Chelsea: a Colorado Native Plant nursery
|Tony Urschitz and Stacey Stecher: proud owners of Chelsea Nursery|
Native plant nurseries are a dime a dozen in California, say, or in the Eastern United States: they are rare as hens' teeth in Colorado. Right now, the only retail/wholesale native plant nursery I can think of in my native state is Chelsea Nursery, in Clifton, Colorado. I have been fortunate to have known Tony Urschitz and Stacey Stecher for a very long time (I don't think they want to divulge the number of decades either). I doubt that you will find a nursery of any kind with a higher level of excellence when it comes to growing and maintaining their plants. Their prices (frankly) are on the very low side, but their unflagging enthusiasm, superb plantsmanship and meticulousness is off the charts. I visit Chelsea every time I'm in the Grand Valley--and you should too! It will lighten your pocket book, I can guarantee you, but it will enrich your garden and your life!
Not a bad backdrop for a native plant nursery! That's Mt. Garfield towering over them.
|A picture I took two years ago when I visited: Cylindropuntia viridiflora (left) and C. whipplei (right) were in full bloom then!|
The nursery is really quite large--and unlike so many garden centers, they grow practically every twig themselves from seed or cutting.
A wonderful variety of plants--herbaceous, woody, succulent, shrubs and even trees!
The cacti are to DIE for...
You can probably tell that I'm a succulent fancier...
A nice block of Blonde Ambition blue gramma grass. They have a great assortment of Plant Select--particularly the native plants in that program.
|Another view of the demonstration garden|
Can you tell I was smitten by the Eriogonum corymbosum.
|Another glimpse of the demonstration garden|
|More sexy cacti|
|And of course no self-respecting Western garden can be without a skull|