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Okay, now that you've done that, let me tell you about this final GardenLine appearance of 2012 and why it's so appropriate that we'll be at RCW Nursery. If you've listened to GardenLine for any length of time, you know I refer to RCW as the "Get It, Got It" Nursery. RCW was established in the summer of 1979 by three Shell employees named Robinson, Cox and Williamson. Tom Williamson bought out the other two in 1983, but kept the RCW name. Since then, RCW has been a family-owned business operated by Tom, his wife, Doris, and their three children, David, Cheryl and Cindy. Unfortunately, Tom passed away in 2009. But his legacy grows on, in a major way.
If you've visited RCW in the past 30 years, you know why I call it the "Get It, Got It" Nursery. First, they go out of their way to hire employees who are passionate about horticulture. Their staff includes in-house experts on everything from roses and perennials to herbs and trees. So, the staff there "gets it" when it comes to their stock and what works in the Houston area. And they've "got it" in stock ... or can get it through special orders.
One area they "get" more than any other is trees. They always have the best-looking trees because they have their own tree farm near Plantersville. RCW wholesales trees to landscapers and other nurseries, and you can bet your bottom dollar that the best specimens always make their way to the RCW retail garden center at 15809 Tomball Parkway.
RCW employees are also rose and perennial experts. If you don't believe me, just grab one and ask a rose or perennial question.
I especially love that RCW carries almost everything I talk about on GardenLine, and probably has the most complete line of organic products in Houston. But they do it without "shoving it in your face." In other words, they have a room full of products that have been successfully used for years, but there's another room dedicated strictly to organics. There are products in both rooms I haven't even had a chance to talk about ... that's how well-stocked they are.
Now, as part of this Saturday's festivities, one of the best lines of organic products around has provided us with a bunch of stuff to give away. We'll have bags of dried molasses, Cedarcide and various fertilizers from Nature's Guide.
And if you'll recall my tip sheet from two weeks ago, many nurseries and garden centers are having fruit tree sales in November for the first time ever. RCW is among them, and they are discounting theirs by 25 percent for our visit.
For years, RCW has been at the corner of Highway 249 and Beltway 8. It expanded little by little to nearly four acres at that busy intersection, however changes are afoot. Because of pending construction, they've recently had to pare back to about three acres, but these are changes you really should see! This Saturday is the perfect time, during our 11 a.m.-1 p.m. GardenLine visit!!