Monday, October 31, 2011

Gardener's Treasure Discovered!

Recently we visited Kiefer Landscaping and Nursery on  2450 South Alston Rd,  Durham.   You should discover this hidden jewel before it closes for the winter. It will close November 21st and reopen in March.   It is a delightful place for an outing.   Something for everyone is here, especially children and it is the children we must interest in our Green and Growing World.  Container grown perennials, trees and shrubs are available, no annuals. The plants are available from Granville.

This is an environmentally conscious  business.  It is the type of enterprise we gardeners like to see thrive and grow.  It offers healthy plant stock at reasonable prices.  They recycle pots.  Organic fertilizers and pest control are used   Their own irrigation pond and wells located on the property are used to water their plants  They have water plants, koi in the fish house and everything necessary to create your own water feature or they will do it for you.  You can enjoy the different gardens as you get ideas for your home.  Stroll the observation deck, let the children enjoy feeding the koi as you get ideas for your own water feature or just enjoy the tranquil spot.  Identification plaques  take the mystery out of deciding what you what as you amble through the various sections.   A Deer Resistant garden demonstrates plantings which are not high on the "munchy list" of our four footed friends showing different options other than the usual.  A Bird and Butterfly garden demonstrates plants to bring color and motion to our garden by attracting birds and butterflies. I found a different array of shade plants in the Shade House.  They were not the standard ones I found everywhere.  They were healthy, good size plants, reasonably priced.

Kiefer 's design expertise is shown in the outdoor living space complete with fireplace, cooking and entertaining area. It gives you a sample of how they can enhance your homescape regardless of size, how you can more effectively use your outdoor space.  Their knowledge of soils, plants, construction techniques and landscaping materials is evident not just here but throughout.   Your garden club may want to schedule a field trip and hold its meeting here in this outdoor room while learning from Trish who offers different programs. Make arrangements to do just this by contacting her at 919.596.7313.  Check their website for more information and the end of season specials.

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