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Located at 10,000 feet in the Rocky Mountains near the historic mining town and now world-class ski resort of Breckenridge, Colorado, Mountain View Experimental Gardens is the ongoing project of Klaus & Jane Hendrix to test the cold-hardiness, performance and suitability of herbaceous, flowering plants for the enjoyment and benefit of the high-altitude gardening community.

Between 800 and 1,000 species of perennials currently reside in the gardens. Each species is identified by its botanical name and its common name.

The complex consists of 11 separate raised beds reflecting a variety of microclimates - the dry, hot & sunny "Mediterranean Garden", the shaded "Woodland Garden", the "North Slope Garden", the moist, sandy "Alpine Garden" , and four "Bog Gardens".

In addition, there are a demonstration garden of local, native wildflowers that has been planted and tended by the "Hand of Nature" and a large border area we refer to as "The Semi-WIld Area" where overly tall or aggressive species are kept in check by the native species.

The gardens open to visitors on June 1 with a self-guiding tour explaining the techniques that make high-altitude gardening easy, economical and very rewarding.

If you would like to take a free, personally-guided tour of Mountain View Experimental Gardens, e-mail

Klaus & Jane Hendrix