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In case you hadn't found it, Dave now has added a nursery and gardens listing to DG. Let's start adding any nurseries around us on this link. That way, when you go on a nursery tour, you can map out your plant shopping trip. This will be great for scheduling vacation time also. This is the link for the above:
Edited to unlink the above (didn't work!) link and try this one...
podster, thanks for starting this thread. One of the important differences that will distinguish this feature from other general "trip advisor" or "yellow pages" sites is the input from each of us as gardeners.
Please add your feedback for the businesses you've patronized and the public gardens and parks you have visited. It helps other gardeners and the business or organization.
For smaller businesses and organizations, this type of "word of mouth" is their only form of advertising. And for businesses of any size, unsolicited testimonials are priceless - they can't buy that type of good will.
You can narrow this down to a particular category (garden center/nursery, or public gardens, etc.) You can also plug in your ZIP and specify a radius (especially helpful if you live near the state line and want to see everything in your immediate area.)
If your favorite nursery or park/garden isn't listed yet, let us know and we'll add it, or start the entry and add what you know (we'll fill in the blanks.)
Josephine, I added all but the 2 wholesale nurseries and the landscape company - at this point, we're steering this feature towards businesses and organizations (public gardens, etc.) that can be accessed by the general public. Since you provided this list, I'm hoping you've done business with each of these retail sources, and can give feedback for the benefit of fellow gardeners ;o)
I have only done business with Redentas Garden, Weston Gardens, and Green Mama, the list was recomended by the Native Plant Society of North Central Texas.
I didn't know that you wanted only nurseries that we have had personal experience with.
If that is not o.k. you can remove the others, no problem.
Thanks! Dave is working on giving me the ability to add a "closed" note to nurseries that are gone-but-not-forgotten ;o) Once that's in place, I'll go through and mark all those that have been mentioned.
Tinker Grove Gardens at 6230 Colleyville Blvd, Colleyville 76034.
817 488 3525
Just found beautiful daylilies for $9.99. At HD, $12.99.
Nice selection of some unusual plants, and some demo gardens http://www.tinkergrovegardens.com/aboutus.html
Smotherman's Nursery and Landscaping
1122 West Marshall (Hwy 80)
Longview, TX 75606
A little pricey but they have things you can't find anywhere around here except Blue Moon. They have a big sale sale on Labor Day week-end and all plants, trees, shrubs are half price.
301 W. Methvin
Longview, TX 75601
They are heavy into vegetable plants and seeds. They have a vast array of gardening supplies. This is a family owned business and they are very knowledgeable and extremely helpful.
Kadens Florist (its also a nursery)
1938 Rice AVe
Gainesville, Tx 76240
Sorry...no website. This is the oldest single family owned nursery in Texas, 122 years. Mr. Kaden does all his own veggie starts and only sells what grows well in our area. If he doesn't have it it may not grow well here.
He is an Aggie grad and about one of the nicest people you would ever meet. I went in and one question turned into about an hour and a half conversation. He never seems rushed and will answer any and all questions. He also makes his own potting soil from his own organic compost that is out of this world...ask Melvatoo I gave her some.
I see everything on my list is there except Wabash Antiques.
Bloomers in Elgin, TX
Houston Plants and Garden World in Houston, TX -- multiple locations
Wabash Antiques in Houston, TX
Another Place in Time in Houston, TX
Buchanan's Nursery in Houston, TX
Cornelius Nurseries (owned by Calloways) in Houston, TX -- multiple locations
Has anyone in my area been to Hope Farms open yard sale that is put on every spring and fall? They have great unique plants, perennials, herbs, roses, gingers, and daylilies plus much more. Plants are sold mostly in 1 gal containers and the plants can be seen growning in the landscape.
Every weekend starting April 27 to May 25. 9 to 4. Groups on weekdays by appointment only.
If anyone wants anymore information let me know.
I went to Caldwells Nursery in Rosenberg yesterday and bought a chlorphytum I had been looking for. Very informal place with a huge collection of bamboo. Has anyone tried to grow bamboo in the Hill Country?
Regarding bamboo, I'm not sure quite where the boundaries of the hill country are. My dad grew it for many years in Waco. Actually it's still growing. He started it with a piece he got while driving in the city's Cameron Park area maybe 30 years ago. Over the years it has become a good-sized stand in the corner of his yard. LiseP
Huge selection of trees, annual flowers, vegetables, shrubs, vines, some of the best selections of organic fertilizers, soils, and compost including full line of Ladybugs compost products including bagged leaf mold compost, sheep manure, cotton burr compost, etc. products which you cannot find at big box stores.
They are notable this year for including the full line of Chef Jeff's vegetable transplants with detailed descriptions of each variety. Very helpful, English-speaking staff, will help load and carry products to your car. Reasonable prices.
Sounds like an advertisement, but I am writing this with no compensation and based on my visit there yesterday and past visits as well.
Zone 8b, Heat Zone 9 deep Southeast, TX on Lake Sam Rayburn
3535 WEST STATE, HWY. 21
8 acres of the most healthy plants, a wide selection of Texas Super Star & the latest hybrids. It has earned a 5 STAR rating . East TX is beautiful even in August! Come see us!
I just went to a new nursery south of Austin called Reid's Nursery. It is on the smaller side but had a good selection of natives that were in great shape, even after this record breaking brutal summer. The owner uses organic practices and holds a lot of seminars. Check it out if you are in the area.
5550 FM 2720
Maxwell, Tx 78656
These guys grow and sell the most amazing, top-quality plants at very reasonable prices. The co-owners have been in the business for 20+ years and their employees are years' long vested people with a plethora of growing knowledge. Local municipalities frequent them for common area plantings and garden clubs have long kept them atop shopping lists. I highly recommend this nursery.
And fyi, Green Mamas closed up about a year or so ago...=(
My favorite nursery is fairly new over on Hwy 380 in Crossroads, Elements Nursery: http://elementsnursery.com/Elements_Nursery/Home.html. They also do landscaping. Had an amazing selection of harder to find plants this year and were great about ordering in plants I requested. I make the 45 minute drive at least once a week during spring and it's well worth it, even with several other nurseries much closer to me.