Fort Collins Tour (Monday)

Visit the esteemed Colorado State University Trial Gardens, iconic perennial growers, a propagation greenhouse, retailers, and cap off the day with dinner and brews at High Hops Brewery. This tour includes coach transportation, lunch, and dinner. Registration by June 1 is $109 for Members and $129 for Non-Members. Rates are $119 and $149 after June 1.

Conservation Gardens at Northern Water, Berthoud

The Conservation Gardens at Northern Water is located at the Headquarters of the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District. It is a 2.5 acre site dedicated to the demonstration and study of landscape water conservation. Areas of interest include irrigation system performance evaluations, display plots of varieties of turfgrasses, both native and non-native, a Xeriscape Plaza with eight small “Colorado-friendly” xeric landscapes showing different styles and plant combinations, additional plant displays and other things related to efficient landscape water use. Over time, areas within the Conservation Gardens are renovated, with new demonstrations/studies installed. Don’t miss the working model of the Colorado-Big Thompson Project, including 12 reservoirs and a tunnel.

Gulley Greenhouse & Garden Center, Fort Collins

Jan and Jim Gulley started growing native Colorado perennials in their backyard in Old Town Fort Collins for local gardeners in 1975. Five years later they moved to their current location and have since expanded the business to include three divisions (young plants, finished wholesale and a retail garden center) with facilities covering over 9 acres. Gulley Greenhouse offers more than 1000 unique varieties of hardy perennials, many of which are native to the Colorado landscape. Gulley Greenhouse has always found a niche in the perennial world and proud to have been actively involved in the perennial industry for years.

Gardens on Spring Creek, Fort Collins

In 2004, the Gardens officially opened their doors to the public. The first garden, The Children’s Garden, opened in 2006 and was followed by the Garden of Eatin’ and Wetland Demonstration Site in 2009, and the Rock Garden in 2010. Funds are currently being raised for future gardens: The Great Lawn, The Undaunted Garden, and two naturalistic gardens – the Prairie Garden and Foothills Garden.

Colorado State University Trials, Fort Collins

The purpose of the trial program conducted at the Annual Flower Trial Garden is to evaluate the performance of different annual plant cultivars under our unique Rocky Mountain environmental conditions. Each year the trials consists of more than 1,000 different cultivars of annual bedding plants. Varieties are grouped by genus, arranged by color and grown in rows, side-by-side to facilitate the comparison of similar varieties. Adjacent to the annual trial gardens are CSU’s three year – two winter perennial row trials along with its newly planted one acre perennial demonstration garden. Also at this location is a Plant Select® demonstration garden displaying all the program’s winning herbaceous plants.

Colorado State University Horticulture Center, Fort Collins

Visit the new CSU Horticulture Center boasting 21,000 sq ft of greenhouses and 6,200 square feet of offices, classrooms and a laboratory. Included are 6+ acres for outdoor research plots, plant trials, and demonstration gardens. The greenhouses and building were completed in 2015 and among the most state-of-the-art facilities in North America.

Laporte Avenue Nursery, Fort Collins

Established in 1986, Laporte Avenue Nursery is a wholesale and mail order nursery open to the public by appointment only. Partners Karen Lehrer & Kirk Fieseler share a passion for growing a choice and unusual selection of rare alpine and rock garden plants, that includes many natives, as well as unique dwarf conifers, unavailable in most parts of the country. They grow more than 350 species of hardy plants, including some new to cultivation but well adapted to rock gardens. See many beautiful plants can be viewed in several display gardens at the nursery.

Fort Collins Nursery, Fort Collins

Fort Collins Nursery offers nearly 17,000 square feet of indoor shopping space (including a greenhouse and garden shop), 3 acres of outdoor shopping along the scenic Poudre River, as well as 6 acres of on-site production and growing space.

The Windsor Gardener/High Hops Brewery, Windsor

Amanda and Pat Weakland began their horticulture adventure in 1991 with a seasonal bedding plants business. In 2000 they decided to build a permanent greenhouse and named it The Windsor Gardener and ultimately decided to focus on hanging baskets, annuals, mixed pots. In 2007 they started growing hops for home brewers, selling the hop “cones” for along with plants for homeowners to grow their own. In 2012 they opened High Hops Brewery at the garden center and later added a tasting room. Greenhouse space is used for plant sales in the spring and summer, and converted to an indoor beer garden in the winters.  The Weaklands have found that beer and gardening go hand in hand, and both businesses benefit from the other.


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