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“Harding Grown” - fundamental for Colorado gardening

By: Leslie Massey,
July 16, 2016
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Thanks to the hot and cold temperatures, high elevations, drying winds, and late frosts, gardeners in Colorado have a lot to contend with. Starting out with the right plants and the proper gardening methods increases your potential to generate a successful garden or landscape year after year.

Harding Nursery is bursting with a robust assortment of “Harding Grown” perennials, shrubs, and trees that are well adapted to the unpredictable climate and diverse soil conditions throughout the Pikes Peak region.

“About 75 percent of our plant materials are grown and propagated at our nursery here in town,” Kristen Burnside Owner/Manager said. “Or at our 160 acres of growing fields and plant stock areas east of Colorado Springs.”

Thanks to nearly 60 years of experience in Colorado landscaping and gardening, the team at Harding Nursery are experts at nurturing the right trees, shrubs, and plants that will thrive in this complex region.

“Because such a large amount of our materials are already acclimated for the conditions and climate of this area they are able to take hold quicker and mature successfully,” Burnside said.

As a certified Plant Select® grower, Harding is a key part of providing the best plants designed to prosper in our high plains and intermountain regions. Being part of the Plant Select® brand represents their capacity to offer plants that deliver the greatest appeal with less work, enabling gardeners all over the region to attain stunning and productive gardens.

While outdoor living is a favorite pastime for most Coloradan’s, everyone’s landscaping needs are different. Some families are looking for more shade throughout the year, while others are trying to cool down their yard just during the summer. The expert team at Harding Nursery is eager to help each customer choose the right trees, shrubs, flowers and grasses to arrange the ideal environment for their home.

While the family-owned nursery specializes in blue spruce, shade trees, evergreen spreaders, and potentilla’s, they carry a vast selection of everything green thumbs need for their ideal outdoor spaces.

On top of their bountiful selection of evergreens like Ponderosa Pine, Juniper, Spruce or Fir; and deciduous trees like Ask, Oak, Crabapple, Elm, or Maple; ornamental shrubs including Boxwood, Chokeberry, Forsythia, and Spirea; in addition to remarkable varieties of annuals, perennials, bulbs, vegetables, herbs, roses, fruit trees, and much, much more, everything you need is on hand at Harding Nursery.

Helping customers keep their outdoor setting healthy and thriving is another piece of the Harding Nursery strategy for ensuring customers realize the dynamic landscape they are hoping for. 

Providing the best supplies and provisions available, every level of gardener can find an extensive stockpile of fertilizers, mulches, fungus and pest control products, (including deer and rabbits) essential for maintaining a flourishing landscape. And, they want to answer your questions about the best tools, tips, and techniques for all of you gardening needs.

For over three generations, Harding Nursery has been fostering the right knowledge, experience and skill to become the paramount source for high quality plant materials and resources for the stubborn surroundings of Colorado Springs.

Harding’s team of associates are passionate about their customers as well as the plants and products they offer.  Supporting home gardeners of all levels to attain successful and enjoyable gardening is the ambition of everyone on staff.

“Our purpose has always been to provide our customers with the highest quality Harding Grown plants, along with the best supplies and provisions, to ensure they achieve the best possible results,” said Burnside.

Stop by Harding at 721 N. Powers Blvd. or visit their website at


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