Monday, August 4, 2008

Big big Container Plants

Coincidence is an interesting concept; I had just been thinking about the feasibility of obtaining large magnolias for a customer on Capitol Hill, and the next day, on the way to the Florida Scrub Jay Trail, there it is, Cherry Hill Tree Farm. Thousands of flowering Crape Myrtles among their other plants. The last 10 years or so that I was at Behnkes, we bought large container plants from Cherry Hill: Magnolias, Hollies, and Crape Myrtles. Their smallest trees are 15 gallons and they go on up through 35, 45, 65, 100 up to, get this, 670 gallon! live oaks. These people do containers right.

I knew they were in Florida, but had never thought about their exact location that turns out to be about 20 miles from the Wildwood Garden. The scale of the nursery is as epic as the size of their containers, it stretches on for at least a mile and a half mile and the trees extend off the road into the distance. Didn't stop, but it seems as neat and well attended as I had anticipated. Their material is always clean, well pruned, and generally in good shape. They are a wholesale nursery so their material has to pass through a retail nursery, but they have great stuff.

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