Nursery day trip: Denver and beyond

A mountain garden weekend

tagawa garden

Jenifer Harrington

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Getting to Tagawa

  • Take I-25 to E. Arapahoe Rd./State 88; head south on S. Parker Rd. 7711 S. Parker Rd., Centennial, CO;

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Namesake flower: Denver daisy

State flower: Rocky Mountain columbine

Number of parks: More than 300. Check out

Number of Denver Botanic Gardens locations: 3; the main downtown location (1005 York St.), plus Littleton and Mt. Evans.

Number of community gardens: More than 80. Download a map from Denver Urban Gardens (

Best place to buy plants: Tagawa Gardens in Centennial (pictured).

Claim to gardenspeak fame: “Xeriscape” was coined in 1981 by the Denver Water department.

Best garden-inspired restaurant: Potager (French for “kitchen garden”). $$; closed Sun; 1109 Ogden St.; 303/832-5788.

Where to dine in a garden: Highland’s Garden Cafe. Order the watercress, pistachio, and pink grapefruit salad. $$$; closed Sun; 3927 W. 32nd Ave.; 303/458-5920.

Most impressive rooftop garden: The 20,000-squarefoot “green roof” at the Environmental Protection Agency’s regional headquarters. 303/ 312-6836 for tour info.

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