Supporting a CSU Treasure: The Annual Flower Trial Garden

Colorado State University’s Annual Flower Trial Garden is a CSU treasure, aesthetic delight, and one of the most-visited places in Fort Collins. Established to evaluate how annuals fare in the unique environmental conditions of the Rocky Mountain and High Plains region, the garden is an invaluable resource for homeowners, industry partners, students, and researchers.

A recent $25,000 gift from the Ecke family will enhance visitor enjoyment of the garden and recognize the service of longtime horticulture educators. Paul Ecke III and his sister, Lizbeth Ecke, graduated from CSU in 1981 and 1982, and wanted to support this living, growing testament to the impact CSU and its teachers have had on their lives and careers.

Landscape horticulture professor Jim Klett talks about the garden, its purpose, and the Ecke family’s connection to the poinsettia industry and its enduring association with the holidays.

Celebrating a Tradition of Giving

Founded in 1870, Colorado State University is celebrating its 150th anniversary throughout the 2019-20 academic year. From the moment the first graduating class received their diplomas, alumni have committed themselves to making an impact in their communities, the world, and their alma mater through their talents, hard work, and ongoing generosity. Learn more about 150 Years of Impact at