We love Bergeson’s
We just made our anual trek to Bergeson Nursery yesterday. Yes, there are nurseries that are closer and many that are cheaper. So why would we travel 80 miles to go to this one?
First: Locally grown. Most of the plants they carry are not only bred especially for our area, but are grown right here as well. You know they are going to perform well.
Second: Knowledgeable staff. Do you know how nice it is to ask “Do you have any ___?” (fill in the blank with your favorite plant or garden aid) and not have the clerk look at you like you have two heads? All the employees at Bergeson’s are fluent in gardenese.
Third: Integrity. One year, we had our hearts set on some sugar maples. The employee asked where we lived and when we told him, he said, “No, the sugar maple won’t grow well there” and offered some alternatives. How many stores do you know that will tell you not to buy something? And then offer you good alternatives?
Fourth: Selection. OK, here’s where Bergeson’s is just nuts. You walk into the first green house and it is HUGE. Really, really big. It has the biggest selection of heirloom vegetable plants I’ve ever seen.
And zillions of flowers. It’s the only place I know where I can routinely buy double petunias and black pansies. And dalias–the most gorgeous dalias you’ve ever seen. And you think “Hmm. This is pretty good.” But that’s not all. Oh, no, no, no. There’s another greenhouse filled with perennials–all of them perfectly suited for our growing season. And yet another greenhouse just for geraniums.
Think you’ve seen it all? Think again. There’s another huge greenhouse filled with nothing but shade loving annuals. They have yellow impatiens! Begonias of every size, shape and color you can imagine.
And if that’s not enough, there’s a cold house where they sell zillions of bare root plants: trees, including fruit trees, flowering and fruiting bushes, berry bushes, rhubarb, asparagus, strawberries, and the list goes on.
Then there’s what’s outside
Finally, when you’ve had your fill of indoors, there’s a huge selection of potted landscaping plants outdoors plus acres of display gardens. We bring a lunch and have a picnic among all this natural splendor.
And I haven’t even told you about the gift shop, quality tools (and free tool sharpening for the life of the tool!), pots and garden decorations, the free coffee and doughnuts. And the best garden gloves in the history of gardening. There’s just so much that makes this place our favorite spring-time destination.
Going to Bergeson’s is a feast for the senses and the imagination. Two hours is not enough time to see everything and decide what I want to get. Finally, it’s my checkbook that tells me I have to leave.
Do you have a Bergeson’s?
Do you have a local greenhouse that is your dream destination for the gardening season? What makes your local greenhouse special?