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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Mar 14, 2012 6:38 PM CST
Name: Allison
NJ (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member Forum moderator I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Dog Lover Hummingbirder Container Gardener
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would love to visit there.. but feel bad for the guy under the misters!!!
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Mar 14, 2012 6:53 PM CST
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Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
Region: Ukraine Charter ATP Member Region: California Cat Lover Roses Clematis
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Thanks for this information, Joanne. All of the work that's done by hand is an eye-opener. I'll never complain about the prices of plants again.
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Mar 14, 2012 9:03 PM CST
Name: Joanne
Calgary, AB Canada (Zone 3a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Region: Canadian Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Roses
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Annuals Container Gardener Vegetable Grower Winter Sowing Enjoys or suffers cold winters
Thanks Ladies. I love going to work everyday, except for the actual "work" part. I'm in front of a computer most of the day, but always go for a walk around to check things out. We have 8 acres under greenhouse roof and it is the most spectacular site just before the season takes off and everything is ready to ship. I do enjoy buying all the seeds, cuttings and plugs. It's like home gardening mail order on steroids...
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Mar 15, 2012 3:58 AM CST
Name: Allison
NJ (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member Forum moderator I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Dog Lover Hummingbirder Container Gardener
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Region: New Jersey Seed Starter Garden Ideas: Level 1
sounds like a job for me!!
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Mar 15, 2012 5:26 AM CST

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I really enjoyed this article. I have just finished reading 'Flower Confidential' which talks about the cut flower business; I recommend this book. It is indeed eye opening to see what goes on behind the scenes before we get our bouquet of roses (or basket of petunias) at a Big Box store.
Thanks for posting. Thumbs up
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Mar 15, 2012 5:34 AM CST
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages Plant Identifier I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Avid Green Pages Reviewer
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Thanks, Joanne. Good information. Green Grin!
I garden for the pollinators.
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Mar 15, 2012 8:49 AM CST
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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Region: Canadian Enjoys or suffers cold winters Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Garden Ideas: Master Level
Thanks for writing this article.
It is interesting how international or global, the plant industry really is.
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Mar 15, 2012 2:47 PM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Forum moderator Region: United States of America
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Lovely article Joanne - thank you so much!
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Mar 16, 2012 12:06 PM CST
Name: Jean
Hot Springs Vlg, AR, DeLand, F
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Thanks for this wonderful article, Joanne.
Any day you wake up on the sunny side of the grass is a good day.

"The moving hand writes and having writ moves on. Neither all thy piety nor all thy wit can lure it back to cancel half a line nor all thy tears wash out a word of it." The Rubiyat by Omar Khayyam
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Mar 17, 2012 3:28 AM CST
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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I had never seen photos of the growers business. I worked for a guy who bought geraniums and raised them for a local garden center. He told me about where plants were raised for the trade.
Very impressive to see millions like that.
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Mar 17, 2012 11:57 PM CST
Name: Pippi21
Silver Spring, Maryland 20906 (Zone 7a)
Joannabanana..this explains why your back yard flower gardens are always so beautiful! I always love your containers of those beautiful petunias.
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Nov 21, 2012 12:48 AM CST
Name: Arif Masud
Alpha Centauri (Zone 9a)
I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar Container Gardener Native Plants and Wildflowers Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Enjoys or suffers hot summers Multi-Region Gardener
Thank you Joanne, now I understand. Thumbs up .
Regards,
Masud.
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