Wheat Ridge was a rest stop for miners headed to mountain gold camps as early as 1849. It was later named Wheat Ridge for the golden ridges of wheat noted by travelers passing along the Overland Trail. The wheat fields subsequently were replaced by fruit orchards and vegetable fields, and later greenhouses were built to grow carnations, the largest production in the world, earning Wheat Ridge the title of “Carnation City.” Tradition has it that a bouquet of carnations were sent to the White House in Washington D.C. each week.
One of the first apple trees in Colorado was planted in Jefferson County in Wheat Ridge near 38th Avenue and Ward Road.
The City Forestry Department is responsible for the care and maintenance of all trees on city-owned property, including parks, open space, public spaces, streets, and right-of-way. The city uses a GIS (Geographic Information System) to inventory all trees on city-owned property. The data collected includes overall tree conditions, identifying trees that need pruning or need to be removed, problems with disease or pests, and locations that offer adequate space for future trees to be planted.