In mid-August, Mikl and Eve had the pleasure of visiting the beautiful, newly created and planted Rocky Mountain Botanic Gardens in central Lyons, CO. Envisioned and designed by herbalist, botanist, and educator Garima Fairfax (a beloved former Harlequin’s staffer!) and brought to fruition with a team of dedicated volunteers and grant money, the non-profit botanic garden is a delightful and educational display of native annuals, perennials, shrubs, vines, and trees. It is easily accessed along popular walking and cycling trails.
The garden features native plants that grow in the foothills surrounding Lyons as well as plants from the mountains above Lyons, riparian areas along rivers, grasslands to the east of Lyons, and plants from the southwestern part of Colorado. Plants are grouped in ecosystems, such as Plains, Foothills, Montane, and plant labeling is well underway (“We think of our garden as nature with name tags!”).
Enjoy a few photos we took at RMBG and go to their website to find out more about this inspired project!