Growing Strong – Behind the Scenes at a Garden Nursery

March 9, 2011 at 9:48 am Leave a comment

Yesterday the sun was shining and the temperature was seasonable in the low 40s. I set out for Ebert’s Greenhouse Village, a large nursery in Ixonia, Wisconsin, to take their behind-the-scenes production tour, a special pre-season event. It’s strange to see one of your favorite springtime nursery haunts during the off-season. The places usually overflowing with annuals were bare and my favorite spot, the shade perennial area, was nothing more than a bunch of barren tables. But many of the greenhouses at Ebert’s were bustling with activity in anticipation of the start of the 2011 season in mid-April.

When I arrived, myself and the 25 or so other gardeners in attendance were treated to snacks, coffee, and cold drinks–a very nice reception for a free event. (I even won a door prize–an Ebert’s baseball cap.) We were introduced to some of the staff members, given a brief introduction to the operation and its history, and then we set off for the greenhouses and the production tour. Here’s a journey through the tour in photos. Click the image thumbnails for a description.


The owners and staff at Ebert’s Greenhouse Village are always second to none when it comes to knowledge, hospitality and friendliness. Their 2011 season begins Thursday, April 14th. I look forward to it every year.


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