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Re: Lowes, etc.

I think that's pretty much it, Noreen. Here, zone 9b/10a Florida, the perishibles [bedding plants] are dictated by what local growers have on the truck. So when the local nurseries are selling impatiens, the boxes are also. And the prices are relatively comparable.

But, if you want, say, a yaupon holly, forget the box stores. It's a native but they have no clue about it. Although there are some magnificent specimens in the parking lot at the Wal-Mart garden center, there are none among the store's "landscape trees."

On Jul 20, 2005, at 4:16 PM, TeichFlora@aol.com wrote:

We have not really done any comparitive shopping for anything other than
plants, so can't speak for that. Also can't speak for areas other than zone 9+.
The Lowes, Home Depots, etc. around here are not putting the landscape
supply businesses (nurseries, etc.) out of business. First of all, although
things have gotten better, they don't carry the plants that will do well in these
areas or the diversity that the local nurseries carry. Secondly, and most
important, the "box" stores' garden "season" is dictated by northern home
offices. Their garden "season" starts much later than it should and ends much
sooner than it should. By the time all the garden clubs, societies, and
MG's......as well as the nurseries, have their spring supplies in and have their
sales....then the box stores begin to bring in merchandise. Then in early
fall/late summer (Aug/Sept) when the societies, MG's and others have their
fall sales again, and the nurseries are pushing fall or winter plants and
vegetables, the box stores have already shut down all ordering for their garden
centers, and are clearing things out for the winter. This is a constant problem
for gardeners here that want the mulch for the fall, the vegetables,
plants,etc. Dh used to be manager of one of the box stores and had a constant
struggle with home office about this exact issue. The box stores are beginning to
learn and are keeping their mulch and other order numbers active longer,
however, for the most part they lose a lot of money by not having their garden
season directed more towards the area, rather than by home office. So for
now, mom and pop nurseries, wholesale nurseries, soil and mulch places, as well
as the MG's and societies definitely will not be put out of business by the
box stores here. There is no competition.
zone 9
Texas Gulf Coast

In a message dated 7/20/2005 5:37:56 AM Central Standard Time,
gardenchat-owner@hort.net writes:

Jim: Congrats. on the good savings on your new plant. Just as an aside
though, this is the problem with places like Lowe's and HD's that move
into areas...they undercut prices and drive small business owners out of
business. My husband works for a small carpet/vinyl store and they were
furious when HD moved in for exactly this reason. Seems to be these
mega-stores agenda. Might be good for the consumer, but bad for small,
local business.

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Island Jim
Southwest Florida
27.0 N, 82.4 W
Hardiness Zone 10
Heat Zone 10
Minimum 30 F [-1 C]
Maximum 100 F [38 C]

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