17th Annual Whittier-Mapleton Garden Tour

The Whittier-Mapleton Garden Tour has established itself as Boulder’s premier garden tour, opening eight to 10 hand-selected and exceptional gardens in the historic Mapleton Hill neighborhood. Mature estate gardens, cutting edge water-wise gardens and stylish small gardens will delight with their diversity on this self-guided walking tour. Tucked away from view, these remarkable sanctuaries aren’t open at any other time of year. Exotic plants, 140-year-old trees, terraced landscapes, roses in the finest shades, stunning stonework, and fountains will inspire. Attracting more than 1,000 visitors, the Garden Tour is a must-do, interactive event in Boulder as well as Whittier Elementary school’s most successful fundraiser. 100 percent of the proceeds from the Garden Tour benefit Whittier International Elementary School, a public school that, at 135 years old, is the oldest school in Colorado that has been continuously operating in the same location. (Photography by Kristen Palmer, photographer and Whittier parent)


Farm to Canvas Art Festival

On June 8th and 9th from 2:00 – 6:00 pm, Girl Painters West will host the Farm to Canvas Art Festival at Smith Farm in Lafayette, featuring paintings from seven local women artists depicting rural scenes including barns, landscapes, animals & vegetables. The event will be held in a beautiful open-air barn and will include light refreshments, music and children’s activates.  A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit the Growe Foundation, which is committed to using experiential gardens as a teaching tool to educate children about the benefits of healthy eating and environmental stewardship. 


Growing Gardens Plant Sales this May!

Come for the best selection of local, organically grown plants, including heirloom tomatoes, vegetable and herb starts, bee-safe annuals and perennials, natives, grasses and more. Our 19th annual community Plant Sales start May 4th and continue through the first three weekends (Sat & Sun) in May from 8am-4pm at our Boulder greenhouses (1630 Hawthorn Ave. Boulder, CO 80304).  All proceeds benefit our nonprofit programs.


An Evening with Yacht Rock Revue

On May 9th, 2019 at 8:00 pm Yacht Rock Revue will take the stage at the Boulder Theater. The Yacht Rock Revue is everything the late ’70s and early ’80s should’ve been: massive sing-along soft rock hits, tight bell-bottom jeans, impeccable musicianship, polyester shirts, glorious vocal harmonies, sunglasses at night, breezy dancing and sax … lots of sax. “They’re a trip down memory lane that skips all the bad neighborhoods,” according to Robbie Dupree. 


At Last! Rio Reopens Completely Renovated Boulder Location

Colorado’s beloved Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant announces the reopening of its Boulder restaurant at 1101 Walnut Street in early April, after a complete renovation that took four months. During the process, the Rio served its Boulder guests from a temporary location at 1701 Pearl Street. Boulder diners will see an entirely new look with upgraded furniture, new paint, carpet and flooring, as well as cozier seating and a “living wall,” giving the space a bright, fresh, and warm ambiance. The more inviting, inclusive bar is now in the center of the restaurant. Next to the bar, a new tequila wall features shelves upon shelves of hand-selected, premium tequilas. The new space also includes an open kitchen, giving patrons a peek at the artistry that goes into making the Rio’s fresh, from-scratch menu items. “We want guests to leave the new Rio feeling wowed by every small detail. Our food has always been made fresh from locally-sourced ingredients as often as possible, but now the dishes come with a modern twist, and our new tequila list was hand-selected by our certified tequila master.”



Compass to Plant 5,000 Trees in Sunshine Canyon on Earth Day

Compass, a real estate technology company, launched in Boulder in January 2019. Compass’ mission is to help everyone find their place in the world, and with that goal in mind, has launched its charitable initiative, Compass Cares.  Through Compass Cares, the company has pledged to contribute $10 million in funds and volunteering services to local organizations in 2019. For Compass’s inaugural Compass Cares event in Boulder, Compass agents, clients, staff, friends, and family are invited to plant 5,000 trees in Sunshine Canyon with One Tree Planted for Earth Day on Saturday, April 20th from 9AM-3PM. In 2010, the Four Mile Canyon Fire transformed Boulder’s landscape, destroying 6,200 acres of land and 165 homes. Nine years later, the scars of this fire can still be seen in Boulder’s backyard. Compass aims to be a contributor in the ongoing restoration efforts to serve the community and its members.  




Gallery Now is proud to present NOW AND ZEN, a mixed media show that explores the themes of Zen and Spring. The gallery brings together three local artists from different disciplines, showcasing the complementary work of Denise Stoot’s bold abstract paintings, Jeremy Ragland’s mystic stone sculptures and clear quartz crystal chandeliers alongside Laura Whittaker Morningstar’s ceramic vases. While each artist’s inspiration is distinct, collectively, the work celebrates the beauty of organic form and examines the connection between spirituality and nature. The spirit of Spring is realized through form and matter. This show marks Gallery Now’s last exhibition in the historic bank building of Lyons, CO. Exhibition Dates & Hours: May 4th-11th, by appointment.