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!
Central City Opera’s 2021 Festival!
Join us for open-air, socially-distanced performances of Carousel and Rigoletto! This annual summer opera festival usually takes place in Central City. This is a rare opportunity to see the country’s fifth-oldest opera company here at Hudson Gardens!
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.
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!
Let Hudson Gardens help you acquire a green thumb. We partner with trusted Master Gardeners to offer a variety of classes that help you grow a successful garden in the Colorado climate. Check back soon for new offerings.
Learn a new hobby or practice your skills. We have regular opportunities to pick up a brush!
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 (2021 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/Beekeeping Classes
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 backdrops for family photos, engagement photos, senior photos, and more. Guests may photograph the grounds without a permit if the photos are solely for personal use and enjoyment. Professional and commercial photographers are required to purchase a permit.
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 (2021 dates will be posted on our calendar).
Yoga/ Meditation/Fitness Classes
Bring your mat and choose a tranquil section of the gardens to find your zen! We also provide regular yoga and meditation classes (2021 dates will be posted on our calendar).
Photo Credit: UCHealth
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.
Join our Community Drum Circles, which are typically held once a month at Hudson Gardens. During the warmer months, we will be drumming outside to enjoy the open air, a good beat, and a community with a lot of heart. All levels of experience are welcome. (2021 dates will be posted on our calendar).
Kids’ Art & Science Programs
Let the beauty of Hudson Gardens inspire your growing artist and naturalist! We offer a variety of kids and family-friendly programs built around nature, art, and science.
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.
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.
Summer Concert Series (2021 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
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.