The History of Just Trees

Just Trees HistoryThe history of Fort Collins tree nursery Just Trees begins with the story of the Fort Collins Nursery. The Fort Collins Nursery began as a humble vegetable farm in 1932 near Fishback and La Porte Avenues, owned by Glen Kinghorn.  Kinghorn maintained his small plot through the depression era as Kinghorn Nursery and in 1940, sold it to Clayton Watkins, the first president of the Colorado Nurserymen’s Association. Watkins changed the name to Fort Collins Nursery, and expanded the business during World War II, seeding airfields for the Army.

In 1946, Watkins sold the nursery to Alvoy Ekblad, the father of Just Trees owner Larry Ekblad, and his brother-in-law, Cecil Martin (Larry’s uncle). In 1955, they moved the operation to East Mulberry Street, nestled on the Poudre River. In 1958, Martin left the business, and employee Marv Wood became Ekblad’s partner. Over the years, the nursery offered more trees, shrubs and perennials.

In 1970, Larry started working for his father in the family business and six years later he began growing trees on his own while continuing to work at Fort Collins Nursery.

Larry left Fort Collins nursery in 1979 and started his own nursery and landscaping business. In 1988, he decided to narrow his focus to his main interest of Just Trees.  For twenty-five years, Larry has owned and operated his Fort Collins tree nursery, pursuing his love of providing healthy, locally grown trees for his customers.