Ozone & Gardens

Ozone Gardens

Our newest installation is an exhibit and a living garden, located on the museum grounds at the southeast corner of the building. The Ozone Garden is meant to raise awareness of the ozone pollution problem by educating the public about the impacts of air pollution on living systems. The garden will use "bioindicator" plants capable of detecting the presence of ozone air pollution through the development of distinctive leaf symptoms as a visible indicator of ozone pollution.

What is ozone?

Ozone is a gas that is found in two layers of the atmosphere that that surrounds the Earth: the stratosphere ("good" ozone) and the troposphere (bad ozone).

Why should we be concerned about ozone?

Aside from health problems, ozone also causes damage to plants, and we depend on many plants for our food. When plants are damaged, they produce fewer fruits and vegetables. This is a serious problem because high ozone levels can lead to food shortages in the future.

Other websites about ozone:

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

News Releases


Boulder's 'ozone garden' tells you when pollution is in the air