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Growing Plants for Growing Demands

A Snapshot of Idaho Falls Nurseries

Published online: May 17, 2021 Articles, Home And Garden, Lifestyle
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While families stayed at home and indoors more than ever this past year, it’s no wonder that demand for gardening supplies and house plants exploded in 2020 and the trend continues to blossom through this year. According to Bonnie Plants CEO Mike Sutterer, more than 21 million people picked up gardening in response to the pandemic. A majority of these novice gardeners were males under the age of 35.

As seasoned and novice gardeners continue to dig in on the gardening front, people of all generations have been adding more and more houseplants to improve their personal spaces (or perhaps just their Instagram feeds). 

Whether you’re interested in starting or maintaining your “victory garden” or looking to give your personal spaces some more life, thankfully Idaho Falls has several well-established nurseries, each with garden experts that are eager to help you meet all your gardening and houseplant needs.

“Gardening adds years to your life and life to your years.” 

— author unknown

Eagle Rock Nursery

For thirty-eight years, Eagle Rock Nursery has carried high-quality plants and products. Their greenhouses are filled with flowers, hanging baskets grown on-site, and they carry a vast selection of vegetable and herb plants.

Whether you’re looking to enhance your front porch flower pots or landscape your entire yard, the staff prides themselves in helping gardeners of all skill levels, and they only carry products that they themselves would use. “With so many new people moving to this area, there is a lot to learn about our unique climate and soil conditions. If you're new to the area, visiting a local garden center should be on the top of your list. The local garden centers are filled with plants and seeds that grow well in our climate,“ says Aaron Brown, General Manager at Eagle Rock Gardens. “We've developed our own potting mix to use when planting pots and planting compost to use to enrich the soil. If you've ever used low-quality soil, you know how important it is to get the good stuff. Starting with good soil will help you grow phenomenal plants.

In addition to their nursery, they also provide an online blog with the latest updates on gardening information and trends, and they can be found on Facebook and Instagram. If you want a chance to show off your latest gardening or houseplant moment on their Instagram feed, use #eaglerocknursery.

Hours: Mon – Sat: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

208-529-3305 1850 Rollandet St

Town & Country Gardens

Recently remodeled,Town and Country Gardens now offers the largest selection of houseplants in Eastern Idaho. “There has been a HUGE upswing in popularity with houseplants, tropicals and succulents. Nationally it’s been huge and it finally hit Idaho,” shares store manager, Drew French. “People of all generations are wanting to partake in this trend.” Along with a large stock of inventory to meet any gardening and houseplant desires, they also offer planting services for trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals. “Our knowledgeable and friendly staff are always willing to step up to the plate and help our customers in any way we can,” says French.

Online, they share a “Garden Talk” blog, a plant finder tool, and free webinars. They also offer a garden radio show every Saturday morning from 8-9 a.m. on KID radio (590 AM, 92.1FM, and 106.3FM) from mid-March through mid-October.

Hours: Mon – Sat: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

208-522-5247 • 5800 S Yellowstone Hwy •

Sunnyside Gardens

Now in their third season since their relocation to Ammon, Sunnyside Gardens grows almost all of their annual bedding plants and vegetable starts onsite. This year, they are offering many new and exciting perennial varieties. 

“We have made a lot of changes behind the scenes to bring customers more of what they want, and we have increased our production substantially,” notes store co-owner Aaron McCracken. In recognizing that consumers are spending more time in their yards and producing more of their own food, Sunnyside Gardens has secured a large supply of seeds, and they are eager to help millennial gardeners continue with their new-found hobby. “We are constantly trying to improve and offer an inspiring shopping experience that helps bring the joy of gardening to more people,” McCracken shares.

You can find more support from Sunnyside Gardens online with their plant finder tool, gardening tips, and their mulch/soil/plant calculator along with being able to connect with them on Facebook and Instagram. 

Hours: Mon – Sat: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

208-522-4660 • 3240 E Sunnyside Road •

R&D Wholesale Nursery

In the course of the past 15 years, R&D Wholesale Nursery has grown from a 1-acre lot to 7 acres, serving both wholesale and retail clients. Offering over 1,000 hardy trees from evergreens to fruit trees, they also carry a large inventory of shrubs and perennials.

Landscapers, general contractors and the general public can find a helpful web series covering a wide variety of topics on their website and can further connect with R&D Wholesale Nursery on Facebook. 

Hours: Mon – Fri: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Closed seasonally November-March)

208-360-7212 • 2312 West Heritage Circle •

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