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Re: Lowes

I do understand that.  The MGs have a great relationship with a local
nursery who was going to donate a requested Horse Chestnut to be planted on
the grounds.  When I went to pick it up, he said he couldn't, it just wasn't
up to snuff.  But he didn't throw it away.

Lowe's though is a different ball of wax.  But, again, I can uderstand it to
some degree, but mainly I believe they just don't want to be bothered.  And
besides, they aren't losing anything by throwing it away.  These plants are
all guaranteed sales by the growers.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "james singer" <jsinger@igc.org>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Friday, January 28, 2005 5:00 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Lowes

> I think this is common practice for most retail nurseries without
> regard to size or ownership. It's driven by the fact that the
> merchandise is perishable and they don't want any association to
> develop between their nursery and "inferior" or less than grade A
> material. This is why my favorite nurseries are those I call "botanic
> junkyards"--they never throw anything away, even the dead stuff until
> it has been dead for a long time. They put it in the back lot
> somewhere. I've found any number of bargain priced gems in back lots.
> On Friday, January 28, 2005, at 03:19 PM, Kitty wrote:
> > I stopped by the extn ofc today and partook of a discussion w/ Hort Ed
> > and
> > an MG who works at a local Lowes.  He said this past year at their one
> > location they threw out over $30,000 worth of plants, not allowed to
> > give
> > them to organizations.  Some pitched just because not up to par.  They
> > won't
> > let MGs have to sell, might consider giving if we plant on grounds.
> > It just
> > seems such a shame.  He said hundreds of Hosta, all kinds of nice
> > prairie
> > plants. Hort Ed, asked why they don't give them to Habitat for Humanity
> > people - they could get good publicity out of that.  Also said they
> > threw
> > out a lot of mulch - end of season, wanted to clean things up.  Into
> > the
> > baler.  Geez.  Such waste.
> >
> > Kitty
> >
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> Island Jim
> Southwest Florida
> 27.0 N, 82.4 W
> Zone 10a
> Minimum 30 F [-1 C]
> Maximum 100 F [38 C]
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