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Colorado Garden & Home Show Supports College Students

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If the month of February makes you think about flowers, you’re in luck. Green thumbs and garden admirers alike can enjoy the Colorado Garden & Home Show, which starts this weekend at the Colorado Convention Center.

Touted as “the Rocky Mountain region’s oldest, largest and most prestigious garden and home show,” the Colorado Garden & Home Show features more than 1,400 booths with gardening gurus and companies from around the country, an acre of 10 professionally landscaped gardens, a juried flower show, and much more.

Raising Money for Horticulture Education

This wonderful Colorado tradition is sponsored by Colorado Garden Foundation, a nonprofit organization that strives to advance the horticultural industry in our great state, funding educational programs, research programs, tree and plant material purchases, community gardens, and more. All ticket proceeds from Colorado Garden & Home Show go directly to grants and scholarships that support Colorado programs and schools.

In 2007, Colorado Garden Foundation awarded a grant to Front Range Community College’s Horticulture and Landscape Technologies program. Each year, two students receive full-tuition scholarships toward this program. Colorado Garden Foundation’s executive director Jim Fricke says that an important part of the organization’s mission is to help schools like FRCC produce excellent horticulture professionals.

Coming Soon: A Greenhouse Teaching Facility at FRCC

In 2013, Colorado Garden Foundation gave a $150,000 grant to Front Range Community College to build a state-of-the-art greenhouse on the Westminster Campus (the Boettcher Foundation also contributed another $100,000). The Andrew Pierce Memorial Grant is established in honor of former Colorado Garden Foundation board member Andrew Pierce.

The new greenhouse will be located on the southeast corner of the campus adjacent to the newly renovated South Classroom building that will house the art studios and general purpose classroom. The greenhouse is expected to be completed by mid-June.

Buy Tickets to Support College Students

Support college students in horticulture, landscape design, botany, biology, and other related disciplines—including FRCC students—by attending Colorado’s treasured garden and home event.

The Colorado Garden & Home Show runs from Saturday, Feb. 7, through Sunday, Feb. 15. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day.

General admission is $12 (free for kids age 12 and under), and you can get discount tickets at King Soopers for $10.

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