Denver Botanic Gardens: A Blooming Success!

  • Tuesday, November 04, 2014
  • 11:45 AM - 1:30 PM
  • Brown Palace 321 17th St.

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City Club of Denver is pleased to welcome Brian Vogt, the Chief Executive Officer of the Denver Botanic Gardens, to talk about the wonderful evolution of the Denver Botanic Gardens and where the organization is headed. The Denver Botanic Gardens remains an important cultural asset of the Denver Metro community. From its humble founding in 1951, The Denver Botanic Gardens has blossomed to include three unique sites:  the Denver Botanic Gardens on York, the Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, and Mount Goliath.  The Denver Botanic Gardens leads in the championing native plants and environmentally responsible horticultural practices.  Over the last seven years, the Board and staff embarked on an ambitious Master Plan that transformed the gardens and positioned the Denver Botanic Gardens as one of the top five public gardens in the Country. The Denver Botanic Gardens has also become well known for their summer concert series and the incorporation of important exhibitions of art into the gardens. Recently, the Denver Botanic Gardens hosted the tremendously successful Chihuly exhibit that resulted in hundreds of thousands of people visiting the York Street facility.   


Brian Vogt has been the CEO of the Denver Botanic Gardens since April 2007.  His 34 years of community leadership and an extensive background in fundraising, organizational management, communications and branding, cultural development and volunteer coordination, have proven invaluable as the Gardens engages in a historic capital campaign and the subsequent build-out of its Master Development Plan.  In the past seven years, over 65 construction projects and over $63 million dollars worth of investments have been completed, including the Science Pyramid, Mordecai Children’s Garden, the new parking complex, the Bonfils-Stanton Visitor Center and the Greenhouse Complex.  Also during this timeframe, the Gardens’ membership base, operating revenue and visitation have more than doubled, making it now one of the top five public gardens in America.   

Previously, Brian served in three Cabinet positions for the State of Colorado from 2004 through January of 2007, including all three years as Director of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, which includes the Colorado Tourism Office.

Brian also served for over a year as the Secretary of Technology and as Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Local Affairs, and was a member of the Governor’s Homeland Security and All-Hazards Senior Advisory Committee.

He is on the Board of the America Public Garden Association, Porter Adventist Hospital and Plant Select, co-founded and chaired for five years the Greater Littleton Youth Initiative, and managed the incorporation movement that created the City of Centennial. Prior to working for the State, Brian spent 14 years as the President of the South Metro Chamber of Commerce.  He holds a BA from the University of Colorado with a double major in Classical Antiquity and Political Science.


Goat Cheese & Thyme Baguette, Mixed Baby Garden Lettuce, Roma Tomato, Herb Vinaigrette

English Cut Prime Rib of Beef


Farfalle Pasta
Roasted Vegetables and Sundried Tomato Cream

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