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Do not plan to visit The Gardens if you have a cough or fever. All visitors are required to follow City of Fort Collins mask protocols. Please practice social distancing – staying at least six feet away from staff, volunteers and visitors not in your party.

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Undaunted Garden

Undaunted Garden

Year Opened:  2019

This garden is designed and managed by nationally-renowned garden designer and Fort Collins resident Lauren Springer and is named after her bestselling gardening book The Undaunted Garden: Planting for Weather-Resilient Beauty.

The purpose of the garden is to trial and increase the diversity of ornamental plants that offer wildlife and pollinator benefits and that thrive with low water input  and in our challenging Northern Colorado climate and soils.  The unique design focuses on inspiring and educating visitors with artistic combinations and distinctive styles demonstrated in four distinct garden areas.


  • Three-quarters of an acre, sloped, egg-shaped space almost entirely in full sun
  • South-facing slope features the Cactus Garden, the the largest outdoor collection of cold-hardy cacti in the country
  • West side features Cottage Garden where shrubs and larger perennials mingle in a flowery, feminine English-garden-style exuberance
  • Demonstrates xeriscape principles
  • Showcases western native plants and well-adapted non-natives