November 2016

Amazing Autumn

Yellow, orange and red autumn leaves in beautiful fall park.

Wow, what an outstanding Fall we are having!
We are enjoying every minute of this unseasonably warm weather and hope you are too.
We have gotten many extra chances to finish our garden clean up and get our bulbs in.
Let us know if we can help you put your garden to bed.
We are looking forward to seeing you in our shop this holiday season. Continue reading

October 2016

Happy Fall

Have you heard our big news? To serve you better our Sundance Garden Center will  be moving over to the Sundance by Design location! This move starts now and will really kick in this spring when you can do all your outdoor garden shopping in one location. Sundance has expanded to utilize the whole main floor of the historic Evergreen Design Center “Bunkhouse”. We are looking forward to serving you year-round and know you will enjoy the benefits of one stop shopping, easy access, and plentiful parking. We look forward to showing you around.

Sundance by Design “Making Room Sale”

To make room for our Garden Center’s move, all merchandise located outside is 35% off. Stop in soon as with the change in the weather we are starting to winterize and bring things in. There are plenty of great items still available including benches, granite birdbaths, pottery, and more. We have also expanded our 50% off clearance corner!

New 50% off Clearance Corner

Going…going…not gone yet

Outdoor seasonal items included

“Save the Date” for our Holiday Open House. The shops at the Evergreen Design Center hope to see you Nov.11,12,&13 to get into the spirit of the season. Mark your calendars now for this fun event. Food, drink, fun and festivities abound!

Purple allium flowers field with tiny blue flowers and yellow wallflowers

Linda’s Garden Center Tip

While we have enjoyed these beautiful autumn days, we know they can’t last forever. Keep your blankets and pails handy to cover tender plants. With any luck we’ll still be able to enjoy our annuals for a few more weeks. There’s still plenty of time to get some bulbs in the ground, and perennials, trees, and shrubs.

Garden Center Special

Our “moving”sale continues with plants and your favorite fertilizers and organic insecticides 40-50% off.

September 2016

A New Dawn for Sundance


Dear Friends,
I am excited to share the news that Sundance Gardens, Sundance by Design, and Sundance Landscaping will soon be “united in flowers” and located in one place. After 28 years at the corner of Meadow Drive and Highway 74, the Sundance Garden Center will be moving across the street to our new home at the Evergreen Design Center. 
While it was a difficult decision to give up “Linda’s Corner”, I very much believe you will enjoy and appreciate the benefits of Sundance all in one place. You will have access to one-stop shopping, plenty of easy parking, and year round availability of the Garden Center products. In addition, you will now have full-service access to over 100 years of collective experience at one site, including Linda and her incredible staff.
As far as the timing on this move, please continue shopping for your fall gardening needs at the existing corner location. The Garden Center will remain open through mid October after which we will transition over to the Sundance by Design location.
I am very pleased to be back in the middle of the energy and action of the Garden Center and am looking forward to seeing old friends more often.  Welcome to this next, new, and exciting chapter of Sundance!
Dave Thomas
Sundance Founder and Owner

Sundance by Design

Winter is coming….AND the Garden Center is coming!

Due to these exciting changes, we are having a “We Need to Make Room” end of season sale. Starting now and going until we need to winterize and bring things in, everything* located outside will be 35% off. Sale includes fountains, birdbaths, planters, and decorative garden art.  We would rather give you a deal than move it. Stop in soon for best selection, you just never know when the snow will fly.


As part of this new consolidation, Sundance by Design will be expanding into the space formerly occupied by Alpine Blue Home, makers of beetle kill furniture and accessories. We will miss our wonderful neighbors Doug and Amy who are not going out of business and can still be reached through their website:

We look forward to seeing you and sharing the details of this great new phase.  We are redesigning and evolving to serve you better!

(*artist consignment items excluded)

Linda’s Garden Center Tip

grass lawn with yellow daffodils in dutch garden Keukenhof , HollandSeptember is a busy month for gardeners. What, with all the sales going on at garden centers…surely another perennial can be “shoehorned” in somewhere!

It’s a gross misconception that you should not plant after the first frost. Late summer and fall are great times to plant even if we have more frosts. Plants are concentrating on root development, so give them a little help by drenching the soil around them with kelp. Kelp is full of micronutrients, so it not only improves the soil, but helps the roots better take in the nutrients from the soil.

It is also a good time to start tidying up the garden. Dead heading and cleaning up diseased leaves and disposing them seems like a lot of work, but think of it as more of a work-out. A 150 lb. person can burn 200-300 calories an hour just weeding! Getting fresh air, Colorado sunshine, and keeping the body flexible are extra perks.

Grass seed can be spread now, but wait to sow wildflower seed until the ground is frozen and no chance of germination can occur. Purchase seed now, and then right before a big snowstorm put it down, knowing the souls of those seeds will bloom next year at just the right time.
Bulbs will be arriving at the garden center mid-September. Planting bulbs is always an exciting time. The hard work it takes to plant them pays off ten fold in the spring when we are all craving for color in our gardens again. Sundance carries mostly deer/elk resistant bulbs, such as daffodils, alliums, snowdrops, chiondoxa, & iris. Always add bulb food to the bottom of the hole to ensure healthy roots and big blooms. Don’t forget to pick up some paperwhites to force indoors for the holidays.

Yep – September is a busy month.

Garden Center Special

September + Sundance = Savings
Selected shrubs – 25% – 40% off
Aspen – 35% off
Perennials – 10% – 40% off (excludes seasonal plants)
Visit our “orphan” table with perennials as low as .50 each!

August 2016

August….and the heat is on

Majestic sunset in the mountains landscape. Overcast sky before storm. Carpathian, Ukraine, Europe. Beauty world.If you think you are hot, just imagine how your garden is feeling! We are just not used to these searing temperatures, and neither are our plants. You can help your garden out!

If possible, move container plants to the shade when the temperature soars. Check the soil, you may need to add a second watering to your schedule. Cut back as needed, keep annuals and perennials deadheaded. Make sure your perennials are mulched. This will even out the soil temperature and hold in moisture.

Not all plants will survive in this heat. If you plan on refreshing your pots or flower beds choose heat-loving plants. Click here to see Rodale’s Organic Gardening list of flowers that can take the heat.

“The first week of August hangs at the very top of the summer…like the highest seat of a Ferris wheel when it pauses in its turning.  The weeks that come before are only a climb from balmy spring, and those that follow a drop to the chill of autumn, but the first week of August is motionless, and hot…with sunsets smeared with too much color.”  – Natalie Babbitt

Sundance by Design

If your plants are drooping from all this heat, maybe it is time to add some garden art to perk things up! We have a great selection of unique, handmade sculptures sure to liven things up….or just make you smile. Add some WOW to your garden!

Were you able to make it to the Evergreen Garden Club Tour this year? If so, you may have noticed several of our granite birdbaths at one of the homes. We just received a new shipment and have a beautiful selection.  If you couldn’t make the tour, check out our Facebook page (click here).  We posted a virtual tour and you can see what you missed – it was a great event!

Be sure to scroll to the bottom to see our sale coupon, valid for these birdbaths, our fountains, and much more.  There is still plenty of summer left to enjoy your yard.

Linda’s Garden Center Tip

Honey bee mid flight, ready to collect pollen and nectar from lavender. slightly oof to bees eye.Visitors to the Garden Center are always amazed at how many bees are buzzin’ around. They shouldn’t be surprised. Sundance carries many of the bees’ favorite plants including catmint, lambs ear, lavender, hyssop, salvia, honeysuckle, Russian Sage, & Blue-Mist Spirea. A plus to planting these varieties is that they are also deer-resistant.

Some people are frightened by the bees, but in the 29 years the Garden Center has been open, not one customer has been stung. Most people enjoy watching all the activity, & our local beekeepers love the fact that Sundance never uses chemicals and only uses natural, organic insecticides if needed.

So stop by Sundance & bring home a plant for our very important pollinators. Invite them into your garden and have garden friends for life.

Garden Center Special

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July 2016

Magical Midsummer

Summer spelled in letters cut out of watermelon.
Welcome to SUMMER! Warm, sunny days and cool evenings, what’s not to love about July in the foothills. How does your garden grow? Whether you grow watermelon, flowers, or just plant a kinetic sculpture, our experienced professionals are here to help.



Interested in trying some DIY this weekend? Sunset magazine has some clever, easy “do-it-in-a-day” backyard projects. Shown here is their “Raise up a garden” project.

Did you know raised beds make gardening easier and more successful? They prevent soil compaction and provide good drainage. For more information, ideas, and inspiration click here.

“You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4th with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness.  You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism.”    –  Erma Bombeck

Linda’s Garden Center Tip

ladybugLucky us! Once again we are enjoying a wonderfully wet season, keeping the fire danger low….but the aphid population high. To keep the aphid population in check, get some ladybugs for your garden. Adult ladybugs eat a lot but their larvae are the more voracious eaters!
Did you ever wonder where ladybugs got their name? According to legend, during the Middle Ages, crops in Europe were plagued by pests. Farmers began praying to the Blessed Virgin whom they referred to as “Lady Mary”. Miraculously, beetles appeared on the crops and ate the pests (which were aphids). The crops were saved, and the farmers thanked Lady Mary and named the beetles “Ladybugs” after her.

It is also time to keep your annuals, perennials, and vegetables fertilized.  Sundance has organic fertilizers for all your needs. Garden Center OPEN Monday, July 4, 9-4.

Garden Center Special
Mention this ad to get 10% OFF all fertilizers thru July.

Sundance by Design wishes you a Happy 4th of July!


Is your patio, deck, or yard all ready to celebrate? Let us help you spruce it up.
See coupon below for 20% OFF.
OPEN Saturday (10-5) & Sunday (10-4), closed Monday July 4th.

2016 Evergreen Garden Tour Saturday, July 16th


What could be more fun than spending Saturday afternoon in 5 different innovative gardens in the foothills of Evergreen, CO? Our showcase this year features terraced landscaping, peaceful retreats, water themes, lavish outdoor entertaining venues, incredible landscaping, trees and flowers. There are lovely vegetable and herb gardens as well as laying hens. You will be inspired with ideas for your own garden. Tickets available at Sundance by Design & Sundance Garden Center. Click here for more details.

Sundance by Design Fairy Garden Class

We are putting together a “pop-up” workshop for later this month, details TBD. If you are interested in being on our “early invite list” please respond to this email and we will notify you when dates/times are finalized. If you have a group of 6 or more we will do a special class just for you! Friday Happy Hour Workshop or Saturday morning party, we can customize for your group



June 2016

Welcome Back Summer!

Well if it’s true that “April showers bring May flowers” then we are in for a bloom-tastic summer. These daily rain showers may be a bit disruptive to summer plans but so great for our landscaping and wildlife. And it does make us so appreciative of the sunshiny moments! We are all in full swing here at Sundance. Our shops are brimming with beautiful new plants and products, and our crews are hard at work serving our community. Let us know how we may help you!

“It’s beautiful the Summer month of June When all of God’s own wildflowers are in bloom” – Francis Duggan

Linda’s Garden Center Tip

Beautiful hanging flowerpot basket with red flowers in a gardenNot only is June “bustin’ out all over”, but Sundance is busting at the seams with all your favorite annuals and perennials. Your enthusiasm and love of plants is contagious, and we are trying to keep the garden center chock full of color and the plants that you love. Fertilize your annual pots and hanging baskets weekly with a 20-20-20 fertilizer to keep those blooms coming non-stop. Remove all spent blooms to trick the plant into making more blooms. It’s all about the blooms! With perennials, it’s more about the long haul. For healthy plants, fertilize minimally, keeping the soil rich organically. Sundance carries many deer/elk resistant plants. Resistant…not fool-proof! Let’s plant…it’s been a long winter!

Garden Center Special

Come in and enter to win a beautiful hanging basket!


Sundance by Design

It’s right around the corner….summer!
Time to plant and enjoy your wonderful outdoor spaces. Oh, your garden is not wonderful yet? We can help! Stop in and check out our new selection of stunning ceramic planters and fountains. We also have beautiful benches which make a great focal point and resting spot. Check out all our new “finishing touches” and enjoy a full season of outdoor living.


May 2016

Spring Revival

2016-05_spring-revivalYes, snow in May. Yes, we need the moisture. Lucky you if you put down wildflower seed. Meanwhile, we know the perfect, warm, spring days are right around the corner! And we can do a lot to get ready for them. Hardscaping, prepping pots, and cleaning and sharpening tools are a few tasks we can accomplish now. Let us know how we may help you get ready!

“The beautiful spring came; and when Nature resumes her loveliness, the human soul is apt to revive also.” – Harriet Ann Jacobs

Linda’s Garden Center Tip

2016-05_garden-tipsWhat’s not to like about the lovely month of May? Sure, we’ll get another snow or two, but isn’t it grand seeing leaves on trees? May is a terrific time to plant trees and shrubs.

Aspen are fast growing native trees known for their round green leaves that flutter and quake in the slightest breeze. Also for their brilliant fall color. Sundance collects native grown aspen and has hundreds to choose from.

Lilacs are hardy flowering shrubs that do well in our mountain elevation. They make wonderful Mother’s Day gifts. The Chinese lilac is an exceptionally deer/elk resistant variety.

Don’t put off sowing wildflower seed.

Remember not to plant annual flowers till after Memorial Day…practice patience with your impatiens!!

Garden Center Special:   Aspen 10% OFF thru May


Sundance by Design

2015-05_home-garden-showWe are at the Evergreen High School with a booth at the Mountain Area Home & Garden Show! It’s a bit dreary outside but nice and warm and interesting in here! Today until 5 and tomorrow, Sunday, May 1 from 10-3. Stop by and say hi, we’re in the gym.

Remember Mother’s Day May 8. We have great gift ideas and a FREE vintage style Mother’s Day card just for coming in. One-of-a-kind gifts for the one-of–kind MOM.



April 2016

Awesome April

sundance01  Remember those warm March days just a few weeks ago? And then KABAM!  We knew more snow was coming. We know March is the snowiest month. Yet it still comes as a bit of a shock to the system. Here’s hoping our April moisture will come in the form of rain showers.

The month of April brings us the reminder to cherish and celebrate our planet earth. This annual day is held to demonstrate support for environmental protection. Whether you plant a tree, pick up trash, go without energy sources in your home, or just take a walk, it is a day to reflect and pay tribute to our global home. Earth Day is a wonderful time to stop and appreciate our amazing gifts from Mother Nature. For information on the Evergreen Audubon/Nature Center activities click here.


“Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountains and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books.” – John Lubbock

sundance02Landscaping & Maintenance

Our Landscaping Team has been busy! Look what we built between March snowstorms. This stunning water feature was integrated into an existing rock outcropping using materials from the same area. What you can’t see are the numerous planting pockets situated throughout the rock-work…..just wait until it is planted. Would you appreciate the beauty and sound of your own waterfall?  Call us for a free estimate and consultation.

Our Maintenance Team has also been busy with Spring Clean-ups. The schedule is filling up fast so please contact us if you would like some help with your yard and garden Spring Cleaning. We do still have openings for ongoing regularly scheduled maintenance. Let us help you get your yard looking beautiful again.

sundance03Linda’s Garden Center Tip

Now is the time to sow wildflower seeds. They LOVE our spring snows. Sundance carries several different mixtures.
•    The “Mountain Mix” has a variety of favorite native perennials, such as blue columbine, blue flax, and Rocky Mt. Penstemon along with colorful annuals.
•    The “Knee Hi Mix” has a few perennials but mostly annuals so the display is quite stunning. These flowers are generally less than 24 inches tall at maturity.
•    Our “Xeriscape Mix” is specifically for dry areas. The flowers in this mix are tough and can withstand harsh conditions and are designated for water   conservation.
•    We also carry a mixture that targets bees and other pollinators.

Your perennial garden would appreciate a good drenching with “Age-Old Bloom”. This organic liquid fertilizer not only makes stronger roots and better blooms, but makes the soil healthier too.
To add some color to your deck or garden now, plant some pansies. There ain’t nothin’ tougher than a pansy!! They don’t mind our cool springs or snow.

Garden Center Special

Stop by the garden center to enter our Aspen Giveaway drawing. We will pick a winner on Earth Day, April 22nd.


Sundance by Design


We have been acting like little kids on Christmas Eve…so excited to open our boxes of new spring arrivals!  We can’t wait to share our fresh finds with you. The cure to Spring Fever: stop in and check us out.

To celebrate Earth Day we will be having a Special Sale on all our recycled, repurposed and “green” (succulents, air plants, potted plants) items: 20 % OFF.

Stop in Friday, April 22 & Saturday, April 23, from 10-5.  Pick up some great art, support local artists, AND celebrate Earth Day.   Win, win, win!


sundance05Local artist David Noll’s “Fanciful Wood” Art

March 2016


sundance06According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, the official (meteorologic) spring season always begins on March 1.  We’ll take it!  (Although astronomically speaking the spring equinox falls on March 20 this year.)  Even with snow on the ground it does feel like spring with these high temperatures and sunny days.

Spring is a season of renewal, rebirth, and fresh starts.  Do you need a fresh start for your outdoor spaces?  Or just a little help refreshing some areas?  Whatever your needs, let us know if we may help.  It is never too early to call to get on our schedule or make an appointment for a free consultation.  We look forward to hearing from you!


“Science has never drummed up quite as effective tranquilizing agent as a sunny spring day.”    – W. Earl Hall

Sundance Landscape & Maintenance

sundance07Spring is just around the corner.  Let Sundance help you design and build the perfect outdoor landscape project. What is your style?  Mountain contemporary or native natural?  Easy-care?  Or are you just unsure?  No problem. Whatever your preference we can help guide you to ensure fantastic results.  And once your landscaping installation is complete our maintenance crew can help you keep it beautiful and protect your investment. Get it done early so you can enjoy it this summer!

Spring is a great time for wildflower seeding. This photo is of an Evergreen garden we sowed in early spring, here still going strong in August!  Contact us and we will sow at the optimal time.

We currently have a beautiful selection of Aspen trees that we can plant now. Aspens bring 4 seasons of interest and you will enjoy this year and for many years to come.

Sundance, the one company to Design, Build, and Maintain your landscape.  Serving the Evergreen area since 1978.  Scroll to bottom for coupon to save 10%!



Linda’s Garden Center Tip

sundance09The Garden Center will open March 1st for what will hopefully be a spectacular growing season with just the right amount of moisture…it can happen!  Our hours are Monday – Saturday, 10am – 3pm (weather permitting).

March is a great time to begin cleaning up our gardens… in between our inevitable snowfalls. Some chores that can be done now include raking and disposing of pine needles, prepping areas for wildflower seed (and sowing them right before a snowfall), and starting vegetable seeds indoors.  Don’t forget to spray emerging spring bulbs with animal repellant.



Garden Center Special

Take advantage of our annual March sales event.  All our topsoil, compost, container mix, sheep & peat, bark, cedar mulch, and soil pep are 20% off through March 31st.  Purchase now and pick up by April 15th!


Sundance by Design

sundance10Our new spring merchandise is arriving!  Did you know there are many benefits to adding a fountain to your home and garden?

  • They add beauty and tranquility.
  • The cascading water makes a soothing sound that will relax you and your guests.
  • Fountains “finish” a landscape project.
  • The visual of flowing water is pleasing to humans and animals….you won’t believe the increase in birds to your property!
  • A flowing garden fountain will cool the surrounding area during the hot summer months.
  • Many of our smaller fountains can easily move inside to be enjoyed throughout the winter months.
  • When used indoors fountains add much needed humidity to the environment.
  • Some fountains include LED lights that liven up your evening landscape.

In addition to self contained ceramic fountains, we also have metal sculptural fountains, solar fountains,  and natural stone fountains. Our landscaping department can also design and build beautiful custom ponds and fountains that will help increase your property value.  Add an element of beauty to your home and garden.  A fountain is a work of art for your garden!