North Haven Gardens nursery in Dallas

June 09, 2024

For greater than 70 years, North Haven Gardens has been a useful resource for crops and provides for gardeners in north Dallas. And that is regardless of being hit by two tornadoes in a current two-year interval. Sure, two tornadoes — bam bam! The longtime household nursery was torn up by a ferocious twister in 2019. The house owners rebuilt, after which a second (fortunately much less damaging) twister struck in 2021. Good grief. It’s yet another instance of how Texas gardening requires true grit.

In the present day a spacious fashionable store welcomes guests. I finished in for the primary time throughout my garden-touring journey to Dallas in mid-Could.

North Texas is windy, and a swath of Mexican feathergrass close to the doorways was billowing within the breeze. Hypnotic and fairly! Think about this sprinkled with a couple of ‘Pink Parade’ hesperaloes for hummingbird-attracting flowers and winter curiosity. I noticed ‘Pink Parade’ planted in Dallas’s freeway medians — as robust a spot as I can think about — and it was gorgeous, though I questioned if hummingbirds are ever big-rig casualties of their efforts to get at it. It made me need to plant it, if solely I had a sunny spot shielded from deer to get pleasure from these large hesperaloe blooms.

However I digress.

NHG’s nursery yard is big and stuffed with quite a lot of crops.

I like their indicators asserting staff-favorite crops…

…and giving shout-outs to native plant growers.

A number of crops to select from

They promote water-garden crops and tanks too.

Right here’s a shock — a restaurant on-site! Ralph & Rose additionally accommodates a pleasant present store, plus a convention room for lessons and occasions. I hope the nursery will invite me to provide a chat right here when my e-book comes out (trace trace!).

Bananas and extra alongside a walkway

An enormous greenhouse accommodates tropicals and succulents…

…and cactus planters.

Inside the primary store, I bought sidetracked by the fantastically designed packets of Hudson Valley Seeds.

I imply, have a look at these!

The packaging makes me need to purchase all of them.

So good

I’ve by no means in my life been tempted to strive rising squash, a lot much less ‘Black Futsu’ squash. However this packet virtually satisfied me.

And bought youngsters or grandkids? How about these Jellycat cactus and sansevieria luggage? Freaking lovely!

I didn’t purchase any crops on this go to — mid-Could is previous my planting time, for my very own sanity in Texas gardening — however I certain did discover a couple of items to take dwelling. I hope to go to once more subsequent time I’m in Dallas.

Up subsequent from my Dallas journey: A peek at historic Lakewood’s fanciful Spanish eclectic houses. For a glance again on the Japanese maple collector’s backyard of Cindy Bolz, click on right here.

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