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“Not a place for Children Groups”

Western Colorado Botanical Gardens
Reviewed 17 July 2014

We have tried twice to take groups of children to the Botanical Gardens. The first time one of the older male volunteers yelled at our group of three to five year olds for playing on the grass. To make it worst the person in charge fired the poor man right in front of us. We were told they would comp our next visit but we waited three years before we returned.

This Spring we returned but found it less organized than before. They even charged us for a tour guide but they were very under staffed and it turned into a self tour. You would think they would cater to school groups to fill in for the slow season and get the word out. We will probably won't return. We have given them a chance.

2  Thank Harold H
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Reviewed 13 July 2014

If you are expecting an expansive meandering full day event, you may be disappointed. The native plants and butterfly house are nice activities. Situated on a biking hiking trail along the Colorado River you can easily wrap up an afternoon or day exploring. Close by is Edgewater Brewery and all the activities of Grand Junction an easy walk.
Small parking lot but ample room.
Take the time to explore and support the effort.

Thank COparrotheads
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Reviewed 12 July 2014

The gardens are along the paved bike path along the Colrado River. While biking we stumbled upon this lovely place and enjoyed an hour of touring their orchid house, butterfly room, sculpture garden, children's play land, and historical /native plant area that even has an old shepherder's wagon. Great place to bring kids or adults . If you already belong to an arboretum or other historical society, you may well get in for free, though we felt a donation was well worth our experience.

Thank Linda G
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Reviewed 8 July 2014

A girlfriend and I showed up on a Tuesday morning. I heard it was free on Tuesdays. This must be old information as we were charged $5 per person. I am happy to pay it to support this place. They have a butterfly area. Where they check that you have no hitchhikers before you leave. Overall a beautiful space. Worth your time to visit while in the area. Could be done in less than a hour or as long as you want. I am not 100% sure if the building across the street is part of it or not. It is a castle looking building that has a bunch of fun things around it's gardens. Glad we found this and made time to visit. Keep up the good work.

1  Thank Me9247
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Reviewed 22 June 2014

The Botanical Gardens are relatively small - There is a small indoor portion with lots of more exotic plans (many of which were just potted and on a table) and a stream. Upon exiting this area, there is a short, paved walking path with plants on the side, followed by a lily pond and a more desert-scape area (not paved) with historical information of the region.

The butterfly garden is small but quite nice. We saw several butterflies and very pretty plants in this area.

The highlight, however, was the cat that lives on-site (Smokey). Incredibly friendly and cute!

Unless you're very interested in examining all of the plants, this will not take you a long time to get through.

Thank JennaAndJosh
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