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Gardens on Spring Creek closes for construction January 2

Released on Thursday, December 27, 2018
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  • Rendering of future Visitor's Center and Conservatory/Butterfly House

FORT COLLINS –Transformation at the Gardens on Spring Creek Visitor’s Center and construction of a new Conservatory/Butterfly House will begin January 2, 2019.

This project will construct the first Conservatory/Butterfly House in Fort Collins in partnership with the Butterfly Pavilion, showcasing the vital role pollinators play in our environment. A new lobby/entrance, meeting room, café concessions, and expanded gift shop will also be added. When complete, the construction project will double the square footage of the current facility, adding 4,500 square feet of new space.

The Visitor’s Center, Greenhouse, and its surrounding original gardens will close beginning January 2, 2019. This closure will ensure safety and security of the site, staff, and project team. Access to the front door and gates, adjacent pathways, restrooms, and parking will be impacted during construction.

Construction is expected to last 8-9 months, pending weather and other unknowns. The Gardens’ closure is anticipated through grand opening in fall 2019.

The new Visitor’s Center is $3 million dollars and was funded partially ($2.2 million) through the Community Capital Improvement tax, approved by voters of Fort Collins in April 2015. Private donations have contributed funding to the project. The project management team includes City of Fort Collins, Elder Construction, and Architecture West.

Starting April 1, 2019, the new gardens (Theme Gardens, Great Lawn, Undaunted Garden, Prairie and Foothills) and the Rock Garden will open. The popular annual Spring Plant Sale will continue May 10-12, 2019 in the new Great Lawn.

For more info on the closure schedule and project updates, please visit


About Gardens on Spring Creek
The Gardens on Spring Creek is located at 2145 Centre Avenue and is the community botanic garden of Fort Collins, Colorado. The 18-acre site opened in 2004 as part of a vital public/private partnership between the City of Fort Collins and the Friends of the Gardens on Spring Creek. Our mission is to enrich the lives of people and foster environmental stewardship through horticulture. For more info, please visit