Posted 20 April 2009 - 07:45 AM
I stopped by Golden Gate Palms in Richmond yesterday and I feel that I must ask; 'What has happened to this place?'
The gate was open, although the hours for Sunday are marked 'Closed'. I'll leave the names out for this report as I am only reporting my experience.
I went in and met the person in the yard and told him I was looking for something small to take up my hill to plant on Earth Day. I am not a big Earth Day supporter but looking for an excuse to plant a tree was pretty easy.
After shedding the suggestions of a Pygmy date Palm, Queen Palm, and 'Fan Palm', it became pretty clear to me that the person attending probably knew less about the stock than I. I asked about a Beccariophoenix (he wanted to know the common name), none in stock. Ther were some Trachys there, looked like wagnerianus...asked the price for a 10 gallon item...$135.00. A smaller 5 gallon asking $100. I am not certain he even knew what he was selling
None of the small pots had any identification and few of the larger ones as well.
I left, very disappointed.
Gary Gragg now has a show on HGTV; 'Superscapes', which based on the condition and deferred maintenance of his yard, seems to be taking most of his time.
Does anyone else have any feedback? I am not putting a poll in, as I do not have enough information to put one up and I want to hear from our local members. Since I didn't buy anything, I am only disappointed in the service I got. Maybe because it was Sunday.
Owner and curator of Hana Keu Garden
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