We took the grandkids to the Denver botanical Gardens at Chatfield this morning. The gardens are an 1800s ranch with a creek running through the middle of it that still has the old homestead, outbuildings, and garden areas from back in the day.
We got there as soon as they opened at 9 o'clock hoping to beat the heat that was forecast for later today. We didn't stay long, only about an hour and a half, and it was already getting so hot that it was no longer much fun.
Not only was it hot but the place was kind of a disappointment. It costs five dollars per car to get into the gardens, and another four dollars per adult to get into the butterfly habitat. I paid to go into the butterfly area thinking that I could get some nice butterfly pictures but unfortunately there were very few butterflies and the ones that were there looked kind of beat up and not all that photogenic. I only managed to get one picture of a butterfly and that's it at the top of the page.
The rest of the place wasn't much better, the flowers were kind of sparse, the whole garden wasn't very big, and there wasn't much for little kids to do. On the plus side all of the volunteers we talked to were great and very proud of the work they do there.
I probably made it sound like it was a total loss but it really wasn't. My grandson had fun looking at the chickens they have there, and enjoyed splashing in the creek. They had a real tractor that the kids could get on and my grandson loved looking at that but unfortunately the whole tractor was so hot from sitting in the sun you couldn't touch it so looking was all he got to do. I haven't given up on the place yet I'll probably try it again in the future on a day that's not so miserably hot.