In the spring of 1988, Colorado Tree Farm began a retail branch of our wholesale nursery (founded 1977) at the Chapel Hills Mall in Colorado Springs. Until 1999, we called the retail branch of our business Chapel Hills Nursery. Since 2003, both the wholesale and retail nurseries use the name Heidrich’s Colorado Tree Farm Nursery LLC. Also that year we moved to our current location on Woodmen Road, just east of Powers Blvd. There we have 10.5 acres to continue to grow our nursery!
Grandpa and Grandma (Hank and Evelyn) minded the retail store of Heidrich’s Colorado Tree Farm Nursery in the early years, while Dad (Jerry) kept things going both on the wholesale side and producing nursery stock for the retail nursery. Today us “kids” manage the nursery. We were raised in the nursery industry and have helped in growing and handling nursery stock since we were in diapers. We would love to expand our business without losing our family touch, so we are looking for “family-like” outside help. If you are interested in being “adopted,” talk to us.Our goal at Heidrich’s Colorado tree farm Nursery is to provide our customers the hardiest, toughest, healthiest plants that we can. In addition we want them to experience customer service that is hard to come by this day and age. We are here to help, so please if you need anything, just ask!
A Little Bit About Each Of Us
Levi & Heather Heidrich
Our favorite part about the nursery are the people we work with. We have an amazing team that is more like a family than a place you “go to work”. We both graduated from Colorado College where we met. Heather has degrees in Micro Biology and Spanish, Levi in Economics. We have two kiddos Cooper and Piper, and two golden retrievers. We enjoy camping, hiking, family trips, working in our yard, shooting sports, Bronco games, and spending time with our family! Levi grew up working in the Nursery with his Dad. Heather got “volunteered by marriage”. We want to continue to grow our nursery but not by sacrificing time with our family or the quality of plants we provide to our customers, and by maintaining a very high standard of customer service and value. Levi served on the ALCC Southern Chapter’s Team for 8 years, was awarded the Outlook Emerging Leader Award in 2013, and served four years on the CNGA Board of Directors.
Katie (Heidrich) Graf
I graduated from Colorado College with Heather with a degree in Anthropology, and then went on to complete my BSN. I worked at Penrose Main for a short time as a nurse (which is handy working with Levi and Joel), but realized how much I missed working outside with my brothers doing what I truly love. I returned to my roots at the nursery where I keep the office running smoothly. I live in Falcon with my husband Rick and our three awesome daughters McKenzie, Hailey, and Penelope. I love spending time with my family and being a mommy. It is great to be a part of a small business that incorporates the best parts of life!
I’m the youngest (but not the smallest) of my four siblings. I’ve also been working in the nursery since I was a little kid. I enjoy working with my family and our great team to continue to grow our business. When I have spare time I enjoy shooting my guns and spending time with my lovely wife April, son Isaiah, and our dog Blake (who has been known to hang out at the nursery). I help keep all the equipment maintained and am the closest thing we have to an IT guy.
Jerry Heidrich “Dad”
Dad is the founder of Heidrich’s Colorado Tree Farm Nursery. His hard work and determination planted firm roots that have allowed the nursery to grow and thrive. We are extremely lucky to have learned from him. Dad is a graduate from KU (maybe why we like the Jayhawks), but before that he played football for the Air Force Academy. He did many things before he settled in Colorado including teaching, coaching, and food service. He grew up in Kansas and enjoyed spending his summers on the family ranch in Oklahoma. He knew someday he wanted to get back into agriculture and from there he ended up in the nursery business. Today dad is semi-retired, which means he only works 50 hours a week! If you have bought a Pinon or Ponderosa Pine in the last 35 years, there is a very good chance he dug it. He still stops by the nursery to make sure we are doing things right, and to fix the equipment Levi and Joel have messed up. He enjoys his time off by spending it with his family, and enjoying his five grandchildren. He also loves to read, attend local music concerts, shoot, watch movies, and is a darn good cook. If you ever get a chance to eat his fried chicken you are in for a real treat!
Grandma and Grandpa (Hank & Evelyn)
Grandma and Grandpa ran the retail nursery at The Chapel Hills Mall in the 80s and early 90s. They would travel from their home in KS and stay here during the busy spring and summer months. Today we still have customers that remember buying trees from them at the mall. Grandma passed away in 2008, and we are very sad to say that Grandpa passed away in 2013. They both will be missed dearly and we are very lucky to have had them for as long as we did. They instilled their values in their family, and if there were more people like them today the world we live in would be a much better place. We love and miss them both.
Nursery Yard Team Lead/Sales
Kyle moved to Colorado from the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California. He studied at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco before deciding to join the US Forest Service. Passionate about the outdoors, he spent his 20’s as a Forest Ranger, Wildland Firefighter, and Ski Instructor. In his free time, Kyle loves woodworking, reading, and all things related to comedy. He also volunteers as a Big Brother and loves playing sports with his Little Brother.
Nursery Office Team Lead/Sales
I began working at the Tree Farm in April of 2016 after several years working for a large corporation. Over the years I came to realize that the corporate life was not for me and so I began a new chapter, seeking out a career that would be more personally fulfilling. That decision reignited a lifelong passion I have held for trees, and I knew I needed to be involved working with them. A Denver native, I moved to Colorado Springs in 2010 with my amazing husband and beautiful daughter. Relocating to the high plains desert was an adjustment for me having been surrounded by the mature trees and landscapes of Old Denver. In fact, my love of trees was sparked the first time I climbed one of the huge cottonwoods in City Park as a young child. Over the past two years I have enjoyed learning all that I can in order to help customers build creative, beautiful, resilient gardens and landscapes that will thrive in the many micro climates of our area. I enjoy educating people and I hope to share and pass along my ever-growing knowledge and love of trees. Behold! The power of trees!
Nursery Office Team/Sales
I became a part of the Tree Farm family in 2016. I love the wonderful team we have and truly feel like I am a part of the family. Being a New England transplant, I am fascinated with the unique growing climate here in Colorado. I love learning about the plants that thrive here and in turn educating others. My co-workers are a great source of knowledge, an I am thrilled the Heidrich’s support and encourage classes and training sessions., Around the nursery you will find me helping customers, working in the office, or perhaps my favorite; unloading trucks! I really enjoy being able to help out in as many aspects of the nursery as I can. When I’m not at the nursery I’m spending time with my three sons; Ivan, Erik, and Magnus. I love working in my yard, cooking, and losing myself in a good book.
Tim and Wendy Beery
Wendy-Nursery Office Team/Sales Tim-Sales
They both might as well change their last name to Heidrich. In 2003, right after we opened the new location, they were in the nursery shopping for trees. Somehow Wendy never left and will spend her 14th year at the nursery in 2017. On busy weekends you will see them both as Tim loves to work with people. We are very grateful to have them as part of our family, you won’t find nicer people anywhere. They live in Falcon, and have one of the nicest yards in the area (Not sure where they got all their trees and shrubs?). Wendy is also a Christmas guru. Make it a point to drive by their house during Christmas time as they put the Griswald’s to shame!
Nursery Yard Team Lead/Fixes & Builds Stuff
Tim joined our team in 2016 after a long career in construction. He has been a customer since him and his wife moved here from CA. His positive attitude and willingness to carry out any task with a smile makes us look forward to seeing him everyday. If only we could convert him to a Broncos fan! Having someone around who can make repairs and build stuff is great. He keeps the irrigation system working, keeps the nursery neat, and is learning to use all of the equipment.
Nursery Yard Team/Sales
I joined the Tree Farm family in 2011. I’m often mistaken for one of the brothers because of my husky, albeit burly stature, and I’m really quite a handsome man! I enjoy using the business end of a shovel, driving the tractors, and talking trees and plants with customers. This is a good change of pace from my school counselor duties at Air Academy High School. Go Kadets! I’m the resident basketball expert at the farm, winning the March Madness pool three years in a row (He’s not a Jayhawk Fan!). When I’m not at the nursery, I play on an old man’s softball team, and enjoy spending time with my beautiful wife Missy and son’s Kody and Russell.