Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Logee's Greenhouse Rocks!

Logee's Greenhouse has been around since the late 1800's and it only seems to get better. They have well over 1,000 different plants, a wide variety of fruit-bearing varieties, a large greenhouse that looks like a rain forest, and a knowledgeable and friendly staff. If you have never been to Logee's, go. I can almost guarantee you will leave wanting to start your own garden.

Such an amazing place couldn't look less impressive from the road. A small back road. A small sign. A small front. All of the magic lies far into the back. The quaint entryway has a large pile of soil for immediate re-potting. They also have a fun selection of other goodies, like fresh vanilla, living rocks, and accoutrements for your new, potted friends.

You walk down a small set of stairs into the secondary greenhouse, which is directly connected to two smaller greenhouses. The focus of my adoration, fruiting plants, are scattered about, with the citrus plants way in the back. All down the middle and filling both sides are racks and racks of plants. Behind each rack is a detailed description of the plant and its requirements. The selection and quality is amazing.

The center section of each greenhouse is filled to the brim with examples of plants that grew too big for the racks. Some of the plants are enormous and cannot be shipped. The greenhouses ages lend a character that could only come with time. The old, wavy floors are themselves filled with the droppings of the nearby plants. The very ground is a wonderland of random plants and flowers that have taken up root. In the main greenhouse some of these plants have been allowed to grow so large as to bump up against the ceiling, with leaves that can measured in feet.

If you can't make the trip, make sure to stop by Logee's well-made website. It's laid out nicely, and some of the photos give you good indication of the breadth of the house layout. They may be a bit pricey, but the quality of the plants is top-notch. You would be a fool to buy your plants from anywhere else. Wal*Mart? Lowes? Ha!

This place makes the garden centers at Wal*Mart and Lowe's seem like a Toys R' Us. They get all their plants from massive plant farms (sounds odd, I know) in Mexico. No wonder your ferns from Wal*Mart seem to die after three weeks. The quality and selection is unmatched for as far as I know. I've been on two occasions recently and have still not seen every greenhouse. I've bought far too many plants than would have been rational. And I now dedicate a large chunk of every day making sure my new friends are trimmed, lit, and well watered. And I'm loving every second of it.


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