Sunday, April 19, 2009

Road Trip - Whiteford Road Greenhouse

After the wonderful response my blogger and local garden friends gave me from my last review of my visit to Bordines Nursery I decided to have my camera on hand while doing my spring garden shopping this year. It has been a wonderful experience sharing information and photos from Midwest Growers with all of you on Blogger. For those of you who know me as a freelance artist you know that having a camera or two on hand is not uncommon for me. I enjoy hearing feedback from everyone so please continue to share your shopping experience with me this season.

Last Friday I had a sporting event to attend in the Toledo area so I decided to leave early and visit the Whiteford Road Greenhouse. Before moving out to the country six years ago I use to do my window box annual shopping at this location. If you are from the Toledo area you will quickly think PINK WAVE Petunia's on Whiteford Road. The Whiteford Road Greenhouse is known for their fabulous structures built to display these fabulous waves. I have it on my list to return with camera this summer when the Waves are in full bloom.

Their knowledgeable staff were quick to greet me and other shoppers as they entered the greenhouse this Friday afternoon. I give them an A+ for that service coming from a retail background myself I know how important Customer Service is to maintain a successful business.





Spring is in full bloom in this nursery with a fabulous selection of potted arrangements for spring including tulips, daffodils, pansies and more. If you can't find the arrangement in the pot you want they will quickly pot it for you. The fact that they were featuring all the latest spring blooms for my area like the Hellebore perennial impressed me. A walk down their front greenhouse isles was like opening the pages of my latest COUNTRY GARDEN Magazine.
Spring Blooms at Whiteford Road Greenhouse
Moss Sculptures
I am a big fan of these moss sculptures. Two of our favorite animals were featured in the greenhouse. These sculptures will be fabulous once the plug flowers that are planted in them take growth later in the season.

A few Succulents from Proven Winner - the Kiwi
My favorite this spring is the Hard to Resist Hellebore's!

The collage of Hellebore's was taken in Whiteford Road Greenhouse. I was amazed at their large selection of the Hellebore. This is a new found love of mine this year. I can't wait to see what the Lenten Rose ( Red Lady) will bring to my garden in years to come. This perennial loves to steal the show before the ground has warmed and the snow has barely melted. I want to make a special note about this greenhouses' web page : Be sure to visit their space on the web to see featured items for this week and featured COUPONS!



14 comments:

RainGardener said...

Very nice post Bren, lots of lovely flowers.

Sharon said...

Oh you make me want to garden again.

kate smudges said...

The Helleborus collection is gorgeous. Unfortunately, they are too tender for this climate. I'd love to visit the Whiteford Road Greenhouse ~ it looks like a fabulous place. Great idea taking your camera with you. Have a good week!

Susie said...

That looks like a wonderful place to shop. They have some great looking containers and those moss animals are cute.

Shellmo said...

I love window boxes - wish I had some! So many beautiful flowers! You are making me anxious to start planting!! (I still have a few weeks until the frost danger is over in Mich.)

gardenerprogress/Catherine said...

It does look pretty and so springy in there. Enjoy your new hellebore.

AJEYA RAO said...

Very Beautiful flowers. First time to this space. You have some excellent info here. I do a little bit of Gardening, at my home in India. Unfortunately such bright flowers, do not grow in my place. We have different speicies though.
Here are some of the pics i posted last year...

http://thehourssofar.blogspot.com/2008/05/flowers.html

Becca's Dirt said...

I do love the hellebore too - but I have not had the opportunity to purchase one yet. The collection at this greenhouse is superb. I can see why you love it. I have gravitated to the petunias this year for some reason. Your window boxes are looking real nice too. Thanks for visiting my blog. I love to read the comments. Happy Gardening...

Roses and Lilacs said...

Hi Bren, I stopped at one of our large garden retailers this weekend too. A lot of primrose and pansies. Acres of fountains and lawn furniture. I'm considering hellebore this year too.
Marnie

Debbie said...

Oh the color, color, color! What a perfect place to be on a rainy day. I know just the "WOW" feeling you get when you first walk in and see all the flowers. Its like being hypnotized!

Dirt Princess said...

First of all...I love your music! How do I ass music?

You always display your photos so nice. You can make a bad shot look great!! Not that your shots are ever bad. I too always have my camera on me....you just never know when you may need it

Bren said...

Sharon... get back in the garden!!! You have lots of friends on Blogger who will help you along the way.

Shellmo - the boxes were on our garage at our old house. That style does not match our Cottage home out in the country. We are building a cute little Rabbit house ( we breed Netherland Dwarfs) and I am adding window boxes onto this house! Can't wait to share photos.

DirtPrincess - my photos are edited with Picasa ( free from Google) and the music comes from http://www.playlist.com/. CHECK THEM OUT!!!!! Feel free to email me if you have any questions about adding it to your page.

BIG THANK YOU FOR everyone who stops by my Garden on Blogger. You are all so very wonderful and I look forward to sharing more of the garden with you each week.

Far Side of Fifty said...

Thanks for the greenhouse trip, lovely photos! It was perfect today..we have really cool temperatures, wind and everything is still brown..we need rain or snow..moisture anyway! :)

Msrobin said...

Ooh, I'd love to shop at that place, or any greenhouse to be honest!