Durango BOtanical Society

Building Public Gardens Committed to Demonstration and Education

Get to Know Us

The Founding Board Members ( 2011-2013) had a vision and enlisted community enthusiasm,volunteers and contributions to develop the premier
garden project for DBS. 
Our mission:

 “The Durango Botanical Society is committed to the design and development of public gardens throughout SW Colorado for the purposes of education and demonstration."

The evolution of dedicated Board Members enabled the Durango Botanical Society to complete the Library Demonstration Garden through volunteer  efforts.

The founding Board through the present Board evolved to develop the Demonstration Garden further as a tool to create events and an education program that included Docents. The present Board has focused on strategic planning and long term education and garden development in Southwest Colorado.

2017-2018 Board

John Anderson President

Open Seat Vice President

Connie Markert Treasurer

Camilla Potter Secretary


Nancy Wallace

Theresa Anderson

Colleen Hubona


Cindy Smart Executive Director'

Melanie Palmer Garden Curator

Hollis Hassenstein   Director of Horticulture

Lynn Mitzlaf Garden Manager

Jane Collard Gould Garden Designer   

Lisa Bourey Garden  Design Coordinator

Erik Lewis Canyon Landscape 

Contractor and Stone Mason

Pete Varney  Photographer

Mailing Address:

Durango Botanical Society
1400 Main Ave.
Durango CO. 81301 Gardens are located at 1900 East 3rd Ave. Behind the Library on the trail.
The Society meets on the second Monday of every month at 9 AM, In program room three at the Durango Public Library. Margaret Mead once said:      Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed  citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. 

Founding Board 2010

  • Cindy Smart   Founder
  • Darrin Parmenter
  • Lisa Bourey
  • Connie Mathews
  • Marye Jackson
  • John Wickman
  • Jeff Wagner

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