Today we headed out with GPS in my little SUV and some Proven Winner retailer notes in hand. On the way to our destination I saw a HUGE billboard for a Greenhouse Retailer I have been curious to visit since I first saw a commercial in early spring but was too busy planting in my own greenhouse to visit. FIRST DETOUR of the day was at Jacobs Garden just over the border in Michigan.
This is a MUST SEE for every Home&Garden owner looking for the latest garden designs. Even in the transition stage as most of the retailers are bringing in the FALL FINDS this greenhouse is amazing. The greenhouses were empty in preparation of all the CHRISTMAS goodies that could be seen in the photo above, I can't wait to return to see what they have to offer for the Holiday Season. BUT the trip was not a disappointment as we enjoyed the many ceramic garden features and landscaping designs set up in the outside growing area.
Plenty of wonderful GARDEN accents in there large location. Jacobs Garden won my vote for 'hottest' garden spot in our area with the coffee bar next to the Vera Bradly collection and the friendly staff!
VERY IMPORTANT WEB NOTE:One things I have learned in the last five years of gardening is that if a GREENHOUSE does not provide TODAYS garden market with a current webpage it may not be worth your time to visit. During my Friday Finds Adventure I seem to have forgotten to 'step out of the box' when I added a 'greenhouse retailer' to my list on the GPS. Thank Goodness it was a picture perfect day and it was early in our journey. The 'P.W. retailer' was located on a Michigan dirt road with a not so friendly driveway. I do think I MAY HAVE seen a 'greenhouse' in the back 40 somewhere but I dare not venture down someone's driveway who does not have a sign.
Thank goodness we were in the Historical Chelsea, Michigan and had plans for lunch at THE COMMON GRILL.
After being seated at a cozy table in the middle of this fabulous bistro I totally forgot about the back road mishaps. I would recommend everything on the menu at The Common Grill. I enjoy this restaurant so well because it provides the atmosphere found in my beloved Napa Valley, California snuggled in the Great Lake State. Michiganders have to be some of the nicest people in the Midwest! Check out their menu with daily specials at their spectacular webpage : THE COMMON GRILL. Today I enjoyed their Honey Pecan Chicken Salad With Fresh Fruit and a Warm Muffin. You have to check out Chef Craigs Cookbook filled with some of the popular dishes made daily at this location.
Short on time we started our journey back home. I couldn't help but think we were missing something as we drove back down Highway 94. I decided to plug in one final address from my P.W. list. Much to my surprise there was a location just 6 miles from where we were at the time. Off it was to The English Garden. I was getting a little worried when we exited in a busy section of Ann Arbor, Michigan. When the GPS alerted us to 'turn left' into an older parking lot where we could only see an older K-Mart Department Store. Luckily, they had a big sign in the driveway. As we followed the turn back to the location I was happy to see a HUGE Proven WINNER FALL MAGIC SIGN!!!!!!
Here are a few photos from my stroll through the English Garden Retail Shop. I had to take a photo of their friendly little kitten who sat so patiently at the greenhouse door. The prices were extremely reasonable but at this point of the day I would have paid ANYTHING for a few selections from the Fall Magic Collection.
Bren's Picks for this Friday Fall Finds
ornamental millet pennisetum glaucum purple , Diamond Frost, Leadwort, Dolce * Cream Brulee.
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Happy Fall Planting Friends and have a fun filled Labor Day weekend!