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A Quintessential Tree

A frustration of mine is customers who continually buy the same tree or shrub over and over again simply because they have heard the name. Dogwood, cherry, magnolia and redbud certainly have their place in the world, but what about...

Handpicked for You™

Having never been a fan of “plant guarantees”, there is a new idea on the horizon that I feel will help bridge the gap of a plant’s success, one that the customer and merchant are so desperately looking for. Acknowledging...

‘Evening Light’

One of the most beautiful trees you will ever come across in a landscape is Japanese Snowbell, Styrax japonicus. A gorgeous tree native to Japan, China and Korea, Styrax grows twenty to thirty feet tall with an equal spread. ...

One Off My Bucket List

This past February I was invited on a trip of a lifetime. The kind of trip that has you “one” with nature and leaves you absolutely speechless. Flying into Bozeman, Montana, I quickly understood what “Big Sky Country” meant and...

Truths From Our Trusted Employees

A few months back I posed a question to all our employees, “What do you wish our customers knew about the gardening industry?” Sort of a homework assignment for them, I gave them the weekend to ponder their ideas and...

Guaranteeing Life?

Let me begin by saying that our garden center guarantees plants today and will continue to do so for years to come! For years I have wanted to write this article and have struggled to find the right verbiage that would accurately convey my thoughts,...

Princess Pine

The holiday season is upon us and its time to do some decorating! Swapping out our planters filled with “Mum’s” and cabbage and exchanging them for something more thoughtful than just Alberta Spruce. Maybe you’ll use some holiday greens like Red pine or Fraser fir?...

A Win-Lose Weekend

The first week of professional football 2016 had my wife and me keeping a promise to our daughter Olivia. A split household, only during football season, my wife’s team is the Giants and ours is the Cowboys. We promised Olivia that we would take her...

‘Central Perk’

Those of you who remember the popular sitcom Friends, I’m sure remember the iconic coffee shop ‘Central Perk’. A play on words, this article has nothing to do about Gunther and the rest of the cast of Friends, and everything to do with Central Park...

A Patriotic Grass

One of the hottest plants to jump off our shelves this past spring and summer was a blue grama grass, Bouteloua gracilis ‘Blonde Ambition’. The last plant I can recall that leapt off our shelves with such fervor was Hydrangea ‘Endless Summer’ a number of...

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