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The Gardens on Spring Creek has been working closely with the City of Fort Collins and Larimer County to ensure the safety of our guests, volunteers and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic through social distancing measures and capped attendance. All visitors - including Members - are required to reserve admissions tickets for a specific date and time prior to arriving at The Gardens. Visit the admissions page for ticketing information.

Visit The Gardens COVID-19 guidelines page to review all of our COVID-19 guidelines and procedures.

Children's Garden

kids playing in Children's Garden

Year Opened: 2006
Garden Designer:  EDAW Inc. Landscaping

Our first garden open to the public, the Children's Garden is filled with numerous inviting areas for curious kids to explore, discover and grow.  This area helps connect children and their families to nature, foster a “sense of place” and educate them about horticulture, botany and ecology.  Its themes of community, gardening and sustainability are found throughout the various features of the garden including the Friendship Growing Garden and Greenroof Shelter.

The Children's Garden features all areas of the entire Gardens, on a smaller scale suitable for youth learning, as well as a number of art installations.


  • Rock garden
  • Secret gardens and willow huts
  • Pond (with fish!) and bridge
  • Green roof shelter 
  • Giant watering can with active splash waterway 
  • Dr. Seuss playhouse and sandpit
  • Interactive Discovery Zone
  • Friendship Growing Garden raised beds
  • Miniature train garden
  • Animal footprint path
  • Annual flower beds and containers
  • Grassy area