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RE: succulents

Zem, which location is your store if I can ask?

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On Behalf
Of Zemuly Sanders
Sent: Friday, August 22, 2008 11:27 AM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] succulents

I can honestly tell you that, while you are right about Lowe's and WalMart,
the Home Depot where I work depends on the garden department to carry the
store.  We get awesome plants, mostly from local growers.  The tropicals and
succulents do come from Florida and Texas, but the shrubs and trees come
predominately from Tennessee and South Carolina.  My store might be unique,
but I try very hard to "create the fantasy" that we are special.  I have no
qualms about referring customers to our locally owned nurseries (probably
because I know a lot of those owners personally), and  we also do a huge
business with landscape contractors along with less knowledgable gardeners. 
I'm not sure the Home Depot was ready for my non-box store approach, but I
can prove on paper that it's working.  I really believe it's part of my
responsibility to educate potential gardeners and not to simply sell suff to
them, and I've encouraged lots of customers to get involved with local plant
societies and certainly to visit the Mempis Botanic Garden.  No one mentions
the resident cats any more since we had no rodent or sparrow damage last
winter.  And now children come to our nursery specifically to play with
Alphonse, the big male.  I'm still having a great time.
zone 7
West TN
----- Original Message -----
From: "David Franzman" <dfranzma@pacbell.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Wednesday, August 13, 2008 2:29 PM
Subject: [CHAT] succulents

> Hi Noreen
> I know exactly what you are saying.  What was once rare is no longer 
> really rare in the market place however the folks with money are quite 
> often the collectors who are willing to pay a premium for fine plant 
> material from reputable growers.  For the greater number of consumers 
> who can't really tell the difference between a succulent and a woody 
> shrub they shop at where ever they can get the least expensive 
> material in the largest pot.  Since the big box stores use plants as a 
> lost leader to bring in customers the smaller growers are really 
> having a hard time.  Rare plants is one way they are trying to stay in 
> the business without selling their souls to Lowes and Walmart.
> David
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