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Letter from the Chairman of the Board of Trustees

After enduring construction and numerous improvement projects, members, visitors and supporters of the Gardens were rewarded in 2010 for their patience and our commitment to the master development plan.

From the visible transformations – like the opening of Mordecai Children’s Garden - to the less noticeable – like miles of underground irrigation and wiring – the Gardens has truly reached new heights that will serve as a basis for years to come.

Denver Botanic Gardens continues to broaden its offerings in all its core areas, including education, horticulture, exhibitions and research.

With the opening of Mordecai Children’s Garden, the Gardens appeals to an ever- expanding demographic. The Children’s Garden was designed specifically for kids – and specifically for Colorado. Our younger guests were thrilled with the new opportunities to play, learn and explore in Mordecai Children’s Garden in 2010; though it was open only from August through November, over 40,000 people experienced the garden.

Moore in the Gardens was not a peak in our offerings, but rather a new beginning for the future of Denver Botanic Gardens. The 20 monumental works by Henry Moore helped to establish the Gardens as a venue not only for flora, but for impressive and moving exhibi- tions as well. Visitors from the region, nation and globe came to Denver Botanic Gardens to see the sculptures and nearly always left in awe of Moore’s inspiring works.

On September 4, 2010, the Gardens opened a new state-of-the-art Greenhouse Complex. With more room and equipment for propagation, research and growing a variety of plants, the Gardens will continue to elevate its profile in the scientific community, all while further connecting people with plants.

While 2009 exceeded our attendance expectations, the nearly 820,000 visitors in 2010 absolutely astonished us. It is clear that visitors appreciate all the hard work at the Gardens. It is a great collaboration of staff, volunteers, donors and visitors themselves that has helped raise the Gardens to its current status.

The next year will continue to enhance our profi le and provide our visitors with an unparalleled cultural experience. I am confi dent that our visitors will continually be amazed by not only the visual beauty of the Gardens, but also the dynamic research and horticultural activities.

We’ve set a new standard at Denver Botanic Gardens. Always moving forward, the Gardens will continue this tradition of excellence and flourish for years to come.


DOMINIC LLOYD 2010 Chairman, Board of Trustees

2010 Denver Botanic Gardens Annual Report


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