we have a new nursery in town. while i typically advocate for the independent grower and plant provider, when the only option in town is at a big box, you rescue plants any chance you get.
okay, so this plant didn’t come from the only big box in town – it came from one of four. obviously, this isn’t austin, where around every corner there seems to be an independent nursery. we aren’t as lucky here in bryan/college station, where we have one, maybe two indie nurseries, but they’re attached to a much larger pet supply store (that our kitties love) or an even larger farm cooperative. not that there’s anything wrong with that, it’s just that i’ve always preferred a nursery that provided primarily PLANTS – good, healthy and unusual ones at that. in college, i worked at such a (wonderful) nursery that to this day, i credit for teaching me the horticultural foundations i still carry with me. to know a plant one must grow it. it’s easy to find a fellow plant geek working at an indie nursery – they’re so passionate to learn more about plants that they want to be around them all day! therefore, it’s a no brainer who to go ask when something in your yard looks yellow, has strange creatures on it, or even dies. of course, there’s lots of other avenues to go through to get such advice, like your county extension agent or local garden club, but sometimes i wonder as if these folks aren’t getting more questions because the majority of places people buy plants can’t offer this service anymore. why? because they’re pushing product, not information or know-how. there. i said it. and if i see another nursery that has a ladies boutique in it i think i’m going to throw up. hello… i’m not there to buy glitzy jewelry, cheaply made house decor or (heaven forbid) mirror plated gazing balls! i’m there for the plants, maybe some well-crafted tools and a good book i can add to my horticulture library.
so until i find such a place close to home, i’ll continue to rescue plants when and where i find them.
post update (8.18.10): i was reading up on the independent garden center show over on garden rant tonight and noticed they conducted a survey about this very topic just over a week ago. see the post and comments here, and the survey results here. it’s reassuring to read that i’m not the only one who feels this way…