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It's been nearly three weeks since we've done a GardenLine event at a nursery or garden center, but this Saturday we'll be visiting the Kingwood Garden Center at 1216 Stonehollow, right behind Steinmart at Chestnut Ridge.
While appearances like this always offer a chance to talk with me one-on-one, or for me to get a pair of eyes on any isues you may have, this one will give you an opportunity to get your hands on some free Lady Bug Natural product. Plus, you'll be able to congratulate the Kingwood Garden Center on a really great recent honor. They're the only garden center in Houston, and one of only five in all of Texas, to be named to Today's Garden Centers' "Revolutionary 100".
Today's Garden Centers is an industry magazine specifically for independent nursery and garden retailers. Their acknowledgement program is now in its eighth year of ranking such businesses nationally based on leadership and innovation, not just size or revenue. To be considered, garden center owners and managers nationwide fill out an extensive questionnaire covering topics such as customer care and community service, management philosophy, marketing, use of technology, purchasing and profitability. The entrants are all ranked according to a point system. The survey is sponsored by one of the industry's premier plant suppliers, Suntory Flowers.
Although Kingwood Garden Center was established in 1978, the ownership and management since 2006 gets all the credit and congratulations for this honor, in my opinion. I know owner Bob Robertson and his wife, Nancy, (RIGHT) quite well. And while I believe him when he says "customer service and quality products are the two key elements that have driven our success," I also think many other aspects have added to it.
For example, although Robertson speaks of "quality products," I believe the diversity of their products has contributed as well. I also think their complete line of cutting-edge soil and soil amendments have played a part. How many times have you heard me say on the radio that they have the most extensive selection of soil amendments in town?
But what I think really sets Kingwood Garden Center apart is how involved they are in the community and how committed they are to the environment. This is a garden center that has managed to thrive in a tough economy while reaching out to help their community at the same time.
So, if you're coming to see me at Kingwood Garden Center 11 a.m.-1 p.m. this Saturday, please take a moment to congratulate the owners and the staff on their national recognition. Our friends at Lady Bug Natural are providing lots giveaways, so print a copy of this blog post and bring it with you to qualify for some free product ... maybe their Revitalizer Compost, Hill Country Garden Soil, Vortex Potting Soil, Pachamama or Expanded Shale. These are all quality soils and soil amendments available on a regular basis at a quality (or revolutionary) garden center like KGC.
And you know what? Even if you forget to bring your printout, but I spot you giving kudos to the owners and staff at KGC, you too will get hooked up with some free Lady Bug Natural stuff.