Our History

It’s hard to imagine that a small business can survive for 70 years in the same location, with the same family. Lafayette Florist, Gift Shop and Garden Center has done just that. The passion of this family has been passed down for four generations. In 1949, Yasutaro and Kumiko “Kate” Yoshihara came to Lafayette after being released from a Japanese Relocation Camp in Southern Colorado. Saving money for years, they were able to purchase a two-acre lot in the heart of Lafayette. They set up a small fruit and vegetable stand, and farmed the land.

A decade later, the Yoshihara’s oldest son Gene and his wife, Evelyn built a brick floral shop. Skip to the 70’s and Gene built a large greenhouse facility where he grew and shipped carnations across the country.

The 80’s saw a new generation come onto the scene as son-in-law Brian Wheat, AAF, PFCI took over the helm. Brian turned the carnation greenhouses into a garden center.

Today, you see a modern building, large greenhouses and a satellite store at Good Samaritan Medical Center. The family continues to invest in the community that has supported them. There are four family members including a 4th generation grandson, Tanner Wheat running the Garden Center. Sandi Yoshihara-Sniff, AIFD, AAF, CPF runs the florist and the wedding and events segment. Lori Wheat, AAF heads marketing and merchandising. All four are active in the floral industry and the community, and employ 30 local citizens.


Through The Years...

1960's Storefront

1960's Storefront

Our Storefront Now

Our Storefront Now

At Twilight

At Twilight

Fruit Stand

Fruit Stand


Lafayette Florist is committed to creating an inviting atmosphere...

The greenhouse environment is a soothing place to wander. You’ll discover turtles living in the koi fish pond. A fragrant, walk-in fresh flower cooler gives you the best and brightest garden flowers daily and is surrounded with two floors of gift and home décor showrooms. During the spring gardening season, 68,000 square feet of greenhouses are filled with outdoor plants, vegetables, herbs, patio pots and so much more.

The value Lafayette Florist provides is “emotional experiences”. Flowers enhance everyday life, and are a part of every celebration. Each milestone is recognized with flowers as the exclamation point. From welcoming a new baby to a final good-bye and celebration of life. A teen’s first flower experience with prom and later in life at her wedding. Life is for acknowledging special events. Birthdays, anniversaries and work achievements are complimented with flowers. Wishing someone well and letting them know you are thinking of them is done with flowers. One of the most surprising ways to send flowers is “just because…”

If you’re a plant fanatic, you’ve got to make Lafayette Florist a staple. The tropical greenhouse displays indoor foliage plants ranging from today’s trendy succulents to hanging plants and colorful bloomers. Each season changes. From cool weather pansies to heat loving zinnias --- and expert advice to turn your thumbs green! You’ll be the envy of the neighborhood.

Lafayette Florist looks forward to the future and continuing to evolve. As gardeners look towards organic growing and flower buyers look for quality, long-lasting blooms, Lafayette Florist will be here with all the best in floral and gardening.

 

Evelyn, Kate & Gene

Evelyn, Kate & Gene

Tanner, Gene & Brian

Tanner, Gene & Brian

Grandparents!

Grandparents!

Tanner w/ Grandparents

Tanner w/ Grandparents

Print Email