September 6, 2016
Many garden centers and big-box stores put their plants on clearance every fall — “Gotta Sell Out To The Pavement!”, they say. You won’t see that approach at Edge of the Woods, or probably at any native plant nursery.
Why is that?
We grow most of our plants from seeds, cuttings, or tiny seedlings. We don’t order in tractor trailer loads of plants each spring — because no one is growing and selling these plants in mass quantities to ship us tractor trailers full. We don’t sell out ‘to the pavement’ because we’d be starting from scratch every spring, sowing seed, waiting for the plants to germinate, grow, and get big enough to sell.
You’ll see us occasionally post a sale, because we know that’s important to our customers. We’ll have a sale if we had an unexpected bumper crop of something, or because something just isn’t catching a customer’s eye and we know it would be perfect for anyone’s garden.
Another reason many garden centers put their plants on clearance is because the plants have suffered through the summer and look a bit bedraggled. The peak bloom season for many native plants is late summer and fall, so they are looking their best ’round about now. Some asters and goldenrods haven’t even started to bloom yet! So you can shop now and take home a plant that is still in bud.
We don’t walk away and ‘shut the doors’ when retail hours end in October, discarding any unsold plants. Our staff works hard from the time we end our retail hours until thanksgiving (or even later), getting the plants ready to go through winter. We do our very best to make sure the plants will be in good shape come spring.
Check Facebook and our website for occasional sales. Right now, we are offering half-off any maple tree while supplies last (red, silver, mountain or sugar) because we have an over-abundance of them. And all our remaining apple trees are half price. We also have a special on late season nectar plants — purchase a ‘set’ of nine at a special reduced price.
So stop in today and add a native plant to your landscape!