The series has been canceled due to concerns over COVID-19.
"'To everything there is a season,' Pete Seeger famously sang....but we’ve never seen a season quite like this," is how the Denver Botanic Gardens opened its announcement that it has decided to cancel the 2020 Summer Concert Series. The venue says it made the tough decision due to safety measures taken to combat the spread of COVID-19.
It's a hard call to cancel a series that brought in tens of thousands of people each summer. However, most people expressed support and understanding for the cancelations in the announcement post on the garden's Facebook page.
"John Craigie, who was slated to play the Gardens this summer, sings on his song 'Virgin Guitar,' 'we need the bad things to make the good things, I know, I hear them singing ‘no rain, no rose.’ It’s a bittersweet but apt observation. Denver Botanic Gardens and Swallow Hill Music look forward to, and are preparing for, the day when music is again in full bloom at the Gardens’ York Street urban oasis," said the gardens.
This year's lineup featured several fan favorites, including DeVotchka, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Randy Newman, José González, and more. Hopefully, some will agree to come back next year, as this writer is particularly sad to miss DeVotchka in the beautiful surroundings of the natural garden oasis.
So far, the botanic gardens remains closed, with no opening date officially announced. However, the gardens says it's working on ensuring it can welcome guests back safely as soon as possible.
In the meantime, the gardens is sharing tons of cool pictures, information, virtual events, and more on its blog and social media pages. Check out all the offerings that both members and non-members can access on the Denver Botanic Gardens Blog.
"While Denver Botanic Gardens may be temporarily closed, there are still plenty of ways to experience the gardens digitally," the gardens said.
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