NOTE: This post was updated February 2021 to reflect the most current information. As always, wear a face mask and maintain social distancing during your visit to any of these garden centers.
Our Northern Colorado region has grown from a small agriculture community to one of thriving small businesses, local farms and eateries, higher education and so much more. But through the decades, we’ve never forgotten our aggie roots.
To ease your itching green thumb and get your spring garden and home landscape started, we rounded up the centers, nurseries and greenhouses offering the products and expertise needed for a blooming Colorado home. Whether you just need a hanging basket for your front porch or you want a farm-to-table garden for your own backyard, these are the local spots that will make it easy. Happy planting!
Photo courtesy of Tawney Summers via Bath Garden Center and Nursery
One of NoCo’s most popular garden centers, Bath offers the largest selection of organic and natural gardening products in the region. At their year-round facility, you’ll find indoor and outdoor plants, seeds, trees and shrubs, flowers and vegetables, decor, classes, workshops and kid-friendly events. You’ll even find clothing, lotions and gifts in the boutique!
Photo courtesy of Gulley Greenhouse & Garden Center
Gulley has been growing and selling plants in Fort Collins for more than 40 years. Open year-round, they specialize in annual plants, hardy perennials, vegetables, herbs, small shrubs and edibles, roses, succulents and drought tolerant plants perfect for Colorado. Inside the Garden Center you’ll find over 10,000 varieties of flowers and plants paired with the knowledge and tips to help you in all your green thumb endeavors!
Fort Collins Nursery is a year-round, locally owned garden center and has been serving Northern Colorado since 1932. From gardening tools and fertilizer to fairy gardening supplies and even home decor and gifts, they offer everything you need to enhance and grow your garden. And they have an on-site playground so the kids can play while you shop and learn!
Photo courtesy of Loveland Garden Center
This Loveland center sells, educates and assists with all things gardening — from food crops and pest control to flowers and decor. During the holiday season, you can buy fresh-cut garland, wreaths and stems, Poinsettia and other festive florals. You can even trim your very own fresh-cut tree!
This mom and pop-style garden center buys locally, sells locally and is owned locally! The complete garden center includes garden decor, roses, plants, shrubs, seeds, bulbs, potting soil and composts. Unique to Pope Farms, they also offer a full selection of locally grown produce — including Western Slope fruit and Rocky Ford melons — alongside specialty items like Colorado’s Best Beef, Colorado Cherry Company ciders and juice, Village Pie Maker frozen fruit pies, Clarks local honey and their own frozen green chili!
Originally opened in 1965 with just 1 acre, this local landscape and garden center is now located on 15 acres of hillside overlooking Benson Reservoir. Locally owned and operated by Jack and Christine Fetig, the team behind Alpine Gardens Landscaping, the greenhouses, education and products are managed by experts with attainable landscaping in mind. Preview all their offerings here — from trees and annuals to bird baths and fertilizers.
This Colorado forest-inspired greenhouse and garden center is driven by simplicity and a low-key approach. The greenhouse was built single-handedly by co-owner Tom Haynie. It now showcases hundreds of spring flower baskets, thousands of annuals and vegetable starts, and all types of garden supplies, tools and soil amendments. You can find just about anything at Creekside, from ornamental to fruit trees, perennials and annuals, and vegetables and seeds. What’s more, the on-site art gallery has pottery and art to explore before you leave!
Photo courtesy of Plantorium Greenhouse
This greenhouse and nursery is family-owned and -operated. Come spring and through early winter, you’ll find everything you need for a gorgeous home and garden: annuals and perennials, fruit and vegetable starts, shrubs, hanging baskets and planters, soils and manures, seeds and so much more.
Though Fort Collins’ favorite garden destination is primarily a sustainable educational center, you can also buy several plants through the gardens’ greenhouse. When you make a purchase here, your money goes back into the programs, workshops and special events that serve our community. With seasonally available community gardens located on the 18-acre site, you can also rent space to start your own food and plant garden!
This full-service garden center offers absolutely everything you need for a flourishing garden: Fertilizers, pest controls, soils, plants and flowers of all types, trees, seeds, tools and other supplies, as well as experts to answers to all your questions. All of this is provided in addition to services like delivery and planting, customized landscape design and on-site consultation.
Photos courtesy of Harmony Gardens
This Northern Colorado garden and nursery center operates two locations: Windsor and Brighton. Home to the largest tree nursery in the region, you can find trees and shrubs, perennial flowers, roses, grasses, soils and fertilizer.
This family-owned and -operated greenhouse and garden center has been serving Northern Colorado since 1992. One half of the father-son team retired from the floriculture section in the Horticulture Department at CSU so even his experience in Colorado plants is local! Offering vegetables, herbs, perennial flowers, tomato cages and flower boxes, herbicides, Colorado’s Own Fertilizer and more, Donath Lake Greenhouses has everything you need for a thriving NoCo garden.
The CSFS Nursery is situated on approximately 130 acres and includes 18,000 square feet of greenhouse space. Driven by the Colorado State Forest Service mission to achieve stewardship of Colorado’s diverse forest environments, they offer seedling trees at low cost so you can directly benefit our state and CSU students. They offer more than 50 native species of bare root and container seedlings, nearly all of which are grown from seeds!
In the comments below, let us know where you’re headed to learn, purchase and grow your garden.