The first stop on the Eastern Performance Trials was Conard Pyle in Westgrove PA. The displays provided by Conard Pyle and other companies was quite impressive. The tour of the nearby growing facility was equally impressive. The following blog was compiled from my recent "worldwind tour" of six different growing facilities, garden centers and horticultural sites on September 21, 22 & 23rd. The displays were built for a one week garden tour by personnel in the horticultural field. I personally was rewarded with many new ideas which I will utilize at Greenscape Gardens. Many new plants were introduced at the Eastern Performance Trials and we will be the first to introduce to the St. Louis marketplace. I drove close to 1000 miles in 3 days to view these outstanding gardens, you'll be able to view my "garden" in minutes but many of these "gardens" will be coming to Greenscape Gardens in the future.
Thursday, September 29, 2005
Wednesday, September 28, 2005
Stop #4 on the Eastern Performance Trials was McDonald's Garden Center in Virginia Beach, Virginia. This garden center has had significant press in the trade journals. Once again, I found quite a few interesting plants and display ideas at this garden center.
Tuesday, September 27, 2005
Homestead Gardens and Growers was the last stop on the Eastern Performance Trials that I viewed. This garden center and growing facility is what everyone in this industry should strive for. I was overwhelmed with the layouts in the garden center. You know you're in for something special when you see the Maryland highway attraction sign directing you towards the complex. I actually went to the garden center before heading back to the growing facility. Homestead Gardens is a "destination garden center". Homestead Growers is a state of art.