Jackie wins! Thanks for playing, everybody, but most of all,
thanks for your often hilarious and provocative comments.
Just for fun, here are some of the strange or not-so-strange things
people mentioned having seen at garden centers and nurseries.
Air plants (tillandsias) glued (ouch) to plastic fairies. I
can’t even imagine what that looks like. Coincidentally, our randomly chosen
winner Jackie mentioned those.
Booze. A lot of places have little wine bars and cafés. I
can kind of get behind that. A glass of wine while shopping for plants? Sure.
Llama fibers (from Deborah). I still don’t understand that
Reading Dirt mentioned
life-size elk and lion sculptures (made of iron!).
Common Weeder talks about miniature John Deere equipment for kids. That may not be
strange to many of you, but I’ve never heard of it. I looked for it on the web, though, and found a JOHN DEERE BARBIE. Check out her boots! I loved all the little mini-tractors and stuff, too.
Kat talks about perfume (they have that at my favorite
nursery actually, but it also has great plants), while LauraBee has seen 25k
oriental rugs. Marie found a rug made out of stones.
Many commenters mentioned horribly tacky holiday décor, from
fake trees with fake spiders hanging from them to Easter eggs the size of
Katxena found textured wallpaper, Elizabeth could
do without the hand-painted silk scarves and PlantingOaks wonders why, why, why
the decorative table lamps.
I think the saddest things, even sadder than the dead plants
(which we’ve all seen) are the plastic ones.
Oh, and on moving merchandise. Yes, we understand seasonal
changes and moving stuff to pique the interest. What we don’t get is hiding or discontinuing basic garden
supplies—which is what started this whole rant.
Again, thanks, and may your next trip to the garden center
be enjoyable, whether you find what you are looking for or not.