Some of our recent commenters have suggested that Garden Rant is super-hostile to the nursery business. So do we hate plant purveyors? Only in the way that Tatum O’Neal undoubtedly hated her dealer.
The idea is ridiculous. I spend ALL of my disposable income on gardening. No joke. I haven’t worn anything but jeans since 1998. And while I’m super-interested in decor, I generally balk at the price-tag. But when it comes to plants, somehow there is no budget. And I suspect the same is true for my partners.
We are also constantly praising great plant purveyors on this site. In my case, it’s Brent & Becky’s Bulbs, Fedco Seeds, The Antique Rose Emporium, Clearbrook Farm in Shaftsbury, VT, and Slate Hill Farm Daylilies in Salem, NY. On Friday, I’ll post about one of my favorite destinations in the world, Rohsler’s Allendale Nursery in the highly landscaped–but not really gardened–New Jersey suburbs.
But some things just deserve to be scorned. Take a look at the photo above. Yes, those are shade-loving perennials wilting to a crisp yesterday in the blazing sun at Hewitt’s Garden Center, a local chain.
So here are three things I do hate:
- Plant abuse in a business where the customers are presumably plant lovers.
- Entering a nursery building where I don’t smell flowers, I don’t smell soil, I smell chemicals.
- Being offered nothing new or interesting. I love the great stalwarts of the garden, but ideally, I’d like to think I’m buying from people who know more about their subject than I do and can introduce me to something new.