Retail Tour (Wednesday)

PPA’s Local Site Committee has coordinated a tour of the best retail garden centers of Denver. Explore the Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield Farms, where all Wednesday tours will meet for dinner. The Retail tour includes coach transportation, lunch, dinner, and admissions. This tour is included in the CORE EVENT PACKAGE, but may be purchased separately. Registration by June 1 is $219 for Members and $249 for Non-Members. Rates are $239 and $269 after June 1.

Echter’s Greenhouse and Garden Center, Arvada

Founded in 1959, this family-owned business is one of the largest retail plant nursery and garden centers in Colorado. Echter’s grows 85% of their annuals and 50% of their perennials at this site and offers more than 2,500 varieties of flowers each year. Every day, they have at least one plant doctor with a minimum of 10 years of experience available to answer customers’ questions. The retail garden center was opened in 1978, and remodeled and expanded to more than 70,000 square feet of inside display area.

Paulino Gardens, Denver

In 1958 the Paulino family started selling fresh vegetables and from those modest beginnings has grown to be one of Colorado’s favorite and largest full service nursery and garden centers. The acres that surround the greenhouses are lined each spring with unending, arrow straight rows of evergreens, deciduous trees, ground covers, and 3000 beautiful roses. Decorative rock, flagstone, moss rock and a full line of garden statuary and fountains are available to complement any size yard.

Country Fair/Welby Gardens at Westwoods, Arvada

The garden center is now in its 12th year of operation featuring 25,000 square feet of indoor greenhouse and showroom and 10,000 square feet of nursery areas. The garden center fronts 8 acres of wholesale greenhouse growing area and 2 ½ acres of Quonsets and outdoor perennial growing area. Hardy Boy Summer Trials are held here every August where more than 400 of the industry’s experts evaluate more than 1000 new annual varieties each year. The wholesale greenhouses specialize in growing the company’s perennials, containers, hanging baskets, geraniums, Easter Lilies and poinsettia crops.

Nick’s Garden Center & Farm Market, Aurora

Founded in 1987, Nick’s started their garden center at the site of an old abandoned gas station called Bob’s Place. After a couple of years, it transformed into a thriving garden center offering quality plants and garden products. Over the years, Nick’s has transformed into a destination shopping experience with a festive atmosphere of mariachi bands, a farm market, and a café to take a break from shopping and enjoy the day.

Tagawa Nursery & Garden Center, Centennial

Tagawa Gardens opened to the public in 1982. Working together as a family, their staff has more than 800 years combined experience helping the community grow. Committed to being a good steward for the community, they strive to uphold their vision: “To provide an enjoyable experience for the community, as well as the highest quality service, products and education, and respect for our environment.”

Silver Sage Garden Center, Littleton

Silver Sage Garden Center offers a quality gardening experience through their commitment to their customers. The staff provides superior service, consistent quality, knowledge and integrity, striving to be Colorado’s Front Range leading tree, shrub, flower and gardening service provider.

Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield Farms, Littleton

Chatfield Farms is home to a wide variety of gardens. Native wildflower gardens around the visitor center were designed by Lauren Springer-Ogden to showcase native prairie habitats.  Chatfield partners with the Butterfly Pavilion each year to install and showcase a butterfly house. On the site, there are gardens surrounding the historic farm homes and buildings. Chatfield Farms is a busy place with Community Supporting Agriculture, Corn Maze, and pumpkin festivals they blend together and agricultural history and cutting edge horticulture. The gardens create a perfect backdrop for PPA’s dinner, while we share ideas learned through the day.


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