Why go now: Spring is so almost here, and we've mapped out a kickoff to bring it a little closer. A stroll through the spiffed-up botanic gardens, platefuls of just-picked greens, and a buying spree of new plants and flowers should get you in the mood.
Denverites heart their dirt: Denver Urban Gardens broke ground on its 100th community garden last year. Let's hear it for triple digits!
And talk about green cred: NSAs (Neighborhood Supported Agriculture) give locals the chance to donate use of their yards to urban farmers in exchange for weekly produce (eatwhereulive.com).
Bring on the veggies: Head to the nearby suburb of Aurora to walk around what we think is the best CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) in the area at DeLaney Community Farm.
Like what you see?: Sign up for weekly veggie pickups (dug.org)
Don't just look--eat!: Fruition, Z Cuisine, Fuel, Shazz, and Root Down all have chefs who spend as much time tracking down the freshest local food as they do preparing it. Fruition chef Alex Seidel even owns a farm in Larkspur.
Backstage botany in action: $15 mil went a long way at the Denver Botanic Gardens, where a new greenhouse complex means you can now peek inside the massive glass structures for a behind-the-scenes look at horticulturists hard at work. Little ones will love the Mordecai Children's Garden, where they can build forts, splash around in the stream, and explore plant and insect life. $13, 1007 York St., botanicgardens.org