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US (CO): Hillside Gardens revives horticultural heritage with new expansion

Back in 2021, when siblings Donavan and Ashlee Kennedy bought Hillside Gardens, they had visions of continuing the legacy of hosting weddings, food trucks, corporate events, and concerts.

While the Kennedys wanted to continue to do what Hillside had always done well, they also had intentions to add complementary business ventures to the property and grow it into more of a community gathering spot.

Previously, the nearly four-acre property had been a beloved garden and nursery located at Fountain Boulevard and South Institute in Colorado Springs' Hillside neighborhood. Residents there liked the conviviality of the Kennedys' new venue, but one question kept cropping up. "We still had people coming in every year asking if we had plants," Donavan said.

On April 12, the Kennedys unveiled their response, hosting a grand opening of their newly expanded garden center. Now Hillside includes a greenhouse, a stock of annual, and perennial plants, soil, pots, and garden d├ęcor. The stock of annual and perennial plants will be updated and restocked every week to also account for the changing growing season. Additionally, the sprawling property now features a coffee and pastry bar as well as a gift shop with gardening accessories, seeds, and more.

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