New plant nursery in Novato – Marin Independent Journal
This Wednesday, Armstrong Garden Centers staff closed the doors of the Novato site to the public for the last time.
When the doors reopen on July 31, it will be a new store, with new stock and a new name – SummerWinds Nursery.
It’s a smooth opening for now, with a possible grand opening planned for the future.
The new SummerWinds nursery in Novato, along with another new location in Dublin, will join the collection of garden centers owned by the Idaho-based company of the same name.
SummerWinds Nursery, which started in 1998, operates three stores in the greater Phoenix, Arizona area, and three stores in Silicon Valley, California.
Frank Benzing, President and CEO of the company, is delighted that the company is part of the Marin community.
“Armstrong Garden Centers is a great company and we couldn’t be happier with what they’ve built and continuing this tradition,” he says.
Benzing retains Armstrong’s existing employees, including manager Linda Leathers and deputy manager Christine Bikle, and he commends them for maintaining the store during the pandemic and the wildfires.
“They’re long-time garden center professionals and part of the community,” he says. “They will help ensure success in the garden.”
Buyers can expect to see an extensive line of herbs, a full line of edibles, water specimens, California natives, pollinating plants, annuals and perennials from Armstrong growers, and plants grown locally by growers in Gilroy and Morgan Hill.
The store will carry a variety of garden decorations and accessories along with a good selection of containers, including pottery from Pacific Home and Garden in Oakland.
“There is another exciting thing,” says Benzing. “We are bringing back the entire EB Stone product line. We have a very strong organic presence and have long believed in EB Stone products.
Available EB Stone products include Recipe 420 Original Potting Mix, SummerWinds Natural and Organic Potting Mix, and SummerWinds Natural and Organic Planting Mix.
“It’s a special blend that we created for the Bay Area 15 years ago and formulated for us by EB Stone,” he says. “It’s certified organic.”
A rewards program, garden coaching, landscaping expertise, free online advice on plants and garden ideas, a free e-newsletter, and fall and spring seminars round out the services.
There will also be a 10% discount for veterans and active duty members and 15% discounts on Wednesdays for those 60 and over. There are restrictions, so check before you buy.
Encouraging gardeners to plant successfully is part of SummerWinds’ mission.
“Our goal, beyond being trusted garden advisers, is that we love the idea of greening the world one house at a time, one community at a time,” he says.
• The SummerWinds Nursery is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily starting July 31 at 1430 South Novato Blvd. at Novato. For more information, call 415-878-0493 or visit summerwindsnursery.com.
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