Explore the colors, sounds, smells, and textures of our thirty-acre landscape. Our walking trails, garden exhibits, park-like open spaces, river access, and more are open every day from sunrise to sunset with no admission charge. These articles feature our most popular attractions and offer suggestions for outdoor activities. Bonus: all of these activities can be practiced with social distancing!
Watch a Water Lily Bloom!
We’re one of two public places in the Denver area to find Victoria Water Lilies. Watch this time-lapse video of a blooming Victoria Water Lily flower, and learn why this bloom is such a unique spectacle!
Self-Guided Public Art Tours
Can you find all eighteen sculptures spread across our thirty acres of walking trails? You can get your art fix and your daily dose of nature with this free, self-guided public art tour. Learn more about our collection!
Nixon’s Coffee House
This popular coffee shop is located in the northwest corner of Hudson Gardens at the Mary Carter Greenway Trail entrance.
The Colorado Garden (New!)
The Colorado Garden features plants that grow well in our climate. It highlights plants that are native, drought-resistant, and colorful. We’ve designed this demonstration garden to showcase landscaping ideas that can add beauty to your yard while reducing your water use and supporting pollinators.
Fall Planting: Bulbs & Beyond
September 23, 4:00 PM
Have you ever attempted a fall garden or a second planting? Learn what to plant and how to ensure their success. This presentation will include a live garden demonstration and a planting of a fall container garden.
Painting the Masters: Monet’s “End of Summer”
September 26, 9:00 AM
It’s hard to let go of summer, but the fall colors are just as majestic. Join artist Maryann Leake-Baisley to paint “End of Summer” on a 16 x 20 using an 8-step process. All supplies are included. No experience needed.
Gift Shop (Curbside-Pickup Until Further Notice)
When you visit Hudson Gardens, be sure to enter and exit through the gift shop. You’ll find home décor, gardening products, toys and games, apparel, and local goods including Colorado honey.
The Rose Garden
Stop and smell the roses. Our Rose Garden includes Hybrid Teas, Floribundas, Grandifloras, and Climbing Roses. Learn more from our Master Rosarians at a “Meet the Rose Gardener” session (2020 dates will be posted on our calendar).
Originally an oxbow formed along the South Platte River, Turtle Pond features diverse habitats and micro-environments. Turtles, frogs, muskrats, raccoons, red foxes, and the occasional beaver all call it home.
Bob’s Pond (Water Garden)
Tour the incredible diversity of our planet’s aquatic plants without leaving Colorado! In addition to Victoria Water Lilies (which are native to South America), our water gardens include hardy water lilies native to Colorado, lotuses, and papyrus plants.
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.
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 (365 pounds of produce in 2019!) are donated to local food banks.
We oversee thirty acres of picturesque landscapes which provide a variety of backdrops for family photos, engagement photos, quinceanera photos, graduation photos, and more. Photo Credit: Brooke Leigh Photography.
Hudson Gardens is a birding hotspot. Bring a pair of binoculars and explore our thriving habitat by taking a self-guided bird walk. Guided bird walks are also offered each month through an Audubon Master Birder (2020 dates will be posted on our calendar).
Bring your mat and choose a tranquil section of the gardens to find your zen! We also provide classes in partnership with Outlaw Yoga and local instructors. (2020 dates will be posted on our calendar).
Photo Credit: UCHealth
The River Garden (New!)
Phase I of the River Integration project is complete! This project improved connections between Hudson Gardens, the Mary Carter Greenway Trail (‘Trail’), and the South Platte River. Enjoy this new entry point between Hudson Gardens and the Trail where benches, public art, and planting beds surround an oval lawn.
This floral exhibit is one of our most colorful and cheerful spots, so it’s only fitting we name it after the co-founder of our property: Evelyn Hudson. Look for this oval-shaped exhibit across from the Garden Canopy.
The G-Scale Garden Railroad
The Garden Railroad chugs along in a miniature town which mimics a Colorado landscape with waterfalls, a “towering” rock formation, and more. Watch the trains run on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 9 – 11:30 AM.
Plein Air Painting
Artists are always 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.
Summer Concerts (2020 Concert Season Canceled)
Summer concerts are canceled because of COVID-19. But in a normal year, May-September is outdoor concert season. Our Summer Concert Series is known for an eclectic lineup of world-famous performers, prime views from the grassy amphitheater, free parking, affordable drinks, and Denver’s best food trucks.
Brews & Views Beer Fest (2020 Date Canceled)
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.