This past week we have been continuing to work on getting ready to open for our Open Farm Days weekends starting April 26th. I felt a small sense of panic as I was looking at the calendar and realized just how little time there is before that magical day arrives and there is so much to accomplish between now and then to get ready. Lizz (pictured above) planted fairy gardens this week and cape violets too. Both will be cheerful and fun additions to the more than 500 different kinds of plants we will have for sale in our Farm Stand on those Open Farm Day weekends.
Here is a picture from last year. We will have even more plants, more workshops, and more fun this year!! And so the preparations will continue as we get everything ready.
All this planning and preparational work had me thinking that I should share with you some information about three other nursery businesses that you may enjoy. All three are owned and operated by good friends of Chris and myself for many many years. Perennial Favorites is a small nursery business in Rye, CO. Shortgrass Greenhouse is a small greenhouse farm in Erie, CO, and Tooley’s Trees is an heritage tree farm in Truchas, NM.
All of these are small family farm businesses just like ours, but each one specializes in slightly different kinds of plants for sale. Like our farm, Tooley’s Trees, Shortgrass Greenhouse, and Perennial Favorites are all mom and pop types of plant businesses, and just like Chris and myself, these folks is intimately involved with the day to day happenings of our farms and nurseries. It is really hard work to run a small farm or nursery business and be able to earn a right livelihood doing so, but that is just what we all are doing because we feel it is a really good thing to do. We do this type of work because we love plants, and we love sharing our knowledge with other folks. We are all working hard this spring, and feeling fortunate that we can earn our living doing something we enjoy.
So, let me share just a tiny bit of information about Shortgrass Greenhouse, Tooley’s Trees, and Perennial Favorites. My hope is that you will want to learn more about each of them and will visit their websites first and then visit their farm or nursery this spring.
Be sure to visit us too on an Open Farm Day weekend. If you go to the Open Farm Days page of this blog you will find all the information you will need to know when to visit and enjoy our farm.
Perennial Favorites is a wonderful nursery in Rye, CO that specializes in perennials that are great for Colorado Growers. Diana and Merrilee own and operate this nursery and they really know there plants. Visit their website at www.pfplants.com and you’ll definitely get a taste for what to expect if you visit them this spring to shop for plants for your garden.
They will open their nursery for business on May 1, 2014, but if you are in the Denver area you can also visit their booth at Denver Botanic Garden’s rock garden sale on April 25-26, 2014.
Shortgrass Greenhouse is another fantastic small plant business located just outside of Erie, CO off of Hwy 52. I have know Amy for nearly 30 years now and all that time we have shared a passion for growing plants. She and Guy have been in the business of plants for so many years I can’t even count them, and their small family greenhouse farm offers potted plants of every possible kind. They grow more than 2000 gorgeous hanging baskets alone! Visit their website at www.shortgrassgreenhouse.wordpress.com to see what is happening on their farm.
Shortgrass opens soon on April 5, 2014. You will have so much fun shopping there that you will probably go home needing to expand your garden space!
Another favorite farm I want to share with you about is an heirloom tree farm called Tooley’s Trees in Truchas, NM. Tooley’s Trees is owned by Gordon and Margaret and they have a wonderful selection of heritage fruit trees that have been grown in the southwest region for decades. I wish I had a picture to share with you of their farm, but sadly I do not. That shouldn’t slow you down visiting their website at www.tooleystrees.com where you will find a long list of all the trees they offer for sale.
We will be getting our own order of fruit trees from Margaret and Gordon this spring to plant here in our own orchard and I can hardly wait for Chris to go pick those trees up and bring them home!
Tooley’s Trees plans to open on March 28, 2014 weather permitting. They will open the following weekend if the snow prevents their March opening date from happening.
That’s about all I know for now. A little bird told me that fairies are dancing and skipping in the gardens now that spring has arrived and there are flowers starting to bloom!