Welby Gardens is well known by Colorado gardeners. This family owned business has been around for over 40 years. In 1944 Alex and Esther Gerace bought land north of Denver and began farming with a horse and plow. They started out growing vegetables. In 1948 they built their first greenhouse for vegetable starts. The family business now has 20 acres of greenhouses and grows over 2,500 varieties of plants. Over 50 million plants are grown at the Welby Gardens greenhouses each year.
In 1976 Welby Gardens developed the Hardy Boy logo. It is now the most recognized seedling brand in the western region. Welby Gardens works with universities and other industry leaders to produce and test the newest and latest plants. Each year they test over 2,000 new varieties in their trial gardens. Their efforts ensure that Coloradoans are able to grow colorful and bountiful gardens.
Welby Gardens has been providing plants to Coloradoans for four generations. Because of their generous contribution of vegetable seedlings to Grow Local Colorado, Denver’s most needy will be provided fresh produce this coming growing season. Many thanks to the Gerace Family! They truly epitomize GLC’s mission of growing local food, local community and local economy.
If you would like to purchase Hardy Boy Plants, please visit Welby Garden Centers at 7390 Clayton St., Country Fair Garden Center at 2190 S. Colorado Blvd, Country Fair on 17201 W. 64th Avenue, Arvada, or at www.hardyboyplant.com.