Julie is the owner of Summerland Gardens. She started the nursery in her front yard and expanded and moved to an old Hookah Bar/Sandwich shop where she ran the nursery for 13 years. When urban renewal plans came for the property she moved the business to it’s current location and lived happily ever after. With a MS degree in Horticulture, Julie worked at various botanic gardens across the US. She was the Curator of the Tropical Plant collection at both Denver Botanic Gardens and the Atlanta Botanic Gardens. She was awarded a Fellowship through Chanticleer Gardens and had the opportunity to study tropical plants in their native land around the world. Her passion for plants all started with a half off plant at King Soopers. She is also a Colorado Nursery & Greenhouse Professional and the former president of the Garden Centers of Colorado.
Anna Faye joined Summerland Gardens in the spring of 2017. She developed her love for growing things after she inherited a few of her Grandmamma’s beloved plants in 2013. She brings her passion for plants and her small business marketing experience managing our social media and website presence. She calls half an acre in the mountains of Colorado home where she’s always learning to love the growing pains of having a passion for gardening in the front range. Additionally, she has a background in visual and performing arts and performs regularly around Colorado. If you love our newsletters and social posts, Anna Faye is the mastermind behind all this.
Renee has been honored to be a part of the Summerland family since February 2022. Her experience has been mainly farming from Northern and Southern California, West Texas, Tea farms in Hilo and Kona coffee farms in Hawaii, and her own rooftop garden in Qinzhou, China. She is a proud member of the Denver Botanical Gardens, and especially appreciates the bonsai trees. She has a Bachelors degree in History and Philosophy, and looking forward to continuing a Master’s degree in Anthropology here in Colorado. She has her 200 hour yoga license and will soon be licensed as a neuromuscular massage therapist. She has a 6 year old daughter and a 2 year old son who help her with biological studies daily. She makes the best cup of coffee around, and would love to give you one of her magical smiles that make every day wonderful!
Haiden is the newest and youngest of the team, but don’t let that fool you! Her fiery red hair elucidates her fiery personality and performance. Her passion and thirst for knowledge drives her to be one of the most valuable hands on deck! She handles everything from back room inventory to enjoying greenhouse maintenance. Her journey began the 2022 spring season as outdoor crew, and we just couldn’t let her go, after making friendships, roasting green chiles, and gaining a deep love for succulents. She especially appreciates Marley, Cleo, and Bit the rescue cats that have inspired her to rescue a cat of her own. She dreams of longevity here at Summerland Gardens, so stop in and say hi!
Kail excitingly started at Summerland Gardens for the Christmas season of 2021. She has a blast every year assisting others in choosing a tree for the holidays! With a big passion for nurturing plants and helping others, she felt at home quickly with the Summerland family. At the age of 14, she started collecting cacti and her love for plants blossomed! She grew up with a love for gardening, she felt it was always her happy place. From starting her collection, she grew a deep appreciation for succulents and loves to create arrangements! She proudly earned her Colorado Gardening Certification in 2022, along with having prior experience in other garden centers. Kail’s natural habitat certainly is within gardens! She’s sure to make you laugh and assist you with helping you choose your next new plant friend.