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Re: sales


Kitty,
    that is a great story !

Betsy
----- Original Message -----
From: "Kitty" <kmrsy@comcast.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Sunday, August 03, 2003 3:10 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] sales


> Betsy,
> There was an article in our paper last week about a grower in the East who
> has a HD contract.  He signs up local farmers and runs the arangement like
a
> chicken hatchery.  He had at least 18 farmers working for him - most had
> been chicken or tobacco farmers.  They buy their seedlings from him and
grow
> them on to his specs and then are paid for the trays they return.  The
> article talked about one chiken farmer who had had trouble making ends
meet
> and at 70 years old he changed over to HD flowers.  He paid off his
> investment a yr early - after 4 years.  He said his chicken enterprise
cost
> the same $ and took 15 yrs to pay off and he was lucky to break even.  Now
> he has a better business to pass on to his sons.
>
> Kitty
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Betsy Kelson" <bkelson@ix.netcom.com>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Sent: Sunday, August 03, 2003 3:28 PM
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] sales
>
>
> > Fran,
> >     There is a HD not far from my garden center whose garden dept is run
> by
> > a friend of mine. She is very concerned about her stock and does a great
> job
> > of keeoing things in order. And that is the exception. There had been
some
> > rumors that HD was not going to pay their suppliers for their plants
> unless
> > the SKU was run through the registrers. So I guess if a rack of plants
> went
> > unwaterd by some inconsiderate employee, that grower did not get paid. I
> can
> > not imagine that the plant suppliers would agree to that, but I guess if
> you
> > are lucky enough to get an HD plant contract, maybe the loss is small
> > compared to the gain. The HD in my area at least gets a lot of their
> nursery
> > stock from Hines NUrsery out of CA and OR. That is a big national
grower.
> >
> > Betsy
> > Evergreen Co
> > It's trying to rain. They say we are in the monsoon season but I havent
> seen
> > it.
> >
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: "fm4re" <fm4re@swbell.net>
> > To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> > Sent: Sunday, August 03, 2003 1:33 PM
> > Subject: Re: [CHAT] sales
> >
> >
> > > I guess that I'm lucky that my local Home Depot is pretty good about
> their
> > > garden section.  This year, they had quarts of perennials for 1.59 and
I
> > > went nuts!  Also allowed me to experiment with some penstemmon and
> > veronica.
> > > Was able to stock up on hens and chicks for the strip along my entry
> > > sidewalk.  BUT my heucheras are doing beautifully!  Finally a plant
for
> > > those partially shaded areas that seems to make it in this heat.
> > >
> > > Fran, OKC
> > >
> > >
> > > ----- Original Message -----
> > > From: "Donna " <justme@prairieinet.net>
> > > To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> > > Sent: Saturday, August 02, 2003 10:37 PM
> > > Subject: RE: [CHAT] sales
> > >
> > >
> > > I don't even bother to look anymore....
> > >
> > > Donna
> > >
> > > >
> > > > Our HD is the same. Makes you want to cry. Too bad there is not a
> > > > Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Plants!
> > > > Cathy
> > >
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