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JuBabe
Midland, TX
(Zone 7b)

June 20, 2005
3:23 AM

Post #1561207

I'm going to be in the Dallas area this next weekend. I'm looking for an interesting nursery to browse through. Any ideas?

frostweed

frostweed
Josephine, Arlington, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 20, 2005
3:26 AM

Post #1561218

You could try Redentas Garden , Weston Gardens or Green Mama's, all of then carry native Texas plants.
maggiemoo
Conroe, TX
(Zone 9a)

June 20, 2005
3:32 AM

Post #1561241

Watch out, this is how the San Antonio Nursery Date started! Next month is Austin, Houston will be Sept or October.
http://davesgarden.com/forums/t/522260/

:-)
JuBabe
Midland, TX
(Zone 7b)

June 20, 2005
4:37 AM

Post #1561356

Has anyone been to Calloways? What is it like?
argylegal
Argyle, TX

June 20, 2005
5:16 AM

Post #1561403

Dallas is a big place! What area are you headed to?
JuBabe
Midland, TX
(Zone 7b)

June 20, 2005
5:35 AM

Post #1561419

Northeast of downtown, halfway between downtown and Richardson - is that any help?
vossner
Richmond, TX
(Zone 9a)

June 20, 2005
9:40 AM

Post #1561536

Jubabe, it depends on what you're looking for. I adore NorthHaven Gardens. As far as Calloways, they have good stuff but I think they're a bit overpriced.
sweezel
McKinney, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 20, 2005
3:58 PM

Post #1562135

I second Northhaven. And Northhaven is just north of downtown, halfway between Downtown and Richardson. http://www.nhg.com It's my favorite. Another really nice one, just northeast of where you will be is Rohde's Nursery in Garland http://www.beorganic.com/index.asp. Also, there are a few smaller but nice nurseries in Richardson: Bruce Miller Nursery http://www.brucemillernursery.com/ and Plants & Planters http://dallas.citysearch.com/profile/9547430

Calloway's is hit and miss and I feel like I get the best deals with my local one, only because I actually get deals by frequenting it and the manager recognizing me. I never have much luck at just visiting other one's in the area. There is one in the area you will be staying though. It's on Greenville Ave., just south of Walnut Hill.
MitchF
Lindsay, OK
(Zone 7a)

June 20, 2005
4:06 PM

Post #1562148

You know a Dallas nursery date would be great in my book - really good if it had the natives! I could really go for that one... all three of those Native places in one day!!! A little lunch during the day to break it up... Ahhhhhh
okus

(Zone 8b)

June 20, 2005
5:44 PM

Post #1562459

I love Green Mama's - that has a lot of natives too, though it isn't huge.
Carol (hope I got the right thread this time!!)
vossner
Richmond, TX
(Zone 9a)

June 20, 2005
8:56 PM

Post #1562969

dallas nursery date, dallas nursery date, dallas nursery date
MitchF
Lindsay, OK
(Zone 7a)

June 20, 2005
9:09 PM

Post #1562999

The middle of summer??? They could have plants they are trying to get rid of before Fall... umm Come on Frostweed what do ya say?
sweezel
McKinney, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 20, 2005
9:28 PM

Post #1563048

You gonna come up for it vossner? I am up for it.
MitchF
Lindsay, OK
(Zone 7a)

June 20, 2005
9:32 PM

Post #1563056

Early Aug maybe? Right before their Fall stuff gets there - or July... I am free July 2nd or 23rd . . .
vossner
Richmond, TX
(Zone 9a)

June 20, 2005
9:46 PM

Post #1563089

well, with enough notice and if I'm nice to DH, I could be there and I would LOVE to be there. Sure would be nice if it were scheduled when it cools down a bit. I'm too big a wimp to look at anything in this heat and get heat-cranky too easily.

July 2nd is out for me so is the 16th.

Mitch I was buying sale stuff last September, don't you think July is a bit early for out of season sales?

frostweed

frostweed
Josephine, Arlington, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 20, 2005
9:47 PM

Post #1563090

Well, I certainly am game, you guys figure out a date and I,ll see if i can make it, I surely would want to go to the ones that carry natives, although it doesn,t have to be just that.
Josephine.
MitchF
Lindsay, OK
(Zone 7a)

June 20, 2005
10:02 PM

Post #1563132

I can dream right vossner? On what I make being a teacher I live for sales...
Posie4U
Mansfield, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 20, 2005
10:41 PM

Post #1563211

I would love to join in. This sounds like lots of fun. And I love good sales. Never been to the Dallas nurseries and have been wanting to visit.

Adeline
MitchF
Lindsay, OK
(Zone 7a)

June 20, 2005
10:43 PM

Post #1563216

Native! Native! Native! just a thought...
sweezel
McKinney, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 20, 2005
11:47 PM

Post #1563330

September sounds good. Both Northhaven and Rohde's have a great selection of natives, though I don't think I ever see end of season sales at Northhaven. I still have not been to the Redenta's in Cedar Hill though there is not much else down there.
MitchF
Lindsay, OK
(Zone 7a)

June 21, 2005
12:27 AM

Post #1563428

There is a Redntas in Arlington to - I hear they have a great supply
vossner
Richmond, TX
(Zone 9a)

June 21, 2005
12:33 AM

Post #1563447

Well, I don't think they actually have sales per se, but I do think they bring in out of season stock at lower prices.

Your nurseries have great selections--I never tire of shopping around and there is always something interesting, even at HD, Lowes. However, I would say plants overall are about 20% higher in Dallas than they are in Houston.

Having said that, did you know that Hines Nursery has a 300+ acres facility in Ft Bend County (very close to where I live) and during a tour we were told 80% of what they grow goes to Dallas, places like Calloways, walmart, etc.? I was surprised. Why didn't they just build the darn place in Dallas? Imagine the money they would save if they didn't have to transport Houston to Dallas. Doesn't make sense to me. Of course, I am glad we have the jobs, sorry Dallasites.
sweezel
McKinney, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 21, 2005
1:12 AM

Post #1563553

I have seen many of those Hine's tags. :) I bet it was neat to tour. They probably stay down south because they don't have to spend quite as much to keep the plants warm in the winter when they are winter sowing or to get the humidity up in the depth of the summer.
vossner
Richmond, TX
(Zone 9a)

June 21, 2005
1:26 AM

Post #1563583

duh, why didn't I think of that. but of course! tour was really neat. I learned that Monrovia is #1, they are #2 and then there's up and comers like Colorspot and Bonnie that are making a dent in Hines' market share. It is a dog eat dog world, or shall we say petunia-eat-petunia world. lol
sweezel
McKinney, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 21, 2005
1:32 AM

Post #1563600

Isn't Colorspot in Texas too? It seems like I remember that they are. I don't recognize Bonnie though. Probably just overlooked them.

vossner
Richmond, TX
(Zone 9a)

June 21, 2005
1:35 AM

Post #1563608

yeah I think they are, somewhre. and i think bonnie is in AL. I see a lot of their stuff at walmart, tomato seedlings veggies herbs annuals
maggiemoo
Conroe, TX
(Zone 9a)

June 21, 2005
3:20 AM

Post #1563877

Do you guys have a gardening radio show on the weekends? A well-known "garden guru" in the area? (Seems like I've heard of at least two - websites and all - but I'll be darned if I can think of their names.) Maybe you can arrange something during the day that would involve them. Or maybe one of the nurseries has someone really knowledgeable who would give you a tour or something.

Before the San Antonio Nursery Date, we were already planning one for Austin. I e-mailed one of the nurseries to ask about the time of their butterfly gardening class. I told them that we were from an online gardening community, a little about DG, etc. I got an e-mail back that the owner wants to meet with us! He turns out to have the longest running organic gardening radio show in the nation, and is also the owner of the LadyBug brand of natural garden products! (I'm hoping he'll mention DG on the radio.)

Since then, I started thinking that the next time we do one in San Antonio, we should call one of that city's local gardening shows (one of them is hosted by a man who is now a DG member!), see about meeting with them. We could also try to get a tour of the GardenVille (organic products) facility, maybe meet the man who started it.

On the drive to San Antonio on Saturday morning I called in to a Houston gardening show to ask a question. The host asked what I was doing on the road so early, so I told him about DG and the Nursery Dates we're doing. When I got home that night, we had a new member who looked us up after hearing about it on the show!

Just some suggestions, as long as you guys get together, it will be fun for all. If you do decide to do one, be sure to start a seperate thread so everyone can keep up (some of us from down south may venture up north) and new members can see what's happening.
trunnels
Plano, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 21, 2005
4:02 PM

Post #1564870

I'm a little late jumping in and see that most of the good nurseries have been listed here. Another one I love is Jackson's on Lemmon Avenue, just across from Love Field.
JuBabe
Midland, TX
(Zone 7b)

June 21, 2005
4:13 PM

Post #1564900

I'm looking for a place that might have some "different" hibiscus. Is there anything on that order?

(reason for edit)
I can spell, typing too quickly is my problem.

This message was edited Jun 21, 2005 11:23 AM
sweezel
McKinney, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 21, 2005
4:18 PM

Post #1564912

If you are talking about Perennial Hibiscus, then Rohde's is probably the place to go. I know last year they probably had 7 or 8 varieties to choose from, though you might call first and ask what they have this year. I don't remember NHG or the other two having more than two or three.

As far as Tropical Hibiscus, the best place to go is the Farmer's Market area in downtown. The place that starts with an R (can't remember) had lots of beautiful varieties to choose from a couple weeks ago.
trunnels
Plano, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 21, 2005
4:42 PM

Post #1564964

Staci, it is Ruebel's.
sweezel
McKinney, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 21, 2005
4:47 PM

Post #1564978

Yep, that's the the one. I was thinking Rubils, but I knew that was not it. The day I was up there was the day after we went to Angry Dog. I was good and did not buy anything though. :)
maggiemoo
Conroe, TX
(Zone 9a)

June 21, 2005
5:06 PM

Post #1565020

Angry Dog? :-)

What is that?
sweezel
McKinney, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 21, 2005
5:11 PM

Post #1565030

LOL Sorry! It's a restaurant where we had lunch. They are known for their hot dogs.
trunnels
Plano, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 21, 2005
5:12 PM

Post #1565031

The Angry Dog is a restaurant in Deep Ellum. I always get "the Dog" when I go there. Huge hot dog served open faced, smothered in chili, grilled onions, jalepenos, cheese, and served with tons of really good french fries. :-)
trunnels
Plano, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 21, 2005
5:13 PM

Post #1565034

Looks like we were posting at the same time, Staci. lol

They also have some of the best burgers in Dallas. And good chicken, too! Can you tell I'm hungry?
maggiemoo
Conroe, TX
(Zone 9a)

June 21, 2005
5:16 PM

Post #1565044

Oooo, I'm hungry too, especially for one of those dogs!
trunnels
Plano, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 21, 2005
5:16 PM

Post #1565047

Come on in, Maggie, and we'll all go to lunch at the "Dog."
sweezel
McKinney, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 21, 2005
5:17 PM

Post #1565048

Yep, the grilled chicken sandwich was good. Get yourself to lunch girly! That's what I am doing right now. Gotta go get the car washed after my trip to OK this weekend. I never seen so many bug guts on a windsheild. Yuck! (did you lose that appetitie?) Off to lunch...
maggiemoo
Conroe, TX
(Zone 9a)

June 21, 2005
5:18 PM

Post #1565054

I'm planning on coming that way for the swap in September, can we wait that long?
:-)
trunnels
Plano, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 21, 2005
5:25 PM

Post #1565063

You can come anytime before then and we'll hit the Dog and the Farmers' Market!
maggiemoo
Conroe, TX
(Zone 9a)

June 21, 2005
5:58 PM

Post #1565134

Sounds like a plan!
sweezel
McKinney, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 21, 2005
6:16 PM

Post #1565180

Yeah, you have to come up before the swap. I did not know you were going to the September swap, but probably because I have not followed the thread because I can't go. I will be in Austin on Sept 24th through 26th for the Austin City Limits festival.

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