Where to buy veggie plants, herbs and fruit trees in Colorado

Every spring, garden centers are “all hands on deck,” selling seeds, starter vegetables, fruit trees and herb plants, plus all things related to the outdoor planting season. But this year is different — way different.

Independent garden centers are reacting to the higher demand for home-grown edibles, seeds and supplies while respecting social-distance procedures outlined by the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Many garden centers and specialty shops that sell seasonal plants are open for in-store shopping. But a handful of stores are not open for shopping in person, instead offering online and phone orders for curbside pick-up or delivery.

Trela Phelps, general manager of City Floral in Denver, said the higher demand for seeds and plants is because “everyone is home and gardening gives them something to do while they’re locked up. People are concerned about access to fresh vegetables, so they want to grow their own.”

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City Floral is open for in-store shopping, online and phone ordering for curbside pick-up and delivery. It also has a fresh farm stand with plenty of fruits, vegetables, milk, eggs and pasta. Fruit trees, which can be planted outside soon, are “flying off the shelves,” Trela added.

Below is a list of independently owned garden centers, specialty stores and hardware stores from Boulder to Castle Rock to help you grow your own edible plants this season. (We didn’t include chain stores like Home Depot, Lowe’s or Walmart in this list, or supermarkets that sell plants. And this list, while long, is not comprehensive.)

The independently owned Ace Hardware locations listed are almost all open to in-store shopping, and most carry seeds for vegetables, herbs and ornamentals, as well as soil amendments. Some locations have vegetable starts, herbs and fruit plants, or will be getting them by May 10. Check with your nearest store.

Independently owned garden centers

* Asterisks denote full-service garden centers (seeds, vegetable starter plants, herbs, fruit starts, soil amendments) and more plants and gardening supplies.

ARVADA

  • Echter’s Nursery & Garden Center*
    5150 Garrison St.; 303-424-7979; echters.com. Not open for in-store shopping. Order online for curbside pick-up or delivery.
  • Giambrocco & Sons Garden Center*
    14005 W. 64th Ave.; 303-421-7228; facebook.com/GiambroccoSonsGardenCenter. Opening late April with edible vegetables, fruits, herbs and more.
  • Malara Gardens*
    7190 Kipling St.; 303-424-1452; malaragardens.com.Open for in-store shopping; call for curbside orders and pick-up or delivery.
  • Wright’s Nursery Inc.*
    11100 Ralston Road; 303-424-3914; facebook.com/Wrights-Nursery-Garden-Center-452547168161350. Open for in-store shopping; call for curbside pick-up.

AURORA

  • Nick’s Garden Center & Farm Market*
    2001 S. Chambers Road; 303-696-6657; nicksgardencenter.com. Open for in-store shopping; call for curbside pick-up.

BOULDER

  • Harlequin’s Garden*
    4795 N. 26th St.; 303-939-9403; harlequinsgardens.com. Open for in-store shopping; call for curbside pick-up.
  • Sturtz & Copeland*
    2851 Valmont; 303-442-6663; sturtzandcopeland.com. Closed for business during the coronavirus pandemic.

BRIGHTON

  • Pinnacle Gardens*
    13431 Sable Blvd.; 303-655-8180; pinnacle-gardens.com. Open for in-store shopping; call for curbside pick-up, delivery.

BROOMFIELD

  • Front Range Gardens*
    10195 Wadsworth Blvd.; 303-469-3369; frontrangegardens.com. Open for in-store shopping; call for curbside pick-up.
  • O’Toole’s Garden Center*
    9400 Wadsworth Parkway; 303-423-8361; otoolesgardencenters.com. Closed during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Shelly’s Garden Country*
    4181 W. 120th Ave.; 303-466-6761; shellysgardencountry.com. Not open for public shopping; call for curbside pick-up or delivery.

CASTLE ROCK

  • Plum Creek Garden Market
    1506 S. Wilcox St.; 720-270-2291; plumcreekgardenmarket.com. Opens April 30 through June 30, with vegetables, herbs, perennials and more.

CENTENNIAL

  • Tagawa Gardens*
    7711 S. Parker Road; 303-690-4722; tagawagardens.com/home-tagawa-gardens.html. Not open for public shopping; call for curbside pick-up or delivery.

DENVER

  • City Floral*
    1440 Kearney St.; 303-399-1177; cityfloralgreenhouse.com. Open for in-store shopping, plus curbside pick-up and delivery. Also offers an in-store vegetable and fruit market
  • Country Fair Garden Center*
    7150 Leetsdale Drive; 303-757-4949; countryfairgarden.com. Open for in-store shopping, curbside pick-up and delivery.
  • Elliott Gardens*
    6321 Lowell Blvd., 303-428-4043; elliottgardens.com. Open for in-store shopping.
  • The Garden Patch*
    2101 S. Washington St., 303-282-3992; denvergardenpatchco.com. Closed during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Heirloom Tomato Gardens (two locations)
    Online ordering only for tomato and eggplant starts, pick up in May at Farm 39, 3611 Chestnut Place, or The Sparrow Greenhouse, 475 Corona St. Go to heirloomtomatofarms.com to order. For questions, call 303-308-9345.
  • Plant Garage
    1000 Acoma, 720-361-2321; plantgaragedenver.com. Open for in-store shopping.
  • Plum Creek Garden Market
    2150 S. Monaco Parkway, 720-270-2291; plumcreekgardenmarket.com. Open April 30 through June 30, selling vegetables, herbs, perennials and more.
  • Seeds Trust
    999 Vallejo St., 5C; 720-335-3436; seedstrust.com. Mail order only, vegetable seeds, herbs and more.
  • Wild Flowers Home Gift & Garden
    1201 Madison St.; 303-333-4050; wildflowershome.com. Opening in May, with seeds, vegetable starts, herbs, indoor citrus plants.

ENGLEWOOD

  • Birdsall and Co.
    2870 S. Broadway; 303-722-2535; birdsallgardenstoredenverco.com. Not open for shopping, but offers  curbside pick-up, indoor citrus and fig plants, soil amendments, containers and more.
  • Bonsai Nursery*
    3750 S. Federal Blvd.; 303-761-3066; facebook.com/Bonsai-Nursery-Inc-349494295099181. Closed during the coronavirus pandemic.

EVERGREEN

  • Sundance Garden Center*
    27945 Meadow Drive; 303-670-0358; sundancegardens.com. Open for in-store shopping, curbside pick-up and delivery.

FEDERAL HEIGHTS

  • Hilltop Gardens*
    9660 N. Federal Blvd.; 303-465-2226; hilltopgardening.com. Open for in-store shopping.

FRANKTOWN

  • The Sprucery Garden Center*
    4647 N. Colorado 93; 720-583-8119; thesprucery.com. Open for in-store shopping, with fruit trees, currant shrubs, raspberries, blackberries and more.

GOLDEN

  • Novacek Green House*
    2635 Youngfield St.; 303-237-3572; novacekgreenhouse.com. Open for in-store shopping, plus curbside pick-up.
  • Plum Creek Garden Market
    16005 S. Golden Road; 720-270-2291; plumcreekgardenmarket.com. Opens April 30 through June 30, with vegetables, herbs, perennials and more.

HIGHLANDS RANCH

  • The Gardens Highland Ranch*
    9542 S. University; 303-791-0338; facebook.com/TheGardensOfficial. Not open for in-store shopping; offers curbside pick-up and delivery.

HUDSON

  • Mazotti Farms
    2628 Weld County Road 49; 303-536-4089; mazzottifarms.com. Open May 1 to June 30, with vegetables, fruits, herbs, bedding plants and more.

LAFAYETTE

  • Lafayette Florist Gift Shop and Garden Center*
    600 S. Public Road; 303-665-5552; lafayetteflorist.com. Not open for in-store shopping, but offers curbside pick-up and delivery.

LAKEWOOD

  • Jensen’s Flower and Garden*
    845 Wadsworth Blvd.; 303-237-5545; jensensflowerandgarden.com. Open for in-store shopping.
  • O’Toole’s Garden Center*
    1404 Quail St.; 303-232-6868; otoolesgardencenters.com. Closed during the coronavirus pandemic.

LITTLETON

  • Creek Side Gardens*
    5730 W. Coal Mine Ave.; 303-933-8493; plantsbycreekside.com. Open for in-store shopping, plus curbside pick-up and delivery.
  • Jared’s Nursery*
    10500 W. Bowles Ave.; 303-979-6022; jaredsgarden.com. Open for in-store shopping, plus curbside pick-up.
  • O’Toole’s Garden Center*
    5201 S. Federal; 303-347-8027; otoolesgardencenters.com. Closed during the coronavius pandemic.
  • Wilmore Nursery*
    711 E. County Line Road; 303-795-5339; wilmorenurseries.com. Open for in-store shopping, plus curbside pick-up.

LONGMONT

  • The Flower Bin Garden Center & Nursery*
    1805 Nelson Road; 303-772-3454; theflowerbin.net. Open for in-store shopping, plus curbside pick-up.
  • The Tree Farm*
    11858 Mineral Road (Colorado 52); 303-652-2961; thetreefarm.com. Closed during the coronavirus pandemic.

PARKER

  • Pine Lane Nursery*
    18200 Apache Drive; 303-841-3009; pinelanenursery.com. Not open for in-store shopping; offers curbside pick-up and delivery.

WHEAT RIDGE

  • Abner’s Garden Center*
    12280 W. 44th Ave.; 303-424-0180; abnersgardencenter.com. Open for in-store shopping, plus curbside pick-up.
  • Southwest Gardens*
    4114 Harlan St.; 303-423-5606; wildflowershome.com. Open for in-store shopping, plus curbside pick-up.
  • Young’s Market and Garden Center*
    9400 W. 44th Ave.; 303-422-8408; youngsmarketandgardencenter.com. Open for in-store shopping.

Independently owned hardware stores with gardening supplies

AURORA

  • Ace Hardware at Buckley Square
    17190 E. Iliff Ave.; 303-745-7177; aceaurora.com. Seeds, soil amendments; vegetable starts later in spring.
  • Ace Hardware Saddle Rock
    7420 S. Gartrell Road; 303-515-7006; acesaddlerock.com. Seeds, soil amendments; ornamental bedding plants only later in spring.
  • Hoffman Heights Ace Hardware
    644 Peoria St.; 303-366-3524; acehardware.com/store-details/15142. Seeds, soil amendments; no live plants.

ARVADA

  • Ace Hardware Sheridan
    5017 W. 64th Ave.; 303-426-1035; acehardware.com/store-details/14796. Seeds, soil amendments; no live plants.
  • Ace Hardware at Westwoods
    15530 W. 64th Ave., 303-420-9691; acehardware.com/store-details/14353. Seeds, soil amendments; plants later in spring.

BOULDER

  • McGuckin Hardware
    2525 Arapahoe Ave.; 303-443-1822; acehardware.com/store-details/16605. Seeds, vegetables, herbs, fruits, soil amendments.

BRIGHTON

  • Brighton Ace Hardware, Agfinity Inc.
    55 W. Bromley Lane; 720-685-1980; acehardware.com/store-details/05686. Seeds, soil amendments, vegetable starts, herbs.

CENTENNIAL

  • Big Tool Box and Highlands Garden Center
    8080 S. Holly St.; 303-779-8822; acehardware.com/store-details/12149. Seeds, soil amendments, vegetables, herbs, fruit and more.

COMMERCE CITY

  • Ace Hardware at Reunion
    15181 E. 104th Ave.; 720-450-9400; acehardware.com/store-details/16046. Seeds, soil amendments, live plants later in spring.
  • Commerce City Ace Hardware
    6900 Eudora Drive; 303-288-6641; acehardware.com/store-details/02509. Seeds, soil amendments, plants later in spring.

DENVER

  • Ninth Avenue Hardware 
    1030 E. 9th Ave.; 303-831-7066; acehardware.com/store-details/04483. Seeds, soil amendments, plants later in spring.
  • 12th Avenue Ace
    2640 E. 12th Ave.; 303-355-2551; acehardware.com/store-details/06495. No walk-ins, online orders only during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Ace on The Fax
    7100 E. Colfax Ave.; 720-677-6366; acehardware.com/store-details/15347. Seeds, soil amendments, vegetable and herb starts.
  • Cherry Creek Ace Hardware
    1417 S. Holly St.; 303-691-3435; acehardware.com/store-details/16593. Seeds, soil amendments, vegetable and herb starts.
  • Ace Hardware at the Highlands
    3758 Osage St.; 303-955-0661; acehardware.com/store-details/15693. Seeds, soil amendments, plants later in spring.
  • Mile High Ace Hardware and Garden
    2800 W. 104th Ave.; 303-531-2370; acehardware.com/store-details/14569. Seeds, soil amendments, vegetable, herb and fruit plants.
  • Perl-Mack Ace Hardware
    7041 Pecos St.; 303-429-2944; acehardware.com/store-details/00685;.Seeds, soil amendments, no live plants.
  • University Hills Ace Hardware
    2500 S. Colorado Blvd.; 303-759-0980; acehardware.com/store-details/14999. Seeds, soil amendments, vegetable, fruit plants later in spring.

EDGEWATER

  • Edgewater Ace Hardware
    1719 Sheridan Blvd.; 303-233-4810; acehardware.com/store-details/11439. Seeds, soil amendments, and vegetable starts later in spring.

ENGLEWOOD

  • A & A Tradin’ Post Hardware
    4509 S. Broadway; 303-761-0747; acehardware.com/store-details/14510. Seeds, soil amendments, vegetable, herb starts.

FIRESTONE

  • Ace Hardware of Firestone
    8258 Colorado Blvd.; 303-833-9191; acehardware.com/store-details/11757. Seeds, soil amendments and will have vegetable starts later in April.

FORT LUPTON

  • Ace Hardware Ft. Lupton
    201 S. Rollie Ave.; 303-857-1695; acehardware.com/store-details/14333. Seeds, soil amendments, no plants.

GREENWOOD VILLAGE

  • Cherry Hills Marketplace
    5910 S. University Blvd.; 720-974-1080; acelittletoncherryhills.com. Seeds and soil amendments, with  vegetable and herb plants coming soon.

HIGHLANDS RANCH

  • Ace Hardware Highlands Ranch
    9579 S. University Blvd.; 303-683-6300; acehardware.com/store-details/14920. Seeds, soil amendments, with vegetable and herb plants coming soon.

LAKEWOOD

  • Ace Hardware of Jewell Square
    7777 W. Jewell Ave.; 303-989-5274; acehardware.com/store-details/15057. Seeds and soil amendments; will have vegetable starts later in April.
  • Lake Ridge Ace Hardware
    2563 Kipling St.; 303-231-9400; acehardware.com/store-details/05692. Seeds, soil amendments; will have vegetable starts later in April.

LITTLETON

  • Chatfield Ace Hardware
    8214 S. Kipling St.; 720-677-6477; acehardware.com/store-details/17476. Seeds, soil amendments; will have vegetable starts later in April.
  • Columbine Ace Hardware
    6720 S. Pierce St.; 303-948-8813; acehardware.com/store-details/14967. Seeds, soil amendments; will have vegetable starts later in April.
  • Kipling Ace Hardware
    5914 S. Kipling Parkway; 303-978-9048; acehardware.com/store-details/0444. Seeds, soil amendments; no live plants.
  • Littleton Ace Hardware
    151 W. Mineral; 303-795-9469; acelittletoncherryhills.com. Seeds, soil amendments; vegetable starts coming soon.

LONGMONT

  • Ace Hardware Longmont
    1727 Main St.; 303-776-5173; www.acehardware.com/store-details/03574. Seeds, vegetable starts, herbs, strawberries, soil amendments.

NEDERLAND

  • Indian Peaks Ace Hardware
    74 Colorado 119; 303-258-3132; acehardware.com/store-details/05784. Seeds, soil amendments; vegetable starts coming in May.

PINE

  • Moore Lumber & Ace Hardware Pine Junction
    186 Mount Evans Blvd.; 303-674-1001; acehardware.com/store-details/15638. Seeds, vegetable starts, herbs, strawberries, soil amendments.

THORNTON

  • Ace Hardware of Thornton
    3851 E. 120th Ave.; 303-252-1776; acehardware.com/store-details/16307. Seeds, soil amendments; no live plants.

WESTMINSTER

  • Ace Hardware Westminster
    9979 Wadsworth Parkway; 720-443-5800; acehardware.com/store-details/15916. Seeds, soil amendments; vegetable, herb plants coming in May.

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