What’s New at the Nursery

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

Baker Creek 3In 2015, Fort Collins Nursery has added a large variety of Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds to our inventory.  Baker Creek specializes in rare, hard to find seeds from around the world.  Looking for something different to plant this year?  Try Blue Beauty Tomatoes, Cambodian Green Giant Eggplant, Cosmic Purple Carrots, or Orange Master Pomegranate.

The Baker Creek company and seeds are gaining national attention and have been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Associated Press, O, The Oprah Magazine, NPR, Martha Stewart, and many others.

Baker Creek seeds are non-hybrid, non-GMO, non-treated and non-patented.

Zen Garden

Zen Garden 3Our selection of indoor bonsais provides you with a fun way to work on your green thumb.  To help you get going, we have starter plants, bonsai specialty soil, seed starting soil, pebbles, decorative pots, and books on.  If you don’t have the time and energy to invest in building your own, we have a selection of already finished bonsais.  Our detailed Asian themed statues are a nice addition and create the ultimate Zen Garden feel.

Did you know that the word bonsai is typically used in the English language as an umbrella term for all miniature trees in containers or pots?  There is no specific species required and conifer and deciduous plants are equally acceptable.

Table Fountains

Table-FountainTable fountains and indoor plants are a great way to add life and movement to your home throughout the year.  Our fountains are aesthetically pleasing with beautifully crafted designs that are sure to brighten your living space.  The calming sound of running water creates a peaceful environment, reduces stress, and can block out unwanted background noises.  The flowing water can also increases humidity levels in your home, providing benefits to most non-succulent house plants.

Get your holiday greenery at Fort Collins Nursery

HOH_WinAWreath_webWhether it’s fragrant garland, a Colorado Christmas tree, or a hand-decorated wreath for your door or that of a friend, Fort Collins Nursery has what you need for holiday decorating. We pride ourselves in carrying the freshest holiday greenery including…

  • Wreaths
  • Garlands
  • Sprays
  • Centerpieces
  • Boughs
  • Cut & live Christmas trees

Customize your wreath by visiting us in person, or order one of our beautiful wreaths from our online store. We ship wreaths anywhere in the U.S., so you can send a fresh, Colorado wreath to your loved ones – wherever they live!

CLICK HERE TO SHOP OUR ONLINE STORE 

Great Pumpkin Contest winners

And the winner is … Pete Mohr with a 794-pound gourd. Mohr surpassed all other entries in Fort Collins Nursery’s annual event, taking the top prize of $500. Other winners are Margie Davis with a 350-pounder; Julie Bonneville, 307 lbs; Don Shelly, 301 lbs; and Oliver McCalmount, 199 lbs. Thanks to all who participated – we hope to see everyone back next year for more fun and an even bigger contest.

Pete Mohr took top prize with his 794-pound gourd.

Pete Mohr took top prize with his 794-pound gourd.

Creating rainbows in our community

RainbowHearts_SXC_1414428_50381383_WEBBy Heather Chappell

Shades of green have returned to the Front Range and some of you are probably already reaping the benefits of a well planned fall and early spring. This is such a magical time of year; birds are nesting with new broods, buds are swelling and bursting, and shoots have sprouted in the garden with the promise of a tasty bounty.  Working at the nursery gives me a front row seat to the magic but also reminds me that for others, the trials of daily life can trump these small pleasures. Fortunately, we live in a community with an incredible variety of non-profit organizations dedicated to making life better for people so that everyone can afford a moment to appreciate the magic around them.

As the Marketing Director at Fort Collins Nursery, I have the privilege of working closely with many amazing non-profit organizations in Fort Collins. Over the past few years, I have been able to collaborate with some of these extraordinary groups on fundraising events and special projects. Organizations like The Growing Project, Friends of Happy Heart Farm, Project Self-Sufficiency, Loveland Youth Gardeners and the Junior League along with countless others that change people’s lives and make our community such an awesome place to live!

One of our most popular events is Ladies’ Night, coming up on June 5th. We have partnered with Project Self-Sufficiency (PS-S) to help them raise funds for their worthwhile programs. Their mission is to assist low-income, single parents in their efforts to achieve economic independence and become free from community and government assistance while building and maintaining strong, healthy families. Who wouldn’t want to be part of that, right?

We create an environment here at the nursery that is all about community and togetherness for Ladies’ Night. This year, in addition to the regular live music, food, drinks, silent auction, chair massage, tarot readings and specials, we have invited some great community organizations to set-up as vendors: Golden Poppy Herbal Apothecary, Crescendo Olive Oil, Raspberry Hill Flowers and Ten Thousand Villages. The evening is sure to be a fun time for all who attend and a great benefit to our friends at PS-S. Join us from 4-7pm on Thursday, June 5th and invite your friends and neighbors to come along too!

When it comes to giving of yourself in order to benefit another, I think that Maya Angelou said it best… “Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.” I feel blessed that part of my job includes creating opportunities to help others. I like to think of the nursery as a prism, bending light and casting rainbows in all directions of this lovely little town we call home.

Plant Something Day is June 7

PlantSomething_WEBPut down some roots and grow something special.

It’s time to get into the garden and get busy Colorado. PlantSomething Day is June 7th! So plant something colorful or cool, large or small. Plant Something Colorado has the tips, to-dos and deals to help you do it all!

Special coupons are redeemable at Fort Collins Nursery May 10 – June 7!

  • May 10 – May 16 – Take 20% off any perennial in a 4” or larger pot, limit purchase to six
  • May 17 – May 23 – Take $10 off any tree regularly priced at $89 or more
  • May 24 – May 30 – Take 20% off any size herb and tomato plant; limit purchase to six.
  • May 31 – June 6 – Take 20% off ornamental grass containers 6” or larger
  • June 7 – Take 20% off ornamental grass containers 6” or larger

 

Plant availability 2014

With this amazing weather and the promise of long summer days ahead, it’s easy to get excited about adding beauty and bounty to your yard! We have put together some projected availability lists for some of our plants such as fruits, rock garden plants, vines and shade & ornamental trees. Take a look and get inspired about the possibilities! Please call us to verify availability.

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Jim’s Sharpening Service returns for 2014

JimSharpeningJim Stallard Sharpening Service is back at Fort Collins Nursery! Bring your shovels, trowels, spades, hoes, lawn mower blades, knives and scissors. Here is Jim’s Schedule for the 2014 season:

Friday, April 4 • 10 am – 3 pm

Wednesday, May 7 • 9 am – 3 pm
Wednesday, May 14 • 9 am – 3 pm
Wednesday, May 21 • 9 am – 3 pm
Wednesday, May 28 • 9 am – 3 pm

Wednesday, June 4  • 9 am – 3 pm
Wednesday, June 11 • 9 am – 3 pm
Wednesday, June 18 • 9 am – 3 pm
Wednesday, June 25 • 9 am – 3 pm

Wednesday, July 2 • 9 am – 3 pm
Wednesday, July 9 • 9 am – 3 pm
Wednesday, July 16 • 9 am – 3 pm
Wednesday, July 23 • 9 am – 3 pm
Friday, July 25 • 9 am – 3 pm
Wednesday, July 30 • 9 am – 3 pm

Wednesday, August 6 • 9am – 3pm
Wednesday, August 13 • 9am – 3pm
Wednesday, August 20 • 9am – 3pm
Wednesday, August 27 • 9am – 3pm

Fairy Gardening Classes 2014

Our Fairy Gardening classes are hands-on 90 minute classes, ideal for parents/children, grandparents/grandchildren and anyone young at heart. Class fee includes: Instruction, container, soil, gravel, plants, accessories, and after care instruction. Children must be accompanied by an adult. (One child per registered adult.) 6 spots per class are available. Classes are $35 per spot. Click on a class below for a full description or click here to register.

January 11:
10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. – Classic Fairy Gardening

February 15:
10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. – Classic Fairy Gardening

March 8:
10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. – Classic Fairy Gardening
1 p.m.-2:30 p.m. – Luck O’ The Irish Fairy Gardening

April 12:
10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. – Classic Fairy Gardening
1 p.m.-2:30 p.m. – Easter Fairy Gardening

May 17:
10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. – Classic Fairy Gardening

June 14:
10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. – Classic Fairy Gardening

July 19:
10 a.m.-11:30 a.m.: Classic Fairy Gardening

August 16:
Classes Cancelled

September 20:
10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. – Classic Fairy Gardening
1 p.m.-2:30 p.m. – Mini Cacti & Succulent Gardening

October 18:
10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. – Classic Fairy Gardening
1 p.m.-2:30 p.m. – Festive Fall Fairy Gardening

November 15:
10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. – Classic Fairy Gardening
1 p.m.-2:30 p.m. – Whimsical Winter Fairy Gardening

December 13:
10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. – Classic Fairy Gardening
1 p.m.-2:30 p.m. – Whimsical Winter Fairy Gardening

 

Fairy Gardening: Make something ordinary extraordinary! With just a few houseplants, a miniature patio set, a pebble stone path and a touch of fairy dust and whimsy, you can have your very own fairy garden! A tranquil forest scene or a secluded garden set up will be sure to attract fairies, good luck and other miniature wonders. These indoor gardens are perfect for anyone, young and old, looking for a touch of magic to add to their home.

Terrarium Gardening: Turn a simple glass container into your own self-sustained, petite world! Learn how to properly put together a glass terrarium that creates the perfect growing environment for plants and adds life to your office desk, kitchen nook or child’s room. Come and find out why people are so hooked on these whimsical and easy-to-grow plants.

Miniature or Theme Gardening: A slight difference in plant and accessory selection can open up a world of endless possibilities in miniature gardening. Most people are familiar with fairy gardening but there are many other options for creating tiny worlds within your own home. Using glass bowls and vases as terrariums can add a touch of class and elegance indoors. You can recreate a miniature version of your own yard or a natural space you admire through miniature perennial gardening that will come back year after year. Lava rock, cacti and succulents make terrific prehistoric paradises through dinosaur gardening. All of these alternatives to fairy gardening can be explored during our normal fairy gardening classes so let your imagination go wild and explore all the potential your “green space for a small place” has.