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Tagawa Gardens Nursery & Garden Center

Story of Grey Kitty

First Grey Kitty at Tagawa Gardens

Our "Grey Kitty" tradition begin in 1986 with adoption of a very handsome,  friendly "Russian Blue" mix cat that was found near the home of one of our employees in downtown Denver. He quickly won our hearts (including the hearts of our customers and their children) with his mellow, happy, friendly ways. His "special comments" to our guests soon began appearing in our advertising, and the rest is history. Grey Kitty 1 delighted customers and our employees with his antics and loving manner. He lived with us until died of cancer in 1990.

Knowing that we had lost our beloved mascot, the Denver Dumb Friends League helped us find Grey Kitty 2. Our new cat-in-residence was mellow, peaceful and quiet. For the next ten years, he lived a happy life of visiting with customers, their children and our employees. They all knew that Grey Kitty 2 loved tummy rubs, and he never went long from one rub to the next. When Grey Kitty 2 first came to us, he had serious dental issues and liver disease, but he received excellent care from his team of veterinarians and from our super-attentive employees. He was 15 when he passed away in 2000 from complications of hyperthyroidism and a leaky thoracic duct.

Grey Kitty, Tagawa Gardens

In the months following Grey 2's death, the Grey Kitty Memorial Fund collected more than $1,000 for local animal rescue organizations. Once again, it was the Denver Dumb Friends League to our rescue. The League helped us find Grey Kitty 3. He was extremely mellow and loved tummy rubs, too. Grey Kitty 3 had anemia and took a natural iron supplement, but he still slept a lot, even for a cat. Sadly, he disappeared from our store on a day in June of 2002.

Grey Kitty, Tagawa Gardens

Grey Kitties 4 and 5 are some of our current mascots. Grey 4, "Fuzzy Grey," was adopted from the Max Fund. He was found as a tiny grey kitty alone on the Denver streets. The Max Fund knew we were "kitty-less," and kindly made the match. We're deeply grateful for their thoughtfulness. Grey 5, "Smokey Grey," was adopted from the Dumb Friends League Adoption van when it visited us for Tagawa's 20thAugust of 2002. Amazingly, Grey Kitty 5's birthday was the same date that Grey Kitty 2 passed away. Currently, both Grey 4 and 5 are "on holiday" at Mr. Tagawa's home, where they enjoy a relaxed and quiet life. The area surrounding our garden center has been heavily developed and the fields in which they hunted now include a busy road and residential area.  In June of 2011, we were honored to have the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine feature our Grey Kitty 5, Smokey Grey, in a documentary about Board Certified Veterinary Neurologist, Dr. Stephen Lane of VRCC . Dr Lane performed a very successful spinal surgery on Smokey Grey in 2009. We are happy to report that Smokey is still doing well and lives with Mr. Tagawa. 

Grey Kitty, Tagawa Gardens

Grey Kitty 6, or as we affectionately called her, "Miss Kitty," was found abandoned in our parking lot during a snowstorm in 2006. She was the first female Grey Kitty we'd ever had. She was a strong and assertive young lady. Her likeness now appears as a cartoon image created by Norwood, one of our plant tag companies. This "retro kitty" image appears in all of our advertising. Sadly, Miss Kitty passed away peacefully in her sleep on Sept. 1, 2011.
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Grey Kitty, Tagawa Gardens

Grey Kitty 7, or Peyton Grey Kitty, came to us in 2013. He passed away in 2015. We did not know his age or his background as he was a resuce, but we took care of him best we could for as long as we was with us!

Grey Kitty, Tagawa Gardens

Grey Kitty 8 and 9, Lady Grey Kitty and her brother Earl Grey Kitty, are our current Grey Kitties. They are rescued kittens and out and about at our garden center, learning the ropes of being our well-known mascots!

We did have some other kitties that were not grey. Two black kitties, Jasper and J.J. lived with us for a short time before they passed away. "China" was a white kitty and came to us in1998. China was a rambunctious, active and very vocal kitty who was sometimes a bit moody. Her loud and very recognizable voice could be heard throughout the greenhouse, telling us all of her exciting days at Tagawa. Given the increasing construction around our store, and China's tendency to roam, she quietly and safely lived out the rest of her life at the home of one of our employees.

Grey Kitty's smiling face surrounded by flowers adorns our newspaper and other advertising, as well as our website. His paw prints can be seen on the back of our employee's shirts. They trail across our letterhead and other correspondence. Grey Kitty is a registered trademark. He appears on products unique to Tagawa's, including Grey Kitty Purr-furred Container Gardens, Hanging Baskets, Roses, Poinsettias, Geraniums and other items grown here in our greenhouses.

Grey Kitty is more than just a mascot or "advertising gimmick." He is a community resource. It's in his honor that we have a Dumb Friends League collection statue at the doors leading out of our store. Whenever they choose, visitors can easily contribute to the League and its work in support of animals like Grey Kitty.

A memorial garden honoring our Grey Kitties is in the garden area just outside our front door. Other Tagawa mascots, including J.J. and Jasper, are also listed on the stone. We invite you to take a few moments remembering them and your own special pets whose spirits are always alive in our hearts.

Every July, we celebrate Grey Kitty with a birthday party in his honor. Non-profit rescue groups are invited to attend free of charge to promote the work they do. Visitors can learn about rescue groups serving dogs, cats, bunnies, guinea pigs, horses, birds and many other pets. Come and enjoy a free piece of birthday cake, and celebrate the spirit of Grey Kitty!


Welcome to Tagawa Gardens
Nursery & Garden Center

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Monday - Saturday: 9am - 5pm
Sunday: 10am - 5pm

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303.690.4722

7711 S. Parker Road Centennial, CO 80016

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