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Where earth meets sky and the wind never ends…

The Wind Garden connects nature to art.  Its minimalist design was conceived as an extension of the Crevice Garden, suggesting the power and windswept beauty of an alpine tundra.  The Wind Garden is actually an extension of the Cindy Smart Miniature Tree Garden because it also features a number of excellent and interesting dwarf conifers.

Inspired by Isamu Noguchi, a renowned Japanese/American artist (1904-1988), and his restrained use of sculpted stones in landscapes, we hand-selected Electra Lake Gabbro boulders from local rock quarries with special attention to size and shape.  Lisa Bourey designed the garden based on Noguchi’s vision.  Erik Lewis decorated the stones with a point chisel and hammer, removing the weathered skin and leaving a wave-like pattern to suggest wind coursing through the garden.

Nestled among the sculpted stones are a collection of dwarf conifers, many discovered by Colorado horticulturist and dwarf conifer expert, Jerry Morris.  Morris collects “brooms” (contorted growth on branches caused by a virus) and grafts them to create hundreds of dwarf conifers.  Our garden displays a number of select brooms and other coniferous anomalies.

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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 our Information Tab for more.

Contact Us:

10 Town Plaza, #460
Durango, CO  81301    

Phone:  970-880-4841

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