About Our Nursery

We are a fast, responsive, wholesale nursery distributor dedicated to innovative partnerships with landscape contractors that differentiate us among the competition.

We maintain consistent quality in a large scale operation across a depth of variety intended to meet demand and maximize value for the landscaper, their customers, and the public.

Dedicated to service, quality, value, and innovation!

True Partnership

As a family operated business over 35 years, we give our customers competitive advantages in costs and industry insight. We always assess plant material quotes to determine every avenue to supply the material at the lowest cost, securing your opportunity to win the work. We consult on customer-forecasted enhancement and production schedules to keep them competitive with field harvested trees.  We offer unequaled warranty programs to differentiate our contractors from the competition and we partner with our customers in cooperative marketing and referrals.

Quality, Quantity, & Diversity

Large blocks of “in demand” shade and ornamental cultivars with a consistency of quality in distributed and grown material ensures the ever changing palate of landscape plant materials are available when you need them.  As one of the largest growers and purchasers of landscape plant material in the region, we are able to leverage our scale to get you the plants you need for your job and competitive prices. 

Fast Response

We offer three convenient locations, a responsive sales team, our 135 acre farm and a scale-able delivery fleet are ready to provide you spot on solutions whenever urgency demands it.  Whether it be putting numbers to a last minute bid, making time to tag trees, or shipping a large job that suddenly got put on the schedule, we have the capacity & drive to respond to your changing needs and keep the business wheels turning.

Rooted in Family

The seeds for Arbor Valley Nursery were sown with Roy and Dave Edmundson well before they opened in 1980. Roy, a Colorado land-man, had always admired farmers, their values, and the relationship they had with the land. Dave grew up sharing his father’s interest in plants, and, when it was his turn to choose a path, Dave majored in Horticulture at Colorado State University. After graduation in 1971, Dave dug deep into the industry and learned all he could by working with some of the best nurseries, farms, and garden centers in the region.

During his time with these organizations, Dave began to see a need within the market for locally grown trees which could thrive in the Colorado climate to support the demand from landscape professionals and wholesale distributors. Roy, understanding the opportunity and trusting in his son’s knowledge and expertise, funded Dave’s vision, and together they founded Arbor Valley Nursery.

 

Rooted in Trust

Arbor Valley Nursery began to evolve as Dave responded to the requests of his customers to include additional services and products. In addition to locally grown trees, Arbor Valley Nursery slowly began to branch into shrub and perennial production, as well as become a hub of distribution for trees and plants for out-of-state partners and other growers serving the Colorado region. As the nursery moved closer to becoming the landscapers’ one-stop-shop, Dave shaped Arbor Valley Nursery into the region’s leading strategic low-cost provider known for a broad product line and strong delivery and service performance. The business was growing well and expansion was needed to handle the extra demands of the market. So, in early 2006, Dave leveraged his success, took a financial risk, and Henkel Farm on the edge of Lochbuie was purchased and prepared for additional growth. Unfortunately, before the first trees would bud, the local and world economies as well as Dave’s own health would take dramatic turns for the worse.

Rooted in Quality

The first signs of the Great Recession started in late 2006 and early 2007 when housing prices began to fall. Henkel Farm was just beginning to germinate as the full weight of the Recession began to impact Colorado. By the first quarter of 2008, the US economy was shriveling; jobs were being lost at rates not seen since the 1920s. While foreclosures were intensifying to historic levels, new construction projects and the demand for plant material were continuing to tumble dramatically. The long cycle of the Recession was intensified by a glut of plant material in the market with growers scrambling to push their plants out of the fields before the plants were no longer sellable. This infusion of material with the declining demand sent consumer prices to historic lows; hitting the low-cost providers the hardest as traditionally high-end brands were entering into the low-cost market destroying what little margins remained. In addition, Dave’s own health began to wane, and in 2010 Arbor Valley Nursery’s founder and leader passed away leaving his son Matt to lead a struggling but determined team to persevere through the trials of the Recession.

Rooted in Community

While Matt has a heart for plants, he also has a head for efficiencies and economics, and Arbor Valley needed both his head and his heart in order to take root and truly bloom. With the recession as a catalyst, Matt quickly shifted the organization to emphasize quality and service, while maintaining a competitive price for the Arbor Valley products and pushing Just In Time (JIT) delivery for our customers. The new vision was grafted to the old roots of Arbor Valley in order to rejuvenate the organization while maintaining the core of what Dave and Roy had founded.

The new season in the life of Arbor Valley also saw the addition of a second distribution and production center. The purchase of the Franktown location brought with it a greenhouse, knowledgeable staff, and a real presence in the South Denver Metro. The reputation of Arbor Valley continues to grow with our experience, knowledge, and relationships and is sprouting into stronger partnerships with vendors, customers, and competitors.

Urban plants and landscapes provide vital environmental benefits, scrubbing the water that flows through our cities and cleaning the air we breathe, while improving our overall well-being by bringing beauty to our communities. We are privileged to be part of the team that brings life to the world. Arbor Valley now thrives in an ever-changing landscape, and together we are growing quality life.

Rooted in Quality

Arbor Valley Nursery began to evolve as Dave responded to the requests of his customers to include additional services and products. In addition to locally grown trees, Arbor Valley Nursery slowly began to branch into shrub and perennial production, as well as become a hub of distribution for trees and plants for out-of-state partners and other growers serving the Colorado region. As the nursery moved closer to becoming the landscapers’ one-stop-shop, Dave shaped Arbor Valley Nursery into the region’s leading strategic low-cost provider known for a broad product line and strong delivery and service performance. The business was growing well and expansion was needed to handle the extra demands of the market. So, in early 2006, Dave leveraged his success, took a financial risk, and Henkel Farm on the edge of Lochbuie was purchased and prepared for additional growth. Unfortunately, before the first trees would bud, the local and world economies as well as Dave’s own health would take dramatic turns for the worse.

The first signs of the Great Recession started in late 2006 and early 2007 when housing prices began to fall. Henkel Farm was just beginning to germinate as the full weight of the Recession began to impact Colorado. By the first quarter of 2008, the US economy was shriveling; jobs were being lost at rates not seen since the 1920s. While foreclosures were intensifying to historic levels, new construction projects and the demand for plant material were continuing to tumble dramatically. The long cycle of the Recession was intensified by a glut of plant material in the market with growers scrambling to push their plants out of the fields before the plants were no longer sellable. This infusion of material with the declining demand sent consumer prices to historic lows; hitting the low-cost providers the hardest as traditionally high-end brands were entering into the low-cost market destroying what little margins remained. In addition, Dave’s own health began to wane, and in 2010 Arbor Valley Nursery’s founder and leader passed away leaving his son Matt to lead a struggling but determined team to persevere through the trials of the Recession.

Rooted in Community

While Matt has a heart for plants, he also has a head for efficiencies and economics, and Arbor Valley needed both his head and his heart in order to take root and truly bloom. With the recession as a catalyst, Matt quickly shifted the organization to emphasize quality and service, while maintaining a competitive price for the Arbor Valley products and pushing Just In Time (JIT) delivery for our customers. The new vision was grafted to the old roots of Arbor Valley in order to rejuvenate the organization while maintaining the core of what Dave and Roy had founded.

The new season in the life of Arbor Valley also saw the addition of a second distribution and production center. The purchase of the Franktown location brought with it a greenhouse, knowledgeable staff, and a real presence in the South Denver Metro. The reputation of Arbor Valley continues to grow with our experience, knowledge, and relationships and is sprouting into stronger partnerships with vendors, customers, and competitors.

Urban plants and landscapes provide vital environmental benefits, scrubbing the water that flows through our cities and cleaning the air we breathe, while improving our overall well-being by bringing beauty to our communities. We are privileged to be part of the team that brings life to the world. Arbor Valley now thrives in an ever-changing landscape, and together we are growing quality life.

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