Growing in Colorado for 125 Years!!

Posted on 07/11/2014

Power Flowers is Colorado Proud

 

We are excited to announce that the Power Flowers family has been selected as a Centennial Farm by the Colorado State Historical Fund!  We were selected because our family has been growing crops in Colorado in the same location since 1889.  Because of our longevity in growing here, we have been invited to be part of Colorado Days at the History Colorado Center August 1st and 2nd to celebrate our great states Birthday.  Please come join us in this fun celebration that will include a Farmers Market full of locally grown products – including Power Flowers! Find more info on this exciting event at:

http://www.historycolorado.org/events/colorado-day-free-day-history-colorado-center

 

Our History and Future

The Yantorno Family (exclusive growers of Power Flowers) has lived and grown in Colorado for 125 years! Our ancestor Pietro Yantorno aka Pete Center migrated here in 1882 and after working the Railroad for several years, he established his farm at our current location in 1889. Pietro’s son August continued what his dad had started, growing and selling celery, lettuce, cabbage and other vegetables at the local market as the family’s main source of income. In 1950, August’s three sons Pete, Frank and Carl built the first greenhouses on the property and soon became award winning Carnation growers. Frank’s son, Frank and Carl’s son, Paul decided to start growing bedding plants in the 1970’s during the oil crisis since these crops would require less heating. Frank’s sons, Ken and Brian, came into the business in the 1990’s as the family was expanding from local bedding plant sales (Power Flowers) into growing perennial liners for the national market as well. Today, Frank, Brian and Ken oversee our growing operations with Brian as the General Manager of the facility. Brian’s kids, Dante, Bella and Giada and Ken’s kids, Dino and Talia work for the Company learning the trades when they are not too busy with school and their numerous extracurricular activities. They will be our families 6th generation of Power Flowers growers  – after all, it would seem that growing great plants is in their ‘genes’!