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Two Northwest Denver Gardens Will Make you Smile

The Denver Puppet Theater courtyard provides a playful environment for children and adults alike.

The Denver Puppet Theater courtyard provides a playful environment for children and adults alike.

Each June, I visit two of my favorite whimsical gardens in Denver—The Denver Puppet Theater garden and the Picaso family’s garden. Both attractions are regular stops on The Conflict Center’s annual Enchanted Gardens of Northwest Denver tour.

The colorful sign at the entrance to The Denver Puppet Theater garden immediately draws you into the area’s gleeful atmosphere. Playful plants, fanciful flags, children’s patio furniture and whimsical handmade crafts greet visitors to the puppet theater’s courtyard. This attraction features clever pathways lined with up-ended wine bottles and filled with shoe-shaped stepping stones. There’s also a bunny hutch nestled among shrubs and vines. And you’ll even find a bird house crafted from expired license plates.

Cheeky chickens lie in wait for visitors to Donna and Ron Picaso's garden.

Cheeky chickens lie in wait for visitors to Donna and Ron Picaso’s garden.

At the home of Donna and Ron Picaso, you’ll delight in their collections of comical roosters and mischievous sculptures. You’ll also spot unusual objects and crafts hanging on the outside walls of their home. Donna and her relatives regularly haunt thrift shops and craft stores to collect new treasures for the garden.

If you crave inspiration for adding whimsy to your own garden, The Denver Puppet Theater garden and the Picaso family garden are two oases you won’t want to miss on The Conflict Center’s garden tour.

Donna Picaso and her mischievous pals relax in the back yard of the Picaso home.

Donna Picaso and her mischievous pals relax in the back yard of the Picaso home.

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