The Messy Nursery

I mentioned yesterday about a trip my aunt, cousin, and I made to a nursery about 2 hours from my house.  The forecast called for a warm morning, then rain and temps dropping 30 degrees throughout the day.  We didn’t care.  We had a plan.  It involved food and plants–a no-fail combo in our book.

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Our first stop was breakfast.  The Oark General Store and Cafe is back in the hills.

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Literally.  It’s not a place you would happen to drive by and stop.  You have to know where it is.

The store has been in business since 1890 and is the oldest continuous-operating store in the state of Arkansas.  The food is great and the atmosphere even better.  I will do a longer post on this unique establishment this week.  Promise.

So, with our bellies full, we gear up for our plant excursion.

The nursery  is located off Highway 21 just north of Clarksville, Ark.   It’s owned by the nicest people you’ll ever meet.  They are super friendly, hard-working, helpful and knowledgeable.

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But let me tell you, this nursery is crazy.  Plants are everywhere.  In no particular order.  Some with tags.  Most without.  Some with prices.  Most without.  Some with names.  Most–well, I think you get the picture.

So I jump out of my Toyota, do some warm up stretches, crack my knuckles, pop my neck and begin my adventure.

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Be sure and look behind everything.  Every turn is an experience.

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see the greenhouse behind the potting soil?

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surprise!

You really never know what you will find when you walk into one.

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You can always grab someone to help, but they are very busy and most of the time it’s hard to track them down.  You need to know your stuff for sure when you enter.  I feel like I need to study before going in.

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name that plant

But it’s also a challenge.  When I was in high school, I was on the FFA Horticulture Judging Team.  This is how we trained.  Go into a greenhouse and identify plants.  Mostly by the leaves. Whoever gets the most wins.

It was high school all over again.

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This is a trough filled with water lettuce.  I bought 2 of these little rosettes.  They spread very quickly and will fill my whiskey barrel in no time.  It also has a resident turtle that spits.  I’ve never seen a turtle that spits.  Is that normal turtle behavior?

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can you see the turtle?

They have a ton of tomato plants.  Thank goodness they were tagged because, as you know, the variety can’t be determined by the leaves.

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I found this little guy behind a stump.

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Beware!  Chaos ahead!

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But you just can’t beat the prices.

3-inch pots of geraniums where $1 each.

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3-inch pots of herbs $1.  4-inch pots of lantana $1.50.  Of course, we didn’t know this until we checked out.  Probably a good thing.  Needless to say, we loaded up the SUV and headed home happy.

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We decided to stop at a small gas station and get something to drink and the clerk began talking to us about our day.  We told her all about our great finds at the nursery.  She asked us if we had been to the Amish nursery.

Amish nursery????  Immediately our ears perked as we had not heard of this nursery she spoke of.   We grabbed our map and she directed us to Hwy 164.  This is what we found.

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Cleanliness.  Orderliness.  Tidiness.

Tags. Prices. Organization. I liked it.

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The prices were a little higher than the other nursery, but the selection was great.  I thought my vehicle was full but we did manage to find room for a few more plants.

As we were leaving, the rain began to fall along with the temperature.  But we were dry, warm and tucked in with all our plants.

It was a good day and good times.

Brenda

About the blonde gardener

I'm an Arkansas girl born and raised. I garden in the beautiful Northwest part of the state (zone 6b or 7) surrounded by the Ozark Mountains. My favorite part about the area is we have 4 distinct seasons and are able to enjoy a variety of activities. My main passion is gardening but I also enjoy hiking, birding, 4-wheeling and motorcycle trips. Basically anything outside. Thanks for stopping by! Brenda
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19 Responses to The Messy Nursery

  1. I grew up in a world were every farming village had an Oark General Store. It was where everyone in town ate. The food was always great and they wouldn’t let you leave until you had desert. I love your nursery adventure, what a great road trip.

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  2. Sounds like a great adventure! A few more weeks and hopefully it will be warm enough here to do some planting. 🙂

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  3. Peter/Outlaw says:

    Thanks for the laugh! That first nursery is a hoot! Did you make the turtle mad or does he just like to spit for no reason? Was he chewing tobacco by any chance? Sounds like you had a great day. Plants and food, how could you go wrong? Is the mystery plant a petunia?

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  4. this day is my idea of heaven!!

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  5. bhoyt10 says:

    I may need to take a little road trip and check out these places! Looks like fun!

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  6. Holleygarden says:

    What a fun day! As you say – plants and food – what else could be better? I’m not sure I’d like the first nursery. I like knowing what something is if I don’t recognize it, but I suppose the prices would make me overlook a lot of that! The second nursery looks very well organized. I bet you were squeezing plants in all the little nooks and crannies of your SUV!

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  7. bittster says:

    I love a good springtime roadtrip and would have loved both places. Last year a friend and I did a similar trip to the PA amish country, and your excursion brought up some good memories!

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  8. I have great admiration for the Amish but they must not have liked Florida. It was probably the bugs. Those purple and cream petunias are to die for. Did you buy any? Getting kinda late for ‘tunias down here. Sounds like another fun day. I wish I could have a play day with you.

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  9. Now that is my kind of trip…I love great nurseries with variety and good prices.

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