Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Armstrong Garden Centers
Pennisetum setaceum rubrum in a pool side container. Napa Valley project.
OHHH ! The rejection of it all ! ( eyes rolling )
A couple of weeks ago I needed a dozen Pennisetum setaceum rubrum for a project.
The plants had to be of a good size.
All of my northern California wholesale resource growers had this plant growing in their yards but they were small.
So I called my dependable local retail nursery ‘Sloats Garden Center’ and asked them if they had any plants in stock.
Nope, they had not yet ordered any Pennisetums set. rubrum for the spring and said it would be another two weeks before their next delivery.
Then I called a new retail nursery called Armstrong Garden Center that opened up about 2 years ago.
They had exactly what I was looking for. A dozen pennisetums in gallon size containers that were healthy and of a good size for immediate gratification.
When paying for the pennisetums I used my business checks.
The cashier noticed my professional status and she offered me a “ Garden Pro” membership application. She filled out the application while I was waiting for the plants to be brought up from the back and I reviewed and signed it.
The normal type information was requested on the application form such as business license, resale number , tax id, blah blah blah, ... you know, the same forms that us ‘professional landscrapers’ have filling out for the past several decades of business.
Today I received a rejection letter from Desiree Heimann , Marketing Coordinator , Armstrong Garden Centers.
I am not worthy to be considered a ‘Garden Pro’.
Maybe you need 35 years in the horticulture business to be considered a ‘Garden Pro’ by Armstrong Garden Centers.
I may reapply in another 5 years , by that time I will have 35 years under my belt and might qualify.
But maybe not.