Growing Big Ideas with Blue Spruce Horticulture

Growing Big Ideas with Blue Spruce Horticulture

Blue Spruce Horticulture at the Denver Zoo. Photo courtesy of Stuart Shoemaker.

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H2o is scarce these times, and it’s unquestionably not a trouble the point out of Colorado can ignore. With drinking water degrees reducing in both Lake Powell and Mead, together with the rise of wildfires 12 months round, it is essential to start off looking at means of conserving and reducing again on excessive drinking water use. That is why a nearby corporation like Blue Spruce Horticulture is now much more significant than at any time.

Born and raised in Fort Collins, Stuart Shoemaker has been running his landscaping business Blue Spruce Horticulture for the previous six seasons, specializing in a variety of landscaping named xeriscaping. As Stuart discussed, the term was coined by Denver H2o in the 1980s and derives from the Greek term xeros (dry.) They combined the Greek term to the phrase landscaping to build the idea of  “dry landscaping.”

Blue Spruce Horticulture crew (Image by Stuart Shoemaker)

“It’s about minimizing drinking water in the landscape and doing that by utilizing vegetation that are regionally tailored to this distinct place and climate, plants that mature naturally in areas that really don’t get a great deal of rain,” Stuart stated. “A good deal of moments your turf inexperienced grass is the quickest and most inexpensive way to deal with space, so when a new community is built, a lot of periods they want to get that floor protected as rapid as possible, so Kentucky bluegrass is usually your fastest way to do that, but it usually takes a great deal of water in the summer, individuals yards ordinarily want to be watered a few periods a week. If you have a genuinely created xeriscape, it can be watered a single to two instances a thirty day period.”

(Shots by Stuart Shoemaker)

Stuart analyzed botany and horticulture in significant faculty but also took entrepreneur courses, as very well, which he said the mixture proved to be most worthwhile more than time. Following graduating from CSU and working odd jobs close to city, Stuart explained he finally circled again about to those first interests of his, and soon thereafter, Blue Spruce was born.

(Photo by Stuart Shoemaker)

“I guess it was born out of my lengthy-standing really like and passion for vegetation,” Stuart explained. “The business is really centered on the horticulture component of the landscaping sector which is what definitely drew me in was the horticulture part. I have generally liked crops, loved learning and observing them, just over-all a lengthy-standing affinity for several various plant types.”

According to Stuart, there are a lot of various landscaping companies out there. However, most of them get quite concerned in hardscaping, setting up decks, patios, and out of doors kitchens, whilst Blue Spruce stays a lot more centered on the horticulture factor of landscaping. Blue Spruce prioritizes backyard garden style, and by carrying out so, Stuart stated he’s proud that couple of corporations know crops as nicely as they do.

(Image by Stuart Shoemaker)

“Xeriscaping isn’t a new factor, but I do consider it is escalating in attractiveness fast. We’re having a lot of phone calls from people who want to choose out a part of their entrance or back yards, so I seriously assume this is going to be the way of the upcoming, at minimum out listed here in this condition. Additional h2o concentrations are dropping in reservoirs, we see the trends, and they are not possible to alter any time soon,” Stuart claimed. “There’s a substantial share of h2o that landscaping works by using up, and it’s sizeable in the summer time. It’s hard to make an influence on a household scale, but we’re striving to figure out how to do it as greatest we can due to the fact it certainly provides up.”

When each individual task is understandably diverse, Stuart claimed that ordinarily Blue Spruce could flip someone’s front lawn into a xeriscape in about a week. Whilst the idea of xeriscaping could be a smart financial investment just about everywhere in the place, Stuart stated a location like Fort Collins particularly has a ton of momentum for the xeriscape movement due to the fact the town is at this time presenting rebates to residential and professional clientele to move to the xeriscape incentive method. The city is giving people today up to $1,000 to transform their landscape to lessen h2o use with a rebate by way of your city utility.

Blue Spruce will also be starting up an unaffiliated non-financial gain this yr, focusing on encouraging people in decrease money changeover into xeriscaping conversions. Stuart mentioned the considerable mission of the non-gain would be water use reduction and habitat restoration to assist revitalize environments for pollinators and birds.

Even though Blue Spruce operates mostly in just the Fort Collins place, most lately, they made a small exception for a huge job. As Stuart defined, the Blue Spruce crew makes it a stage to show up at conferences as normally as feasible right after attending a conference at the Denver Botanic Gardens, Stuart created an Instagram submit about their time, which the curator noticed of horticulture for the Denver Zoo who observed the post and made a decision to reach out to Stuart from there. 

(Photograph by Stuart Shoemaker)

“We were being contracted by the Denver Zoo to set up a 10,000 square foot meadow yard (pollinator backyard garden) near the entrance of the zoo on 23rd street,” Stuart mentioned. “We did some of the demo get the job done past tumble, we took out some overgrown shrubbery, and we’re hoping to be planting this spring, so in Could or June. It’s rather fascinating I’m very pleased of what we have been ready to do with it so significantly.”

Also, Stuart claimed on Saturday, March 4, Blue Spruce will set up a booth at the Higher Plains Landscape Workshop at the Drake Centre in Fort Collins. You can understand additional by browsing their web page at or on Instagram @bluesprucehort.

(Image by Stuart Shoemaker)