One of the things that I felt might be of considerable value for my possible Lowes position was to go over to Home Depot and skulk around their garden center. I began outside the gates. Hmmm...roses were cheap! Five dollars and change gives you a rose in a three gallon container. They looked pretty darned good too! I was surprised. At our nursery, we have roses "reduced" to $12.99. I had thought that was a bargain. Have to say that the brand wasn't Jackson and Perkins or Weeks. But, still, I would have bought one. I saw some fungus on the leaves but not so very much of it. I browsed around at the one gallons out there...lots of chrysanthemums. Prices seemed quite good. These big places can afford to keep prices low as they buy such bulk from their suppliers.
Once inside I began going up and down each row checking out what they had to sell. There were very few plants with which I was unfamiliar. Around here deer resistant and native plants go over big. Deer are a huge problem and although we have more than our share of rain in the winter, saving water in the summer has become increasingly important. There were many varieties of one gallon shrubs and flowering plants. There was a large display of annuals...pansies, marigolds and stock. Plenty of primroses. We have many customers who come to our nursery looking for the unusual plants but unusual plants also have to be able to survive here. Herbs and veggies were looking decent and there were quite a few choices. Most of the plants were moist with just a few having missed the morning watering. All in all I felt they were doing a good job with their plant care.
Some of their displays were messy...boxes that had been opened hadn't been put back..items that were from other departments out of place having been just dropped out there. Some poor access to areas of interest like ponds that were behind moveable displays.
I then looked at every bag of soil amendment they sold. I was impressed with some of them that I didn't know existed...like soil that had water holding pellets by MiracleGro. And...their amendments are very reasonably priced. I checked out all of the trellises, pots and bulbs.
I checked out all of the houseplants.
I was running out of steam...
I looked at all of the rakes, shovels and edgers.
I looked at and picked up and read info on three long sections of pest control items inside the store. My head started to spin and I decided that I had been there long enough for one day. Next time I will pick up again in the product section. I am amazed at the many different ways to kill ants, wasps and mice.
While I was at it, I checked out how many people were manning the garden department. I was interested to see that there were three women and one man working there around my age plus a cashier who was around thirty plus a younger male stocking plants. That seemed like a good staff number to me. I heard one of the women taking calls and giving advice. Something I do all of the time.