Bizline: Garden and landscaping help for Summit County |

Bizline: Garden and landscaping help for Summit County

Alyse Piburn

Q: What type of business do you operate – what do you sell, or what service do you provide?

A: Summit County is as beautiful as any in the country. Mountain Roots takes on the challenge of helping it become even more attractive. Part of that challenge is based on the short growing season in this high altitude. We provide natural and sustainable garden and landscape design, installation, and maintenance. Mountain Roots also sells specialized containers, pots, and interior greenscapes to upgrade the appearance of homes and businesses.

Q: Where are you from, and why did you decide to open your business in Summit County?

A: I am a third-generation Colorado native who grew up in Loveland and has lived in Summit County for most of the last eight years. I spent part of the last two years back on the Front Range earning a horticulture degree and picking up more knowledge and skills working for a Fort Collins estate gardening company. But, the lure of the high peaks was so strong I had to get back to Summit. I love the variety of doing horticulture in the growing season and snowboarding on the world’s greatest snow in the winter.

Q: What experience do you have in this field?

A: I feel as if I have horticulture in my genes, starting with my great-grandparents who were Iowa farmers, my Front Range grandmothers who still love their plants, and my mother, who has an estate-gardening business in Grand County. I have over six years experience in high-altitude mountain gardening and a horticulture degree from Front Range Community College. I’m proud of garden projects I’ve done at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Frisco, The Highlands Neighborhood in Breckenridge, and 3 Peaks at Silverthorne, among other places.

Q: What sets your business apart from other similar businesses?

A: Poet W.H. Auden wrote, “You owe it to us all to get on with what you’re good at.” I love what I do and even though I have fun, I take seriously what I do for my customers. Mountain Roots is driven by values. Three main values are to do work that (1) helps the environment, (2) focuses on long-term as much as short-term results and (3) truly understanding my customers’ desired results. I am also passionate in supporting several local non-profit organizations around Summit County and Colorado.

Q: What types of customers do you hope to reach in Summit County?

My prime customers are second-home and business owners, people who have limited time to think about or work on landscape design and gardening. I can focus on the landscape while second-home owners relax or businesspeople attend to business. But I also love to serve others, too, no matter what their situation is as long as they want to enhance the look and sustainability of their property now and in the future.

Q: What are your plans for your company’s future?

A: It’s been said that explorers see with fresh eyes, and I give clients new ideas involving different plants and materials that ensure sustainability. As a young adult, I also have the goal of helping my generation gain a greater appreciation of horticulture and its impact on quality of life. One way I promote that message and hope to educate the community for my young counterparts is through a regular blog at, and other social media. I also hope to write at least one book in the future.

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