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!
Every May-Sept, it’s outdoor concert season! Our Summer Concert Series is known for an 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.
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 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.
We oversee thirty acres of picturesque natural terrain which provide a variety of backdrops for family photos, engagement photos, quinceanera photos, graduation photos and more. Photo Credit: Brooke Leigh Photography
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. Our water gardens also feature hardy water lilies native to Colorado, lotuses, and papyrus plants.
Hudson Gardens has unique sculptures, including permanent displays and temporary installations provided by South Suburban Parks and Recreation’s ‘Art-on-Loan’ program.
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
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
Open Sat-Sun, 8AM-5PM
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.
Stop and smell the roses. Our 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 (2020 dates TBD).
The G-Scale Garden Railroad
Open Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays: 9-11:00 AM
The Garden Railroad chugs along in a miniature town which mimics a Colorado landscape with waterfalls, a “towering” rock formation, 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.
Plein Air Painting
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.