Crafters celebrates 20 years in business
By Thea Steinmetz
Published June 27, 2007
has been a quite while since I checked out Plant Crafters for inspiration.
So when I saw their banner on the building announcing their 20 years
in business, it was time to pay them a visit. I would have guessed
it was no longer than 10 years since Bruce Burnett and Steve Galehouse
opened their place for business. Some years later they dissolved
their partnership and Steve moved further west with his own business.
While I had
intended mostly to see their nursery stock, I spent more time indoors
admiring their wares. There is something for every taste and the
store is very well stocked. You say you donít have a green thumb?
The great selection of faux flowers might interest you. A wonderful
wood Adirondack chair is waiting for one that lounges rather than
digs in the soil. After all, someone has to watch the birds, butterflies
and hummingbirds on a lazy afternoon.
reminiscent of Vincent van Goghís dazzling clear colors, caught
my eye. One cannot look at these tiles of electric blue or crimson
red and not smile. A Rocky Ridge fountain with an amazingly robust
sound makes for an added attraction within the store. Artistic glass,
reminiscent of the best-known glass artist of our time, Chehuly,
is a feast for the eye. There are two fanciful pieces I wished would
fit into my budget, but with a $228 prize tag it was not to be.
Even though they are worth every cent, I could not take them home,
but looking at them is a pure artistic pleasure.
It is fun to
browse and discover unusual items. There are a few funky picnic
baskets, and even a container for transporting ice cream to a picnic.
The diaper bag did not interest me, but several other unusual items
To promote 20
years in business, numerous specials can be found right now. The
sizeable selection of ceramic pots are all to be had at 40 percent
off. The large glazed pots are a special bargain and make a striking
addition to any garden setting. Other garden ornamentations are
also reduced and there is plenty of statuary to match any taste.
The large outdoor
area is filled with a great variety of nursery stock. There is no
other nursery around here that has planted horseradish in one of
their displays. The large green leaves are used at times to line
an appetizer tray attractively.
The white oleander
will bring memories back to anyone who has ever visited Tuscany.
This is a plant that will show off very well in any garden. Too
bad it canít survive our winters and has to be brought indoors.
Hedges of this fragrant plant will be implanted as a memory for
many a traveler.
Bruce is especially
fond of the white sweet bay magnolia tree that is still in bloom.
He points out that there are only about two feet of soil all around
the plant in the middle of the cement walk.†
It has been cut back several times but nothing daunts this
plantís timeless beauty.† While
it is not recommended for most magnolias to be cut back, this one
seems to thrive with an occasional haircut.
is looking to plant splashes of soft color or establish a massive
evergreen hedge, it can all be found here. Countless unusual and
magnificent specimen trees and shrubs are waiting to be taken home.
Now that summer is here, Bruce feels that his customers go more
for color than facing the need to upgrade their shrubs and trees.
Fluid sweeps of color always make a statement in a garden. Now is
the time to take advantage of reduced prices on nursery stock.
There are also
smaller grasses and sedges that are ideal for container planting.
With the big savings on decorative pots, this is an idea to plan
for. There is no law that says one can only plant flowers in containers.
The textured grasses can be planted alone or grouped in combination.
colorful croton has long been one of my favorites. It has not only
color, but also texture and the large leaf punches up the shape.
While some think of it as a houseplant, it does well in the garden
for the summer. I have grown it in pots and then brought it inside
as soon as fall winds chill the air.
years this column has advocated trips to nurseries, whether to purchase
plants or just feed the soul. One gets a good feeling wandering
through rows and rows of alluring possibilities. A very happy anniversary
to Plant Crafters.
A Word About Mulching
No matter where you find the plants that speak to
you, I would like to suggest to avoid a common mistake carried out
by untrained help the landscapers employ. When you entrust your
plants to them, they should not mulch to kingdom come. So when you
do your own mulching, leave a bit of breathing space around each
plant. By piling the mulch too close around and even inside the
tender little branches, you cut off any air circulation the plants
need to thrive.