Vivero Growers: Support Your Independent Nursery Month
So during the month of October, a number of Austin area garden bloggers have been blogging about our local indie nurseries--this week it's a Wild Card week where we can write about whichever nursery we want. Let's give it up for my choice, Vivero Growers in Oak Hill! Now, in weeks past, I've done a Top 10 Reasons to Love (nursery of the week), but I'm not able to do that with Vivero because it was my first time there. Vivero is a newish nursery, and it's located on the opposite side of town from where I live, but owner Katherine Cain (with co-owner husband Michael) made contact with me earlier in the year by adding me to her email list.
I joined several other friends/garden bloggers Pam Penick, Diana Kirby and Jenny Stocker for lunch and then we headed out to Vivero where we were met by Katherine. I realize not everyone lives in the extreme southwest part of town, but this nursery really is worth the trip! Here's why:
I've never seen such healthy plants at a nursery, especially after the summer we've had. These plants are full, strong, and in full bloom--I asked Katherine what kind of fertilizer they use (steroids?) and she said, "We just know how to take care of them!" Apparently!
This was one of the first sights I saw when I pulled in--the golden barrel cactus and bougainvillea make an incredible contrast, don't they?
Everywhere we looked, it was an explosion of color. Vivero has a great stock of cacti, perennials, grasses and citrus -- and in great sizes (3 gallon, 5 gallon and larger). They do stock 1-gallons, but Katherine says they cater to a lot of landscapers (yippee!) who want larger sizes.
Look what we found sitting on top of a growing pot in the back! It looked like a watermelon nest.
I love how the arrangement of these perennials looks like a meadow!
This isn't necessarily an arrangement you would find in one garden, but I couldn't resist the textures and forms against the blue sky.
Citrus, anyone? The lemon and orange trees were incredible--large specimens, super healthy, loads of fruit and many of the trees trained into standards. I love the look of standard citrus trees in pots, and that form is sometimes hard to find. So glad to know where I can buy these now!
Have I given you color overload yet? Vivero grows much of its own stock, like these salvias. You can tell when plants haven't been hustled around from a greenhouse out-of-state, then packed up into a dark truck and forced to re-acclimate in a harsher zone--they look healthy like this!
Take a trek out to visit Katherine--she is so personable, funny and helpful. She's a great resource for Austin gardeners--I might just have to seek out some clients in Oak Hill! But it doesn't really matter--I came, I saw, I loved this nursery! I'll be back.
12000A Hwy 290 W
Austin, Texas 78737
Monday - Friday 8:30 - 6:00
Saturday 9:00 - 6:00
Sunday 10:00 - 5:00