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The Final Visit to Searle Brothers Nursery

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I was on Facebook yesterday and saw some sad news from weeks ago!....  they had announced Searle Brothers Nursery was closing, and they sold the property, and are retiring and clearing the place out.   So I called over and made what will be a final visit there.   So sad for the Palm fanatics, and local newbies like me.  Best of luck to Jeff and company in their retirement adventures....

Jeff was nice enough to tolerate my ignorant pestering and helped me gather up some palms for my place.... great guy and a great nursery.   I thought I’d post some pics and mention it to everyone here since many of you are familiar..

 Goodbye giant Alfredii....30263067-4AD4-4E65-A163-D5F817EE0422.thumb.jpeg.163a6f17c54da0bf0beb2e18e549bd82.jpeg

 

Goodbye giant Fenestralis pair....CE58E5AF-7639-4592-9333-2E4DEA7EAD8F.thumb.jpeg.feeb58330b43d67c757a77b43312bc4c.jpeg088E87F3-2A94-4BDF-BDCD-1EF5214E6A8C.thumb.jpeg.d2518ee1b9d09a309a8f6cf703a97c1b.jpeg


Goodbye giant other palms....6A6907D2-C665-4432-B70F-79B9F103BAD2.thumb.jpeg.e2c5d76b79643f510832b10a9d9cb36d.jpeg

 

I did manage to pic up some stuff of course...  I’ve only been there three times ever, and that place has probably  provided me with 2+ years worth of future digging and planting to do in total.....  

 

Jeff had plans for what seemed like matching little pseudophoenixes to the one I picked up at the Spring sale, but he let me get this fat, one-armed bandit Pseudophoenix sargentii instead....D8ADC7A6-1DEC-4A7D-85B6-5E2A708A78A2.thumb.jpeg.e0a3a551e879be5c6d8fd351a88e91f9.jpeg

 

Dypsis carlsmithii 5 gallon....BDB4B524-2769-4025-BC17-AC7F37BE9696.thumb.jpeg.6ffdc1e7b8f84001b2cd4927c7fa9091.jpeg

 

Coccothrinax borhidiana....633FAA0D-BC57-4724-AF41-FFC4289F46AA.thumb.jpeg.8342dccfd7bd589f0933dda23f82753e.jpeg

 

Coccothrinax miraguama.....C23DF911-97EA-439C-ACCC-5D3DBF992D0E.thumb.jpeg.0e4a9a5e9d72f060d731d5283a21febe.jpeg

 

Coccothrinax crinita mutt....59294571-A493-4B5B-916D-4ADDE49A79DC.thumb.jpeg.67db6bc75849098e41bc0db15e5211ed.jpeg

 

Two small satakentia.....3E024D9F-EFFE-445B-8A15-54B31905A582.thumb.jpeg.38ce4a82f548a199ccca5365f3d7609b.jpeg

 

Random babies (Archontophoenix alexandre fingerling, Two K Oliviformis babies, Dikenia nobilis baby)6F824766-E8B6-440C-BE29-3A48B82CFF58.thumb.jpeg.4e1efc1f7f9b99e72fcb7cdf76acdaad.jpeg

 

Now I have some serious planting and potting to get to later in the week.  
Thanks, Jeff and Searle Brothers....  I hardly knew ye...  

 

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aztropic

A first class operation! It will genuinely be missed by anyone that has been  fortunate enough to be able to have attended one of the sales. Great memories! :lol2:

 

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kinzyjr

Making the semi-annual trek down US-27 to pay a visit to the sale was a good road trip.  Good luck to Jeff and the rest of the crew.

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JohnAndSancho

First Taco Bell takes away the Mexican Pizza, now this. 

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Barry

Very sad to see them retire, but happy for the whole family to get to retire. Now we have to figure out where to get our palm fix? Jeff and Larry have had a great selection of palms and other plants to pick from. What are our options for the future ? I know Jeff is going to do some small scale growing in his retirement, he can’t give it all up. 
 

Happy Retirement to the whole crew!

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OC2Texaspalmlvr

Wow this is absolutely horrible news for the palm community. It has always been a dream of mine to get down to one of there sales :crying: I really hope his B.Alfredii can be moved since its the first fruiting tree here in the states. I can't imagine how long it will take them to get rid of there inventory. Or not haha 

Good luck to the Searle Bro's and Co. What a sad day for the palm community !!! 

Sincerely T J 

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Looking Glass
3 hours ago, OC2Texaspalmlvr said:

Wow this is absolutely horrible news for the palm community. It has always been a dream of mine to get down to one of there sales :crying: I really hope his B.Alfredii can be moved since its the first fruiting tree here in the states. I can't imagine how long it will take them to get rid of there inventory. Or not haha 

Good luck to the Searle Bro's and Co. What a sad day for the palm community !!! 

Sincerely T J 

I believe it is for sale, if anyone wants it.  Would be a hell of a job to move it, but people transplant field grown giant Royals around here all the time, so it certainly can be done.     

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WaianaeCrider

So the buyer of the property has other ideas for it's use??  Sad

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Scott W
8 hours ago, OC2Texaspalmlvr said:

I really hope his B.Alfredii can be moved since its the first fruiting tree here in the states.

Good luck to the Searle Bro's and Co. What a sad day for the palm community !!! 

Sincerely T J 

 

I was thinking the same thing after only recently reading about it flowering on here.  But on the flip side, there will be more flowering in the coming years for sure.

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DoomsDave

I visited the place back in 2007 - 2008 and it was an epic nursery. But, I know that operating a place like that takes a lot of work (multiple Herculean labors, day after day), and I suspect it just got tiring.

Best of luck to all you all over at Searle nursery.

Palm nuts, you'll find other dealers to get your fix. When you do, support them!

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redant

Sad to hear, they always have amazing plants. Best of luck to all.

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sonoranfans

Hopefully the specialty palm nursery business here in florida can grow to replace some of what it has lost with the closing of Searle brothers.  The specialty business is going to be the only one where you can get many amazing palms.  Just like every other area of our economy the mega corporations, big box stores will try to over run these specialty palm operations.  This is why I wont buy palms from a big box store.   Ultimately the big box stores shrink the species selection for everyone.  Best wishes to the Searle family in retirement (if you happen to read this).  Your business has been a major conduit for many beautiful species of palms that grace and inspire our landscapes.

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2 hours ago, sonoranfans said:

Hopefully the specialty palm nursery business here in florida can grow to replace some of what it has lost with the closing of Searle brothers.  The specialty business is going to be the only one where you can get many amazing palms.  Just like every other area of our economy the mega corporations, big box stores will try to over run these specialty palm operations.  This is why I wont buy palms from a big box store.   Ultimately the big box stores shrink the species selection for everyone.  Best wishes to the Searle family in retirement (if you happen to read this).  Your business has been a major conduit for many beautiful species of palms that grace and inspire our landscapes.

I think I remeber Jeff stating at one point the palms where his passion but not the money maker. He basically did that for the enjoyment of palms but the regular stock paid the bills.

I'd guess the land will be turned into houses, because we can't shove enough people into this state.

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aztropic
45 minutes ago, redant said:

 

I'd guess the land will be turned into houses, because we can't shove enough people into this state.

Probably not. The land is located under huge high tension electrical towers and probably would only be suitable for another grower.

 

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DoomsDave
4 minutes ago, aztropic said:

Probably not. The land is located under huge high tension electrical towers and probably would only be suitable for another grower.

 

aztropic

Mesa,Arizona

Hmm. Sounds like leased land.

We have that here. They might turn into "mini storage" instead, which a lot of cities here have pushed for.

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Looking Glass

It is going to another grower, just not a palm grower.  I thought with real estate the way it is, it would be for houses, but good point about those lines too. 

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PalmatierMeg

Sorry to see them go and wish Jeff and Andrea all the best in their retirement. They earned it. End of an era for FL palm lovers. Glad I was able to get those final rare palms in Naples a couple months ago.

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EJ;)

I sincerely hope that whomever purchased the place plans on leaving the palms that are planted in the ground. 

Sounds silly and in no comparison, but when the elephant bar and grill closed its doors 10 years ago, there were many gorgeous palms planted in front and around the restaurant. When someone finally bought the space, they tore down the building a the palms! The irony is that they turned it into a In & Out burger, whose very mascot is palm trees!!! 

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kinzyjr
20 hours ago, JohnAndSancho said:

First Taco Bell takes away the Mexican Pizza, now this. 

Dr. Pepper Shakes are next on the list.... :floor:

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JohnAndSancho
12 minutes ago, kinzyjr said:

Dr. Pepper Shakes are next on the list.... :floor:

I'm diabetic so that might not be the worst thing lol 

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miamicuse

I am sorry to see them go as well.

I live in Fort Lauderdale and have attended their plant sale for the last five years.

I was at the sale in March and they told me they are retiring.  They also mentioned they may have one final sale event during the summer to celebrate, I guess they decided against that.  It is a lot of work to organize those sales and they were very well attended.

When you visited in the last few days do they still have plenty of plants available?  Or only the "dig it up yourself" kind?  They are normally closed to the public wholesale only so I wonder if I drive by for a final look if they are even open to the public.

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Looking Glass
2 hours ago, miamicuse said:

I am sorry to see them go as well.

I live in Fort Lauderdale and have attended their plant sale for the last five years.

I was at the sale in March and they told me they are retiring.  They also mentioned they may have one final sale event during the summer to celebrate, I guess they decided against that.  It is a lot of work to organize those sales and they were very well attended.

When you visited in the last few days do they still have plenty of plants available?  Or only the "dig it up yourself" kind?  They are normally closed to the public wholesale only so I wonder if I drive by for a final look if they are even open to the public.

I would say that there were some potted plants/palms to be found if you hunted around, but that main shade house used for the sale was pretty well emptied out, and they were cleaning up fast.  There were a couple other people there, asking about this and that.   Not everything was marked or for sale.   Best to call over first, if you are going to stop by and are interested in palms specifically.    
 

 

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wimmie

The photo's of the plant sales on Palmtalk will be missed all around the globe!

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miamicuse
On 6/11/2021 at 1:18 PM, Looking Glass said:

I would say that there were some potted plants/palms to be found if you hunted around, but that main shade house used for the sale was pretty well emptied out, and they were cleaning up fast.  There were a couple other people there, asking about this and that.   Not everything was marked or for sale.   Best to call over first, if you are going to stop by and are interested in palms specifically.    
 

 

I stopped by the nursery on last Friday morning.

Still some plants left, I saw a few I like to get my hands on, but they had no prices, turns out Jeff is off that day, and those not priced were plants already sold to others and they were just staged there for later pick up.

I saw a few other plants I like but some are in pots but the roots have penetrated into the ground, and may have deeper roots.  So I am not sure how that works LOL.

Picked up half a dozen plants.  One of them is this Chamaedorea Deckeriana.

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