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The Vision

The SummerHome Garden
seed was planted
when Lisa…

Became frustrated with oversized houses in her neighborhood.

Bought the house next door to stop developers from building.

Saw a NYT article about pocket parks in Philadelphia.

Began volunteering at Denver Botanic Gardens.

Had a chance meeting with an expert horticulturist.

Was curious about native plants and had a deep understanding of science.

I’m not an ideator. I’m a synthesizer. I’m good at taking disparate ideas and melding them together to create action.

– Lisa Negri


Trim, prune, clear, plant or seed. We can always use a few extra hands. Volunteer shifts vary by season.

Guided Tours

Book your garden club or responsible watering coalition for a field trip to SummerHome Garden. Now scheduling for May to October, 2024.


SummerHome Garden is a beautiful place for weddings, memorials, senior photos and more. Capacity: 25

Keynote Speaking

Lisa’s story inspires, educates and empowers. Learn how SummerHome Garden came into being and the magic of this sacred space.

“It’s been a pleasure to work with you on your 2023 Open Day….the money you’ve raised by sharing your garden and expertise raises crucial funds for our work in preservation and grant-giving.”

The Garden Conservancy, August, 2023

The Design

The design for SummerHome Garden was modeled on graffiti–a wild, surprising expression that turned out to be a perfect starting point for a naturalistic garden.

By densely planting and seeding regionally adapted plants in a style emulating southwestern shrublands, we created a novel plant community suited for Denver’s climate with endless potential for change.

“I was delighted to see this rather grand insect hotel: it seemed that every botanic garden we visited in Europe had them in 2013: yet they’re still a rarity in America: they do attract a lot of native carpenter bees and other pollinators to nest and overwinter.”

Panayoti Kelaidis, Founder & Writer of the Prairie Break Blog, Senior Curator and Director of Outreach at Denver Botanic Gardens