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I immediately think of buildings, restaurants, traffic, concrete and rushing people when I hear the words “city” or “downtown”. The nice thing about Denver’s downtown is that, while it contains all these recognizable pieces of the urban jungle – it also provides respite from them with the placement of plants and nature in different ways throughout the city. Often times, it’s the restaurants themselves that add foliage to entice customers and enhance their patio dining experience. We also talked about Denver’s program for businesses to purchase planters before. This year the rise of a designated Garden Block has not escaped our notice, and we applaud the efforts to beautify our surroundings with color and nature.

According to Downtown Denver’s website the Downtown Denver Garden Block on 16th Street between Curtis and Champa is a living landscape in the heart of Downtown, giving visitors, residents and employees a place to gather and enjoy the urban scene. We think the Botanic Gardens say it best when they call the Garden Block “a catalytic project for the revitalization and continued success of Denver’s premier public space.”

Thanks to the Downtown Denver Business Improvement District and Denver Botanic Gardens for their partnership to create an inviting urban landscape for those of us who live, work and play downtown. We appreciate it!

A few examples of the lovely urban greenery:

— Associates III