Day 59 – Denver Botanic Gardens

We take our time getting up before heading out to the gardens for lunch. I love gardens and there’s a special Alexander Calder exhibit that I’m extra excited to see. About 12 of the American artist’s large sculptures have been placed throughout the garden, mostly outdoors.

We get our map and start wandering: the tropical conservancy, the alpine garden, the bonsai pavilion, the water lilies. Everywhere we turn, there’s something great. There’s a red and black Calder stabile on a pedestal in a pond that Walt and I agree is our favorite. The blue and white stabile in the water lily pond is also high on our list. Walt really enjoys some of the rock formation landscaping, particularly in the alpine garden.

One of the last corners we come to is a Dale Chihuly glass sculpture, all orange and yellow, in the middle of a bed of beautiful orange, red and yellow flowers. He’s also one of my favorite American artists, along with Calder, so it ends our visit on a great note.

We end our lovely afternoon by visiting Denver’s famed Tattered Cover bookstore and spend a happy hour browsing and buying books.

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