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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Sometimes the Best Place to Buy a Plant...

...Isn't a nursery. It's a local hardware store.

I bet just about every gardener has bought plants at the big box hardware stores, such as Home Depot and Lowes. But I've also bought plants at small neighborhood hardware stores, or local chains, such as the one where my friend Debbie Teashon works, in Kingston, called Kingston Henery Hardware. You may remember I toured the gardens for the Music in the Gardens tour with her back in July, and posted about it here and here.

Debbie writes and manages the website, which is primarily about plants that are specifically suited to our Pacific Northwest climate, which is a combination of rainy fall, winter and spring, and a very dry, cool summer. She was recently hired by Henery Hardware to revamp their plant section, and when Nigel and I were up on the Kitsap Peninsula for his recent birthday, I visited her at her new digs, and checked out what she's done and the current plant selection.

Fabulous Echinacea

And aren't these Rudbeckias cool?

A colorful display of pots

The shade pavilion had a nice selection, including an Astilboides tabularis that came home with me.

Debbie's been putting fall and winter containers together, and they've been quite popular!

Colorful tomato cages

I adore that tulip-shaped pot, with its rusty patina!

The plants were very well chosen!

When I lived in Massachusetts, they did indeed sell plants at Lowes and Home Depot. I was very surprised when I moved here to Washington state, to find that lots of small hardware stores also carry quite an impressive plant selection.

Are there local hardware stores near you that rival small nurseries?


  1. I think McClendon, with locations near both of our houses, does a pretty swell job with their garden department.

  2. The rainbow of tomato cages would draw me right in and the pots, the pots!

    I rarely explore the towns around here any more. No telling what I might find.

  3. I love those colourful pots! Every so often big and small hardware stores churn out some lovely plants (and yes we've bought from them before too). None of them have rivalled proper nurseries though.

  4. What a great store! I love those maroon Rudbeckia.

  5. My husband just went to Poulsbo last weekend, I didn't know there was such an interesting place near there. Great photos, maybe I can make it there on his next trip.

  6. I have found the best place to get primula is at the discount rack of the grocery store. I enjoyed some of the color combinations.

  7. Lovely photos! We are on Whidbey Island tonight and yes, the Ace Hardware store in Freeland, on the island, has a wonderful nursery.

  8. There are no small hardwares that have all this plant stuff or a nursery here...just nurseries and box stores for plants here. I would love a spot like

  9. What a fun place. I've found some amazing plants at Home Depot. The most surprising place I've found for plants is the local Habitat For Humanity ReStore. I got a nearly microscopic Filipendula this spring for a buck. It's now two feet tall and wide with fabulous foliage. Love it!

  10. Thanks Alison for writing about my new place of work. I've recently brought in plants for winter color and set up some new displays. I love the work, and being able to bring some great plants to our small community. It was so great to see you as always too! You are becoming quite the photographer too, always enjoy your pics!

  11. We have nothing like that here. What great ideas for winter containers, I specially love that rusty tulip shaped container. Yummy Echinacea!

  12. Both the coneflowers and rudbeckia are fabulous.


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