Explore the sights, sounds, and smells of our thirty-acre landscape. These articles feature our most popular attractions and offer suggestions for outdoor activities. Bonus: all of these activities can be practiced with social distancing!
Self-Guided Public Art Tours
Can you find all eighteen sculptures spread across our thirty acres of walking trails? While galleries are closed, you can get your art fix with this free, self-guided public art tour.
Self-Guided Nature Tours
Mark Twain once said, “Golf is a good walk spoiled.” Sometimes, all you need is a simple stroll through our serene walking paths. Look for information boxes along the way to learn about our plants, wildlife, and ecology.
Nixon’s Coffee House
This popular coffee shop is located in the northwest corner of Hudson Gardens at the Mary Carter Greenway Trail entrance. It’s now open for grab-and-go.
Gift Shop (Closed 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.
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.
Victoria Water Lilies
Tour the incredible diversity of our planet’s aquatic plants without leaving Colorado! 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 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
Temporarily Closed (Opening Date TBD)
The Garden Railroad chugs along in a miniature town which mimics a Colorado landscape with waterfalls, a “towering” rock formation, and more.
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.