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RE: succulents


I will.  
-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On Behalf
Of Zemuly Sanders
Sent: Friday, August 22, 2008 3:30 PM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] succulents

I'm at #704, which is the Home Depot across from Wolf Chase Galleria off
G'town Parkway.  Come see me.
zem
----- Original Message -----
From: "Lynda Young" <lyoung@grindertaber.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Friday, August 22, 2008 1:22 PM
Subject: RE: [CHAT] 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.
> zem
> 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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