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Mountain Thyme Herb Society

A number of members of the Durango Botanic Gardens (DBG) also participate in the Mountain Thyme Herb Society (MTHS). MTHS was formed in 2016 by Camilla Potter who, previously belonging to a similar organization in Ohio, hoped to transplant her enthusiasm for herb growing and use to Durango. Already a member of the DBG, she began recruiting other members to form a group that would explore the growing and use of herbs especially for the Durango climate and microclimates. As such, members have become a considerable resource for growing herbs in our region.

The group was further aided in a decision by DBG to set aside a portion of the Durango Botanic Gardens for the new society, an area just east and north of the trail as it extends up to the library. This location is now home to a functioning, six-foot-diameter sundial with each hourly segment hosting a different variety of thyme. Among the sundial's 12 thyme varieties are Creeping Lemon Thyme, Purple Carpet Thyme, Thymus Minus, Orange Spice Thyme, Wooley Thyme, Silver Thyme, English Thyme, Red Creeping Thyme, Lavender Thyme, Rose Petal Thyme, Nutmeg Thyme, and Lemon Carpet Thyme. Each of these varieties was especially chosen for their hardiness and adaptability to Durango’s challenging growing climate. MTHS has donated the sundial to DBG but will maintain it.  In the fall of 2020, boulders and hardscaping was added which will be planted in the spring of 2021.

MTHS may pursue other herb planting projects at Durango Botanic Gardens as funds permit. MTHS meets monthly and conducts field trips to other gardens, shares recipes and growing tips, and produces occasional seminars focused on the use of herbs. For further information on MTHS and how to join, contact Or, call 740-334-2397.

       The MTHS Sundial will be planted in the spring of 2021 according to the plan below.



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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.

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Durango Botanic Gardens

10 Town Plaza, #460

Durango, CO  81301

Phone: 970-880-4841

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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.

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10 Town Plaza, #460
Durango, CO  81301    

Phone:  970-880-4841

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