The Western Colorado Botanical Gardens 12 acres (4.9 ha) is located at the southern end of 7th Street in Grand Junction, Colorado, United States. The gardens are managed by a non profit organization known as STRIVE. Founded in 1994, The Gardens have been increasing the size of the facility since 2003.
The Gardens have reclaimed a downtown site previously filled with thousands of used tires, junk car parts, and dead batteries. The debris has been replaced with a 4,000 sq ft (370 m2) greenhouse and butterfly house, featuring over 600 orchids and other tropical plants from around the world. A variety of outdoor gardens have been developed and/or planned, including a Cactus and Succulent Garden, Children's Secret Garden, Harmony In Color Garden, International Garden, Native Garden, Seasonal Xeric Garden, and Sensory Garden.
The Native Garden is a miniature replica of Colorado's Grand Valley, including the Grand Mesa, the Colorado National Monument and Mount Garfield, with plantings related to the 13 geological zones of Western Colorado.
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