WESTERN FLORA C0.

We are small but mighty

Western Flora Co. is an urban farm located on the west side of Centennial, Colorado - just a few minutes south of Denver. We grow flowers on every square inch of our quarter acre lot. Though we are small in acreage, we grow an abundance of heirloom flowers and native flora that brighten our corner of town. Read our story below and check out the farm journal to see what we're up to.

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SUPPORT LOCALLY GROWN

When you support local farmers you are supporting your neighbors. You are also supporting good land stewardship. Your local flowers and veg are grown on a human scale without the use of persistent pesticides. They also have a smaller carbon footprint because they are not shipped thousands of miles to get to you. Caring for the integrity of the soil and our community is a priority for me. I am committed to using organic regenerative farming practices to grow the healthiest worm-pollinator-soil-bacteria-friendly flowers!

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THE STORY

Western Flora Co. is a quarter-acre urban flower farm tucked away in an older neighborhood in Centennial, Colorado. It began as a daydream in 2015 when I was growing veg for a non-profit farm in north Denver. While searching for vegetable varieties in the seed catalog, my attention wandered to the flowers.

 

A minor obsession began and I spent a significant share of my paycheck on a bundle of flower seeds that spring and planted them all in a generous friend's backyard. I was overwhelmed by the joy I felt harvesting my first armload of flowers. A day easily slipped by while I arranged flowers and delivered them to friends and neighbors. Their wide eyes and big smiles made me realize that all I wanted to do was grow more flowers for people. 

 

The process of working the soil, nurturing a seedling to become a glorious flower to share with another human, is the most rewarding pursuit I have ever undertaken. I studied

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landscape architecture and have a background in designing with plants. But the act of creating on such an intensely concentrated scale with so much color and texture is a surprisingly different and sublime experience for me.

 

I was born in Colorado and grew up wandering in its magical landscapes. My designs reflect the wild aesthetic of Colorado’s mountains, high deserts and prairies. I am in love with the stunning beauty of this region and enjoy the challenge of zig zagging around its moody, unpredictable weather. Since growing that first haul of flowers, I have spent a few seasons working in commercial floriculture, farming, and hunting for land to grow on.

 

In late 2020, my dear partner and builder and fixer-of-all -things and I, found a precious piece of earth to tend and call home. I am so excited to share what I grow here with you!

- Shannon