The story of Fort Collins Nursery begins as a humble vegetable farm in 1932 near Fishback and LaPorte Avenues.
Then owner, Glen Kinghorn, maintained his small plot through the depression era as Kinghorn Nursery. In 1940, Kinghorn sold his plot to Clayton Watkins, the first president of the Colorado Nurserymen’s Association. Watkins changed the name to Fort Collins Nursery, and expanded the business during World War II, seeding airfields for the Army.
In 1946, Watkins sold the nursery to Al Ekblad and his brother-in-law, Cecil Martin. In 1955, they moved the operation to East Mulberry Street, nestled on the Poudre River. In 1958, Martin left the business, and employee, Marv Wood, became Ekblad’s partner. Over the years, the nursery offered more trees, shrubs and perennials.
In 1976, nursery employees Gary Eastman and Gary Epstein took over ownership. The two “Garys” expanded the business to include more retail stock, as well as landscaping and maintenance services. The nursery also started growing more of its own plants at a site on North Shields Street in 1987.
Throughout the ’70s and ’80s, with Eastman managing the retail side, and Epstein managing wholesale production, it became evident that the departments could be two separate businesses in their own right. In 2005, the Garys split the company into Fort Collins Nursery, 2121 E. Mulberry St., and Fort Collins Wholesale Nursery, 2224 N. Shields St. To this day, Fort Collins Nursery still buys a great volume of plants from the wholesale business, which offers hard-to-get, well-suited and native plants.
About this Event:
Even if you've lived here for many years, gardening and landscaping in Colorado poses unique challenges each season. Learn the basics and pick up some helpful tips for growing vegetables, having a healthy lawn, and managing and selecting the best trees and shrubs for your landscape. Despite the various factors that face gardeners, adapting for our climate and conditions can result in beautiful landscapes in Northern Colorado.
Presented by Alison O'Connor
Alison Stoven O'Connor is the Colorado State University Extension horticulture agent in Larimer County. She's been with Extension for fifteen years. Alison coordinates the Larimer County Master Gardener program and assists homeowners and industry with horticultural questions. She attended Iowa State University and The Ohio State University, majoring in horticulture, and completed her Ph.D. at Colorado State University in 2014, studying nursery tree production and landscape establishment. In her spare time she enjoys golfing, tending to her backyard chickens, and baking delicious treats for friends.
Date And Time
Sun, January 31, 2021
1:30 AM – 2:30 AM IST
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