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The Ornamental Grass Garden encompasses a diverse collection of both new-to-horticulture and traditional ornamental grasses as well as grasses native to Colorado.

On the west side of the garden, native grasses such as Indian ricegrass (Achnatherum hymenoides) and switch grass (Panicum virgatum) are grown in groups mimicking the display of traditional ornamental grasses on the east side. The west side also contains a mature stand of compass plant (Silphium laciniatum) a native to the eastern plains of Colorado. Stands of cutleaf staghorn sumac (Rhus typhina 'Dissecta') accent both areas and add bright splashes of color in the autumn.

The Chapungu sculpture which stands as a dominant feature in this garden was donated in 2006 by the nine grandchildren of Edward and Pauline Tadolini following its exhibition at the Gardens that year. The sculpture was created in 2002 by Nicholas Kadzungura and is entitled "So Proud of My Children."

For a list of plants in the Ornamental Grass Garden, click here.

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