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The Hudson Gardens & Event Center is a nonprofit organization encompassing thirty acres of garden exhibits, trails, natural terrain, and event venues only minutes from downtown Littleton. These spaces become scenic backdrops for special events, private occasions, and community programs that encourage people to bond over nature, artistry, health and wellness. We also provide a membership experience and free, daily admission for self-directed exploration.
The Gardens began in 1941 as the private garden of Colonel King C. and Evelyn Leigh Hudson. While living on the property, which was originally just five acres of land, the couple owned and managed the Country Kitchen to great success. The Hudsons also took care of large gardens on their property and were particularly fond of travelling extensively, closing the Country Kitchen during the winter season. Evelyn created the The King C. Hudson & Evelyn Leigh Hudson Foundation, Inc. before her death in 1988. Hudson Gardens became open to the public in 1996.
They contain varied grounds ranging from high, dry prairie to river wetlands, and feature plants that thrive in the dry Colorado climate. The gardens include: Conifer Grove, Deciduous Woodland, Garden Canopy, Herb Garden, Iris Bed, Mary Carter Greenway, Ornamental Grass Garden, Oval Garden, Rock Garden Canyon, Rose Garden, Secret Garden, Shade Garden, Water Garden, Wetlands, Songbird Gardens, Vegetable Garden, Pumpkin Patch, and a Xeriscape Garden. Other garden features include a g-scale model railroad and honeybee apiary.
Hudson Gardens & Event Center offers 3 venues, including the Rose Garden, Monet's Place, and The Inn, for weddings, celebrations of life, and other ceremonies. Hudson Gardens also hosts corporate meetings, annual races, and more.
Currently, a portion of Hudson Gardens is under construction due to Phase I of the River Integration Project, which is slated to be completed in June of 2019. This project will open up access points from the property to the South Platte River Trail. 
- Stanley, Deb. Botanic Gardens, Hudson Gardens announce 2016 summer concert lineups. 7NEWS & TheDenverChannel.com, April 13, 2016. Retrieved: 2017-02-08.
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