Greenhouse was at site for 80-plus years
The upcoming closure of the Red Rock Garden & Greenhouse, 3178 W. Colorado Ave., will end an era of more than 80 years in which a nursery has existed in that
Dave Hughes of the Old Colorado City Historical Society (OCCHS) traced the property back to 1926, when the Grandview Greenhouse was operated by Edward and Earnest Ripley, and an Ira Current photo in the OCCHS collection shows the greenhouse in a photo dated 1924.
Beverly Michels, a cousin of the Ripleys, said she recalls “enjoying myself” there when she was about 6 years old. “It was quite wonderful,” said Michels, now 73. “I remember running down and playing with the wind chimes.”
The site takes up two lots now (totaling 27,000 square feet), but it had three lots back then - including, just to the west, what's now the Burlap Bag clothing store at 32nd and Colorado. Fred Barr, for whom the Barr Trail is named, lived on the other side of 32nd Street, according to Mel McFarland, a long-time Westside historian
“Over the years it [the nursery] has been threatened quite a few times,” he added, noting that the business nearly closed in the 1960s.
The Fisher brothers, Tom and Wayne, bought the nursery and one of the two lots (leasing the other) in 1977. Wayne split off in 1998 to start Good Earth Garden Center, 1330 N. Walnut St.
The leased lot has the retail building and greenhouse. However, the Husser family, which owns that property, decided not to renew the lease, leading to the upcoming closure. Plans for future use of the property have not been announced.
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