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Why shopping local matters: A gardener's guide

PLUS: New North Greenhouses Grand Opening Event

As the warmth of spring beckons us outdoors, our thoughts naturally turn to nurturing our gardens. Amidst the excitement of new blooms and greenery, it's crucial to consider where we source our plants.

While the allure of big box stores may be strong, let's explore why supporting local garden centers offers unparalleled benefits and fosters a deeper connection to our community.

Quality Over Quantity

Big box stores may lure us with tempting prices, but quality often takes a backseat.

How many times have we brought home a discounted plant, only to see it wither away despite our best efforts? Local garden centers prioritize quality over quantity. Their plants are carefully nurtured, often grown locally, ensuring they are acclimated to our climate and growing conditions. This means hardier plants that are more likely to thrive in our gardens and less waste for our planet.

Community Impact

When we support local businesses, we're investing in our community's prosperity. Statistics show that dollars spent in locally owned small businesses circulate within the community, contributing to its growth and development.

Local companies create jobs, provide training opportunities, and foster economic resilience. By choosing to shop locally, we're not just buying plants; we're investing in the future of our community.

Environmental Stewardship

Beyond economic benefits, shopping at local garden centers aligns with our environmental values. Many local garden centers grow their products locally, reducing the carbon footprint associated with transportation.

Additionally, these plants are better adapted to our region, requiring less water, fertilizer, and pesticides. By choosing locally grown plants, we're taking a small yet significant step towards reducing our environmental impact and promoting sustainability.

Expertise and Personalized Service

One of the most invaluable aspects of shopping at local garden centers is the expertise and personalized service they offer. Unlike the impersonal experience of navigating aisles in big box stores, local garden centers are staffed with knowledgeable individuals passionate about gardening.

They understand our local climate, soil conditions, and can provide tailored recommendations to ensure our gardening endeavors succeed. Whether you're a seasoned gardener or just starting, the guidance of these experts is invaluable.

In conclusion, as we embark on our gardening journey this season, let's remember the profound impact our choices can have. By supporting local, we're investing in quality, community prosperity, environmental stewardship, and accessing unparalleled expertise. Let's choose to nurture not only our gardens but also the vibrant tapestry of our local communities.

New North Greenhouses is hosting it’s official 2024 Grand Opening Event on Saturday April 20th from 10am to 6pm

Join us for a day of fun and festivities including food vendors, kid’s events, honeybee seminar, live music and more! Find us on Facebook to stay up to date with promotions, events, gardening advice and special product announcements.

Visit New North Greenhouses at 719 Airport Road, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario