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kay_pea
Jun 14, 2017 6:40 PM CST
What would you like to see in your local garden center or nursery?? Pet friendly? Childwatch so moms can shop? A place for you and/or your child to pot plants together?

You tell me!!
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Jun 14, 2017 6:45 PM CST
Are you opening a nursery?

Natives!
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greene
Jun 14, 2017 6:58 PM CST
I'd like to see the customers leave their pets and children at home. There's a time and place for all things...someone' screaming/crying child and/or barking dog would break my concentration while shopping.
Yes, I have had children and I now have 2 dogs, but... Sighing! neither is always welcomed everywhere, so I leave them at home as needed.

At the nursery, I would like to see yes, I agree: with @DaisyI native plants, but would also like the employees and management to be knowledgeable and provide good information for local growers. So many times there are over-educated college-age kids working just to earn a paycheck and they know diddly-squat about plants or planting.
It would be good if the nursery/garden center would purchase their plants from a local source which would better ensure the plants will thrive in the location where they are offered for sale.

I would also like to see proper labels on plants, including the botanical names for each. Armed with the correct name and a SmartPhone (which I do not yet own *Blush* ) most customers can make intelligent choices when purchasing plants at the garden center/nursery - with, or without children and/or dogs. Thumbs up
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Jun 14, 2017 7:02 PM CST
I agree full heartedly with everything Greene said. I will add one thing - reference books. If I can't find a knowledgeable person, a couple reference books would be great!
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Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Jun 14, 2017 7:02 PM CST
I agree that a native section is key for me. Sometimes they are intermingled with perennials and shrubs, but I'd rather see them in one place.

Herbs, particularly less familiar medicinal ones. I took the time to go to a huge Flower World nursery (about an hour away for me) and was quite disappointed to find only a very rudimentary choice of common culinary herbs. I left, amazingly, with nothing.

Nurseries with small cafes or food trucks can be pleasant, but I'm not big on wasting a whole building for knick-knacks, Xmas ornaments, antiques, or other frivolous junk. I'm there for the plants.

Organization. Some nurseries take the time to site their plants by type (shrub, perennial, shade plants, etc.) and then by botanical name, which I always appreciate. Easy to find things direct from a list.

If space permitted, I could see a potting area being a great idea. If you buy the pot and plants, perhaps the nursery provides the dirt? It would be a good hands-on experience for kids.

Although I have a dog, I'm not a fan of bringing animals into any retail place. Period.

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sooby
Jun 14, 2017 7:04 PM CST
The other issue with dogs (and kids I suppose) is that many of the plants we like to grow are toxic. People would presumably expect that nothing within canine chomping range would be carried that is poisonous. That would actually rule out quite a lot of plants or you'd be at risk of a lawsuit or at least bad publicity.
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Jun 14, 2017 7:44 PM CST
Sooby, There are only two classifications of plants: Vegetable and Will Kill You. Smiling
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ShadyGreenThumb
Jun 14, 2017 8:04 PM CST
Besides Natives, I would rather NOT see plants that won't thrive in our zone, plants with proper name labels, a good choice of fertilizer and soil brands, knowledgeable staff to answer questions, and a section with garden tchotchkes for fun and for plant gift giving. I like the frivolous stuff! I also love it when a nursery displays plants for the holiday, all holidays!
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sooby
Jun 14, 2017 8:08 PM CST
DaisyI said:Sooby, There are only two classifications of plants: Vegetable and Will Kill You. Smiling


Even vegetables can kill you Hilarious!

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DaisyI
Jun 14, 2017 8:09 PM CST
Only Lima Beans... Rolling on the floor laughing
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Bonehead
Jun 14, 2017 8:31 PM CST
Shady, what in the world is a tchotchke? I've never heard or seen that word and have absolutely no idea how it might be pronounced. Yet another regional idiocyncracy... Please enlighten me!
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tx_flower_child
Jun 14, 2017 10:43 PM CST
@Bonehead - can't help with pronunciation as the phonetic symbols are too confusing. It's a Yiddish word and the Urban Dictionary has some good examples.

http://www.urbandictionary.com...

Here's a link to hear it pronounced.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?...
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Frillylily
Jun 14, 2017 11:25 PM CST
Anything that Lowes or Walmart does not have. Seriously, we don't need any more rows of boxwoods, red knock out roses or endless floppy hydrangeas.
Name: Baja
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Baja_Costero
Jun 14, 2017 11:39 PM CST
Pumice. Coir. And a selection of azalea type pots in every size (2 inch steps) from 4 to 12 inches. Black nursery cans to 5 gal including squat sizes.
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Jai_Ganesha
Jun 15, 2017 12:17 AM CST
Longer hours. I work odd shifts and I often go to Lowes or Home Depot simply because they're open at 6am whereas the standalone nurseries don't open until 9am or 10am on weekdays and 11am or noon on weekends (if at all).
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Name: Jai or Jack
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Jai_Ganesha
Jun 15, 2017 12:20 AM CST
Bonehead said:Shady, what in the world is a tchotchke? I've never heard or seen that word and have absolutely no idea how it might be pronounced. Yet another regional idiocyncracy... Please enlighten me!


Chotch-kee (rhymes roughly with botch pea). It means a knickknack, whatnot, or tiny little ornament that your grandma would have a whole shelf of.
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ctcarol
Jun 15, 2017 2:43 PM CST
Knowledgeable Staff tops the list! A good selection of plants that will grow locally, including natives, A good selection of containers ( I'm with Baja on this...azalea pots are, scarce), A good selection of soil amendments ( something besides Miracle Grow please), and aisles that are wide enough to get through with a cart/wagon or such.
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katesflowers
Jun 15, 2017 6:50 PM CST
A lovely greenhouse full of any and all house plants for winter-time browsing.
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LizDTM
Jun 15, 2017 9:19 PM CST
Be nice to your aquaponic and hydroponic gardeners. Have some net pots of various sizes, some timers that run in 15 minute increments, a nice grow light selection (will help seed starters, too), some hydroponic nutrients.

Have some pond plants!

Offer some classes. Organic Gardening. Common Garden Pests. Seed Starting. Build it Yourself Water Fountain for Pollinators. Just some ideas. Ask your customers what they want to learn about.
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Name: Jai or Jack
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Jai_Ganesha
Jun 15, 2017 9:25 PM CST
ctcarol said:Knowledgeable Staff tops the list! A good selection of plants that will grow locally, including natives, A good selection of containers ( I'm with Baja on this...azalea pots are, scarce), A good selection of soil amendments ( something besides Miracle Grow please), and aisles that are wide enough to get through with a cart/wagon or such.


There's a similar dynamic with pet stores where if you hired and trained only the most knowledgeable staff you cannot pay them enough or make a profit so you cannot last longterm.

Basic economic principles has shown this for hundreds of years. In any kind of specialty retail environment (nursery/pets/music/whatever) you have to choose between hiring entry-level workers and paying them accordingly or having knowledgable staff who earn more but with higher consumer prices.

In practice establishment falls somewhere on that spectrum. It's just a matter as to where they fall.

Keep going!

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