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.
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
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?
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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. :-)
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...
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.