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Out of an abundance of caution, and to limit the potential spread of COVID-19, the City of Fort Collins is acting on direction from state leadership and public health partners and has closed all cultural facilities. We are working with state and local officials to determine a plan for reopening and will communicate details as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience as we navigate this unprecedented time.

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Sustainable Backyard

Year Opened: 2013

The Sustainable Backyard brings eco-conscious ideas to homeowners while demonstrating the use of many sustainable landscape materials.  The Gardens, in partnership with the Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado, installed its Sustainable Backyard (in just one day!), on April 29, 2013 as part of the Planet National Day of Service. 


  • Drip irrigation
  • Raised beds and berms
  • Re-purposed materials 
  • Rock, lumber and wood chips from local sources
  • Ornamental grasses, xeric perennials and shrubs
  • Permeable paver pathway
  • Windscreen, bird thicket and dry creek
  • Turf demonstration that displays various alternatives 
  • Leaf cutter bee house
  • Container gardens