Greeley’s Best Kept Secret: 515 23rd Ave, Greeley, CO 80634 | 970-356-8097 ext. 3
April, May, September & October:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday 8:00 am-4:00 pm
Tuesday & Thursday 11:00 am- 6:00 pm
June, July & August:
7 days per week: 8:00 am – 7:00 pm
A little History:
Once part of the short grass prairie, the Houston Gardens Property was most recently part of a large hayfield owned by George Meredith Houston. George M. Houston, who moved to Greeley in 1890 to enroll in the newly founded Normal School, was a teacher, state senator and mayor. Amongst all other things, he was also an avid gardener and particularly interested in irrigation. In 1907, Mr. Houston married Ms. Gladys Sanborn and in 1910 their only child, Phylabe, was born. Phylabe and George shared a vision of one day turning their farmland into a botanic garden.
The dream eventually came to fruition when Phylabe donated the property to the Assistance League of Greeley. The land was transformed into a botanic garden and a nature center dedicated to her father and the original pioneers who brought irrigated water to this semi-arid area of Colorado. The Houston Gardens effectively establishes a mountain and plains retreat in an urban area that functions as an educational resource center for any person or group interested in the natural environment.
About the Gardens:
In 1969 Phylabe invited neighbors and friends to share in the planting and care of vegetable and flower gardens for their own use on a 20,000 square foot plot now known as the Community Gardens. We promote self-sufficiency, local foods, and sustainable agriculture with 31 DIY garden plots that measure 60’x10’ each. All plots have access to flood irrigation (we hope to move to drip in the near future).
Natural Trails and Ecosystem types:
The gardens also feature 4.3 acres of scenic land that displays four ecosystems that can be seen in Colorado – Montane, Subalpine, Foothills, and Prairie. As you progress through each ecosystem you will see the scenery gradually change from aspens, to pines and firs, to sumacs and brush, and finally to junipers, cottonwoods and sagebrush. It also features two ponds, a peaceful flowing creek, handicapped accessible walking paths, an Eagle Scout trail, and countless species of flora. The garden also has an assortment of native mammals and birds such as foxes, raccoons, northern flickers, blue jays, hawks, fox squirrels and others.
Education and Workshops:
The gardens are the perfect learning platform for the urban backyard steward, or the small acreage landowner. We have workshops on irrigation, soil health, tree pruning, xeriscaping and native planting and much, much, more. For the young aspiring conservationist, we have educational activities for youth. Bring your children and release them to explore and discover, while you peruse the gardens.