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We support and utilize five educational gardens across our county to demonstrate how, what and where to garden in your home landscape or neighborhood. Consider reaching out to these gardens for a tour or more information. Some accessible to stop by, while others require advanced notice. Click for more information about each garden:

Cherokee Ranch & Castle Garden

Location: 6113 Daniels Park Rd, Sedalia, CO 80135
What you’ll find: High elevation (7,000 feet), rouged garden planted around a historic stone castle. Many plants are xeric and Plant Select. Native plants abound in the non-landscaped terrain leading to the castle.

CSU Extension in Douglas County Gardens

Location: 410 Fairgrounds Road, Castle Rock, CO 80104
What you’ll find: A variety of unique garden spaces including: xeric, dry shade, perennials, rock garden, roses and turf grass.

Douglas County Public Gardens

Location: 620 Wilcox St, Castle Rock, CO 80104
What you’ll find: In the heart of historic downtown Castle Rock, this garden is converting traditional building landscaped areas to more xeric, native and Colorado-hardy plants in both shaded and sunny areas surrounded by sidewalks and turf grass.

Hidden Mesa Research Orchard & Demonstration Garden

Location: 3217 CO-83, Franktown, CO 80116
What you’ll find: 2 acre research orchard with fruit and nut trees, 4 high tunnels growing fruits and propagating new plants, 22 raised bed vegetable gardens, 30+ chickens used for insect management, small composting operation and various trial gardening techniques for the harsh Colorado climate.

Sedalia Plant Select Garden

Location: 4037-A North, Platte Ave, Sedalia, CO 80135
What you’ll find: Plant Select garden focused on low-water (xeric), tough, hardy plants for our Colorado climate.