carnations

Colorful Colorado

Colorado as the Nation’s Carnation Capital

Colorado is not typically thought of as a flower production state but in the mid 20th century, Colorado was known as the “Carnation State” for its exceptional blooms and year round greenhouse growing season. This floriculture boom was so great that at one time, 10 states depended entirely on Colorado for their flowers. Colorado was a center of production and innovation in the floriculture industry. But that would all go bust once the first floral imports from Colombia arrived to the United States in the 1970s. Join Bob Briggs, a dynamic and influential Coloradan, as he explores Colorado’s rich floral history past and his own personal experiences as a professional horticulturist in Colorado.