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The Red Rocks Native Garden we are working on is located just west of the Trading Post. A trail winds through it, kind of a side loop between the Amphiheatre and the Trading Post.

The native garden is a cooperative project among the Friends of Red Rocks, Denver Theatres & Arenas (now Arts & Venues Denver), the Denver Mountain Parks, and the many volunteers who have contributed to the venture. It is an evolving project with many potential parts. Currently, efforts are focused on two main beds west of the Trading Post, but there is much more landscape work to be done around the Trading Post.

The lower bed, where the sign is, was started several years ago. The upper bed (aka “shrub bed”) was intensively planted in April 2010. Here’s how it looked in August 2010, after the new stairs (left in this photo) went in, when we had the shrubs and all the flags in place.

There’s always more to be done, though, and you can be part of it by coming out to a Friends of Red Rocks volunteer clean-up day, held on the last Saturday of each month. Volunteers meet in the Lower South Parking Lot about 9:30 a.m. on work days, and may be involved in trail repairs, trash pickup, weed work, and other projects. The garden work tends to happen between about April and October, though—we take a break most of the winter months!

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