Mundus Bishop Creates an Urban Sanctuary in Denver

Denver landscape architecture firm works with the Denver Botanic Gardens to design Welcome Garden and Mordecai Children's Garden

Jun 21, 2010, 12:07 ET from Mundus Bishop

DENVER, June 21 /PRNewswire/ -- With summer here, the work of Denver's Mundus Bishop is in full bloom. The firm has created master plans and urban design for some of Denver's most notable outdoor places, but most recently Mundus Bishop designed and implemented the newly unveiled Welcome Garden and the currently under-construction Mordecai Children's Garden at the Denver Botanic Gardens.

"Our firm has created beautiful places throughout Denver, and we are particularly excited about seeing our designs blossom at Denver Botanic Gardens," said Tina Bishop, ASLA, principal of Mundus Bishop. "Our work is all about creating places that are timeless, yet give visitors a sense of place. Denver Botanic Gardens is a perfect example of what makes landscape architecture such an important element in community development."

Mundus Bishop designed the visitor center grounds and the adjacent Welcome Garden, which is the primary entrance and gathering space for large groups and special events held at the Denver Botanic Gardens. The garden is composed of natural stone, native and indigenous plants and falling water. Benches, walls and pathways are key elements of the overall design, ensuring an entrance that is true to the rest of the gardens. Bishop believes the space evokes inspiration, encourages learning and gives a sense of community all while being reflective of Colorado's natural landscape.  

Mundus Bishop also designed the new children's haven at the Gardens that will allow kids of all ages to experience Colorado's rich landscape, explore nature trails, discover caves and tunnels, and climb the "Way Up High Trail." The Mordecai Children's Garden will introduce children and adults to their outdoor environment in a playful way, letting visitors experience the gardens through all five senses, including touch, sight, auditory, smell and taste. This garden is the perfect refuge for children to discover, play and reflect.

The Visitor Center grounds and Welcome Garden are complete and the plantings are beginning to grow and mature. Visitors will also be able to see another Mundus Bishop creation, the Diane Radical Plant Select Garden and the Cutting Garden, which is now open. The Mordecai Children's Garden will be ready for visitors later this summer.  

About Mundus Bishop

Mundus Bishop is an award-winning landscape architecture firm that believes the quality of public space and environment is inherently tied to the quality of our communities, culture and lifestyle. Mundus Bishop provides planning and design for urban environments, parks, open spaces and trails, cultural and historic landscapes, campuses and learning environments, natural areas and stream restoration.  For more information, visit

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