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News to Use: DBS Members Save; Public Gardens Conference; Library Survey

02 Mar 2020 3:22 PM | Bill LeMaire (Administrator)

DBS Members Save on Visits to AHS Gardens

Camilla Potter, Durango Botanical Society (DBS) member and president of the Mountain Thyme Herb Society, is just one of a number of DBS members who have taken advantage of DBS’ membership in the American Horticultural Society(AHS).  Camilla and her husband, Dave, a former president of DBS, recently visited the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix for free, a savings of $50, thanks to AHS’s reciprocal admissions program. This program permits DBS members to visit any of AHS’s 333-plus member gardens across the country for either free or greatly reduced admission.  

Scenes from the Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix


Learn more about the American Horticultural Society and its reciprocating benefits here

And, you can only make use of this perk if you have your DBS membership card.  Join or renew here 

American Public Gardens Conference, June 22-26, Portland, OR

“Crafting Gardens for a Changing World,” is the title of the 2020 conference of the American Public Gardens Association, of which the Durango Botanical Society is a member.  The conference will take place June 22-26 in Portland, OR and include 72 sessions, 11 workshops, and 17 tours. Presentations will focus on the role and future of public gardens, especially in urban environments. 

For more on the conference, registration and hotel information, visit the APGA website 


Take the Durango Public Library Online Survey

DBS members have an opportunity to help its library partner by taking an online survey.  The library staff, supported by the Library Advisory Board and the Friends of the Library, is seeking public input on usage of the library.

The results of the survey will be especially important in helping Durango City Council decide on extending library hours and reopening the library on Sundays.  “A little over ten years ago, during the 2008-2010 economic plunge,” says Bill LeMaire, chair of the LAB, “the library agreed to sacrifice being open on Sundays to help city finances.”  He adds that the board members of that time tell him this was considered a temporary measure to be restored within a few years.  Ten years later, however, the library is still closed on Sundays with restricted hours on some weekdays.  

DBS members can help provide input that will guide the library and the city council on reestablishing Sunday hours.  The more people visiting the library the more opportunity for people to see our gardens, learn from them, and hopefully considering donating.

The survey is live on Durango's virtual city hall, March 4 at 



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NOTE: Our physical location is 1900 E. Third Avenue, at the Durango Public Library. The gardens are located to the north and east of the library, along the Animas River Trail.

Mailing Address:

Durango Botanic Gardens

10 Town Plaza, #460

Durango, CO  81301

Phone: 970-880-4841

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Durango Botanic Gardens

Our Location:

The Durango Botanic Gardens are physically located at the Durango Public Library, to the north and east of the library.  The library is located at 1900 E. 3rd Ave., Durango.

There is no admission charge.  Stroll the gardens yourself (there is ample signage in most gardens) or call us at 970-880-4841 to arrange a group tour. See the About Us Tab for more.

Contact Us:

10 Town Plaza, #460
Durango, CO  81301    

Phone:  970-880-4841

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