acres of garden exhibits, trails, open spaces, and event venues only minutes from downtown Littleton. These spaces become scenic backdrops for community events and private occasions that encourage people to bond over fun times and spectacular views. We also provide a membership experience and free, daily admission for self-directed exploration.

An image of Hudson Holidays at night, with multiple trees being lit up with holiday style strings of lights

A Place Buzzing with Events

We’re constantly dreaming up new ways to connect visitors with people, nature, and artistry. The calendar of events includes Hudson Holidays and Light Up the New Year, our extravaganza of holiday lights, and year-round community programs such as beekeeping classes and bird walks. Hudson Gardens has also become a popular destination for private occasions ranging from weddings to meetings and other corporate events.

A cluster of sunflowers reach towards a blue sky and spill over a wooden fence.

Free Garden Admission

Hudson Gardens is open to the public 365 days a year (although sections of the gardens close early on some days for events), and garden admission is always free. Stroll along the nature trails to admire towering trees, floral displays, water gardens, native wildlife, public art, and more. Practice photography, play Pokémon Go, hide and find geocaches, and keep Hudson Gardens going as a community asset for all people and all seasons.

King and Evelyn Hudson hold a bushel of produce in the middle of a farm that later became a part of Hudson Gardens

Our Roots

King and Evelyn Hudson purchased five acres of land in 1941 for their home and a farm-to-table restaurant called The Country Kitchen, which became popular with locals. Evelyn established the King C. Hudson and Evelyn Leigh Hudson Foundation so their land could be a community asset for generations to come. The Hudson Gardens officially opened in 1996 and was later renamed The Hudson Gardens & Event Center to reflect the growing popularity of concerts, community programs, and other opportunities for recreation and entertainment.