Planting flowers at 10,000 feet above sea level is no easy task! Here in Breckenridge, it seems like spring is having a hard time making its way into the high country. We have seen more powder days this spring and the snow continues to pile up. With all the snow (over 400 inches reported at Breckenridge Ski Resort this season), we will be lucky to see the grass before the end of May. But the ladies at Mountain Grown Gardens, the local greenhouse and nursery in Alma, Colorado, have already started getting into the summer spirit! Mountain Grown Gardens is a must see for locals and visitors alike coming to Breckenridge. It is operated by Jessica Cope at 92 Edgewood Rd in Alma. Open 7 days a week, from 9-5, Mother's Day through Labor Day. It boasts being the highest greenhouse in North America at almost 10,600 feet above sea level.
In the high country, you have to give flowers a little bit of a head start if you want them to have a chance to blossom in the short, cool mountain climate. Hundreds of annual and perennial plants successfully flourish is spite of challenging weather, wind and snow. Jessica prides herself in having the most creative containers and baskets in Colorado. Her staff is excited about opening a produce stand in mid-June, which will offer greenhouse grown vegetables and Colorado fresh produce.
To learn more about high altitude gardening, see our most recent post.
The beauty that Mountain Grown Gardens nursery creates for Breckenridge is appreciated by all. If you have any questions about what to plant or want to beautiful garden this summer, contact our friend Jessica Cope at 970.485.3784.