One way or another, the Brady family has been in the plant business since 1961. It all started with Dick Brady digging up and selling aspen, fir, piñon, ponderosa, and spruce trees in the Westcliffe area. In 1969, Dick and his wife, Rhoda, moved to Cañon City and started Brady’s Evergreen Nursery where, in addition to growing and selling evergreen trees, they also grew and sold deciduous trees and shrubs. Twenty-five years later, the Bradys would buy a garden center in Cañon City and rename it Brady’s Garden Center. At the same time as their business was expanding, Dick and Rhoda were also raising a family–a large one–of 12 kids. Each of the Brady kids would work at the nursery after school and on Saturdays. Four of the Brady kids–Delwin, Derald, Dean, and Darren assumed the helm of the family business when Dick decided to retire in 1994. They formed Brady Brothers, Inc. shortly thereafter. In 2008, the Brady Brothers bought the former Denoyer’s nursery here in Salida and renamed it Brady’s West with Derald assuming responsibility for managing it.
Over the past 13 years, Brady’s West has grown from being a small nursery to a full-service garden and spa business. They have 18 greenhouses (for annuals, annuals in hanging baskets, vegetables, and herbs) and several other buildings, including a large retail center, a spa and patio showroom, and a perennial house. A large portion of their 8 acres is devoted to their two “yards”–one for trees and shrubs and one for bulk materials (soils, stone, rock and block). Brady’s West also provide complete landscaping services–from design through installation. They currently have 30 full-and part-time employees, whose sole purpose is to provide our customers with the highest level of professional service in the nursery industry.
Brady’s West is proud to be an active, engaged, and committed small business serving Salida and surrounding communities. They value their customers and pledge, now and in the future, to provide them with the finest plant and landscaping materials and outstanding personal attention to all of their landscaping needs and dreams.
“All of us at Brady’s West truly love what we do: beautifying our community one flower, one shrub, one tree at a time, and in the process, helping our customers to be happy and successful in their yards and gardens.”
GREENHOUSES & SCALE OF PLANT INVENTORY
You may be surprised to learn that Brady’s West Greenhouse and Nursery sits on 8 acres. As you enter their property, you will see their tree and shrub yard and then our main building, which houses all of our retail operations. As you walk through retail, you will enter their greenhouse operations area, filled with 18 greenhouses in which they grow all of their annuals, hanging baskets, vegetables, and herbs.
Here’s some fun facts about what we grow in our greenhouses: 35,000 4-inch annuals, 15,000 perennials, 10,000 hanging baskets, 4,000 Geraniums, and 1,000 patio baskets.
GRASS & SOD OPTIONS
Look for: Lawngevity
Brady’s West carry both sod and 14 different kinds of grass seed for sowing, including Brady’s very own “Chaffee Native Seed Mix” developed in collaboration with Buffalo Seed Company. The mix features 14 different native grasses, shrubs and pollinators!
Find Lawngevity on their shelves this season as a soil conditioner and to help ‘green up’ any lawn space!
NEWLY ARRIVED TREE & SHRUB INVENTORY
Look for: Featherweight Champion
Looking for something drought-tolerant and deer resistant for your yard? Come in and see their massive inventory of Colorado NATIVE shrubs. Big Colorado Blue Spruce, Bristle Cone Pine, and White Fir will be arriving the 2nd week of June—so mark your calendar!
Looking for the perfect soil for native trees and shrubs? Featherweight Champion answers this call!