Miniature Gardening Crosses Borders
I used to enjoy a predominately US customer base while going through my growing pains as a start-up business. Every so often I would dial into my Google stats to see where the visitors to my website are coming from, and I would see the States plus a couple of other countries like Vietnam and England.
Well, I had 1,378 cities from 68 countries visiting my website last month!
Perhaps I should brush up on my french and spanish. ;o)
So, in an effort to spread the love of miniature gardening, (because that appears to be vocation these days) and with some help, (Thank you for your help, Rob! ;o) I was able to find a list of Canadian nurseries and garden centers that have specifically ordered the very same miniature and dwarf conifers that I recommend using in the miniature garden with success.
Here are some thoughts to consider before you go on your search:
~> Call ahead of your making a long trek to make sure there are some in stock.
~> Because of the custom/border thing, these nurseries will probably place a one big spring order for spring that they can sell throughout season. Which means that they will not reorder until next spring. So shop early!
~> Note that the different types of conifers like different conditions and you have to plant them or put the pot that they are planted in, in the right place. “Right plant in the right place” and no, there is no compromising, tricking or fooling Mother Nature. Any plant that is not in the right spot will lose its defenses against pest and diseases and will die a slow death. This means outdoor plants should be outdoors, shade plants should be planted in the shade and sun plants in the sun, etc.
One of the secrets behind a successful miniature garden is using the right kind of plants. Miniature and dwarf conifers hit the mark because they really do look like miniature versions of the full-size trees and shrubs that we see in our landscape. Cypress, pines, spruces, hemlocks and junipers are all familiar to us but the miniature and dwarf forms are not as well known – yet!
If anyone outside North America has any information on where to get miniature plants please help us spread the love. We are looking for connections in England, Ireland, France, Netherlands, Holland, Australia and Mexico specifically.
New Trees Are In Stock: We just received some new miniature and dwarf trees and shrubs again last week. Find most of them up in the store here.
And the ones that can’t fit into the store are listed here:
Jessy Norway Spruce – they are really small and super cute!
Thumbelina Norway Spruce – a collector’s dream.
Hobbit Dwarf White Spruce – another collectible!
Butter Ball Hinoki Cypress – dainty AND pretty foliage.
Mhondoro Hinoki Cypress – lovely green foliage.
Jean Iseli Hinoki Cypress – an old favorite is back, we missed him. ;o)
Cooper’s Little Leaf Cotoneaster – LOVE the delicate foliage.
Golden Torch Barberry –flushed out and looking quite lovely!
Here are the Canadian nurseries that carry the miniature and dwarf conifers for miniature gardening:
Triple Tree Nurseryland, Maple Ridge – http://www.tripletreenurseryland.com/
Minters Gardens, Chilliwack – http://www.mintergardens.com/
Dinter Nursery, Duncan/Victoria/Van. Island – http://www.dinternursery.ca/
Georama, Nelson – http://georama.blogware.com/blog/AboutUs/LocationandHoursofOperation
Art Knapp Plantland, Vancouver/Port Coquitlam – http://www.artknapps.ca/
Nico`s Nurseryland, Salmon Arm – http://www.freewebs.com/nicosnurseryland/
Sunnyside Nurseryland, Delta – http://www.gardeninglife.ca/listing/sunnyside-nurseries/
Maple Leaf Nurseryland, N. Vancouver – http://www.mapleleafgardencentre.ca/
Golden Acres, Calgary – http://www.goldenacre.ca/
Ellerslie Gift and Garden, Edmonton – http://ellersliegift.com/plants/orchids/
Eagle Lake, Strathmore – http://www.eaglelakenurseries.com/
Millcreek, Edmonton – http://www.millcreeknursery.ca/
Parkland Nursery, Red Deer – http://www.parklandgarden.ca/
Greengate Garden Centre, Calgary – http://www.greengate.ca/
Salisbury Greenhouse, Sherwood Park – http://www.salisburygreenhouse.com/
Green Haven Garden Centre, Lethbridge – http://www.gardens.com/go/view/4147/*
Greenland Garden Centre, Sherwood Park – http://www.greenlandgarden.com/
Shelmerdine Garden Centre, Winnipeg – http://www.shelmerdine.com/
St Marys Nursery & Garden Centre, Winnipeg – ww.stmarysnurseryandgardencentre.ca/
Woodhill Garden Centre, Thornhill (Hi Mom! ;o) – http://woodhillgarden.com/default.aspx
Canadale Nurseries, Ltd, St. Thomas – http://www.canadale.com/
Rideau Woodland Ramble Garden Centre, Merrickville – http://www.rideauwoodlandramble.com/
Whistling Garden Ltd., Wilsonville – Whistling Garden Ltd., Wilsonville
Summerhill Nursery, Toronto – http://summerhillnursery.ca/
Pepiniere Villeneuve, L’Assomption – http://www.gardens.com/go/view/4603/*
*Directory listing only, not a website. Unfortunately the supply stops at Quebec and there are not any nurseries in eastern Canada that order from my grower.
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