Sunday, July 26, 2009

Biz'ness

When clients ask me to bring them to my wholesale nursery resources I respectfully decline and instead offer to meet them at a well stocked nursery.

It’s not because I am protecting some sort of trade secret or trying to hide the wholesale price from my clients.

No, the reason why I decline is because I am looking out for the best interest for my client.
More times than not, the client becomes overwhelmed by the shear volume of a wholesale nursery.

A well stocked garden nursery might cover the square foot area of one or maybe two suburban or city blocks.
It’s easy to walk the entire nursery in less than a half hour , and if you know what you are looking for , it probably only takes a few minutes.

A wholesale nursery is a completely different beast.
The few wholesalers that I do business with cover acres and acres of land.
You don’t walk through the aisles. You drive your truck down them or a motorized cart that the nursery provides.
A single ‘block’ of grasses can take you 10 minutes to walk from one end to another.

If you wanted to cover the entire nursery by foot it could possibly take several hours.

If I was a shrewd business owner who charged my client by the hour I might offer to take my client to a wholesale nursery. It might take us an hour to locate and view the plants on their planting plan list rather than 10 to 15 minutes to view the same plants at a retail nursery.

Grasses at Landscapes Unlimited Wholesale Nursery in Petaluma CA.
From garden tours.


One of many shade houses at Landscapes Unlimited
From garden tours.


Aisles wide enough to drive your truck down for loading plants directly from the blocks.
From garden tours.

4 comments:

danger garden said...

Heaven! You have just shown me a little bit of heaven...

Deviant Deziner, aka Michelle said...

acres and acres and acres of heaven!
but for pure indulgent XXX rated heaven you have to visit San Marcos Growers in Santa Barbara.
Garden Porn at its very very best.
www.smgrowers.com

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

Oh my. Give me a day or two and a truck...and I am right there!

Loved your coconut story!

Off to check out San Marco Growers...from a far!

Natural Stone said...

Hey i saw the San Marcos Growers, is pretty amazing!!