Baker is among the City's oldest neighborhoods, dating back to 1873 to 1937, providing worker and middle-class housing. It was home to prominent Denver residents including William Byers, John Dailey, Sadie Likens, and Alice Polk Hill. The architecture mix of popular late 19th and early 20th century styles including Queen Anne, Victorian eclectic, Classic Cottages, Shingle style, Denver Squares with Classical Revival elements, and Bungalows.
Baker’s Community Garden at 75 W. Bayaud St. is open to the public. Beneath two mature trees, a picnic table provides a place for local gardeners to meet. The garden has several perennial beds and a shed with community tools. The City of Denver annually provides trees to this historically underserved neighborhood’s homeowners including the Northern Catalpa species which provides much needed shade common due to climate change.
Residential lots in Baker are pocket size, ideal for dwarf trees. Serviceberry, Russian hawthorn, and Canada red cherry are sold in both single-stem and clump forms. Single-stem shrubs grow into small tree shapes, and clumps grow into shrubs.
Kintzley’s ghost honeysuckle climbs to nearly 12 feet high on a trellis, fence or post –ideal for privacy. The hummingbird-attracting yellow flowers appear in early summer. The flowers are backed by large pale bluish-green leaves, and you’ll love the fragrance as much as hummers love the nectar. The honeysuckle vine can take full or partial sun and needs water weekly, sometimes more often in the hottest summer weeks.
Other luscious dwarf trees include the Big Cistena Plum that reaches 14’ tall. The Rose of Sharon grow upright to only 6’ to 10’ and adds color into the fall when most plants have finished blooming. The Twist Baby locust grows to 12” and has white flowers in spring. It’s twisting branch adds interest.