Hudson Gardens is blooming with outdoor events and activities during the spring and summer months. Hudson Gardens has thirty acres of entertaining possibilities whether you’re looking for live music, self-directed nature walks, or health and wellness classes. Explore these articles to make the most of the Denver area’s sunniest days!
It’s outdoor concert season! Hudson Gardens’ Summer Concert Series is known for its eclectic lineup of world-famous performers, comfortable seating on the grassy amphitheater, free parking, affordable drinks, and Denver’s best food trucks.
Self-Guided Nature Tours
Grab a garden map at the Welcome Center for your self-guided tour. While strolling through serene walking paths, look for information boxes to learn about the plants, wildlife, ecology, art, and history of Hudson Gardens.
Brews & Views Beer Fest
All beer aficionados should add this event to their calendars. For five years, Brews & Views has built a loyal following by delivering a wide selection of quality brews, affordable ticket levels, stunning views, and live entertainment.
Victoria Water Lilies
Hudson Gardens is one of two public places in the Denver area to find Victoria Water Lilies, which are native to South America. Their flowers have a fascinating, 48-hour life cycle which we celebrate with pop-up bloom events (Dates TBD).
Stop and smell the roses. Our signature Rose Garden includes Hybrid Teas, Floribundas, Grandifloras, and Climbing Roses. Chat with Master Rosarians from the Denver Rose Society at a “Meet the Rose Gardener” session (Dates TBD).
Find your zen at a morning or sunset yoga session. Of course, you’re always welcome to bring a mat and practice yoga on your own! Photo Credit: UCHealth
The series of Summer 2019 yoga classes will be announced soon!
Honey Bee Apiary
The Honey Bee Apiary is home to approximately twenty beehives as well as the Community Apiary where hives are owned by community beekeepers. The bees help pollinate plants within Hudson Gardens and the surrounding community.
Hudson Gardens is a birding hotspot. Explore our thriving habitat with a field guide and a pair of high-focus binoculars (available for a $10 refundable deposit at the Welcome Center). Guided bird walks are also offered each month.
Find the perfect patch of grass to enjoy a picnic in the Colorado sunshine. Hudson Gardens also has picnic tables with views of our red barn and a serene lake. Forgot the food? Our on-site coffee-shop has sandwiches, salads, and snacks. Learn more about the menu and hours for Nixon’s Coffee House.
Nixon’s Coffee House
Opens May 2019
This popular coffee shop is located in the northwest corner of Hudson Gardens at the Mary Carter Greenway Trail entrance. It’s the perfect spot for people-watching under the shade of picnic shelters.
Originally an oxbow formed along the South Platte River, the Wetlands feature diverse habitats and micro-environments. They are lined by cottonwood trees while cattails, willows, and duckweed grow along the banks. Frogs, turtles, muskrats, raccoons, red fox, and the occasional beaver call this area home.
The Vegetable Garden
This garden is maintained in partnership with the CSU Extension-Arapahoe County Colorado Master Gardener Volunteer Program. The vegetables represent widely available and easily grown varieties from across Colorado. All vegetables (762 pounds of produce in 2018!) are donated to local food banks.
When you visit Hudson Gardens, be sure to enter and exit through the gift shop. You’ll find local goods including Colorado honey, educational toys, gardening resources, and home décor.
The landscape at Hudson Gardens is complemented by unique sculptures, including permanent displays and temporary installations provided by South Suburban Parks and Recreation’s ‘Art-on-Loan’ program.
Plein Air Painting & Photography
Artists are welcome to set up a canvas and capture the unique beauty of Hudson Gardens’ outdoor displays. Take advantage of unique landscapes and flexible hours: Hudson Gardens is open to the public from sunrise to sunset, so you’ll have plenty of chances to find the right natural lighting.
Hudson Gardens is a hotspot for Pokémon Go with lots of characters ready to be captured. Access to our gardens is free all year from sunrise to sunset, so bring your screen and join the fun.
The G-Scale Garden Railroad
Opens June 2019
The Garden Railroad chugs along in a miniature town which mimics a Colorado landscape with waterfalls, a “towering” rock formation, a horse stable, and more.
Family Explorer Packs
& Nature Hunts
Explore Hudson Gardens with a free Seasonal Nature Hunt, or rent a Family Explorer Pack with binoculars, field guides, clue cards, and games for $5 at the Welcome Center.