Garima Fairfax grew up in Hawaii and always looked forward to visiting botanic gardens. In 2006, she dreamed of designing the first botanic garden in Boulder County.

And on June 23, the first flowers, grasses and shrubs were planted at Rocky Mountain Botanic Garden in Lyons. The garden, an idea almost 15 years in the making, has taken over the land that once housed the Foothills Mobile Home Park before the 2013 flood came, destroying or damaging more than 200 homes in the town.

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