The Journey to Your Garden: I recently took a similar tour in New Summerfield, Texas

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The Journey to Your Garden

By Joannabanana
March 15, 2012

Have you ever wondered where all the plants came from that you buy from your local garden centre? Here’s a look at some common annuals and their journey to your garden.

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Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Mar 14, 2012 7:21 PM CST

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We live near the town of New Summerfield, Texas, which is known for a thriving wholesale nursery industry. When the local horticultural agent for our local master gardeners assocation emailed us and offered to take us on a tour of one of the largest wholesale plant nurseries in Texas, I jumped at the idea.

Bale after bale of potting soil:
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Neat machines fill soil into the trays:
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A worker loads seeds into the funnel, which then places the seed perfectly into the tray:
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The sown seeds get covered with a shower of vermiculture, then watered:
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Germination!
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Here was the line where they pot them up into the larger 9 pack trays:
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And then they wait for the trucks to take them to the nurseries around the region.
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A very neat experience!
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Sharon
Mar 14, 2012 8:13 PM CST
Both Joanne's article and your images and photos, Dave, are really eye openers.
I never would have thought of all the precise effort that goes into the plants we buy.
Amazingly synchronized efforts, all of them.
Thanks for all the information.
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Joannabanana
Mar 14, 2012 9:13 PM CST
Dave, Thanks for the great photos. The equipment we have is very similar.

Most people with a passion for gardening find this type of operation very interesting. I have to say, it is weird to work with the majority that look at it as just a job. They strive for the best looking healthy plants to leave the facility, but they are not home gardeners, so no passion or excitement about a great looking plant. I insist that our "office staff" take a walk everyday, with hopes that they will appreciate the beauty of plants.
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vic
Mar 15, 2012 2:44 PM CST
Very cool Dave - that would have been an AWESOME tour! Thumbs up
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dave
Mar 15, 2012 3:11 PM CST

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It was very interesting indeed! The scale of it is overwhelmingly huge. Just one tray to me is a lot of plants but for them it's nothing.
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springcolor
Mar 15, 2012 3:22 PM CST
I went on a similar tour last spring at Skagit Gardens with my garden club. It was very much the same. I did not know the cutting came from around the world!! Loved the article. Thanks
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rocklady
Mar 17, 2012 6:34 AM CST
Just amazing. Thanks, Dave, for the virtual tour. Our daughter-in-law worked for a time at Ball Seeds in Illinois. She said that sometimes the office staff got to go out and plant some of their new introductions in their gardens there, which she enjoyed doing very much. She also has a friend who has since retired and maintains a lovely garden in GA.
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Dutchlady1
Mar 17, 2012 2:53 PM CST
Joanna - I encourage our administration staff at the Naples Botanical Gardens to walk through regularly as well; sometimes all they see is the website!!

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