We do hear about the fact that we don’t post our prices. There are several reasons we don’t have the price list on the web site. The main reason is we firmly believe plant choices should be quality based as opposed to price based. We can not and have no desire to compete with the box stores on pricing. It is easy to compete with garden centres, box stores, hardware stores, or grocery stores on quality. Ask any of those who offer plants for sale about their seed sources – and you will be met with blank stares. Ask us about our seed source and you will be overwhelmed with the stories about seed collecting, growing seedlings and testing a multitude of plants within the nursery – all of our plants have a history, whether you want to hear the details or not.
Other reasons vary from just too lazy to put together a price list to the need to retain flexibility with our pricing – we might lower our prices if we really like you.
So for now, we don’t feel the need to post prices – we can
From ‘The Book of Trees’, Alfred C. Hottes, 1932
Why We Plant Trees
- We plant trees because we love them. Some trees linger in our memories as old friends, from whose branches we have swung and “skinned-the-cat”; under whose cool shade we have rested from play or work. Some trees seem to have moods, changing from day to day, season to season, and from youth to old age.
- We plant trees for their beauty of leaf, whether green in Summer or red in the Autumn; for the delicate tracery of the branches which frame our view of the eternal blue or star-scattered heavens; for their flowers which seem like giant nosegays.
- We plant trees to shelter our homes from the Summer sun and the cold sweeping winds of Winter.
- We enjoy a touch of Nature to form a background and a frame for our architecture.
- We plant trees to furnish leaf cloisters for the birds which awaken us from our too-late slumbers when all the world of Nature, except ourselves, is awake. The birds pay a liberal rent to the tree in the form of the hordes of insects which they devour. Where would our gardens of fruits, flowers, and vegetables be if it
This time of year we hear this comment too often – What is on sale ?, What is special?, What can I buy cheap?
One thing you can always be sure of is that everything is ‘Special’. If you buy quality plants (or really any item you purchase) , you probably expect to pay more than a lower quality – how does that go again? ‘You get what you pay for’. This rings true for everything – from bolts to tools to landscape plants. I always say, if you can afford to be cheap, then do so – buy the cheap item – and buy often. Buy quality and buy once – this is most important in the purchase of plants – buy a better plant, and your landscape starts to grow sooner – more consistently. In Alberta, every year is valuable – we have short growing seasons and have to take advantage of every year – plant once and grow.
Why do most garden centres have massive sales at the end of their year? Some of it comes of tradition – planting in the spring and dumping stock in the fall. Some of it has to be lack of confidence in