A CANDY STORE FOR PLANT LOVERS

Over 10,000 square feet of fruiting, rare and tropical plants, about a quarter of an acre.  That’s Logee’s Plants For Home & Garden, and that’s just the retail greenhouses.  Previously I’ve purchased plants on-line from them for my indoor garden.  On returning from a recent visit to New Hampshire’s White Mountains, however,  I realized that their Danielson, CT greenhouses were not that far off of my route home.  If I hadn’t had to continue on home to pick up Pearl from her spa I’d probably still be there.

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The nursery was founded in 1892 as a cut-flower store.   In 1900, however, the founder fell in love with a Ponderosa Lemon Tree which produced lemons averaging 5# in weight.  He purchased one of the trees from a Philadelphia supplier and that started the business on the road of fruiting and tropical plants.   Amazingly, that tree is still there and still produces fruit.

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I had a list of four plants I needed.  As to the first on the list, the friendly store clerk advised me that it was sold out.  As to the next, a fairly new variety of Flowering Maple, she said that they had a problem with the variety.  Someone had sold all the rooted cuttings and then, somehow, sold the stock plant from which the cuttings were taken.  She had had to bring in her own plant to provide new stock which wasn’t yet ready.  So, I entered Candy Land to find the two I needed, and finally got away later with just the nine that had begged to go home with me.

There are two large greenhouses and two smaller that are open to shoppers.  There are two aisles in the larger houses edged by trays of potted-up young plants.  You can see both aisles in the above picture.  The aisles, in turn, border a central planting area for yet more plants.  When I walked into the first aisle, it was overwhelming.  For example, down the aisle near where the lady is standing there’s about twelve feet just of begonia varieties.

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I’ve been to other nurseries over the years.  Locally (Philadelphia area), Longwood Gardens is the premier destination.  While beautiful, it is an architectural showplace rather than a retail nursery.  Waterloo Gardens in Exton (now closed) used to be a good source of conventional house plants.  The exotic Edwardian greenhouse of Ott’s in Schwenksville is also good for (mostly) conventional plants.  Tinari’s in Huntington Valley is particularly good for African Violets.  Logee’s, however, is unparalleled in its inventory of varieties.  Every step brings one to some other desirable item.

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Yet another aisle, this one laden with gesneriads …. streps, columneas, nematanthus, gloxinias, achimemes, episcia.  Might have to take one of the suitcases out of the trunk.

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Well, of course, we did have to leave and return to reality … poorer, but definitely richer.  Here’s the lighted flower stand at home with its additions.  The begonias had spent the summer in my stall shower at the shore where they did well under a combination of window light and a gro-bulb.  They miss the salt air but otherwise seem to be doing well.

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For a related post about my house plant gardening over the years, click here.

Visit Logee’s at their web site.

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2 Responses to “A CANDY STORE FOR PLANT LOVERS”

  1. Ken Curtis Says:

    Nice article with wonderful images, Ralph.


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