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The Gardens on Spring Creek will be closed through April 30, with no programming, special events or public access available during this time.

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History, Mission, and Values

Our Mission and Values

Our Vision
To be a world-class botanic garden that is community oriented, educational, experiential and sustainable.

To improve the lives of people and foster environmental stewardship through horticulture.

We are dedicated to the following values:

  • Cultivating community through a passion for horticulture
  • Honoring our local place, both the natural and human environments
  • Demonstrating respect and compassion for all people
  • Serving the northern Colorado community through public involvement and partnerships
  • Providing exceptional service with enthusiasm, creativity, and cost-effectiveness

Our History

The Gardens on Spring Creek was first envisioned in 1986 but the first critical step in our development did not come until 1995, when our founding non-profit group successfully convinced the Fort Collins city council to initiate a city-funded community horticulture program. The positive results of that program's dozens of gardens and gardening projects were then used as a springboard to secure the endorsement of voters in a 1997 municipal election, resulting in three million dollars in city funding to build the Gardens on Spring Creek. Ground was finally broken on the Visitors Center in 2004 and The Gardens officially opened their doors to the public.

The first garden, The Children's Garden, opened in 2006 and was followed by the Garden of Eatin' and Wetland Demonstration Site in 2009, and the Rock Garden in 2010. Funds are currently being raised for future gardens: The Great Lawn, The Undaunted Garden, and two naturalistic gardens--the Prairie Garden and Foothills Garden.

Learn more about the development of The Gardens

A Year by Year Timeline 1987-2019