Message from Brian J. Wheat, CEO and 3rd generation owner: Since our humble beginnings in 1949, we’ve worked hard for generations to build a quality reputation, to be good stewards of our earth and nurture relationships. We strive to help gardeners from beginners to seasoned pro’s. It’s our daily commitment to partner with you and help make our community beautiful…one garden at a time.
Lafayette Florist, Gift Shop & Garden Center is committed to offering you good service, healthy plants, knowledgeable staff and locally sourced garden plants and products. Since 1949, our award winning florist and garden center has been serving our community. #ourrootsrundeep
Our spring outdoor Garden Market offers locally sourced garden plants perfect for our climate. We are dedicated to providing hardy plants for our region. We want you to be a successful gardener. Lafayette Florist, Gift Shop and Garden Center is your Boulder County, Broomfield County and Weld County flower and garden resource. Serving Lafayette, Louisville, Erie, Broomfield, Westminster, Superior, Boulder, Metro Denver and front range gardeners and flower lovers since 1949.
What’s happening to the Greenhouses…
Lafayette Florist is a mid-size florist and garden center. Like many small, family businesses in this economy, we struggle to make ends meet. In our case, we have lots of greenhouse space that goes unused for nine months of the year. There are large costs associated with carrying this unused area. There are heating, cooling and maintenance issues, along with large property tax bills.
Over the last year, our Chief Executive Officer Brian Wheat has been looking at the many options of what to do with this excess space. Lease it? Sell it? Then, there is the historic side to our story.
About 70 years ago, our grandparents Yasutaro and Kate Yoshihara purchased this land. After being released from a Japanese relocation camp in southern Colorado and having to start a new life, they chose the exact spot we are sitting on today. Our parents, Gene and Evelyn Yoshihara worked all their lives building greenhouse facilities, shipping carnation cut flowers across the country and creating an award-winning florist.
Today, we continue to evolve. Our south greenhouses are being leased to Front Range Biosciences who have created a state-of-the-art lab and greenhouses producing clean tissue cultures of organic hemp. Our large east greenhouses are cultivating hemp starts. These plants will be sent to Colorado farmers each spring.
Hemp is NOT marijuana. They both come from the cannabis family, however hemp is genetically different. Hemp contains NO THC – it cannot get you “high.”
Hemp is processed differently and is used for thousands of common applications. There are three parts to the hemp seed. The nut or outer shell is used for breads, granola, cereals, milk and protein powders. The oil from the seed is used for body products, cosmetics and safer paints. The oil from hemp, called CBD oil is used medicinally and helps with arthritis, seizures and many other ailments. The cake of the hemp seed is used for flour and animal food. The stalk of the plant can also be valuable used in mulch, chemical absorbant, fiber board, insulation and concrete.
Farmers love hemp. It’s the perfect crop for rotating in their fields, breathes CO2, detoxifies the soil and prevents erosion. Hemp requires less water than traditional crops and requires fewer pesticides, being better for the environment.
Lafayette Florist has chosen to partner with hemp growers for many reasons.
all-natural section of the grocery store. Hemp lotions, shampoos and an array of other uses are widely available. Our neighboring pet stores are offering CBD in their pet foods. It’s an all-natural alternative for pain.