Our History

Sturtz & Copeland Boulder, CO

Our business success has been built on the loyalty of our customers. We have enjoyed providing flowers, plants and nursery center products to the Boulder area for decades. Thanks for visiting our site, and we invite you to read the story of how Sturtz and Copeland got started.

Sturtz & Copeland | When it all began…

Carol Riggs Sturtz & CopelandIt all began in 1882 when James and Rhoda Hubbard purchased land at 1500 Arapahoe, a humble dirt road on the highway to Denver, to erect five greenhouses. In August 1928 Lloyd Sturtz and his wife Gladys purchased the existing greenhouse of what was by then Fawcett Floral. Sturtz and Copeland was founded in 1929 when Gladys’s father, Albert W. Copeland, joined the business.

The current owner, Carol Riggs, bought the business in 1976 after having worked at Sturtz and Copeland since the late 1960's. In 1981, with the expansion of Boulder High School, the historic greenhouse had to be closed and the business moved to its current location at 2851 Valmont.

The new Sturtz and Copeland was designed to maintain the feel of the Arapahoe location, but with updated technology. Sturtz and Copeland is regularly recognized as the best Florist and Greenhouse in the Boulder area and has maintained a tradition of quality customer service along with a knowledgeable staff always willing to help. We specialize in professional floral arrangements, a wide selection of annuals and perennials, a year-round greenhouse filled with indoor plants and a fabulous greeting card section. 

Connie Smith General manager at Sturtz and CopelandConnie Smith is the general manager at Sturtz and Copeland and holds a bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University in floriculture. In 1992, Connie began putting her green thumb to work at Sturtz and Copeland but her expertise in the field of horticulture has been blossoming since 1980. She is an avid organic gardener and keeps the greenhouse and shelves at Sturtz and Copeland stocked with everything from green plants and pottery to earth-friendly and organic gardening products. Over 90% of the indoor plants in the greenhouse have been hand selected by Connie. This provides customers with an outstanding selection to choose from at each and every visit to Boulder’s best and largest florists and garden center.