Experience the beauty of the changing seasons at our thirty-acre landscape. There are many ways to enjoy a Fall and Winter day whether you’re looking for scenic strolls with a hot cup of coffee, art lessons to practice your creativity, workout and meditation classes to promote self-care, or guided bird walks to enhance your appreciation for nature.
Our walking paths are open every day from sunrise to sunset. These articles feature our favorite seasonal attractions.
A Hudson Christmas (Canceled)
Our walking trails are usually brightened with holiday lights from the day after Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve. As much as we would like to continue this tradition, A Hudson Christmas will not occur in 2020 due to the Coronavirus. We’ll have a blue Christmas without you; but we will be back better and brighter. Until then, enjoy photos from our Christmas past.
Holiday Gift Shop
Our Gift Shop has everything you need to decorate for the holidays, and we’re counting down the days until Christmas with twelve days of holiday shopping deals! Browse our festive gifts and décor, and receive your discount in person or online.
Fall Foliage/Snow at the Lake
The Lake is our most iconic Fall backdrop. Thanks to towering trees, you’ll see the full spectrum of Fall colors, including fiery reds, oranges, buttery yellows, burnt amber, and ruddy browns. The reflections in the lake create a kaleidoscopic effect, and the bridge makes this all very dreamlike.
In a year when we’ve spent so much time at home, doesn’t it make sense to get crafty? Find your creative side at the following arts and crafts activities:
Nixon’s Coffee House
Weather permitting, Nixon’s Coffee House at Hudson Gardens is staying open this Fall. Enjoy a crisp walk in the gardens with a Pumpkin Spice Latte or a Cinnamon Honey Latte.
This cobblestone platform has views of willow trees, the Lake, and Justin’s Bridge. Monet’s Place is a popular location for wedding ceremonies, but it’s also an ideal place to sit with a good book and a cup of coffee.
The Songbird Garden
The ornamental grasses in Songbird Garden never lose their beauty. They provide striking shapes and textures even as they turn brown. They wave gracefully in the wind and provide shelter for birds (hence the name of the garden). Together, these features create a tranquil setting for an autumn or winter stroll.
The Colorado Garden (New!)
The Colorado Garden features plants that provide fall and winter interest. We’ve designed this demonstration garden to showcase landscaping ideas that can add color and beauty to your yard even during the colder months.
Have you visited the island in the middle of our Lake? Look for the charming bridge across from our vegetable garden, and it will lead you to this beautiful spot. During the Fall, it’s surrounded by brilliant colors. When the weather is just right, it’s perfect for a photo shoot or a Fall picnic.
Fall Foliage/Snow at the Barn
Our big, red barn is an iconic place for fall and winter photos. It’s next to a grove of trees, so you’ll find an abundance of changing leaves during the Fall. We highly recommend this location for the perfect Christmas card photo.
Colorado Gives Day
Help us reach our goal of raising $10,000 before the year’s end. All gifts made on December 8, 2020 via the Colorado Gives website are eligible for an additional boost from the FirstBank Incentive Fund. Make your gift today at coloradogives.org/hudsongardens and increase your impact!
“Sticks and Stones”
Nature Play Area
This nature play area is made from repurposed logs and stones. It promotes physical activity and imagination for kids and adults. Photographers also love to use this area as a background for portraits.
Starting Your Garden From Seed (Online Class)
Growing plants from seed is a great way to start gardening earlier in the season. During this online class, you will learn tips and tricks for successfully starting your garden from seed.
Use the Fall to learn a new hobby or practice your skills. We have regular opportunities for adults and children to pick up a brush!.
We’re a birding hotspot all year long. You can explore our thriving habitat during a self-guided bird walk. Guided bird walks led by an Audubon Master Birder from the Front Range Birding Company are also offered each month; but register early. Our November Bird Walk is already sold out!
Join our Community Drum Circles, which are typically held once a month at Hudson Gardens. During the colder months, we will be drumming inside the Inn at Hudson Gardens to enjoy the roaring fireplaces, a good beat, and a community with a lot of heart. All levels of experience are welcome.
Wanna be a beekeeper? Hudson Gardens offers year-round beekeeping classes to help prepare you for the first steps of beekeeping and beyond. Core beekeeping classes—a series of six courses designed to prepare you for the first season of beekeeping—begin annually each October.
Healing Sound Baths
During the colder months, we like to promote relaxation and self-care through a popular series of sound-bathing experiences. Participants learn to quiet the mind, release stress, and build self-awareness by using ancient sound healing instruments.
Explore the brilliant colors of Fall through the lens of your favorite camera. We’re open from sunrise to sunset for hobbyists and professional photographers. We also provide occasional photography lessons to help take your craft to the next level.
Can you find all eighteen sculptures spread across our thirty acres of walking trails? You can get your art fix and your daily exercise with this free, self-guided public art tour. Learn more about our collection!
The log cabin known as The Inn at Hudson Gardens is a popular setting for holiday parties. This venue includes stone fireplaces and holiday decorations. Guests can also tour our extravaganza of lights: A Hudson Christmas! Book Now
The Inn at Hudson Gardens is ideal for winter weddings. Exchange vows in front of a fireplace; share your first dance in a charming log cabin; take stunning photos with evergreen trees and holiday lights.