• Rocky Mountain columbine in the Rock Garden at the Gardens on Spring Creek.

State Flower to kick off Garden of Lights

Friday, December 4 - 5:00 PM

The Official State Flower of Colorado, Rocky Mountain Columbine will sparkle violet, gold, and white this year at Garden of Lights, a month-long holiday event at the Gardens on Spring Creek, 2145 Centre Avenue. The event creates glittering lighting scenes that celebrate the magic of our community’s botanical garden and the holiday season.

Created by artist Josh Jones of Gallegos Sanitation, the custom-welded trio of Columbines will be lit for the first time during the event’s opening ceremony led by Mayor Wade Troxell on FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4 at 5:00 p.m. The Columbines will glow at The Gardens through January 4.

The sculpture stands six foot tall, three feet wide and consists of a trio of flowers. All materials for the columbine trio are made from 100% recycled steel, consisting of repurposed steel re-bar from the Foothills Mall (stems and flower head base), scrap sheet metal was used to create the petals and leaves, and the “ stakes” ofthe flower are made from old GSI polycart trash can axles. Volunteers at the Gardens meticulously threaded LED lights throughout the sculpture to give it its glow.

Holiday Plants & Gifts

Looking for a unique present for that someone special? We offer one-stop shopping in our Gift Shop and Greenhouse to deck your halls at home. Choose from poinsettias, amaryllis, Christmas cactus, and a large assortment of indoor succulent dish gardens.

Plants are ready for sale NOW!

New Classes for Adults

Our 2015 Winter Classes are now available for registration!

Fall Learning Opportunities...

Winter Learning Opportunities...

Friends of the Gardens launch Capital Campaign

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2015 Official Sponsors

Special thanks to our Official Sponsors, University of Colorado Health, Eye Center of Northern Colorado, Co's BMW Center and MINI of Loveland, and Fort Collins Nursery. Their generous support allows us to continue to Take Root. Grow. Flourish.

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2145 Centre Ave.
Fort Collins, CO 80526

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May 1–Sept. 30
9 a.m.–5 p.m. Mon.–Fri.
9 a.m.–4 p.m. Sat.
noon–5 p.m. Sun.

Oct. 1–Apr. 30
9 a.m.–5 p.m. Mon. - Fri.
9 a.m.–4 p.m. Sat.
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Monday, November 30
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The Gardens on Spring Creek is the community botanic garden of Fort Collins, Colorado. Visit our display gardens, take a gardening class, enjoy our special events and...Take Root. Grow. Flourish.